Fred M. Plevin

Fred M. Plevin

Paul, Plevin, Sullivan & Connaughton LLP

Recognized since 2005

San Diego, California

Practice Areas

Employment Law - Management

Litigation - Labor and Employment

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2018 - Litigation - Labor and Employment Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2012 - Litigation - Labor and Employment
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Fred Plevin has specialized in serving employers throughout California for 35 years. His practice consists of defending litigated employment claims for private and public sector clients, providing advice and counsel regarding a wide variety of employment-related issues, and conducting management training.

Mr. Plevin’s litigation experience includes well over 200 employment cases for diverse clients such as the University of California, various California Superior Courts, Gateway, Qualcomm, Biogen, T-Mobile USA, Microsoft, Chapman University and Banc of California. Mr. Plevin is an experienced trial attorney, with an excellent record in jury trials of employment matters including sexual harassment, employment discrimination, wrongful termination, fraud and related claims. He also has extensive experience in other employment-related claims, including trade secrets disputes and wage and hour class actions, in state and federal court.

Mr. Plevin been selected by his peers to be included in The Best Lawyers in America, since 2005. He has also been listed in Southern California Super Lawyers and The Best of the U.S. attorney listings since 2007. In 2009, Mr. Plevin was in the top 50 Super Lawyers list for San Diego, in 2012, Best Lawyers named Mr. Plevin as the “San Diego Best Lawyers Litigation - Labor & Employment Lawyer of the Year.”

Mr. Plevin is a member of several invitation-only national groups, including the Litigation Counsel of America, the Wage & Hour Defense Institute (consisting of top wage and hour litigators from all 11 federal circuits), and the American Employment Law Council. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at California Western School of Law. Since 2019, Mr. Plevin has been appointed by California's Chief Justice to serve as a Panel Member on California's Legislative Workplace Conduct Panel, which reviews complaints of workplace issues within California's legislative branch.

Mr. Plevin was a founding partner of Paul, Plevin, Sullivan & Connaughton LLP, which merged with Quarles & Brady LLP on January 1, 2023. Mr. Plevin serves as the San Diego Office Managing Partner of Quarles, which in California is known as Paul Plevin Quarles.

Contact & Links


  • 101 West Broadway, Ninth Floor
    San Diego, CA 92101-8285


  • English


  • Sex: Male


  • Boston University School of Law, JD, graduated 1986

Bar Admissions

  • California, The State Bar of California


  • American Bar Association, Section on Labor & Employment Law - Member
  • American Employment Law Council - Member
  • Litigation Counsel of America - Fellow
  • Wage & Hour Defense Institute - Member

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2018 - Litigation - Labor and Employment Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2012 - Litigation - Labor and Employment

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Litigation - Labor and Employment, San Diego (2018)
  • Litigation - Labor and Employment, San Diego (2012)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers® in America 2023 for work in:

  • Employment Law - Management
  • Litigation - Labor and Employment

Special Focus

  • Class Actions
  • Defense
  • Discrimination
  • Education
  • Employment
  • Litigation
  • Management
  • State and Federal
  • Wage-Hour Law
  • Whistleblowers
  • Wrongful Discharge


  • Martindale Hubbell, A/V Rated
  • San Diego Super Lawyers
  • Best Lawyers


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