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Marc G. Fernandez


Marc Fernandez partners with employers to solve complex personnel issues involving wage and hour disputes, leaves of absence, privacy, terminations, and workforce reductions. He develops effective strategies to help management and staff manage risk and avoid litigation. In his litigation practice, Marc helps clients protect trade secrets and defend against single-plaintiff and class action lawsuits involving wrongful termination, and wage and hour issues. He represents clients under investigation by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Department of Fair Employment and Housing for alleged discrimination, harassment and retaliation.

Marc’s clients range from startups to leading healthcare and fitness companies, as well as many locally owned restaurants.

Representative Experience

Wrongful termination mediation and settlement for various clients

Obtained favorable settlements in mediation of wrongful termination lawsuits for clients in health care, telecommunications and hospitality industries. (2012-Ongoing)

Trade secret litigation

Reached successful settlement of contentious trade secret dispute involving former employees’ creation of competing business. (2015)

CBS Broadcasting Inc. v. Leicht

Successfully obtained restraining order against individual on behalf of local broadcast news talent. (2013)

Del Norte Triplicate v. Maietta

Successfully obtained restraining order against individual threatening staff of local newspaper. (2012)

Prisco v. DNC Parks & Resorts

Successfully argued demurrer to complaint, resulting in full dismissal with prejudice based on federal enclave jurisdiction in unlawful eviction and wrongful termination lawsuit for a national parks concessioner. (2012)

Additional Qualifications

  • Associate, Morrison & Foerster LLP, Palo Alto, Calif., 2007-2011
  • Summer Associate, Mitchell, Silberberg & Knupp LLP, Los Angeles, 2005 and 2006

Professional & Community Activities

  • Vice-Chair, Barristers Labor and Employment Section, Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF), 2013-present

Professional Recognition

  • Selected to "Northern California Rising Stars," Thomson Reuters, 2013-2014