Judith Droz Keyes - Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
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Judith Droz Keyes

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1999

Judy Keyes is a labor and employment lawyer who partners with employer-clients to navigate the complex system of laws and regulations that govern the California workplace. She is recognized for her "out-of-the-box" thinking and ability to solve complex human resources and labor relations problems in effective and efficient ways. She counsels clients on how to avoid and respond to discrimination, harassment and retaliation claims; comply with wage and hour laws (e.g., exempt vs. nonexempt, independent contractors, rest and meal periods); grant and limit periods of time off (e.g. leaves of absence, disability accommodation, vacation and sick leave, "kin care"); and reduce and reorganize staff to meet business goals.

Judy represents employers in all forms of dispute resolution — from single-plaintiff and class action litigation in federal and state courts, to mediation and arbitration, to proceedings before federal and state agencies. She also represents employers in union-related matters, including NLRB proceedings, grievance handling, and contract negotiations.

Additional Information

Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1975
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 1977
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1993
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 2014
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit,1996
Pennsylvania State UniversityBS 1966University of Missouri, ColumbiaMA 1970University of California, Berkeley School of LawJ.D. 1975
College of Labor & Employment LawyersAssociation of Workplace InvestigatorsGrace CathedralThelton Henderson Center for Social Justice

Office Location

505 Montgomery Street, Suite 800
San Francisco, CA 94111-6533
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2016 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Labor and Employment of the San Francisco Metro Area
Judith Droz Keyes has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2016!

Practice Areas

Employment Law - Management
Litigation - Labor and Employment