William (Bill) Jhaveri-Weeks is a partner at Goldstein, Borgen, Dardarian & Ho, where his practice focuses on public interest class actions, including enforcement of employee-protection laws and civil rights laws, as well as appellate law. He is a frequent speaker and author on employment law and class actions. Before representing plaintiffs, Bill represented companies in high-stakes commercial disputes, and was a law clerk for a U.S. Court of Appeals judge. He graduated with honors from NYU Law School and Yale College.
- J.D., New York University School of Law, 2007
- B.A., Yale University, 2002
Bar and Court Admissions
State Bar of California (2013), New York (2008)
United States Courts of Appeals: Second, Sixth, Seventh and Ninth Circuits
United States District Courts: N.D. Cal., C.D. Cal., S.D.N.Y., E.D.N.Y., S.D. Ohio
Super Lawyers – Rising Star, 2016
NYU Law School – Order of the Coif (top 10%), magna cum laude
Yale College – cum laude, Distinction in History major
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Equal Rights Advocates - Litigation Committee Member
- Bar Association of San Francisco
- American Bar Association
- Volunteer supervising attorney, Legal Aid Society Employment Law Center – Workers’ Rights Clinic
- Labor and Employment Law Section, California State Bar
- Associate, Bryan Schwartz Law, Oakland, CA, 2013-2015
- Associate, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, New York, NY, 2007-2008, 2009-2013
- Law Clerk, Honorable R. Guy Cole, Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, Columbus, OH, 2008-2009
- Law Clerk, Spivak Lipton LLP, New York, NY, 2005-2006
Munguia-Brown v. Equity Residential, Case No. 16-cv-1225 (N.D. Cal.) – represent proposed class of tenants statewide challenging late fee policy of large real estate firm.
Christensen v. CVS Pharmacy, Inc., Case No. A146422 (Cal. Ct. App. 1st Dist.) – represent proposed statewide class of CVS employees challenging CVS’s mileage reimbursement rate under California law requiring reimbursement of business expenses (Cal. Labor Code 2802).
Swank v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., Case No. 13-cv-1185 (W.D. Pa.) – represent Wal-Mart Assistant Managers in proposed Pennsylvania-wide class action seeking unpaid overtime wages, alleging that employees were misclassified as “executives” and thereby wrongly denied state and federal wage law protections.
In re Uber FCRA Litigation, Case No. 14-cv-5200 (N.D. Cal.) – represent proposed state- and nationwide classes of Uber drivers alleging violation of background check laws, as well as violations of California’s Private Attorneys’ General Act arising from Uber’s classification of drivers as independent contractors.
Balero v. Lumber Liquidators, Inc., 15-cv-1005 (N.D. Cal.); In re Lumber Liquidators Chinese-Manufactured Flooring Products, 15-md-2627 (E.D. Va.) – represent proposed class of consumers who purchased Lumber Liquidators’ Chinese-made laminate flooring that emits formaldehyde at levels far exceeding California’s legal limit. Case was the first-filed of more than 100 subsequent cases alleging the same violation.
Talamantes v. PPG Industries, Inc., Case No. 13-cv-4062 (N.D. Cal.) – represent Business Development Representatives employed by a paint manufacturer to perform merchandising and other services in Home Depot stores nationwide. The employees sought unpaid overtime wages arising from their misclassification as exempt, along with other relief. Case resulted in gross settlement of $5 million, with approximately 106 individuals eligible for settlement payments.
Boyd v. Bank of America, Case No. 13-cv-561 (C.D. Cal.) – represented residential real estate appraisers nationwide seeking unpaid overtime and other relief. Obtained published decisions granting class certification and partial summary judgment for the employees. 300 F.R.D. 431 (C.D. Cal. 2014); — F. Supp. 3d — , 2015 WL 3650207 (May 6, 2015). Case ultimately settled for a total of $41.8 million (in part after my work on the case ended). Presiding Judge David O. Carter described the briefing in the case, of which I was the primary drafter, as “just extraordinary.”
Lee v. JPMorgan Chase, Case No. 13-cv-511 (C.D. Cal.) – represented state and nationwide class of commercial real estate appraisers seeking unpaid overtime. Case settled for $2.4 million.
Represented foreign investment fund seeking damages in corporate debt financing dispute before ICC International Court of Arbitration in Brazil. Two-week arbitration hearing resulted in significant confidential recovery.
RSL Communications PLC v. Bildirici, Case No. 04-cv-5217 (S.D.N.Y.); 10-1142 (2d Cir.) – represented directors defending suit by bankruptcy administrators seeking $1.1 billion. Won summary judgment, 649 F. Supp. 2d 184 (S.D.N.Y. 2009), and affirmance on appeal, 412 F. App’x 337 (2d Cir. 2011).
Represented major Hollywood trade publication in copyright infringement action, and in resisting discovery into confidential sources covered by Constitutional protections.
Medellin v. Texas, 552 U.S. 491 (2008); 554 U.S. 759 (2008) – represented Mexican national in Supreme Court case concerning relationship between Vienna Convention on Consular Relations and U.S. federalist system. Client, on death row in Texas, was deprived of right to consular assistance when arrested and tried.
The Opt-Out Trap – New Battlefront in Employers’ Effort to Avoid Class Liability Through Arbitration Clauses (with Byron Goldstein), Plaintiff Magazine (Nov. 2016)
Class Actions Under Rule 23 and Collective Actions Under the Fair Labor Standards Act: Preventing the Conflation of Two Distinct Tools to Enforce the Wage Laws (with Austin Webbert) Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law & Policy (Mar. 2016)
Ethical issues in developing a class or collective case (with Megan Ryan), Plaintiff Magazine (Jan. 2016)
Wage and Hour Laws: A State by State Survey, BNA treatise, 2015 supplement
Will your client be liable for the defendant’s costs if your employment case is unsuccessful? (with Andrew Lee), Plaintiff Magazine (June 2015)
Important New Joint Employer Decision: Corporate Parents Responsible for Employment Violations by Wholly-Owned, Controlled Subsidiaries. Today’s Workplace (September 2014)
Representative Speaking Engagements
March 3, 2017, Bridgeport 2017 PAGA Workshop (San Francisco) – panelist on “Procedural Issues and Nuts and Bolts of PAGA.”
January 9, 2017, “Ethics of Practicing Law in a Digital World,” Bar Association of San Francisco (panelist).
October 21, 2016, Bridgeport 2016 Wage & Hour Litigation Program (San Francisco) – panelist on “Changing the Rules in the Independent Contractor Game and Joint Employer Issues, Including New Economy Issues.”
June 23, 2016, National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA)’s 2016 Convention – panelist on the ABC’s of Litigating Wage & Hour Collective and Class Actions.
May 5, 2016, California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA)’s Advanced Wage & Hour Conference – panelist on Litigating Hybrid FLSA Class and Collective Actions.
January 21, 2016, California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA)’s “Barristers Committee Kickoff TalkShow” – panelist on practice pointers for new employment attorneys.
January 6, 2016, “Ethical Dilemmas in Employment Law,” moderator, Bar Association of San Francisco Barristers Club.
June 24, 2015, “Discrimination and Harassment,” presented to The Legal Aid Society – Employment Law Center’s Workers’ Rights Clinic law students.