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Troy Valdez


Troy Valdez is an employment law advisor, litigator and trial advocate. He guides employers through the full range of human resource matters, ranging from wage-and-hour class actions, founder and executive disputes, breach of contract actions, whistleblower and other retaliation claims to discrimination and harassment, and traditional labor arbitrations. Troy also prosecutes and defends trade secret misappropriation and corporate raiding suits. Troy's practice involves guiding clients through complex employment decisions and strategies to avoid litigation, and to be in the best situation to defend clients, when litigation cannot be avoided.

In addition to his decades as litigation and trial counsel, Troy advises on wage-and-hour compliance programs, the creation and implementation of employee and workplace policies, the negotiation of executive recruitment and terminations, the implementation of legally compliant reductions in force and other cost-saving measures, and employee compensation, leaves, discipline and terminations. He also guides employers through the employment issues that may arise in merger and acquisition transactions.

Bar admissionsCalifornia
  • J.D., University of California at Davis School of Law

  • B.A., University of California at Berkeley

Publications and media

  • Co-author, "CARES Act: What Companies and Taxpayers Need to Know," April 2020
  • Co-author, "What Employers Should Know About the New Families First Coronavirus Response Act," March 2020


  • Co-presenter, "Disrupting the Noah's Ark Approach to DEI: Creating a Culture of Inclusion," Centerforce Diversity in Law Series, San Francisco, October 2022
  • Co-presenter, "COVID-19: Litigation Trends and Return-to-Office Considerations," Practising Law Institute, San Francisco, September 2022

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Member, Hispanic National Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member, San Francisco Bar Association
  • Member, Alameda Bar Association
  • Member, Contra Costa Bar Association
  • Member, Santa Clara Bar Association
  • Member, Edward J. McFetridge Inn of Court