Jerri Kay-Phillips

Jerri Kay-Phillips


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Labor and Employment
Labor and Employment
San Francisco

Jerri focuses her practice on labor and employment matters. Prior to joining Hanson Bridgett, Jerri held Director-level positions in telecommunications and technology companies, ranging in size from the Fortune 50 to a true tech startup. This prior experience puts Jerri in a position to understand the unique challenges that her clients face in hiring, sales compensation, and scalability in complex, high-growth environments.

Jerri’s practice includes employment law matters involving discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wage and hour claims, ADA defense for public accommodations and website accessibility, workplace violence restraining orders, Labor Commissioner hearings and DFEH complaints. Jerri also conducts traditional labor negotiations for private sector, public sector and non-profit clients, and develops customized, on-site trainings for clients on issues of diversity, equity and inclusion. In addition to her work in labor and employment, Jerri’s pro bono practice is focused on helping survivors of domestic violence, juvenile delinquency, and school expulsion proceedings.


"Emergency Paid Sick Leave Ordinances," Labor & Employment Law Alert (August 2020)

“Unnecessary Roughness: The NFL’s History of Domestic Violence and the Need for Immediate Change,” Journal of Entertainment and Sports Law, Vol. 5, Iss. 1 (2016)

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"Preventing and Protecting Employees from Workplace Violence,” Hanson Bridgett Labor & Employment Seminar (January 2020)

"Adapt or Die: How Technological Change Can Impact (And Improve) Your Practice," MCLE Marathon (January 2020)

“Little Words, Big Impact: How Our Language Affects Employee Retention and the Bottom Line,” New Relic Inc. (May 2018)

"Left, Right, and Independent: How to Manage Political Discourse at Work," Hanson Bridgett Labor & Employment Seminar (January 2018)

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California Lawyers Association, Wiley W. Manuel Pro Bono Legal Services Award (2020)

Community Involvement

The Good Tidings Foundation, Board of Directors

Professional Affiliations

Defense Research Institute, Member

Black Women Lawyers of Northern California, Member

California Women Lawyers, Member

Judicial Clerkships

Judicial Extern to the Honorable Judge Michael Markman, Alameda County Superior Court

Academic Distinction

Roger J. Traynor Appellate Moot Court Competition, 1st Place

Outstanding Individual Achievement, Oral Advocacy

Jurisprudence Award for Excellence, Labor Arbitration

Jurisprudence Award for Excellence, Remedies

Prosser Award for Excellence, Family Law


J.D., University of California, Berkeley School of Law (2016)

M.A., Stanford University (2002)

B.A., magna cum laude, Stanford University (2001)

San Francisco

415-995-6351 Direct Phone
415-995-3549 Fax

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Firm Leadership

Women's Impact Network, Member