Paul Coady, a labor and employment partner, represents established, national companies in many industries, with a special emphasis on high stakes litigation and disaster mitigation. Many of Mr. Coady’s engagements have entailed the defense of wage and hour collective and class actions, such as those alleging misclassification of employees for overtime purposes, meal and rest break issues, chargebacks and deductions from wages, alleged off-the-clock work, failure to reimburse for uniform costs and other business expenses, and providing inaccurate paychecks, including final paychecks. The engagements that Mr. Coady has handled with uniformly favorable results have included the representation of Fortune 25 companies in “bet the company” litigation.
In addition to high stakes class and collective actions, Mr. Coady has significant experience in representing management in other areas of employment law. These areas include wrongful discharge, discrimination, sexual harassment, whistleblower, and labor-management litigation. He also has litigated high exposure claims involving the alleged theft of trade secrets and the enforceability of agreements not to compete and/or solicit employees and customers. Mr. Coady also has in-depth experience representing management in traditional labor law matters, including the effective handling of unfair labor practice charges, collective bargaining negotiations, union campaigns, grievance arbitrations, and proceedings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing.
Mr. Coady’s clients include national retailers, financial institutions, technology companies, manufacturing concerns, service industry employers, medical device suppliers, and entertainment companies.
Mr. Coady received a B.A. in Economics, summa cum laude, from Dartmouth College in 1975, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He received a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1978.