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Eric Edward Hill

Senior Counsel

San Francisco
Direct: (415) 544-1037
Fax: (415) 397-8549
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Eric Hill is Senior Counsel in the Wage & Hour Litigation Practice Group in Seyfarth Shaw’s San Francisco office.  Mr. Hill’s practice focuses on defending employers in collective and class action litigation and providing advice regarding compliance with wage and hour statutes.  Mr. Hill has represented employers in the hospitality, retail, office services, consulting, energy, child care, staffing, real estate, video game, food and beverage and technology industries.

Mr. Hill was part of the trial team that obtained the first defense jury verdict in a wage and hour class action in California.  The Daily Journal named this case one of the top 10 defense jury verdicts in California for the year.  In the same case, the trial court’s decertification of another class was upheld on appeal in a published decision.  Mr. Hill has secured denial of class certification, dismissals, and favorable settlements in exempt misclassification, off-the-clock, and overtime cases.  He has also developed specialized expertise in class actions related to the reimbursement of business expenses under California law.

Mr. Hill has presented to numerous groups of HR and legal professionals on California wage and hour law.  He also authored a chapter of a leading treatise on wage and hour litigation, Wage & Hour Collective and Class Litigation, ALM Law Journal Press (2012).

Eric Hill is Senior Counsel in the Wage & Hour Litigation Practice Group in Seyfarth Shaw’s San Francisco office.  Mr. Hill’s practice focuses on defending employers in collective and class action litigation and providing advice regarding compliance with wage and hour statutes.  Mr. Hill has represented employers in the hospitality, retail, office services, consulting, energy, child care, staffing, real estate, video game, food and beverage and technology industries.

Mr. Hill was part of the trial team that obtained the first defense jury verdict in a wage and hour class action in California.  The Daily Journal named this case one of the top 10 defense jury verdicts in California for the year.  In the same case, the trial court’s decertification of another class was upheld on appeal in a published decision.  Mr. Hill has secured denial of class certification, dismissals, and favorable settlements in exempt misclassification, off-the-clock, and overtime cases.  He has also developed specialized expertise in class actions related to the reimbursement of business expenses under California law.

Mr. Hill has presented to numerous groups of HR and legal professionals on California wage and hour law.  He also authored a chapter of a leading treatise on wage and hour litigation, Wage & Hour Collective and Class Litigation, ALM Law Journal Press (2012).

Education

  • J.D., American University, Washington College of Law (1994)
    summa cum laude
  • B.A., Stanford University (1989)

Admissions

  • California
  • New York
  • District of Columbia

Courts

  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern, Central and Northern Districts of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • California Supreme Court
  • New York Supreme Court

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association (Labor and Employment Section)
  • California Bar Association
  • New York Bar Association

Representative Engagements

  • Walsh v. IKON Office Solutions (San Francisco Superior):  A significant California wage and hour class action trial in San Francisco Superior Court.  The case went to trial on the class claim that IKON made improper deductions from the wages of its California employees for business expenses such as cell phone, mileage and optional business meals.  On this claim, plaintiffs sought a class-wide damage award under Labor Code Section 2802 of $9.5 million, plus interest, an award of various Labor Code penalties, and attorneys’ fees. The jury ruled for the defense.  This case represents the first successful defense of a wage and hour class action before a jury in California.
  • Also, in the same case, secured decertification of a class of account managers allegedly misclassified as outside salespeople.  Published appellate opinion is a leading decision affirming a trial court’s discretion to deny certification in “misclassification” cases where individualized inquiries make class treatment impossible.  (148 Cal.App.4th 1440 (2007)). 
  • Rosenfeld v. Child Development Incorporated (Santa Clara Superior Court):   Defeated class certification in overtime exemption case involving site supervisors of child development centers.
  • Anguiano v. IHG (Los Angeles Superior Court): Obtained dismissal of case alleging meal and rest break violations against franchises.
  • Lozoya v. Party America (Alameda County Superior Court):  Achieved favorable settlement in overtime exemption case involving retail assistant managers.
  • Sparks v. ADP (U.S.D.C., Northern District of California):  Achieved favorable settlement in overtime exemption case involving client service representatives.
  • Brown v. George S. May International Company (Alameda County Superior Court):  Achieved favorable settlement in overtime exemption and business expense reimbursement case involving traveling business consultants. 
  • Hoenemier v. Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Santa Clara Superior Court): Class action alleging misclassification of technical writers as exempt employees under California law.  Resolved through mediation.
  • DeCarr v. Holiday Retirement Inc. (Santa Clara Superior Court):  Achieved favorable settlement in class action alleging misclassification of live-in managers at retirement communities.  
  • (Marin County Superior Court):  Achieved favorable settlement in off-the-clock and meal and rest break class action involving security personnel at shopping malls.   
  • Kielhurn v. Roma Foods (Alameda County Superior Court):  Achieved favorable settlement in business expense reimbursement class action involving outside sales employees. 
  • Martinez v. Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (San Francisco Superior Court): Alleged off-the-clock and meal and rest break violations for video game testers.
  • Romund v. Hilton (San Francisco Superior Court): Alleged meal and rest break violations for hotel food and beverage employees.
  • Gallagher v. Legacy Partners (Santa Clara Superior Court): Alleged misclassification of commercial assistant property managers.

Publications

  • Chapter Author, “Chapter 3 - Receipt of Wage-Hour Complaint,” Wage & Hour Collective and Class Litigation, ALM Law Journal Press (2012). Definitive treatise on wage and hour litigation.