Press Release

Prominent Employment Trial Lawyer Karen Kubin Joins Morrison & Foerster

4/1/2008

Morrison & Foerster announced today that Karen Kubin, one of California’s leading wage-and-hour class action and employment litigators, has joined the firm’s San Francisco office.  Ms. Kubin defends employers in class actions and other complex employment litigation involving alleged violations of wage-and-hour law, discrimination and harassment, trade secret theft, ERISA violations, and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and other whistleblower laws.

Ms. Kubin arrives from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, where she was a partner in the San Francisco office.

Among Ms. Kubin’s published decisions are Dunbar v. Albertson’s, Inc., 141 Cal. App. 4th 1422 (2006), which affirmed the denial of class certification in an action alleging misclassification of grocery managers, and Matoff v. Brinker Restaurant Corp., 439 F. Supp. 2d 1035 (C.D. Cal. 2006), a putative class action addressing the question of whether there is a private right of action for violation of California’s tip pooling statute, Cal. Lab. Code § 351.  

Steve Kaufmann, chair of Morrison & Foerster’s Litigation Department said: “We are excited to add Karen to our outstanding team of trial lawyers with expertise in complex employment matters.  Her concentration in wage-and-hour class actions brings particular value to our clients because it is an area of growing exposure for companies.  Karen’s national profile and major corporate client base fit well with our global Litigation Department.”

Ms. Kubin remarked, “I’m delighted to be joining Morrison & Foerster.  The firm offers an excellent opportunity to expand my practice and work with many great trial lawyers.  The scope of litigation talent across the firm and the prominence of the national employment and labor practice were critical for me.”

Ms. Kubin was named by the San Francisco Daily Journal and the Los Angeles Daily Journal as one of California’s Top Women Litigators in 2007.  She has served as a member of the California State Bar’s Committee on Administration of Justice and as a delegate to its Conference of Delegates.  She is a member of the American Bar Association and the California State Bar’s section on labor and employment law, and is also a member of the San Francisco Bar Association.  She serves as a mediator and neutral evaluator on employment cases for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

“Karen is a highly regarded class action litigator and trial lawyer with tremendous employment litigation experience,” noted Rick Bergstrom, co-chair of Morrison & Foerster’s Employment and Labor Group.  “Her addition helps solidify our position among the elite employment practices, serving clients confronting the challenges of multi-plaintiff and employment class action litigation.”

Ms. Kubin received her law degree from Hastings College of the Law in 1976, where she was managing editor of the Hastings Law Journal and Order of the Coif.  She served as an extern in 1976 to the Honorable Raymond L. Sullivan, associate justice on the California Supreme Court. She received a B.A., cum laude, from the University of Washington.

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