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Doug Dexter

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Doug Dexter advises businesses on implementing sound employment policies and defends them when conflicts arise with their employees.

In more than 30 years of practice, Mr. Dexter has successfully represented employers in both individual cases and class actions before juries, judges, arbitrators, appeals courts and administrative agencies. His clients range from large global corporations to small family-run businesses in a variety of industries, including technology, manufacturing, communications, transportation, financial services, food and wine.

Mr. Dexter, who serves as chair of Farella Braun + Martel’s Employment Practice Group, counsels and defends employers on matters involving wage compliance, disability accommodation and leaves of absence, sexual harassment, discrimination, retaliation, union relations, trade secret protection, unfair competition and non-compete/solicitation agreements, in addition to numerous other employment-related topics.

Mr. Dexter’s most recent matters include defense of:

  • An industry-leading online retailer in a Putative Attorney General Act challenge to its payroll practices.
  • Putative class actions alleging unpaid time and missed employee breaks for several national technology, food and retail employers.
  • A beverage distribution company in a multi-plaintiff case alleging racial discrimination.
  • Professional service firms, retailers, and delivery companies in individual actions alleging disability discrimination and sexual harassment.

Mr. Dexter serves as a Fellow of the prestigious College of Labor & Employment Lawyers.  He is active in the American Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section, where he is a council member and has served as a co-chair of the Section’s Annual Conference and as a contributor to the ABA’s Employment Litigation Deskbook. Mr. Dexter is recognized in The Best Lawyers in America for Litigation - Labor and Employment.


In addition to frequently speaking to businesses and his peers about employment law, Mr. Dexter is an editor of the Rutter Group Employment Litigation Practice Guide, Ch. 8, Reductions in Force, and Employment Discrimination Law, Ch. 23: Employment Agencies (BNA), as well as the ABA’s Model Jury Instructions for Employment Matters, Ch. 3, Wrongful Discharge, and he is an associate editor of the 2013 Bloomberg BNA publication Workplace Data: Law and Litigation. He is named in The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Litigation  -  Labor and Employment.



  • Fellow, College of Labor & Employment Lawyers
  • Council Member, American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Co-Chair, 5th Annual Continuing Education Conference, American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • President, Northern California Human Resources Association, 2005
  • Co-Chair, ABA, Labor and Employment Law Section, Technology in the Practice and Workplace Committee, 2005 – 2007

  • Founding Sponsor, San Francisco High School Mock Trial Competition