Lisa Brown is a founding partner of GBG, a defense employment boutique based in San Francisco. Lisa splits her time between San Francisco and Los Angeles, representing clients in both Northern and Southern California. Her practice focuses on complex employment litigation, wage and hour class actions, and representative actions under the California Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA). Lisa is also an experienced trial attorney who has second-chaired a number of jury trials and first-chaired administrative proceedings.
An experienced litigator, Lisa defends employers against claims of harassment, discrimination, retaliation and wrongful termination, and wage and hour violations brought by current and former employees. She has handled class action and single plaintiff matters from inception through discovery, summary adjudication, class certification, and trial in state and federal courts. Lisa also investigates and responds to administrative charges before the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and she conducts independent investigations of employee complaints.
Prior to founding this firm with Jeff and Tom, Lisa was an Of Counsel in the employment law department of Paul Hastings LLP. Before Paul Hastings, Lisa clerked for the Honorable K. Gary Sebelius and practiced law in Washington, DC.
Lisa has obtained verdicts in employer's favor in six cases involving allegations of wrongful termination, race discrimination, retaliation, and wage and hour allegations of misclassification, failure to pay overtime, and failure to provide meal and rest breaks.
Lisa offers strategic and practical advice to employers facing "bet the company" class allegations and penalty claims under the California Private Attorney Generals Act (PAGA). Lisa has successfully defeated class certification on multiple occasions, in cases involving alleged nonpayment of overtime, misclassification of employees as exempt, and misclassification of employees as independent contractors. When appeals were filed, these victories were affirmed on appeal.
Lisa's advice to her clients is not limited to litigation. In some instances, the best strategy is to audit and change practices ahead of any litigation. Evaluating her clients' concerns and proposing proactive solutions is equally important to Lisa's work.
Rising Star, the Southern California Super Lawyers.
Super Lawyer, the Northern California Super Lawyers.
Lisa is frequently invited by corporate counsel and human resources leaders to speak on topics related to PAGA, wage and hour class actions, and general employment law issues.
Member of the State Bars of California, New York, and the District of Columbia.
University of Chicago Law School, J.D., 2001.
Indiana University, B.A., 1998 (summa cum laude; double major and double minor).
Lisa has three young children, filling every minute of her free time. Lisa is an avid skier and traveler.
Lisa speaks Russian (native) and French.