Colin Wells is an associate in the firm’s labor and employment practice group. He represents and counsels regional and national employers on both California and federal employment and labor law issues. Colin defends employers in wrongful termination suits; wage and hour disputes; against discrimination, disability, and harassment claims; and in aspects of the labor relations and collective bargaining contexts.
In addition, Colin advises clients on employee hiring, disciplinary, and termination procedures; compliance with the Family and Medical Leave Act, the California Family Rights Act and related local ordinances for paid time off and leaves of absence policies; and employee classification and overtime policies.
Colin also reviews and revises employee handbooks and policies, and drafts employment contracts, offer and termination letters, and noncompetition agreements. He has represented clients in both state and federal court, before the National Labor Relations Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board, and in arbitrations and other forms of alternative dispute resolution.
Prior to attending law school, Colin was a public relations professional in New York, with a focus on music and entertainment media relations and marketing.
- Associate, Winston & Strawn LLP, San Francisco, 2012-2014
- Summer Associate, Winston & Strawn LLP, San Francisco, 2011
- Law Clerk, California Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General, Los Angeles, 2010
- Director, Public Relations, Giant Noise Public Relations, New York, N.Y., 2008-2009
- Associate Vice President, Rubenstein Public Relations, New York, N.Y., 2007
- Senior Publicist, Big Hassle Media, New York, N.Y., 2001-2007
- J.D., University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, 2012
- Editor-in-Chief, Berkeley Business Law Journal, 2011-2012
- Senior Symposium Editor, Berkeley Business Law Journal, 2010-2011
- B.S., International Business Administration, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2001
- Dean’s List, College of Business Administration, 2001
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