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Barbara Brown

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Employment Law Department


Barbara Brown is the senior partner in the Employment Law practice in the Washington D.C. office of Paul Hastings. She represents employers in the entire range of employment law matters, particularly employment discrimination class actions challenging pay, promotion, hiring and other personnel decisions. She also is frequently called upon to defend sexual harassment and whistleblower retaliation suits or to perform investigations of such allegations. Ms. Brown has defended individual cases that raise the broad spectrum of discrimination, retaliation, whistleblower, and common law claims. She is knowledgeable about the regulations of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs and represents contractors preparing for executive order audits. She also advises on employment compliance diagnostics and provides strategic advice on diversity programs and best practices for EEO compliance.


Chair, ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law (2008-2009) Liaison, ABA Commission on the Status of Women in the Profession (2010-2012) Member, Board of Directors, D.C. Legal Aid Society (2006-2012) Member, Board of Directors, Jewish Foundation for Group Homes (2012- ) Member, Board of Directors, Imagination Stage (2000-2006) Member, Panel of Mediators, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Clerked for the Honorable J. Joseph Smith, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit


Yale Law School, J.D. Radcliffe College Harvard University, B.A. (magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa)

United States: Labor and employment

Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense

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Barbara Brown - Paul Hastings LLP

Within: Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense

Paul Hastings LLP has strong capabilities in the labor and employment sphere. Clients regularly engage the team to handle class actions and high-stakes claims relating to wage and hour, discrimination and trade secrets. New York-based practice head Patrick Shea has more than 35 years of experience; together with Barbara Brown and Carson Sullivan, both in Washington DC, he continues to represent Goldman Sachs in a nationwide gender discrimination class action. The group also handles a variety of matters for Google; in a recent work highlight, Cameron Fox is defending the tech giant in a widely publicized class action against a former employee, who claims that caucasians, males and political conservatives have suffered discrimination at Google. Elena Baca successfully acted for Fiber Systems International after a former executive and his new employer, Glenair, tried to invalidate the executive’s lawful post-employment restraints as well as the ones in every FSI contract on a nationwide level; Baca, alongside Fox and Jennifer Baldocchi, was able to dismiss the claims. Other members of the practice group include Nancy Abell, who is a widely recognized employment specialist, and Paul Grossman. Zach Hutton, Paul Cane and Jeffrey Wohl are key practitioners in the San Francisco office. Further recommended individuals are Neal Mollen and Kenneth Willner in Washington DC, Kenneth Gage and Marc Bernstein in New York, Bradford Newman in Palo Alto, as well as Donna Melby and Leslie Abbott. Felicia Davis made partner in February 2018. Stephen Sonnenberg retired. Named attorneys are based in Los Angeles except where indicated otherwise.

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Workplace and employment counseling

Within: Workplace and employment counseling

Paul Hastings LLP has expertise in advising on the full gamut of employment matters, including but not limited to terminations, internal harassment investigations and mandatory arbitration agreements. Practice head Patrick Shea is based in New York and focuses on employee benefits, employment discrimination, and wrongful discharge. He and Kenneth Gage led settlement negotiations in a global mediation for a telecoms company, which followed the acquisition of a satellite service provider. Other clients include Google, IBM and General Electric. In Washington DC, Barbara Brown  handles employment compliance diagnostics and strategic advice on diversity programs, while Kenneth Willner is a key contact for high-level testing and employee selection procedures and related questions; Carson Sullivan is also noted. New York-based Marc Bernstein has more than 25 years of experience. Senior counsel Kirby Wilcox in San Francisco, Bradford Newman in Palo Alto and Nancy Abell in Los Angeles are key contacts in California.

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