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Paul, Plevin, Sullivan & Connaughton LLP

101 West Broadway, Ninth Floor
San Diego, CA 92101-8285
United States
(619) 237.5200

Firm Details

Paul, Plevin, Sullivan & Connaughton LLP is recognized as one of California’s top management-side labor and employment law firms. Our lawyers represent employers in discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, trade secret, union-management, and other employment-related matters throughout California and, increasingly, nationwide. In addition, the firm has a robust practice representing employers in class and representative actions. Firm attorneys also have substantial expertise in higher education law, employee-related intellectual property litigation, and public sector jurisdictional, immunity and constitutional issues. We regularly appear before state and federal administrative agencies, Superior and District Courts, and at all levels of the state and federal appeal processes.

Although Paul, Plevin has an outstanding record of favorably disposing of cases before trial, our attorneys are always poised to draw on their extensive trial experience to prevail in jury and bench trials, hearings, and arbitrations when that becomes necessary. We try cases regularly, and know what it takes to maximize our clients’ chances for success before trial, and to win. In all cases, Paul, Plevin strives to provide outstanding value, early assessment, clear communication, creative and practical solutions, and the highest level of dedication, ethics and work quality. In addition to litigation, Paul, Plevin’s attorneys counsel employers on labor/management relations, compliance matters, employment transactions, and a vast array of other day-to-day employment issues.

The firm includes a transactional group that focuses exclusively on compliance and risk avoidance counseling. These attorneys regularly provide advice and guidance regarding investigations, reductions in force, leaves of absence and accommodations, wage and hour compliance, policy creation and modification, auditing, and severance and discipline issues. The firm also offers a portfolio of original, innovative and fun programs to assist employers with employee training in harassment prevention, investigations, effective management within the law and other employment-related issues.

Paul, Plevin clients are leaders in every sector of the economy. Private sector clients range from large public companies such as Qualcomm, Illumina, Microsoft Corporation, Kelly Services and AT&T, to national and regional enterprises, start-ups and entrepreneurs. In the public sector, Paul, Plevin represents statewide public entities such as the University of California and the California judicial branch, as well as cities and local agencies. The firm also represents many leading non-profit organizations such as Scripps Health, The Scripps Research Institute and The Salk Institute. The firm handles matters ranging from highly complex class and representative actions to straightforward, single-plaintiff cases.

Our attorneys provide top-notch legal work and cost-effective, practical advice and solutions in cases of all sizes and types. The firm's commitment to excellence has been recognized by our clients and peers, including seven straight years as the only San Diego law firm with across-the-board first tier rankings from U.S. News and World Report and Best Lawyers, as well as being designated a “Go To” firm in Fortune’s annual survey of Fortune 500 legal departments. At least one Paul, Plevin partner has also been named as Best Lawyers’ San Diego’s “Lawyer of the Year” in a labor and employment category every year since the inception of that list.


E. Joseph Connaughton
Managing Partner

Top Listed City Awards

  • Top Listed in San Diego in Employment Law - Management with 6 lawyers
  • Top Listed in San Diego in Labor Law - Management with 4 lawyers
  • Top Listed in San Diego in Litigation - Labor and Employment with 6 lawyers

About Our Clients

Paul, Plevin’s client base is diverse. The firm represents national and international companies, emerging businesses, public entities and non-profits. The firm has clients in all sectors of the economy, including technology and telecommunications, health care, pharmaceuticals and scientific research, education, transportation, retail, banking and finance, law, and other professional services. The firm regularly handles matters throughout California and nationwide.  Below is a list of clients the firm represents or has recently represented in employment matters.

Technology and Communications
AT&T • CliniComp, Int’l • Cohu, Inc. • Cubic Corporation • Delta Design • General Atomics • Huawei • Invensys • Jack Henry & Associates • L-3 Communications • Leidos • Novatel Wireless • Omnitracs • Qualcomm • Radysis • Safenet • SAIC • Symitar Systems • ViaSat Healthcare and Life Sciences Accelrys • American Specialty Health • Arena Pharmaceuticals • Biovia • Children’s Specialists of San Diego • Geonomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation • Human Longevity • Illumina • Ionis Pharmaceuticals • Kinetic Concepts • North County Health Services • Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego • ResMed • Response Genetics • The Salk Institute for Biological Studies • San Diego Blood Bank • Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute • SCL Health System • Scripps Health • The Scripps Research Institute • Semonyx • Synteract • UC San Diego Health • UC Irvine Health

ACES • Alliant International University • American Public University • Ashford University • The Bishop’s School • Brandman University • Bridgepoint Education • California Western School of Law • Chapman University • Embry Riddle Aeronautical University • The Gillispie School • Maranatha Christian Schools • National University • Point Loma Nazarene University • San Diego State University Foundation • San Diego Unified School District • Southwestern School of Law • Thomas Jefferson School of Law • Trustees of the California State University System  (SDSU, Sonoma State, CSU San Bernardino) • University of San Diego • United Educators Risk Retention Group • University of California  (UCSD, UCI, UCLA, UCR, UC Office of the President) • Warren Walker Schools

Civic and Government
California Judicial Council • City of Chula Vista • City of San Diego • City of Solana Beach • City of Escondido • Goodwill Industries • Museum of Contemporary Art • San Diego County Regional Airport Authority • San Diego Housing Commission • San Diego Metropolitan Transit System • San Diego Museum of Art • San Diego Museum of Man • San Diego Symphony Orchestra • Superior Court of Imperial County • Superior Court of Los Angeles County •  Superior Court of Orange County • Superior Court of Riverside County • Superior Court of San Bernardino County • Superior Court of San Diego County • Timken Museum of Art • United States District Court • United Way of San Diego • University of California

Aramco Services Co. • Bagby Brewing • Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits • Bartell Hotels • Berwind Corporation • Bimbo Bakeries • Brand Energy Solutions • Brown Jordan International • Chopra Enterprises • Cohn Restaurant Group • Full Steam Staffing • Flowserve • GEICO • HSBC • John Deere & Company • Johnson & Johnson • Kelly Services • Kyriba • Ledcor • Mancini’s Sleepworld • Pacific Western Bank • Provide Commerce • Realty ONE Group • Red Lion Hotels • Republic Services • Rubio’s Restaurants • San Diego Padres Baseball Club • Sprouts Farmers Market • Sedona Staffing • SunTrust Bank • Taylor Guitars • Two Jinn, Inc. • Union Bank • Villeroy & Boch • Volt

PPSC attorneys are affiliated with or participants in:
American Bar Association:Labor and Employment Law Section • American Conference Institute • American Employment Law Council • American Inns of Court • American Health Lawyers Association • Association of Corporate Counsel • Association of Workplace Investigators • California Public Employers Labor Relations Association • California Society of Healthcare Attorneys • California State University San Marcos • California Western School of Law • College of Labor & Employment Lawyers • Continuing Education of the Bar - California • International Network of Boutique Law Firms • Labor and Employment Advanced Practices Symposium • LEAD San Diego • Litigation Counsel of America • Management Labor and Employment Roundtable • Matthew Bender • National Association of College and University Attorneys • National Conflict Resolution Center • National Employment Law Institute • San Diego County Bar Association (100% Club) • San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation • San Diego Employers Association • Society for Human Resources Management • UCSD Extension • University of Redlands • University of San Diego School of Law • University of Southern California School of Law • Wage and Hour Defense Institute • Webster University  


Patty Marshall
Firm Administrator

Firm Practice Areas

  • Employment Law - Management
  • Labor Law - Management
  • Litigation - Labor and Employment

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San Diego, CA

101 West Broadway, Ninth Floor

San Diego, CA 92101-8285

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(619) 237.5200

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