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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.  

Employment Law. An experienced trial lawyer, 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. 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. She has also secured numerous full defense verdicts in arbitration on behalf of employers facing claims of gender discrimination, pregnancy discrimination, disability discrimination, and retaliation for protected leave. 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.

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. 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 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.

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.

Traditional Labor. 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

  • Recognized by The Legal 500 for Labor and Employment Disputes in 2018
  • Recognized by Chambers USA as a top Labor and Employment Lawyer in 2021
  • Named as one of the Daily Journal's Top Women Lawyers in California and Top Labor and Employment lawyers in 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021
  • 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 a multi-million dollar verdict for a technology company after a seven-week jury trial. The verdict included punitive damages against the individual employees who breached their contracts and defrauded the company in order to steal technology for their own use.
  • Won a 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 a full defense verdict in arbitration (JAMS) for professional services firm, defeating claims by a female director who was not placed on partnership track and then sued for "gender plus" discrimination on account of her status as a woman with young children, whose schedule prevented her from working the same hours as male colleagues.
  • Won an early dismissal with prejudice of 17 causes of action against a technology company in a multi-million dollar action under the Private Attorneys’ General Act for alleged violations of the California Labor Code.
  • Won a 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.
  • Won a full defense verdict in arbitration (JAMS) against claims of disability discrimination, violation of FMLA and CFRA, failure to accommodate, failure to engage, and infliction of emotional distress, where plaintiff struggled with substance abuse and anxiety, which negatively affected his work performance.
  • Successfully represented a venture capital startup in litigation filed by the founders’ former employer, alleging theft of customer lists and financial models. After successfully defending the startup against a restraining order, the former employer quickly settled.
  • Secured a full defense verdict for a 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 a contract with a temporary staffing company, as well as summary judgment against the staffing company’s cross-claims for breach of contract. Also obtained terminating sanctions against the staffing company’s business tort cross-claims as a consequence for its litigation misconduct. All rulings affirmed by the California Court of Appeal.
  • Won a full defense verdict for a consulting firm in a breach of contract action brought by a former employee for additional commissions and compensation. After a two-week bench trial, the judge ruled for the employer on all claims. 
  • Defeated 38 consecutive unfair labor practice charges filed as part of a large-scale campaign to oust senior management and successfully defeated later attempts by a startup employee group to petition NLRB for a union election.

    Engagement & Publications

    • "Speech in the Workplace: When Is It Protected?" (April 27, 2021)
    • National Employment Law Institute, "Developments in Equal Employment Opportunity Law" (February 24, 2021)
    • Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, "Legal Issues Presented by Workplace Activism in the Social Media Age" (February 18, 2021)
    • National Employment Law Institute, "Developments in Equal Employment Opportunity Law" (December 2, 2020)
    • National Employment Law Institute, "Developments in Equal Employment Opportunity Law" (August 26, 2020)
    • "The Future of Work: Workplace Activism & Diversity" (July 15, 2020)
    • "How Sexual Harassment and #MeToo Investigations Unfold in Litigation and at Trial" (June 1, 2020)
    • "COVID-19 Series: Workforce Planning Strategies" (April 1, 2020)
    • "They’re Doing What?!: Handling and Preparing For Employee Activism in the Social Media Age" (January 14, 2020)
    • Co-Chair and Presenter, Daily Journal Employment Law Forum (July 11, 2019)
    • Institute for Corporate Counsel, Annual Meeting, "Effectively Responding to #MeToo Issues: Perspective from the Trenches" (December 5, 2018)
    • 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)

    Professional and Community Involvement

    • 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 Member, Board of Directors, and current Pro Bono Counsel, AIDS Project Los Angeles
    • Former Executive Committee member, Los Angeles County Bar Barristers

    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 Member, Board of Directors, and current Pro Bono Counsel, AIDS Project 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
    Labor/Management Relations
    Employment Counseling and Preventive Advice
    Employment Law

    Languages

    English

    Admissions

    California Bar

    Education

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

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