Philip I. Person

Philip I. Person


Philip I. Person focuses his practice on representing employers in wrongful termination, harassment, discrimination, retaliation, wage and hour, trade secret misappropriation, non-competition, non-solicitation, and whistleblower claims. Philip also counsels and advises his clients on employment issues pertaining to leaves of absences, disciplinary actions, terminations, restructurings, reductions in force, employee classifications, handbooks, and policies. Philip has defended employers against single-plaintiff and class action litigation.


  • Employment litigation
  • Employment counseling


Esperienze Professionali

  • First-chaired a labor arbitration involving a large casino’s decision to terminate an employee for possessing marijuana on casino property. The arbitrator declined to award the employee any back pay, reinstatement, or other requested remedy.
  • Represented a large cruise and events company in an audit by a local employment government agency. The government agency initially found that the company was required to provide certain health care plans and make health care expenditures to employees. At the conclusion of the audit, the local employment reduced the assessment against the company by more than $11 million.
  • Represented an international company in a lawsuit by a former employee claiming that he was entitled to stock options. The California Superior Court sustained a partial demurrer in favor of the employer on the grounds that stock options are not wages. The parties settled soon thereafter.
  • Represented an insurance provider against its former officer’s whistleblower retaliation claims. The California Superior Court sustained a partial demurrer in favor of the employer on the grounds that an associational retaliation cause of action does not exist under the California Labor Code. The parties settled soon thereafter.
  • Represented one of the largest healthcare systems in the nation against a doctor’s claim for age discrimination.
  • Advised and counseled an out-of-state health information management and technology systems company as it opened its first California office. Drafted California-specific addendums to the company’s handbook and policies.
  • Advised startup as it retained an independent contractor to establish its national marketing program. Drafted independent contractor agreement to significantly minimize risk of litigation.
  • Revised a renewable energy education center’s employee handbook as to comply with state and local employment laws.
  • Judicial Extern, Judge James Ware, United States District Court, Northern District of California, January 2010–May 2010
  • Judicial Extern, Chief Justice Ronald M. George, Supreme Court of California, May 2009–August 2009

Riconoscimenti e Premi

  • Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Northern California Super Lawyers, "Rising Stars," 2015-2019
  • Recipient, Apex Society - San Francisco "Power 30 Under 30," 2016
  • Recipient, Rising Star, Distinguished Alumni Award, Sacramento State University, 2015
  • Recipient, Trailblazers Under 40 Award, National Bar Association, 2014
  • Listed, Lawyers of Color, "Hot List," 2014
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, National Bar Association
  • Member, California Minority Counsel Program


  • Laurea magistrale in Giurisprudenza, University of California at Davis School of Law, 2011
  • Diploma di maturità, California State University, Sacramento, 2008
Tirocinio presso una Corte
  • Chief Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma
  • California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California