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John F. Baum


John Baum is a partner in the firm’s San Francisco office.  His focus is in labor and employment law litigation and counseling on behalf of private and public employers, as well as educational institutions.  John represents employers in wrongful discharge and discrimination disputes before federal and state courts and government agencies.  He also counsels clients on a variety of issues impacting the employer-employee relationship, including employee discipline and termination, personnel policies and employer investigations.  He offers a special expertise in the areas of compliance with disability laws and reasonable accommodation.  John regularly presents in-house management training on how to manage within the law, sexual harassment and how to conduct an internal investigation into employee issues.  He frequently lectures on employment topics before professional organizations, attorneys and business groups.  John also conducts investigations into employee issues for clients who want such matters conducted by someone outside of the organization.

Representative Matters

Successfully represented employers in the following recent jury trials:

  • Complete defense verdict after five-week jury trial where the plaintiff alleged retaliation and constructive discharge claims.
  • Complete defense verdict after four-week jury trial where the plaintiff alleged sexual harassment and failure to prevent harassment.
  • Complete defense verdict after two-week jury trial where the plaintiff alleged disability discrimination and wrongful termination.

Other Distinctions

  • Lead attorney in successfully arguing and briefing Kaiser v. Superior Court, (1998) 66 Cal.App.4th 1217, where the attorney-client privilege intersected with an organization’s internal investigation process.
  • Named one of Northern California's Super Lawyers every year since 2008.

Professional and Civic Involvement

  • 2007 Volunteer of the Year, Larkin Street Youth Services
  • 2014 Extraordinary Community Service Award, Lifehouse

Representative Public Presentations and Articles

John F. Baum
Office: Northern California
Phone: 415-835-9006
Fax: 415-834-0443
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John F. Baum


  • J.D. - University of California, Hastings College of The Law - 1990
  • A.B. - Stanford University - 1978

Bar/Court Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern and Eastern Districts of California
  • U.S. District Court, Colorado and Arizona Districts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit