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Six Fisher Phillips Attorneys Named to Northern California Super Lawyers 2017 Edition

7.7.17

Fisher Phillips announces that Partners Jason Geller, Wendy McGuire Coats and Tim Murphy in the San Francisco office and Partner Alden Parker in the Sacramento office have been listed in the Northern California Super Lawyers 2017 Edition®. In addition, Associate Katarzyna “Kasia” Nowak in San Francisco and Associate Katherine Sandberg in Sacramento have been selected to the list of “Rising Stars,” which recognizes the top up-and-coming attorneys in the region.

Super Lawyers is a listing of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The objective of the Super Lawyers selection process is to create a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of outstanding attorneys that can be used as a resource to assist in the search for legal counsel. Approximately five percent of the Northern California Bar received the distinction.

Recognizing the top up-and-coming attorneys in the region, the selection process for “Rising Stars” is the same as the Super Lawyers selection process except that attorneys must be either 40 years old or younger or in practice for ten years or less. Approximately two percent of the Northern California Bar received this distinction. 

Geller is the managing partner of the firm's San Francisco office. He represents employers in all facets of employment law matters and has extensive experience defending employers in federal and state courts, as well as in investigations in front of various enforcement agencies. Geller has been listed in the Employment & Labor category three years in a row. He received his J.D. from the Gonzaga University School of Law (1993) and his B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara (1989).

Coats is a partner and appellate counsel and leads the firm’s California Appellate Practice. She represents clients in all aspects of appellate litigation in state and federal appellate courts and prepares trial counsel for appellate consequences before, during and after trial. Coats is a certified specialist in Appellate Law by the California Board of Legal Specialization, a distinction held by fewer than 400 California attorneys. She was included as a “Rising Star” in Appellate Law in 2009-2010 and from 2012-2015. Coats received her J.D., magna cum laude, from the Pepperdine University School of Law (2005), where she was Editor in Chief of the Pepperdine Law Review, and her B.S Ed., magna cum laude, from the University of Missouri – Columbia (1996).

Murphy has more than 40 years of trial experience, and his practice has focused on matters concerning sexual harassment, race discrimination, whistleblower allegations, retaliation, wrongful discharge, trade secret protection and disability discrimination. He has been included in the Employment Litigation category for the past ten years. Murphy received his J.D. from the University of Colorado School of Law (1972) and his B.A. from Stanford University (1969).

Parker is the managing partner of the Sacramento office. He has considerable experience defending employers in litigation involving claims regarding California’s wage and hour laws, the Fair Employment and Housing Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. Parker advises clients on leave management issues and the interactive process for employees with disabilities, reinstatement obligations under various leave laws and wage and hour compliance. He has been named to the Northern California Super Lawyers list three times prior, from 2013-2015. Parker earned his J.D. from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law (1998) and his B.A. from the University of California, San Diego (1994).

Nowak focuses her practice on employment-related litigation, including defending employers against claims of discrimination, retaliation and wrongful termination. She has represented public companies, private companies and individuals in a wide variety of employment matters, in both state and federal courts and before various state and federal agencies. This marks the fifth year in a row Nowak has been listed in the Employment Litigation category as a “Rising Star.” She earned her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley College of Law (2007), her MSc, with merit, from the London School of Economics (2004) and her B.A., with highest honors, from the University of California, Berkeley (2000).

Sandberg is an associate in the Sacramento office. She has defended clients in federal and state court against claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation and unfair competition. Sandberg also has significant experience defending business owners in public accommodation access litigation involving claims of inaccessibility of facilities filed under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act, California’s Unruh Civil Rights Act and various federal and state regulations. This is the first time she has been named to the “Rising Stars” list. Sandberg earned her J.D. from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law (2014) and her B.S. from California State University, Sacramento (2010).

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