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Hanson Bridgett Announces New Market Leaders

May 12, 2022  (San Francisco, CA) –  Hanson Bridgett LLP, an AmLaw 200 law firm serving all of California and beyond, is pleased to announce new leadership appointments. Adam Hofmann will serve as the Sacramento Market Leader and Gilbert Tsai will serve as the San Francisco Market Leader. Hanson Bridgett's Market Leaders provide regional leadership, strengthen the firm's community presence, and foster growth across California.

Adam joined the firm in 2006 and is an Appellate Specialist, certified by the California Board of Legal Specialization, and serves as the Co-Chair of Hanson Bridgett’s Appellate Practice. He represents both public and private clients in civil writs, appeals, and mandate proceedings. He has briefed and argued cases in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and every District Court of Appeal in California and has filed merits briefs in two U.S. Supreme Court cases. His practice focuses on representing cities, counties, and special districts in writs and appeals relating to public finance and revenue measures, land use, civil rights, employee benefits, labor standards, and election law. He has represented water districts and cities in a range of disputes regarding rates, fees, and charges, including work on some of the leading cases interpreting related provisions of the California Constitution, including the California Supreme Court’s decisions in Jacks v. City of Santa Barbara and City of San Buenaventura v. United Water Conservation District.

Gilbert joined the firm in 2012 and represents employers in a variety of employment-related litigation matters, including single and multi-plaintiff discrimination claims, harassment claims, wrongful termination claims, and wage and hour disputes. He has also assisted employers defending against meal and rest period, and disability discrimination class actions. In addition, Tsai has expertise in traditional labor law covering union negotiations, grievance arbitrations and unfair labor practice claims, and has handled proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board and other agencies. He counsels employers regarding their personnel policies and decisions to ensure compliance with state and federal law. He has experience advising employers in all matters related to employment law, including employee handbooks, FMLA/CFRA and other medical leave policies, collective bargaining issues, drafting severance and release packages, reductions in force, employment agreements, and matters involving trade secrets and confidential information.

“I know that Adam and Gilbert will continue to develop our prominence and involvement in the San Francisco and Sacramento markets to best serve the needs of our clients and our communities,” said Managing Partner Kristina Lawson. "These two talented leaders will help us implement our new five-year strategic plan, which is focused on elevating our economic performance, growing strategically to reflect the personality and diversity of California, and further developing a culture of excellence, knowledge and respect, and innovation. We are thrilled to have Adam and Gilbert join the firm's leadership team.”

About Hanson Bridgett LLP

Hanson Bridgett LLP is a full service AmLaw 200 law firm with more than 200 attorneys across California. Creating a diverse workforce by fostering an atmosphere of belonging and intentional support has been a priority at Hanson Bridgett since its founding in 1958. We are dedicated to creating an environment that provides opportunities for people with varied backgrounds, both for attorneys and administrative professionals. We are also committed to the communities where our employees live and work and consider it part of our professional obligation to serve justice by encouraging and supporting pro bono and social impact work.

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