People: Brian T. Ashe, Partner

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Brian T. Ashe

Partner

San Francisco
Direct: (415) 544-1029
Fax: (415) 397-8549
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Mr. Ashe is a partner representing employers in all aspects of labor and employment law. His main areas of practice are complex litigation, class & collective actions and counseling. Mr. Ashe defends employers in wage/hour and PAGA matters, discrimination issues, trade secret cases, and multi-party contract litigation. He counsels clients in various aspects of human resources management, including compliance, independent contractor issues, privacy, and equal employment opportunity. Mr. Ashe’s counseling practice focuses on prevention and artful business strategy.

In 2018, Mr. Ashe was awarded the Financial Times “Innovative Lawyer” commendation and was named a Law360 “Legal Lion” for his U.S. Supreme Court victory establishing the scope of the Dodd-Frank Act whistleblower law.

Every year since 2009, Mr. Ashe is named one of the leading U.S. lawyers for employment law according to Chambers USA, credited as “having ‘an almost encyclopedic knowledge’ of labor and employment law, with specific ‘excellence on everything wage and hour related.’” Chambers notes that, clients praise him as “a consummate professional with impeccable skills and great experience” whom they turn to "to help us assess the risk with various employment actions in a way that is easy to understand, and he does so in an expeditious manner."

The Legal 500 honored Mr. Ashe again this year as one of America’s leading employment litigation lawyers.  They reported that his clients describe him as "the most effective labor and employment counsel with whom I have ever had the pleasure of working [with]" because he “consistently delivers superior results.’’

In 2017-18, Mr. Ashe was recognized in the BTI Client Service All-Star report as one of only 26 Labor & Employment attorneys in America who is “absolutely the best at client service” because he is ”head and shoulders above the rest… with the most demanding clients.” He is consistently recognized as a leader in his field in The Best Lawyers in America© and was rated as a “star” in Tier 1 of Benchmark Litigation’s survey of the finest employment lawyers in the United States.

Mr. Ashe is routinely named a Super Lawyer for Northern California by Super Lawyers Magazine.

Mr. Ashe serves the firm on its Partner Board.  He is a recipient of the firm’s Mike Warner Award for “sacrifice, team work and legal excellence.”  He was recognized in 2017 with a Seyfarth Shaw Pro Bono All-Star award for his dedication to helping others and in 2018 was awarded the firm’s Edgar Osorio Award for the attorney “whose pro bono, charitable, and community outreach set an example for everyone.” 

Mr. Ashe is a partner representing employers in all aspects of labor and employment law. His main areas of practice are complex litigation, class & collective actions and counseling. Mr. Ashe defends employers in wage/hour and PAGA matters, discrimination issues, trade secret cases, and multi-party contract litigation. He counsels clients in various aspects of human resources management, including compliance, independent contractor issues, privacy, and equal employment opportunity. Mr. Ashe’s counseling practice focuses on prevention and artful business strategy.

In 2018, Mr. Ashe was awarded the Financial Times “Innovative Lawyer” commendation and was named a Law360 “Legal Lion” for his U.S. Supreme Court victory establishing the scope of the Dodd-Frank Act whistleblower law.

Every year since 2009, Mr. Ashe is named one of the leading U.S. lawyers for employment law according to Chambers USA, credited as “having ‘an almost encyclopedic knowledge’ of labor and employment law, with specific ‘excellence on everything wage and hour related.’” Chambers notes that, clients praise him as “a consummate professional with impeccable skills and great experience” whom they turn to "to help us assess the risk with various employment actions in a way that is easy to understand, and he does so in an expeditious manner."

The Legal 500 honored Mr. Ashe again this year as one of America’s leading employment litigation lawyers.  They reported that his clients describe him as "the most effective labor and employment counsel with whom I have ever had the pleasure of working [with]" because he “consistently delivers superior results.’’

In 2017-18, Mr. Ashe was recognized in the BTI Client Service All-Star report as one of only 26 Labor & Employment attorneys in America who is “absolutely the best at client service” because he is ”head and shoulders above the rest… with the most demanding clients.” He is consistently recognized as a leader in his field in The Best Lawyers in America© and was rated as a “star” in Tier 1 of Benchmark Litigation’s survey of the finest employment lawyers in the United States.

Mr. Ashe is routinely named a Super Lawyer for Northern California by Super Lawyers Magazine.

Mr. Ashe serves the firm on its Partner Board.  He is a recipient of the firm’s Mike Warner Award for “sacrifice, team work and legal excellence.”  He was recognized in 2017 with a Seyfarth Shaw Pro Bono All-Star award for his dedication to helping others and in 2018 was awarded the firm’s Edgar Osorio Award for the attorney “whose pro bono, charitable, and community outreach set an example for everyone.” 

Education

  • J.D., George Washington University, with honors (1988)

  • Graduate Studies, Oxford University (1985)
  • B.A., Boston College, cum laude (1984)

Admissions

  • California

Courts

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • California State Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia and Ninth Circuit
  • All California United States District Courts

Affiliations

  • Employers Group (Legal Committee)
  • American Employment Law Council (AELC)

Representative Engagements

  • Digital Realty Trust v. Somers (U.S. Supreme Court, 2018).  9-0 victory stating that the Dodd-Frank Act’s anti-retaliation provision does not extend to an individual who has not reported a violation of the securities laws to the SEC.

  • Five Individuals v. International Insurance Company (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit).  Successful defense of appeal by plaintiffs from the denial of their motion for new trial following unanimous jury verdict.

  • Class Action v. National Health and Fitness Company (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit).  Currently handling appeal by class member of denial of her request for relief from class action settlement.

  • Insurance Agency v. Insurance Agency (California Appellate Court for the Third District).  Currently handling appeal to determine whether court-compelled speech violates California’s anti-SLAPP law.

Publications

Accolades

  • Listed as one of The Daily Journal’s Top Labor and Employment Lawyers (2019)
  • Awarded the Financial Times “Innovative Lawyer” commendation (2018)
  • Named a “Legal Lion” by Law360 (2018)
  • Ranked as a Leading Lawyer for Labor and Employment in California in Chambers USA (2009–2019)
  • Recognized as a Leading Lawyer for Employment Litigation by The Legal 500 (2012–2014, 2017–2019)
  • Selected by peers for The Best Lawyers in America© award for work in Employment Law - Management (2018–2020)
  • Rated a “star” in Tier 1 of Benchmark Litigation’s survey of the finest employment lawyers in the United States (2018)
  • Recognized as a BTI Client Service All-Star (2017–2018)
  • Selected by peers as a Northern California Super Lawyer (2011–2019)

Community Involvement

  • SFJAZZ Organization, Board of Trustees
  • Seyfarth Shaw Charitable Foundation, Board of Directors (2007–2017)
  • Edgar Osorio Award for the attorney “whose pro bono, charitable, and community outreach set an example for everyone.” (2018)
  • Seyfarth Shaw Pro Bono All-Star award (2017)