Judith Droz Keyes

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

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Montgomery Street 505
San Francisco 94111 CA US

Judith D. Keyes is a labor and employment lawyer who conducts workplace investigations, mediates employment disputes, and partners with employer-clients to navigate the complex system of laws and regulations that govern the California workplace. She is recognized for her “out-of-the-box” thinking and ability to solve complex human resources and labor relations problems in effective and efficient ways.

She is thorough and thoughtful in her analysis of workplace disputes. She counsels clients on how to: conduct investigations in fulfillment of legal requirements; avoid and respond to discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims; comply with wage and hour laws; grant and limit periods of time off; and reduce and reorganize staff to meet business goals. She is an accomplished coach and trainer.

Judy represents employers in all forms of dispute resolution from single-plaintiff and class action litigation in federal and state courts, to mediation and arbitration, to proceedings before federal and state agencies. She also represents employers in union-related matters, including NLRB proceedings, grievance handling, and contract negotiations.

Additional Qualifications:

  • Certified Legal Project Manager
  • Evaluator and Mediator of employment disputes, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • Adjunct Professor, Labor Law and Evidence, Suffolk University Law School, 1986-1987

Professional & Community Activities:

  • Member, Association of Workplace Investigators, 2015-present
  • Trustee and Committee Chair, Grace Cathedral, 2008-2017
  • Executive Committee Member, 1994-2011; Chair, 1998-1999, Bar Association of San Francisco, Labor and Employment Section
  • Track Coordinator, 2010-2011, Speaker, 2014, American Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Section Annual Conference
  • Advisory Board, Center for Social Justice, University of California Berkeley Law School, 2006-2016


  • J.D., University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, 1975
    • California Law Review
  • M.A., Linguistics, University of Missouri, 1970
  • B.S., English Education, The Pennsylvania State University, 1966, with distinction


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