Eric Edward Hill is Senior Counsel in the Wage & Hour Litigation Practice Group in Seyfarth Shaw’s San Francisco office. Mr. Hill has successfully defended employers in a range of wage and hour class action litigation, as well as discrimination, wrongful termination, retaliation, and other employment litigation in state and federal court. He has represented clients in the technology, hospitality, retail, office services, consulting, energy, staffing, real estate, food and beverage, and other industries.
Mr. Hill has extensive experience in defending allegations of off-the-clock work, meal and rest break violations, exempt misclassification, unpaid overtime, and failure to reimburse business expenses. He has secured denial of class certification, dismissals, and favorable settlements in these cases under the California Labor Code and the FLSA.
In 2006, Mr. Hill was part of the trial team that obtained the first defense jury verdict in a wage and hour class action in California. The Daily Journal named this case one of the top 10 defense jury verdicts in California for the year. In the same case, the trial court’s decertification of another class was upheld on appeal in a published decision.
In addition to his litigation practice, Mr. Hill helps businesses avoid litigation by providing advice and reviewing policies regarding all aspects of their relationships with employees, including compliance with the California Labor Code, compensation, discipline and termination, distinguishing employees from independent contractors, leaves of absence, and reductions in force.
Mr. Hill has presented to numerous groups of HR and legal professionals on California wage and hour law. He also authored a chapter of a leading treatise on wage and hour litigation, Wage & Hour Collective and Class Litigation, ALM Law Journal Press (2012).
- J.D., American University, Washington College of Law (1994)
- B.A., Stanford University (1989)
- American Bar Association (Labor and Employment Section)
- California Bar Association
- New York Bar Association
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