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Jose Irias

Jose Francisco Irias

Senior Attorney

Jose Francisco Irias counsels employers on global and US employment issues and has experience defending employers in litigation and before state and federal administrative agencies.

On the global employment front, Jose advises multinational companies on global employment matters, including employment, independent contractor, proprietary information, confidentiality, and restrictive covenant agreements; employment policies and procedures; union and works council issues; global mobility programs; expanding global workforces; and workforce restructuring, reductions in force, and other employee-related cost-savings initiatives.

Jose also advises employers on labor and employment implications of cross-border mergers and acquisitions, post-acquisition workforce integrations, and global outsourcing. He has drafted the employment aspects of deal agreements and regularly advises on employee transfers, consultations with unions and works councils, and benefits harmonization.

On the US domestic front, Jose has counselled employers on a broad range of issues, including with respect to hiring, discipline, employment discrimination, retaliation, termination, reductions in force, and restrictive covenants. He also advises clients on compliance with applicable labor and employment laws, including the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Title VII, Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), wage and hour and paid sick leave laws, and other federal, state, and local statutes.

Jose also has experience representing employers in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies, in single plaintiff and class and collective actions. He has defended employers against wage and hour, discrimination, and retaliation claims and against unfair labor practice charges.

As a former U.S. Marine, Jose regularly assists veterans in various pro-bono matters, including with respect to discharge upgrades and Veterans Affairs issues.

Areas of FocusEmployment
Bar admissionsCaliforniaNew York
CourtsUnited States District Court for the Southern District of New YorkUnited States District Court for the Eastern District of New YorkSupreme Court of New York
  • Spanish
  • J.D., New York University School of Law 2013
    Dean's Scholarship Recipient
    • New York University Law Review, Notes Editor
    • "Wartime Detention and the Extraterritorial Habeas Corpus Doctrine," NYU L. Rev.
  • M.A., University of Nevada, Las Vegas 2011
  • B.A., University of Nevada, Las Vegas 2006


  • "California Employment Law Briefing," January 15, 2019 (San Francisco) and January 17, 2019 (Silicon Valley)

Media Mentions

  • "Coca-Cola FEMSA's $250.7 Million Acquisition of Montevideo Refrescos S.R.L. (Monresa)," Global Legal Chronicle, July 11, 2018



+1 650 833 2197
(Work, Silicon Valley)