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Cameron W. Fox

Partner, Employment Law Department

Overview

Cameron W. Fox is a partner in the Employment Law Department of Paul Hastings. She works in the firm’s Los Angeles and San Francisco offices. She is the Chair of the Los Angeles Employment Law Department. Ms. Fox represents employers in all aspects of employment law and labor relations, with a particular emphasis in the technology industry.  

Ms. Fox has successfully defended employers in jury and bench trials, in arbitration, and on appeal against claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, breach of contract, and defamation.  She has also secured numerous full defense verdicts in arbitration on behalf of employers facing numerous discrimination claims.

With regard to technology in particular, Ms. Fox litigates and represents employers at trial in cases involving allegations of trade secret misappropriation, violation of invention assignment and confidentiality provisions, and related business torts. 

Ms. Fox is experienced in handling the press with regard to high-profile cases and claims and works closely with her clients on communications strategy.

For example, she has secured full defense verdicts in high-profile cases involving allegations of retaliation against whistleblowers and in cases alleging discrimination and retaliation for political and religious expression in the workplace.

Ms. Fox also has nearly a decade of experience representing institutions of higher education in matters involving student and faculty discipline, allegations of sexual harassment and sexual assault (including litigation of and related to Title IX actions), free speech and academic freedom, and allegations of wrongful termination and retaliation.

 of gender discrimination, pregnancy discrimination, disability discrimination, and retaliation for protected leave.

In addition, Ms. Fox has a robust advising practice. She has extensive experience advising employers on the handling of employee activism in the workplace, and sensitive workplace investigations. Ms. Fox also advises employers working to adapt to the fast-changing new realities of the workplace caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, including on matters of workplace safety and whistleblowing.

She regularly assists employers with separations of high-level officers and managers, as well as the drafting and negotiation of non-disclosure agreements and employment agreements.

Ms. Fox also represents employers in traditional labor matters, including responding to unfair labor practice charges, election petitions, and organizing campaigns. She has represented clients in multiple unfair labor practice cases before the National Labor Relations Board, including representing employers in cases that have involved lengthy administrative trials. Ms. Fox has also represented employers on appeal to the National Labor Relations Board in Washington D.C. and to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeal. 

In addition to her private practice work, Ms. Fox is a deputized district attorney for Los Angeles County.

Recognitions

  • Named as a California Super Lawyer Rising Star for multiple years since 2006
  • Named as one of Southern California’s Outstanding Young Lawyers and Top Women Attorneys for multiple years since 2012

Education

  • Northwestern University, B.A., 1997 (Mortar Board Scholar)
  • University of California, Davis, J.D., 2001 (Lead Advocate, National Moot Court Team)

Representations

• Won crucial jury verdict for an esteemed educational institution in a retaliatory discharge lawsuit. After a six-week trial, the jury returned a complete defense verdict, concluding that there was no causal connection between the plaintiff’s discharge and his alleged whistleblowing activities.

• Won full defense verdict for an employer in a highly-publicized five-week bench trial in which the employer was alleged to have disciplined and terminated an employee for advocating his religious and political beliefs during work hours.

• Successfully represented venture capital start-up in litigation filed by the founders’ former employer, alleging theft of customer lists and financial models. After successfully defending the start-up against a restraining order, the case was quickly settled.

• Secured full defense verdict for video game equipment maker after a three-week jury trial in which a rival gaming company alleged misappropriation of trade secrets and tortious interference with employee and customer relationships.

• Obtained summary judgment on employer’s complaint for declaratory relief on contract with temporary staffing company as well as summary judgment against the staffing company’s cross-claims for breach of contract. Also obtained terminating sanctions against staffing company’s business tort cross-claims as a consequence for its litigation misconduct. All rulings affirmed by the California Court of Appeal.

• Won full defense verdict for consulting firm in breach of contract action brought by former employee for additional commissions and compensation. After a two-week bench trial, the judge ruled for the employer on all claims.

• Secured dismissal of 17 causes of action filed in state court under the California Private Attorney General Act (PAGA) based on federal pre-emption and the National Labor Relations Act.

• Defeated 38 consecutive unfair labor practice charges filed as part of large-scale campaign to oust senior management.

Engagement & Publications

  • National Employment Law Institute, "Developments in Equal Employment Opportunity Law" (May 4, 2017)
  • Association of Corporate Counsel, "The Dawn of a New Administration or an Earthquake: Employment Law 2017" (November 9, 2016)
  • Employment Roundtable of Southern California, "Proactive Tips for Navigating Transgender Issues in the Workplace" (November 3, 2016)
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association, "Annual Review - The California Labor Code Private Attorney General Act" (October 27, 2016)
  • Professional Education Broadcast Network, "Retaliation Claims In Employment Law" (May 15, 2016)
  • MCLE Roundtable, "Transgender Legal Issues – The Law in Transition" (January 13, 2016)
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association, "Eleven Years After – The California Labor Code Private Attorney General Act" (October 15, 2015)
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, "Trial Academy: Closing Arguments in Employment Cases" (May 30, 2015)
  • Santa Monica Bar Association, "The California Labor Code Private Attorney General Act – An Update" (November 19, 2014)
  • C4CM Events, "Drafting and Enforcing Restrictive Covenants: Reasonable and Effective Non-Compete Clauses" (August 27, 2013)

Involvement

  • Member, Board of Directors, AIDS Project Los Angeles
  • Member, Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles Associates & Affiliates (Children’s Chain)
  • Member of the American Bar Association, State Bar of California, Los Angeles County Bar Association, and Women Lawyers of Los Angeles
  • Former Executive Committee member, Los Angeles County Bar Barristers

Practice Areas

Employee Mobility and Trade Secrets
Litigation
Employment Litigation
Workplace Retaliation and Whistleblower Defense
Trade Secrets
Employment Counseling and Preventive Advice
Employment Law

Languages

Anglais

Admissions

California Bar

Education

University of California, Davis, School of Law, J.D. 2001
Northwestern University, B.A. 1997

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