Overview

Keith Goodwin is an associate in the Labor and Employment Practice Group in the firm's San Diego office.

Areas of Practice

Keith's practice focuses on representing employers before state and federal courts, arbitral tribunals, and federal and state administrative agencies in a wide variety of employment litigation matters, including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wrongful termination claims; single plaintiff and class action wage and hour lawsuits, prevailing wage enforcement actions; workplace safety complaints, and unfair competition and trade secret matters. He also provides advice, counseling, and assistance in a broad range of day-to-day labor and employment matters. These include drafting, implementing, and enforcing arbitration agreements, personnel policies, and employee handbooks; advising and counseling employers about federal and state wage and hour laws (including prevailing wage laws), leave laws, disability accommodation laws, and antidiscrimination laws; and advising employers about employee discipline and termination matters. Keith’s experience includes representing public, private, and non-profit employers in an array of industries, including the construction, entertainment, defense contracting, financial services, food and beverage, healthcare, hospitality, manufacturing, retail, and telecommunications industries.

Keith received his J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and the Notes Editor for the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law. During law school, Keith externed for Judge Debra A. Livingston of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and for the New York City Law Department's Labor and Employment Law Division. He also interned for the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California.

Insights

Articles

  • “Forget $15 an hour, this legislation is worse,” Retailing Today, May 29, 2015
  • “The Future of Compelled Arbitration in Calif. Courts,” Law360, February 13, 2014
  • "Appellate Courts Shift Course on Certification," Daily Journal, January 9, 2014
  • “Calif.: New Law Expands Protections for Whistle-Blowers,” Society for Human Resource Management, December 16, 2013

Labor and Employment Law Blog Posts

Books

  • “Lititigating Leave Law Claims: Discovery, Summary Judgment, Trial, and Attorney Fees,” in Employee Leave Laws: Compliance and Litigation
    06.2016

Events

  • Connect: Communicate, Educate, Participate, 10.18.2017

Memberships

Memberships

State Bar of California - Labor and Employment Section

Los Angeles County Bar Association

Education

J.D., Columbia Law School, 2013, Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar

B.A., California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo, 2010, Summa Cum Laude

Admissions

  • California
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of California
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of California
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
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