Overview

Keahn Morris is a partner in the Labor and Employment Practice Group in the firm's San Francisco office.

Areas of Practice

Keahn’s practice encompasses labor-management relations, collective bargaining, single plaintiff and class action litigation, preventative counseling, and business acquisitions and restructuring. Keahn is an experienced trial lawyer, having represented employers in over 50 trials and arbitrations before judges, arbitrators, and various administrative agencies. Keahn’s clients range from Fortune 100 companies to non-profits. He represents clients in numerous industries, including healthcare, transportation, aerospace and defense, energy, technology, the "gig" economy, media, food and beverage, hospitality, retail, manufacturing, sports and entertainment venues, construction, agriculture, and cannabis.

Labor-Management Relations

Keahn has extensive experience across the entire traditional union/labor field, including collective bargaining, arbitration, unfair labor practice and representation proceedings, and litigation related to the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) and the Railway Labor Act (RLA). He represents clients across the country in court, as well as in proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the National Mediation Board (NMB), and in arbitration.

Keahn also provides employers with strategic representation related to high risk union organizing campaigns and "corporate campaigns." He has guided employers of all sizes through difficult labor relations issues involving union elections, union decertifications, lockouts, rapid response tactics to economic warfare (e.g., strikes, pickets, and boycotts), and other high pressure union events by nearly all of the major unions in the U.S., as well as many grass roots employee associations, spin-offs from the major U.S. unions, and union-backed "coalitions" and "worker centers." Keahn is an expert on secondary boycotts and has successfully sued unions on behalf of employers for engaging in illegal labor activity, including recently obtaining a decision by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, which is now a leading case concerning illegal boycotts and hot cargo agreements under the NLRA. He also has extensive experience with federal and state labor injunction cases.

Employment Litigation

Keahn represents employers in employment actions before state and federal trial and appellate courts and arbitrators. He litigates disputes involving wage and hour class actions, Private Attorney Generals Act (PAGA) actions, whistleblowing, wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, breach of contract, trade secrets, unfair competition, and related claims. Keahn represents clients before federal and state administrative agencies, including the U.S. Department of Labor, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA), and other state and municipal human rights commissions and labor agencies. 

Preventative Counseling and Investigations

Keahn is a trusted advisor and regularly provides strategic advice to corporate executives, in-house legal counsel, labor relations professionals, human resources leaders, and business associations on labor relations and employment-related risk management. He provides advice to employers on crucial labor and employment-related topics such as COVID-19, conducting effective workplace investigations, workforce planning (including workforce growth, reorganizations, and reductions-in-force), employee recruiting and hiring practices, harassment prevention and investigation, wage and hour compliance, pay equity, employee mobility, leave management and accommodations, employee benefits, and employee discipline/terminations. 

Keahn is published and quoted frequently on a variety of labor and employment law issues in major academic and business publications and frequently conducts acclaimed national and statewide training programs.

Business Acquisitions and Restructuring 

Keahn provides strategic advice on labor and employment-related issues concerning business organizations and corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, plant closings, relocations, and bankruptcies. He evaluates labor and employment-related liabilities associated with transactions, conducts diligence, and advises on potential successorship issues, decisional and effects bargaining obligations under the NLRA, and unfunded pension liability under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).

Prior to entering private practice, Keahn interned at the NLRB’s Division of Judges in San Francisco, California. In that role, he assisted NLRB judges with unfair labor practice trials throughout the Western United States. Keahn also worked as legal intern for the Honorable Charles R. Breyer of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Honors

Honors

Northern California Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2014-2020

Insights

Articles

Labor and Employment Law Blog Posts

Healthcare Law Blog Posts

Cannabis Law Blog Posts

Real Estate, Land Use, & Environmental Law Blog Posts

Media Mentions

Speaking Engagements

  • California Association of Health Facilities – Labor and Employment Laws Impacting the Long Term Care/Skilled Nursing Industry, Webinar (January 2022)
  • California Association of Health Facilities – Labor & Employment Update: Part 1 and Part 2, Webinar (September 2021)
  • California Association of Health Facilities – Labor Law Update, Webinar (March 2021)
  • California Association of Health Facilities – 2021 Labor and Employment Law Update, Webinar (January 2021)
  • California Association of Health Facilities – Labor Law 101: Emerging Laws and Trends, The Legal Implications of COVID-19, Webinar (July 2020)
  • California Association of Health Facilities – Possible Reclassification of Certain Job Descriptions Due to AB 5, Webinar (July 2020)
  • National Retail Federation Committee on Employment Law – Millennials and Unions, San Francisco (April 2019)
  • California Association of Health Facilities – Union Relations in the Healthcare Industry, Palm Springs (November 2018)
  • Labor & Employment Law Update, Fall 2017 Seminar Series, San Francisco (October 2017)
  • California Labor and Employment Law Update, California Association of Health Facilities Summer Conference, Long Beach (July 2016)
  • Breakfast With Your Labor Lawyer, Spring 2017 Seminar Series, Palo Alto (May 2017)
  • California Labor and Employment Law Update, California Association of Health Facilities Spring Legislative Conference, Sacramento (March 2016)
  • Surveying the New Labor Law Landscape: A Rocky Road Ahead, San Francisco (May 2015)
  • California Labor and Employment Law Update, California Association of Health Facilities Spring Legislative Conference, Sacramento (March 2015)
  • Labor Roundtable: The New Joint Employer Standard Under the NLRB, San Francisco (December 2015)
  • Labor Seminar Breakfast Series, New Developments Under the NLRB, San Francisco (December 2014)
  • California Breakfast Series: California Workplace Law Update, San Francisco (December 2013)

Events

Memberships

Memberships

American Bar Association - Committee on Practice and Procedure Under the NLRA

Bar Association of San Francisco

California Association of Health Facilities (CAHF)

California Bar Association

Digital Media

Education

J.D., University of California, Hastings, 2010

B.A., Northwestern University, 2007

Clerkships

  • Extern to the Honorable Charles R. Breyer, U.S. District Court for the Northern District
  • Extern to the National Labor Relations Board Division of Judges – San Francisco

Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
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