Phil Horowitz

Attorney in San Francisco, CA
Articles Development Editor, Industrial Relations Law Journal, 1981-1982. Author: "Settling Employment Cases Without the Mediation Dance," Bender's California Labor & Employment Bulletin (2006); "Causes of Action Employee Lawyers Forget," Bender's California Labor & Employment Bulletin (2005); "The History of Sexual Harassment Lawsuits: The Top Ten Mistakes Defendants Make," Bender's California Labor & Employment Bulletin (2004); "Why Do So Many Disability Cases Fail?" Supplement to the Recorder, April/May 1999; "The California Supreme Court's New Wrongful Discharge Decisions; The Tide Turns," CTLA Forum, March 1991. Lecturer: State Bar of California, Labor and Employment Law Section, “Litigating Harassment Cases: Complaining, Investigating and Documenting” (2012); State Bar of California, Labor and Employment Law Section, “Litigating Harassment Cases: Pleadings” (2012); State Bar of California, Labor and Employment Law Section, “Litigating Harassment Cases: Discovery” (2012); State Bar of California, Labor and Employment Law Section, “Litigating Harassment Cases: Summary Judgment and Settlement” (2012); State Bar of California, Labor and Employment Law Section, “Managing Leaves: A Practical Guide for Employers and Employees” (2011); State Bar of California, Labor and Employment Law Section, "Litigating Disability Discrimination Cases: Pleading and Discovery" (2011); State Bar of California, Labor and Employment Law Section, "Mock Trial of a Disability Discrimination Case" (2010); State Bar of California, Labor and Employment Law Section, "Litigating Wrongful Discharge Cases" (2010); Orange County Bar Association, "Summary Judgment Motions After Nazir" (2010); State Bar of California, Section Cyber Institute, "Layoffs: Rights, Rules and Restrictions" (2010); California Employment Lawyers Association, "The Impact of the Nazir v. United Airlines Opinion" (2009); California Employment Lawyers Association, "Hot Topics and Recent Victories in the California Employment Law Plaintiff's Bar" (2009); National Employment Lawyers Association, "The Latest Dirty Tricks by California Defense Attorneys: Defense School Deconstructed" (2009); State Bar of California, Labor and Employment Law Section, "Sexual Harassment: Prevention, Investigation and Litigation" (2009); Center for Collaborative Solutions, "Internet Use in the Workplace: Online Speech and Privacy Issues" (2009); State Bar of California, Labor and Employment Law Section, "Sprint and Jones: New Blockbuster Employment Discrimination Cases" (2008); State Bar of California, Labor and Employment Law Section, "Brinker: The End of California Meal and Rest Break Litigation or Only the Beginning?" (2008); Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB), "Employment Litigation Practice Issues" (2007); Plaintiff's Employment Lawyers Association (PELA), "360 Degrees of Privacy" (2007); State Bar of California, Annual Meeting, "Update on Wrongful Termination and Discrimination Law" (2006); State Bar of California, Labor & Employment Law Section, "Winning Opening Statements and Closing Arguments" (2006); California Employment Lawyers Association, "Drafting Jury Instructions" (2006); State Bar of California, Labor & Employment Law Section, "Harassment Training: Dramatization and Discussion" (2005); California Employment Lawyers Association, "Employment Law 101: Law Office Management" (2005); State Bar of California, Labor & Employment Law Section, "The Avoidable Consequences Doctrine After McGinnis" (2005); Bar Association of San Francisco, "New Face of Sexual Harassment" (2004); Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada, "Regarding McGinnis and Beyond" (2004); Lorman, Discovery Skills for Legal Staff in California (2004); Bar Association of San Francisco, Labor and Employment Law Section; "The New Employment Form Interrogatories and Jury Instructions" (2002); California Employment Lawyers Association, "Discovery of Electronic Data and Other Prickly Discovery Issues" (2001); California Employment Lawyers Association, "Ethical and Strategic Use of Internet and Other Electronic Technology in Discovery and Trial" (2000); California Employment Lawyers Association, "Interaction between FMLA, ADA, and Workers Compensation Claims" (1999); American Board of Vocational Experts, "Use of Vocational Experts in Wrongful Termination Cases" (1999); California Rehabilitation Association North, East Bay, San Francisco District, "Expert Witness Testimony: The Nuts and Bolts for Rehab Counselors" (1999); California Employment Lawyers Association, "Developing and Managing the Plaintiff's Employment Practice" (1998); State Bar of California, Labor and Employment Law Section, "Multiple Forums for the Injured/Disabled Worker" (1993); California Employment Lawyers Association, "Practice Tips: Torts with Potential" (1993); San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, "Hiring and Firing Within the Law" (1993); California Trial Lawyers Association, "Requests for Admission" (1992); Bay Area Legal Recruitment Association, "Sexual Harassment in Law Firms" (1992); California Federation of Teachers, Council of Classified Employees, "Public Employees and Wrongful Discharge" (1987). Editorial Boards: Bender's California Labor & Employment Bulletin (2004—); Representing California Sexual Harassment Plaintiffs, James Publishing (2004); Guerilla Discovery, James Publishing (2003). Law School Teacher: Advocacy Skills Workshop, Stanford University Law School, 1992—; Intensive Advocacy Program, University of San Francisco Law School, 1994—. California Judicial Council Advisory Committees: Chair, Employment Form Interrogatories Advisory Committee to the California Judicial Council, 1999-2002; Co-Chair, California State Bar Labor and Employment Law Section's Special Committee on Jury Instructions, 2008—; Chair, 2003; Member, 2001-2003. Organizational Leadership: California Employment Lawyers Association, Chair, 2003-2005; Board of Directors, 1998—; Executive Committee, 2005— . California State Bar Labor and Employment Law Section, Chair, 2007-2008; Vice Chair, 2006-2007; Secretary, 2005-2006; Executive Committee, 2002-2005; Advisor, 2008—.
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Areas of Law

  • Wrongful Termination
  • Discrimination
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Employment Mediation
  • Age Discrimination in Employment
  • Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Disability Discrimination
  • Employee Discipline
  • Employee Privacy
  • Employee Rights
  • Employer Intentional Torts
  • Employment Breach of Contract
  • Employment Civil Rights
  • Employment Claims
  • Employment Contracts
  • Employment Disability Discrimination
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Whistleblower Litigation
  • Employment Law
  • Employment Litigation
  • Employment Rights
  • Employment Termination
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Law
  • Executive Employment Law
  • Executive Severance Contracts
  • Fair Employment Practices
  • Family and Medical Leave Act
  • Harassment
  • Minimum Wage Law
  • National Origin Discrimination
  • Reductions in Force
  • Retaliatory Discharge
  • Title VII Discrimination
  • Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act
  • Wage and Hour Law


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Admission Details

Admitted in 1983, California

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  • Law School Attended

    Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California
    Class of 1983

    University Attended

    Occidental College
    Class of 1979

    Straus Institute of Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University
    LL.M., Dispute Resolution

    Birth Information

    Born in 1959
    Syracuse, New York, January 2, 1959



    Associations & Memberships

    Bar Association of San Francisco; State Bar of California (Member, Labor and Employment Section); National Employment Lawyers Association; California Employment Lawyers Association.

    Representative Cases

    Nazir v. United Airlines (2009) 178 Cal.App.4th 243; Reno v. Baird (1998) 18 Cal. 4th 640.

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    Phil Horowitz
    Spear Tower One Market Plaza, Suite 1850,
    San Francisco, CA 94105


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