About Bryan

Bryan Hawkins is a litigator practicing in the firm’s Labor and Employment group with extensive jury and bench-trial experience. He represents employers in employment-related litigation in court and before administrative agencies such as the Department of Fair Employment and Housing and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. His practice also involves counseling employers on employment-related issues, including handbooks and policies. Bryan also provides counseling on labor issues, such as advising employers on how to effectively respond to union organizing campaigns, negotiate collective bargaining agreements, and manage the employer/union relationship. In addition, Bryan’s practice includes litigating complex commercial disputes in areas such as antitrust, business torts, and real estate.

Prior to joining Stoel Rives, Bryan practiced for several years at a regional law firm located in San Francisco. While practicing in San Francisco, Bryan participated in the Volunteer District Attorney Program at the San Francisco County District Attorney’s Office where he assumed the role of a deputy district attorney and was independently responsible for the prosecution of a variety of crimes, including assault, battery, theft, arson, and driving under the influence.

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  • Lead trial counsel for a retail clothing company in a two-week jury trial brought by a former employee alleging theft by her former manager, obtained complete defense verdict. Representation also included obtaining summary adjudication on the former employee’s claims of wrongful termination and retaliation.
  • Trial counsel for two-week federal jury and bench trial alleging the breach of an LLC operating agreement.
  • Successfully defended employers against claims of harassment, discrimination, and retaliation.
  • Defended financial services company against claims of race, gender, and age discrimination.
  • Defended consumer financial services companies in employment matters and against various other California tort and statutory claims.
  • Represented local and regional governmental entities in adversarial bankruptcy matters.
  • Obtained summary judgment for employer in putative class action alleging violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, California’s Consumer Credit Reporting Agencies Act, and California’s Investigative Consumer Reporting Agencies Act.
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Honors & Activities

Professional Honors

  • Listed among Rising Stars (Business Litigation), Northern California Super Lawyers®, 2011-2018

Civic Activities

  • Board of Directors, Sacramento County Bar Foundation
  • Board of Directors, Sacramento County Bar Association
  • Member, Metro Chamber of Commerce Leadership Program
  • Member, Wiley Manual Bar Association, 2015-Present
  • Conference Committee Member, California Minority Counsel Program, 2012
  • Member, Sacramento Black Chamber of Commerce, 2013
  • Member, Society for Human Resource Management
  • Member, Sacramento Area Human Resource Association
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