Mr Paul Cowie > Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP > Silicon Valley, United States > Lawyer Profile

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
United States

Work Department

Labor and Employment


Mr. Cowie focuses on defense work for a variety of industries, including retail, technology, manufacturing, and transportation related to a wide range of employment disputes, including discrimination and harassment, independent contractors and the sharing economy, wrongful termination and whistleblower complaints, as well as trade secret litigation.


Mr. Cowie manages a wide range of class actions, related to all forms of wage & hour disputes, as well as they relate to independent contractors. He counsels clients on all aspects of employment, including compliance, workplace investigations, workplace violence, protecting intellectual property, and founder disputes. In addition, Paul has significant experience supporting M&A transactions and has worked closely with clients in structuring deals to minimize employment-related risks and to maximize the value of the transaction from an employment perspective. He is a trial-ready litigator who knows how to resolve all forms of employment-related disputes efficiently and effectively.


State Bar of California; UK Licensed Solicitor


J.D., University of Northumbria at Newcastle, UK, 2001, LLB honors

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Labor and employment > Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP handles the full range of labor and employment disputes, from single plaintiff cases to class actions. The team is jointly led by Kelly HensleyGreg Labate and Jonathan Stoler, who are based in Los Angeles, Orange County and New York respectively. Palo Alto’s Paul Cowie successfully represented Swift Transportation in a wage-and-hour rest break putative class action, as well as Granite Rock in a wage-and-hour case, which had multiple millions of dollars at risk. The Century City-based Thomas Kaufman was able to obtain a victory for Cox Communication when a judge granted a class-wide summary judgment on the claim for failure to pay field technicians for certain time spent driving in company vehicles. Derek HavelDaniel McQueen as well as Tracey Kennedy and Richard Simmons in Los Angeles are noted. In March 2018, Denise Giraudo became a part of the team in Washington DC, joining from Ogletree Deakins, and, shortly after, Stephen Fox joined in Dallas from Polsinelli PCTravis Anderson and Justine Phillips in San Diego and Robert Mussig in Los Angeles made partner.