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Adam P. KohSweeney

O'Melveny & Myers LLP

San Francisco, CA, USA

Adam P. KohSweeney

Adam P. KohSweeney is a partner in O'Melveny's San Francisco office and a member of the Labor and Employment Practice. He has been named as a Northern California "Rising Star" in 2011 and 2012, and a Southern California "Rising Star" in 2006, 2007, and 2008 in an annual survey conducted by Law & Politics Media Inc. Adam works on matters involving an array of labor- and employment-related issues under federal and state law, including: wage and hour class action litigation under the Fair Labor Standards Act as well as state law; litigation and arbitration under the Railway Labor Act; disputes involving employee raiding and misappropriation of confidential information; and arbitration of employment-related disputes pursuant to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority's Code of Arbitration Procedure. He represents and counsels a wide variety of employers, including companies in the financial services, hospitality, airline, and construction industries.

Adam also regularly advises employers regarding how to preserve, collect, and review electronically stored information (“ESI”). He is the co-author of a recent practice guide which discusses all aspects of the doctrine of spoliation in the context of electronically stored information.

Adam is also active in pro bono matters and often advises small and not-for-profit employers regarding compensation and employment policies and practices. In addition, before transferring to the San Francisco Office, he served as the Coordinating Attorney for the Los Angeles Office’s Trial Advocacy Prosecution Program, through which junior attorneys gain trial experience

Professional Activities

Law Clerk, Honorable Howard H. Kestin, New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division

Admitted to Practice
, US District Court, Central and Northern Districts of California; US Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

, "The Brinker Decision: New Guidance on California's Meal Period Requirements TeleBriefing," Law Seminars International (2012); Bridgeport 7th Annual Wage & Hour Litigation Conference (2011); Bridgeport CE’s 2010 Wage & Hour Litigation Conference (2010); ExecSense’s Nuts & Bolts of the FLSA (2010); Practicing Law Institute’s 37th Annual Institute on Employment Law (2008); Employers Group's Workplace and Employment Law Update (2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011)

Co-Author, "Non-Exempt Employee Compensation: Traps For The Unwary," Bloomberg Labor & Employment Reports (December 2011; co-authored with Apalla Chopra); "Strategic Issues Related to Employee Exemption Review," Bloomberg Labor & Employment Reports (August 2011; co-authored with Apalla Chopra); "Courts Split Over Calculating Overtime Damages,” National Law Journal (January 2011; co-authored with Justin Walker); "Spoliation in the Electronic Age,” BNA Books (December 2010; co-authored with Roberta Vespremi and Eric Chan); "Hiring? Laying Off? What You Must Know Now," BusinessWeek (October 2009; co-authored with Framroze Virjee) Honors, Named a Northern California "Rising Star" (2011, 2012) and a Southern California "Rising Star" (2006, 2007, 2008) in a survey conducted by Law & Politics Media Inc.

Professional Focus

Labor and Employment


Rutgers University, J.D.: Editor-in-Chief, Rutgers Law Review
Rutgers University, B.A., English: with honors; Athenaeum Honors Society


California; New York


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