Shirley Wang leads the firm’s employment law practice, representing primarily employers and senior management in litigation matters and providing advice and counseling. Ms. Wang’s clients are in a diverse and wide range of industries including: software and other technology; restaurants, hotels, and other hospitality; food and beverage manufacturing, distribution and sales; real estate development, construction, and sales; third party administrators, and residential and commercial maintenance and janitorial services; as well as national and community-based non-profit organizations.
Ms. Wang advises and counsels employers to be legally compliant and to minimize their risk of liability, while providing practical, cost-effective solutions. She also represents founders and other executives of public and private companies in the negotiation and preparation of their employment-related agreements, including separation, confidentiality, arbitration, indemnification, and consulting agreements.
Ms. Wang defends all types of employment litigation, including race, national origin, age, sex, medical leave and disability discrimination, harassment, retaliation and whistleblower cases, as well as wage and hour actions, employment contract, trade secret and employee solicitation, and unfair competition litigations. Her practice includes defense of employment representative and class actions.
In addition to her employment practice, Ms. Wang successfully has litigated a broad range of complex contract, commercial, and unfair business practices disputes on behalf of companies, as well as complex professional errors & omissions/professional liability malpractice, personal injury, wrongful death, nuisance and habitability cases on behalf of various non-profit and for profit organizations, companies and individuals.
Her recent litigation successes include:
Ms. Wang previously litigated employment, general commercial, and securities fraud cases at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in Palo Alto. She also helped start the employment law practice group at the San Francisco office of Preston Gates & Ellis (now K&L Gates), where she focused on both employment law counseling and litigation. Ms. Wang also has served as Chief Counsel and Interim Executive Director of the California Office of Criminal Justice Planning.
Ms. Wang received her law degree from New York University School of Law. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Washington, where she was admitted as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She speaks conversational Mandarin, and serves on the board of Mission Housing Development Corporation. In her free time, Ms. Wang enjoys Giants baseball, running, and international travel.
J.D., New York University School of Law, 1996
B.A., University of Washington, 1992
magna cum laude
phi beta kappa