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 focuses on all areas of labor and employment law, including counseling of management-side clients, traditional union/labor relations, and employment litigation. He represents clients in numerous industries, including healthcare, transportation, aerospace and defense, construction, technology, the “gig” economy, media, manufacturing, agriculture, food and beverage, hospitality, retail, cannabis, energy, sports and entertainment venues, and museums.    

Keahn is an experienced trial lawyer, having represented employers in over 50 trials/arbitrations before arbitrators, judges, and various administrative agencies. He has extensive experience across the entire traditional union/labor field, including labor arbitrations, unfair labor practice and representation proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and the United States courts of appeals, and other federal court litigation involving complex union/labor issues, including seeking and defending injunctions, as well as cases involving alleged unlawful discharges/disciplines, strike and bargaining disputes, union organizing campaigns, unilateral changes, plant closures and outsourcing of work, successorship issues, management rights, free speech, drug and alcohol testing, and employee privacy issues. He is an expert on secondary boycotts and has successfully sued unions on behalf of employers, including recently obtaining a decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, which is now a leading case concerning illegal secondary boycotts and hot cargo agreements under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). Keahn also represents employers in employment actions in state and federal court and before arbitrators and governmental agencies, including disputes involving wage and hour class actions, Private Attorney Generals Act (PAGA) actions, whistleblowing, wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, breach of contract, trade secrets, and unfair competition.   

Keahn is also a trusted advisor and regularly counsels corporate executives, in-house legal counsel, and human resources leaders, including those in the Fortune 500, as well as business associations, on labor relations and employment-related risk management. He regularly lectures at seminars and advises employers on crucial labor and employment-related topics such as 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, and employee discipline and terminations.  He has extensive experience advising companies during union backed corporate organizing campaigns and has guided employers of all sizes through difficult labor relations issues involving union elections, union decertifications, and rapid response tactics to economic warfare (e.g., strikes, pickets, boycotts, collective actions, and public relations pressure campaigns) by nearly all of the major unions in the United States. He also provides strategic advice on labor-related issues concerning corporate transactions (e.g., purchases, relocations, sales, and shutdowns), including NLRA successorship issues, decisional and effects bargaining obligations, and unfunded pension liability under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and the Multiemployer Pension Plan Amendments Act (MPPAA).     

In addition, Keahn spends a significant portion of his practice negotiating collective bargaining agreements, project labor agreements, labor peace agreements, and card check/neutrality agreements on behalf of employers.  Although Keahn is a strong management advocate and a results-driven negotiator, he maintains unique working relationships with local and area labor leaders that make a real difference in achieving desired objectives. 

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 began his career as a legal intern for the Honorable Charles R. Breyer of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.



Northern California Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2014-2020



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Real Estate, Land Use, & Environmental Law Blog Posts

Media Mentions

Speaking Engagements

  • 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)




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


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

B.A., Northwestern University, 2007


  • 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


  • California
  • U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, and Central Districts of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
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