Hassan Aburish enjoys working with businesses, organizations, and individuals to protect their interests in a wide range of employment-related matters. Whether representing a client in litigation, guiding them through the requirements of a new law, or drafting an agreement, Hassan’s primary focus is to secure the best possible outcome for his clients. After identifying his clients’ goals, he thinks outside the box to find the most effective and efficient options for reaching those goals and communicates with his clients each step of the way.
Hassan’s practice includes representing clients in litigation, arbitration and administrative claims involving allegations of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, trade secret theft, breach of contract, wrongful termination, wage and hour violations, and failure to accommodate. As a litigator, Hassan will aggressively pursue his client’s interests, while seeking ways to maximize efficiency. Hassan also provides advice and counsel to employers and executives, including drafting employment-related agreements and policies, guiding employers through employee complaints, leave requests, discipline, terminations, compensation, and benefits.
Prior Work Experience
Fisher & Phillips LLP, San Francisco, Associate Attorney – Employment Law (2019 – 2022)
Provided advice and counsel to employers related to compliance with federal, state and local employment laws and ordinances, employee discipline and terminations, responded to employee complaints, updated employers’ policies, and found the correct solution for employers’ needs and priorities in each situation. Defended employers in litigation, arbitration and administrative claims, including claims of wage and hour violations, wrongful termination, discrimination, retaliation, harassment, trade secret theft, and breach of contract. Prepared, opposed and argued dispositive motions, discovery motions and appellate briefs. Managed all aspects of discovery, including conducting witness interviews, drafting and responding to written discovery, defending and taking depositions, negotiating exchange of ESI, and filing discovery motions. Led mediations and settlement negotiations, including drafting mediation briefs, liability analysis reports and negotiating terms of settlement agreements. Drafted non-disclosure agreements, affirmative action plans, employee handbooks and related policies for employers. Prepared legal articles and presentations, including related to harassment and bullying prevention, affirmative action, employee use of marijuana, COVID-19 laws and ordinances, paying employees in cryptocurrency and NFTs. Founding member of the firm’s Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Taskforce.
Freeman, Mathis & Gary, LLP, San Rafael, Associate Attorney – Employment Law (2018 – 2019)
Represented employers in litigation, pre-litigation and administrative matters in federal and state courts and administrative agencies, involving labor and employment claims, including class action, wage and hour, discrimination, retaliation, harassment, wrongful termination and leaves. Conducted witness interviews, argued demurrers and discovery motions, attended mediations, negotiated settlements, drafted motions, demurrers, written discovery requests and responses, answers, mediation briefs, and position statements responding to administrative charges. Provided miscellaneous services and counsel to business clients, including obtaining workplace violence restraining orders and updating employment practices and policies.
Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard Smith, LLP, San Francisco, Associate Attorney – Litigation (2015 – 2017)
Managed cases involving general liability, insurance coverage, bad faith, and professional liability, including drafting answers, demurrers, motions for summary judgment, motions to compel and oppositions, propounding and responding to written discovery, conducting and defending more than 20 depositions and examinations under oath, attended trial as coverage counsel, argued ex-parte applications, demurrers and discovery motion hearings, attended mediations and negotiated settlements. Recognized by firm for exceptional work ethic and dedication.
- University of California – Hastings College of the Law, J.D., Cum Laude, 2014
- San Francisco State University, B.A., 2008
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
- California State Courts
- California, 2014