- Labor and Employment
- Labor and Employment Counseling
- Labor and Employment Litigation
- Labor Union Management Relations
- 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
- 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
Keahn N. Morris is an associate in the Labor and Employment Practice Group in the San Francisco office.
Areas of Practice
Keahn’s practice focuses on representing management in traditional labor law and employment issues. He also focuses on helping employers prevent employee-related problems before they become lawsuits and labor relations issues.
Recognized by Super Lawyers as a "Rising Star", Keahn was identified as a top rated labor and employment attorney in Northern California from 2014-present. Keahn has extensive experience in all aspects of labor-management relations law, including union organizing, union relations, effective employer-employee communications, collective bargaining, injunctions, arbitrations and litigation related to the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) and Labor Management Relations Act (LMRA). He has guided employers of all sizes through difficult labor situations involving strikes, boycotts, and/or negative corporate campaigns by nearly all of the major unions in the United States. He has extensive experience assisting employers in creating union and litigation avoidance strategies suitable to the individual organization, values, and industry. He has led teams conducting multi-facility labor-related legal assessments where clients are seeking to develop creative, strategic legal approaches which anticipate major issues and achieve a company’s labor relations goals. He has also advised and represented unionized organizations in collective bargaining negotiations – in situations ranging from hard bargaining to recapture management rights to more cooperative negotiations – in all cases, providing advice designed to assist clients in achieving their primary labor goals.
Keahn also represents employers in a wide range of employment actions in administrative forums and state and federal courts, including disputes involving wage and hour, whistleblower, wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, breach of contract, trade secrets, misappropriation, and unfair competition. He regularly lectures on labor and employment-related topics, conducts management training, and advises clients regarding legislative and regulatory initiatives, workplace investigations, corporate transactions, reorganizations and reductions-in-force, social media issues, workplace policies/agreements and employment-related risk management.
Keahn represents clients across a range of industries, including healthcare, hospitality, retail, food and beverage, wine, manufacturing, automotive, transportation, education and emerging growth. He has a similar commitment to non-profit clients and regularly counsels museums and performing art centers regarding labor and employment matters.
Keahn is a member of the Employment and Labor Law Section of the American Bar Association and its Subcommittee on Practice and Procedure Under the NLRA
During law school, Keahn was a law clerk at the National Labor Relations Board’s Division of Judges in San Francisco where he assisted judges with litigation related to the NLRA. He also served as an extern to the Honorable Judge Charles R. Breyer of the U.S. District Court of Northern California.
- Northern California Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2014-2017
Labor & Employment Law Blog Posts
- "NLRB Asks D.C. Circuit to Revive Review of Joint Employer Standard Under BFI; Hy-Brand Decision Vacated Following NLRB Ethics Official’s Report," March 2, 2018
- "Considering Offering Severance Pay in Exchange for Certain Post-Employment Obligations? Think Again," February 20, 2018
- "Striking A New Balance – The NLRB Abandons the Lutheran Heritage Test and Devises a New Standard for Assessing the Facial Validity of Neutral Work Rules," December 15, 2017
- "NLRB Overrules Browning-Ferris Joint Employer Standard," December 15, 2017
- "New Labor Board May Kill “Quickie Election” Rule; Requests Public RFI," December 13, 2017
- "New Labor Board GC Signals Overturning Obama-Era Rulings, But Anticipated Vacancies and Recusals Create Uncertainty," December 8, 2017
- "House Approves Save Local Business Act – Bill To Overturn Controversial Joint Employer Ruling," November 8, 2017
- "5 New Laws: California Governor Approves Employee-Friendly Laws," October 13, 2017
- "Committee Approves Save Local Business Act – Redefining Joint Employer Liability," October 5, 2017
- "Save Local Business Act Introduced in the House," September 19, 2017
- "NLRB Orders Union To Drop Unlawful Grievance, to Dismiss Suit Seeking to Compel Neutral Employers to Arbitrate Grievance and to Pay The Employers’ Legal Fees and Defense Costs," June 5, 2017
- 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)
- Spring 2018 Seminar SeriesApril 19, 2018
- California Association of Health Facilities 2018 Spring Legislative ConferenceSacramento, March 19, 2018
- Fall 2017 Seminar SeriesOctober 18, 2017
- 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