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David A. Lowe

David A. Lowe

Rudy, Exelrod, Zieff & Lowe, LLP

San Francisco, CA, USA

The Daily Journal has repeatedly included Mr. Lowe on its prestigious list of the “Top Labor and Employment Lawyers” in California, and he has received California Lawyer magazine’s “Attorney of the Year” (“CLAY”) award by for his “extraordinary achievement” in employment law.  He is listed in Best Lawyers in America, which recognized him as “Lawyer of the Year” for Employment Law for 2016.  In addition, Law & Politics magazine has recognized him as a “Northern California Super Lawyer” each year from 2006 to the present and as one of the “Top 100” lawyers in Northern California.  He holds LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell’s highest “AV” Peer Review Rating for preeminent attorneys and an AVVO rating of 10 out of 10.

Mr. Lowe is one of a handful of employment lawyers in California who have won high profile trials in both individual and class action cases.  Most recently, Mr. Lowe was lead trial counsel in two jury trials in which the firm’s clients recovered millions of dollars.  A jury found that the Diocese of Sacramento defamed our client and fired him for whistleblowing, resulting in a $4 million judgment.  Six months later, in a disability discrimination case, a Kern County jury awarded our client, a blind physical therapist, $1.19 million in lost wages and emotional distress damages.  The case settled while the jury was deciding the amount of punitive damages to award. 

In addition to representing employees, Mr. Lowe is frequently retained as a neutral mediator to help other lawyers and their clients resolve difficult employment disputes.  In that role, he has helped settle multi-million dollar class actions, individual employment cases, and litigation involving a wide variety of issues, including insurance coverage issues.  Mr. Lowe received his mediation training at the highly regarded Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law and “on-the-job” with his colleague Mark Rudy, with whom he has mediated numerous complex individual and class action cases. 

Mr. Lowe specializes in international employment cases, complex litigation, and executive severance negotiations, as well as litigation and negotiation of individual employment law claims, including claims for wrongful termination, harassment, discrimination, whistleblower retaliation, unpaid commissions and bonuses, breach of contract and violation of the WARN Act, military leave, family/medical leave and wage and hour laws.

Mr. Lowe is one of four authors—with Justice Ming W. Chin, Justice Rebecca A. Wiseman (ret.) and Judge Consuelo Maria Callahan—of The Rutter Group “Employment Litigation” California Practice Guide and is Chapter Author, “Litigation of International Employment Disputes,” International Labor and Employment Laws, among other publications.

Mr. Lowe served on the Board of Directors of the Bar Association of San Francisco (“BASF”), and as Chair of the Labor and Employment Section (2010-2012) and a member of the Judiciary and Independence of the Judiciary Committees.  He also Co-Chaired the International Bar Association Equality and Discrimination Law Committee and serves on the IBA Class Action Task Force.

Mr. Lowe also sits on the Board of Directors of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights in the Bay Area and chairs its Nominations and Membership Committee.  He is also a member of the Labor and Employment Section of the State Bar of California, California Employment Lawyers Association, the National Employment Lawyers Association and Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom.  He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Berkeley Law Foundation (Chair, 1996-2000) and the Pride Law Fund (Secretary, 2001-2006).

Mr. Lowe regularly speaks on employment law issues for the International Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the State Bar Labor and Employment Section, the Rutter Group, the American Conference Institute, the Practicing Law Institute and others.


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