Nicole Baarts is a partner in the Labor & Employment department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP's San Francisco office.  Ms. Baarts is a trial attorney with a diverse background in litigating employment law, medical malpractice, personal injury law, education law, and construction defect in both state and federal courts.  Ms. Baarts also has significant experience providing general counsel advice to, and litigating on behalf of public and private employers in a variety of matters, including employment, and representing employers in agency proceedings including EEOC, DFEH, EDD, and the California Department of Labor.  She provides ongoing employment counseling and training to her clients to facilitate compliance with federal and state employment laws, such as those governing payment of wages and wage statements, reasonable accommodations, employee exemptions, and workplace investigations.  Ms. Baarts also practices with an emphasis on the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and state laws effecting background screening.

Ms. Baarts represents public and private employers in employment-related litigation in the areas of discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, retaliation, pay equity, wage and hour claims, breach of contract, and misappropriation of trade secrets, among others.  Ms. Baarts has been a member of multiple trial and arbitration teams that have secured defense verdicts for employers.

In 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 Ms. Baarts was recognized by Northern California Super Lawyers as an Employment & Labor "Rising Star," an exclusive designation awarded to only 2.5% of qualified attorneys.

J.D., University of Oregon, School of Law (2003)
B.A., University of California, Davis (1999)


U.S. District Courts for the Districts of Eastern and Northern California

California State Bar Association (2003–present)
Queen's Bench Bar Association (2011–2013)
Stanislaus County Bar Association (2003–present)
Wray Ladine Inns of Court (2005–2010)
Court-Appointed Special Advocate, Stanislaus County, Volunteer Advocate (2003–2006) 

Co-Author, “No Summer Break for Employers: New Duties Start July 2017,” California
        Peculiarities, Seyfarth Shaw LLP (June 29, 2017)

Co-Author, “2016 California Labor and Employment Legislative Update: It’s Final!”   
        California Peculiarities, Seyfarth Shaw LLP (October 3, 2016)

Co-Author, “Breaking News: EEOC Revised EEO-1 Report Finalized - Employers With 
        More Than 100 Employees Will Be Required to Submit Pay Data to EEOC,” 
        Management Alert, Seyfarth Shaw LLP (September 29, 2016)

“Barflies or Worker Bees: Alcohol at Work, What’s the Deal?” California Peculiarities, 
        Seyfarth Shaw LLP (June 23, 2016)

Co-Author, “Beware of the Ides and Other March Madness,” California Peculiarities, 
        Seyfarth Shaw LLP (March 9, 2016)

Co-Author, “Double-Bagged: Governor Signs Second Piece of Grocery Worker 
        Retention Law,” California Peculiarities, Seyfarth Shaw LLP (September 22, 2015)

“California Employment Legislative Update—What’s Coming in 2017?,” Webinar,
        Seyfarth Shaw LLP (October 6, 2016)

Community Involvement
Board Member, Anka Behavioral Health, Inc