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:
- obtaining a complete defense verdict in a six-week trial on case involving sex and national origin harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, and wage claims for a Bay Area franchisee of a national hotel and restaurant chain.
- preventing class certification in a purported wage and hour class action alleging misclassification of managers for multi-state restaurant franchisee, which result led to a nominal settlement of the entire case.
- obtaining dismissal with prejudice of purported wage and hour class action alleging off the clock work and unreimbursed business expenses for a nationwide franchisor.
- successfully obtaining non-solicitation of national customers against former sales employee in case alleging breach of duty of loyalty, misappropriation of trade secrets, and unfair competition for food and wine importer and distributor.
- successfully opposing summary judgment in unfair business practices case for a private software company.
- obtaining nominal settlement in single plaintiff case alleging misclassification of exempt sales employee for nationwide franchisor.
- obtaining dismissal with prejudice following demurrer of race discrimination case for labor union client with over 230,000 members.
- obtaining nominal settlement in single plaintiff case alleging race discrimination for nationwide auto transport carrier company.
- obtaining nominal settlement in single plaintiff case alleging learning disability for nationwide franchisor.
- obtaining summary judgment in habitability case for a nationwide affordable housing developer.
- obtaining dismissal at hearing before California Labor Commissioner on claim for alleged unpaid overtime wages brought by residential manager.
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