Overview

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

Areas of Practice

Keahn represents clients on a wide range of labor and employment issues, with a focus on labor-management relations, employment litigation, counseling of management-side clients, and business acquisitions and restructuring. Keahn is an experienced trial lawyer, having represented employers in over 50 trials and arbitrations before arbitrators, judges, 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, construction, agriculture, cannabis, sports and entertainment venues, and museums.            

Labor-Management Relations

Keahn 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 U.S. 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, employee privacy issues, among others.

Keahn 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.  He is an expert on secondary boycotts and has successfully sued unions on behalf of employers, 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 National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). 

In addition, Keahn negotiates collective bargaining agreements, project labor agreements, labor peace agreements, and 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. 

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. 

Counseling and Internal Investigations

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

Keahn is well versed in conducting internal investigations and audits on behalf of employers, boards of directors, and special committees.  His investigations range from issues affecting the entirety of a client’s workforce to issues affecting small departments or complaints of a single employee.  He also works with governmental agencies in connection with outside investigations.

Business Acquisitions and Restructuring 

Keahn provides strategic advice on labor and employment-related issues concerning corporate transactions, including outsourcing, relocations, mergers, acquisitions, and bankruptcies.  He evaluates labor and employment-related liabilities associated with specific transactions, develops pragmatic, business-oriented solutions to issues that arise during the course of fast-paced transactions, and advises on successorship issues, decisional and effects bargaining obligations under the NLRA, and unfunded pension liability under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and the Multiemployer Pension Plan Amendments Act (MPPAA).     

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.

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 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

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. 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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