Firm Profile

Payne & Fears LLP


Jamboree Center, Suite 1100
Four Park Plaza
Irvine, CA 92614
United States
(949) 851.1100

Firm Details

Payne & Fears LLP was founded in 1992 in Orange County by James L. Payne and Daniel F. Fears with only two lawyers.  Now with seven offices (Orange County, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, Silicon Valley) and nearly 50 highly skilled lawyers, Payne & Fears LLP has developed a reputation that is consistent with its founding principles of delivering outstanding legal services in a cost-efficient, flexible and client-friendly manner.

What started as a Southern California labor and employment boutique law firm has grown into a regional law firm that offers a wide range of services to diverse clients.  In 2003, Payne and Fears LLP opened its doors in downtown Los Angeles.  In June 2004, the firm established its office in Las Vegas, Nevada.  The firm opened its San Francisco office to serve clients in Northern California in June, 2006.  In July of 2012, the firm established its office in Salt Lake City, Utah and most recently in the Fall of 2015, the firm opened its Phoenix and Silicon Valley offices.

In addition to the firm's premier employment and labor law practice, Payne & Fears LLP today has thriving business litigation, business transaction and insurance coverage litigation practices that represent a diverse range of businesses and industries, including Fortune 100 companies, financial institutions, health care companies, construction companies and local start ups.  Despite our growth, Payne & Fears LLP maintains great flexibility to meet our clients’ varied needs.

Each of the firm’s attorneys is experienced in handling sophisticated, high‑stakes matters, with most attorneys having formerly practiced with large national law firms.  Each has the skill, experience and education necessary to thoughtfully analyze our client’s legal issues and to bring about a successful resolution of any dispute.  In addition, we have experienced trial attorneys who will enthusiastically take a matter to trial when appropriate.

Though the firm has changed in many ways since 1992, the core principles of legal excellence and commitment to client service remain unchanged.


Daniel F. Fears
Founding & Managing Partner



Women: 2

Hispanic: 2

Multi-Racial: 2

Men: 23

Caucasian: 21


Women: 4

Asian: 2

Hispanic: 1

Men: 11

Caucasian: 12

Other Lawyers

Women: 4

Men: 2

Caucasian: 6

Management / Department Heads

Women: 2

Hispanic: 2

Multi-Racial: 1

Men: 10

Caucasian: 9


Women: 1

African-American: 1

Asian: 1

Men: 3

Caucasian: 2

Non-Legal Employees

Women: 26

African-American: 3

Asian: 2

Hispanic: 8

Multi-Racial: 3


Men: 6

Caucasian: 16


  • ABM Industries, Inc.
  • Albertsons
  • American Medical Response, Inc.
  • Centex Homes
  • Del Webb Corporation
  • Envision Healthcare
  • Irvine Ranch Water District
  • ITT Industries
  • Kohl's
  • Lennar
  • Marriott International
  • MIG Capital
  • Pulte Homes
  • Safeway
  • Toshiba
  • Tri-Pacific Capital Advisors
  • Vons
  • Walmart Stores, Inc.
  • Western National Properties
  • William Lyon Homes
  • Xilinx
  • Zions First National Bank

About Our Clients

Payne & Fears LLP prides itself on the quality of our legal services and responsiveness to our clients.  This commitment to our clients and proof that we are successfully serving our clients' needs is evidenced by the fact that an impressive list of clients continues to call upon us for legal advice and support.  


Benjamin A. Nix
Chair, Business Litigation Group
Amy R. Patton
Chair, Employment Law Group
J. Kelby Van Patten
Chair, Insurance Law Group

Firm Practice Areas

  • Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Employment Law - Management
  • Insurance Law
  • Labor Law - Management
  • Litigation - Real Estate

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Phoenix, AZ

2375 East Camelback Road, Suite 600

Phoenix, AZ 85016

United States

(602) 344.9549

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Irvine, CA

Jamboree Center, Suite 1100

Four Park Plaza

Irvine, CA 92614

United States

(949) 851.1100

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Los Angeles, CA

400 Continental Boulevard, Suite 600

Los Angeles, CA 90245

United States

(310) 689.1750

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Redwood City, CA

303 Twin Dolphin Drive, Suite 600

Redwood City, CA 94065

United States

(650) 269.7450

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San Francisco, CA

235 Pine Street, Suite 1175

San Francisco, CA 94104

United States

(415) 398.7860

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Las Vegas, NV

6385 South Rainbow Boulevard, Suite 220

Las Vegas, NV 89118

United States

(702) 851.0300

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Salt Lake City, UT

299 South Main Street, Suite 1328

Salt Lake City, UT 84111

United States

(385) 202.2680

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