An Entrepreneurial Employment Law Firm

Julian Pardo de Zela


Julian Pardo de Zela litigates employment matters in federal and state courts and before administrative agencies, and represents clients in arbitrations, mediations and other forms of alternative dispute resolution. Julian builds relationships with his clients to better understand their businesses and provide counsel on employment law matters that include employee classification, personnel management, wage and hour issues, harassment, discrimination, and hiring, discipline, and termination.

Julian’s practice also encompasses general litigation, including business disputes, as well as tort litigation involving personal injuries.

Prior Work Experience

Ropers, Majeski, Kohn, Bentley, San Jose, CA (Litigation Attorney) (2009-2017)

Practice focused on business disputes, including tort litigation defense with particular emphasis on catastrophic injury claims involving dangerous conditions on public property, construction site accidents, and other torts involving premises liability. Also advised clients regarding contractual and corporate obligations, and assisted clients in drafting contracts and corporate documents.

Murphy, Pearson, Bradley, Feeney, San Francisco, CA (Litigation Attorney) (2007-2009)

Handled all aspects of civil litigation, with a particular emphasis in the area of professional liability defense, representing lawyers, insurance brokers, architects, accountants, and directors and officers. Handled multiple appeals, including oral argument before the California Court of Appeal. Employed California’s anti-SLAPP statute (C.C.P. § 425.16) to defeat lawsuits brought primarily to discourage speech about issues of public significance or public participation.

Sixth Judicial Circuit of Maryland Rockville, Maryland (Law Clerk) (2006-2007)

Provided direct assistance and counsel to the court in making legal determinations and in writing opinions on discovery matters and evidentiary issues.

Office of the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, Washington, DC (Law Clerk) (2005)

Researched and drafted memoranda of law regarding 4th Amendment search and seizure to support attorneys in the Narcotics & Organized Crime Unit.

U.S. Department of Justice Washington, DC (Law Clerk) (2005)

Researched and analyzed existing legal authority to support defense of the United States against lawsuits for monetary damages alleging negligent or wrongful acts by the federal government or its agents.


  • The George Washington University Law School, J.D., 2006.
  • Fordham University, M.A., 2003.
  • Tufts University, B.A., 1999.

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California.
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California.
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • California State Court.

Bar Admissions

  • California, 2006.
  • New York, 2007.
  • U.S. Virgin Islands, 2010.


Board of Governors, Silicon Valley Capital Club.
ProVisors, Executive Committee, Mountain View 1.
Mountain View Rental Housing Committee, (Alternate).

Other Activities

Adjunct Instructor, U.S. Government, Cogswell Polytechnical College, 2011-2015.
Adjunct Instructor, Lincoln Law School of San Jose, 2016-2017.


  • “Tools to Fight Elder Abuse Are Powerful and Many,” Daily Journal, October 10, 2016.
  • “Bill Reduces Recoverable Disability Access Damages,” Daily Journal, July 29, 2016.
  • “Making the California Assumption of Risk Doctrine Work for You,” Law360, May 2015.
  • “Unlicensed Contractors Are a Hidden Risk for California Homeowners,” Inman Daily, March 2015.
  • “Terminating At-Will Employees,” Human Resource Executive Online, July 2014.
  • “Permissible Limits On Employee Social Media,” Today’s General Counsel, June 2014.