Law Offices of Phil Horowitz

Firm Overview

I have litigated and tried wrongful termination and other employment cases since 1983, including 17 years with the law firm Lawless, Horowitz & Lawless and its predecessors. I now have my own law firm in which I continue to represent employees. I also serve as a mediator, helping wrongful termination lawyers and their clients settle their disputes. I have also appeared before the appellate courts, including in the landmark California Supreme Court case of Reno v. Baird.

I served from 2003 to 2005 as Chair of the California Employment Lawyers Association, the statewide association of lawyers who represent employees. I am now Secretary of the Executive Committee of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the State Bar of California. I also volunteer teach trial advocacy at Stanford University and University of San Francisco Law Schools.

I chaired the advisory committee to the California Judicial Council which drafted form employment interrogatories adopted effective July 2002. I also chair the Judicial Council advisory committee on employment jury instructions. Those new jury instructions were adopted effective July 1, 2003.

Example cases

I argued the landmark California Supreme Court case of Reno v. Baird.

Over the last 22 years, I have represented hundreds of employees in their cases against their employers. To me, every single one of those cases is significant. Many of the employees I have represented were wrongfully terminated for reasons ranging from discrimination, to whistleblowing, to favoritism. Other employees I have represented were sexually harassed or were harassed because of their race, religion, age, or physical disability. I also often represent employees whose companies refused to pay them overtime, stock, or commissions they were owed. The employees I represent range from minimum wage employees who speak only Spanish (I am fluent) to top executives whose employers owe them literally millions of dollars. I represent both individuals and groups of employees who were similarly mistreated.

Main Office

One Market Plaza, Steuart Street Tower
Suite 2630
San Francisco  CA  94105
  • (415) 391-0111
  • (415) 391-0123

Phil Horowitz

I spent my first 17 years as a lawyer working with the law firm Lawless, Horowitz and Lawless and its predecessors. And yes, "Lawless" is the real, last name of my two former law partners, who are sisters and fine lawyers. I left that law firm, took a sabbatical, and then started my own law firm.

I work hard and represent my clients with all of my heart, but I will leave it to others to decide how good a lawyer I am. I have been representing employees for 22 years and like to believe that as much as I have learned, I am still learning.

I have 22 years of experience representing employees and enjoy teaching other lawyers how to do a good job representing employees. I am a true believer who is very dedicated to my work.

I investigate potential cases thoroughly before deciding whether to accept them. I do not accept a case unless I like the person who I will be representing and believe in my mind and my heart that he or she has been seriously wronged.

It is important to me that the people who I represent understand the legal issues in their case and what is happening in their case. I pride myself on being able to explain complicated legal issues in plain English (and plain Spanish). I try to keep my clients informed about major developments in their case and to anticipate and answer their questions.

I fight hard for the people I represent, with all of my heart. If the employer will not pay what the case is worth, I very much enjoy taking the case to trial.

Personal interests:

I have a wide range of personal interests. I live in a Victorian house in San Francisco, where I enjoy entertaining friends and throwing parties. I enjoy going to concerts and the theatre and art exhibits. I enjoy traveling abroad, so each year I try to visit a country where I have never been before. Some of the countries to which I have traveled so far include Spain, France, England, Belgium, Ecuador, Peru, Mexico, Canada, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, China, Japan, Morocco, Kenya, Togo, Ghana, Benin, and Senegal.

  • Bar Number: 111624
    California , 1983
  • Boalt Hall (U.C. Berkeley School of Law)
    J.D. , 1983
    Berkeley, CA
    Articles Development Editor, Industrial Relations Law Journal, 1981 to 1982.
    During law school, I focused on learning what I needed to know to represent employees who were wronged by their employers. My first year of law school, I volunteered to represent employees in unemployment insurance hearings. My second year of law school, I founded the Workers Rights Clinic, which is still helping employees more than 20 years later. I worked during law school to help support myself. My jobs then included writing for the publication California Public Employee Relations and working as a law clerk for lawyers who represented employees.
  • Occidental College
    B.A. , 1979
    Los Angeles, CA
    I had already decided before I began college that I wanted to become a lawyer representing employees. I was inspired by my work during high school as a picket captain for the United Farm Workers. Since I knew I would later be spending three years in law school, my focus in college was to get a broad liberal arts education. I spent my third year abroad in Spain to finish becoming fluent in Spanish.

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