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Joseph P. Breen

Partner

(415) 986-5900
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San Francisco
275 Battery Street
Suite 2000
San Francisco, CA 94111


Education

J.D., UCLA School of Law

B.S., Business Administration, UC Berkeley Haas School of Business

Honors

University of California Regents’ Scholarship

Mr. Breen is an experienced commercial litigation, employment, and privacy law attorney. He has successfully represented businesses ranging from Fortune 100 companies to start-ups in commercial litigation matters as well as in employment claims ranging from single plaintiff to complex class action wage/hour matters, discrimination, and PAGA lawsuits.  Mr. Breen’s litigation experience is broad and covers a wide variety of actions including shareholder disputes, trade secret matters, contract, fraud, defamation and unfair business practices claims, violations of wage and hour laws, wrongful discharge and retaliation claims involving alleged disability, race, age and sex discrimination, sexual harassment, and social media and privacy issues.

He provides proactive and effective counsel to employers regarding risk management and containment through all stages of the employment cycle including hiring, discipline, compliance and termination.  He drafts and updates employee handbooks, personnel policies and procedures, confidentiality and proprietary information agreements, social media and privacy policies, executive employment contracts and severance agreements, and compensation agreements including bonus and commission plans in compliance with state and federal laws.  He has conducted and supervised complex internal investigations for his clients.

Mr. Breen enjoys providing clients with updates on significant developments in employment law and presenting seminars on evolving legal issues to human resource and other professional organizations.

Admissions

California
United States District Court, Northern and Central Districts of California
United States Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit

Memberships

California State Bar
American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law
American Bar Association Litigation Section
Employers Counsel Network
Employment Practices Risk Management

Community Involvement

Co-president, UC Berkeley Haas Alumni Network/North Bay Chapter
Former president, Cal Business Alumni/San Francisco Chapter
Former chair, NCHRA Legal Committee/San Francisco Chapter
Past president, Northern California Irish American Bar Association

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Contact

(415) 986-5900

jbreen@grsm.com


Offices

San Francisco

Education

J.D., UCLA School of Law

B.S., Business Administration, UC Berkeley Haas School of Business

Honors

University of California Regents’ Scholarship

Joseph P. Breen

Partner

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Biography

Mr. Breen is an experienced commercial litigation, employment, and privacy law attorney. He has successfully represented businesses ranging from Fortune 100 companies to start-ups in commercial litigation matters as well as in employment claims ranging from single plaintiff to complex class action wage/hour matters, discrimination, and PAGA lawsuits.  Mr. Breen’s litigation experience is broad and covers a wide variety of actions including shareholder disputes, trade secret matters, contract, fraud, defamation and unfair business practices claims, violations of wage and hour laws, wrongful discharge and retaliation claims involving alleged disability, race, age and sex discrimination, sexual harassment, and social media and privacy issues.

He provides proactive and effective counsel to employers regarding risk management and containment through all stages of the employment cycle including hiring, discipline, compliance and termination.  He drafts and updates employee handbooks, personnel policies and procedures, confidentiality and proprietary information agreements, social media and privacy policies, executive employment contracts and severance agreements, and compensation agreements including bonus and commission plans in compliance with state and federal laws.  He has conducted and supervised complex internal investigations for his clients.

Mr. Breen enjoys providing clients with updates on significant developments in employment law and presenting seminars on evolving legal issues to human resource and other professional organizations.

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Admissions

California
United States District Court, Northern and Central Districts of California
United States Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit

Memberships

California State Bar
American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law
American Bar Association Litigation Section
Employers Counsel Network
Employment Practices Risk Management

Community Involvement

Co-president, UC Berkeley Haas Alumni Network/North Bay Chapter
Former president, Cal Business Alumni/San Francisco Chapter
Former chair, NCHRA Legal Committee/San Francisco Chapter
Past president, Northern California Irish American Bar Association

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