William C. Hahesy is an experienced and dedicated trial lawyer who focuses his litigation practice on defending employers and employees in labor and employment litigation, commercial litigation and white collar criminal defense matters.
Mr. Hahesy also defends employers in wage and hour class action cases pending in state or federal court. He additionally advises employers on various wage and hour and employment-related issues, including internal and external personnel investigations. He further defends businesses and individuals involved in civil, administrative or criminal government investigations or proceedings.
His clients include and have included multi-national, national, regional and local companies and individuals involved in many different industries, including beverage, agricultural, construction, financial services, energy, transportation, retail, medical and manufacturing, as well as public and private executives. He also assists out-of-town counsel as local counsel on matters pending in state and federal court.
225 W. Shaw Avenue, Suite 105
Fresno CA 93704
LABOR & EMPLOYMENT LITIGATION & COUNSELING
Bill Hahesy defends employers and their employees in employment-related litigation in state or federal court and before various government agencies, including the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the United States Department of Labor, the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement and the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration. He represents clients who have been accused of discrimination and harassment under various state and federal laws, including the Fair Employment and Housing Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and the American with Disabilities Act. He also defends clients involved in actions alleging other claims arising from or relating to the employment relationship, including wrongful termination, qui tam actions, breach of employment contracts, defamation and fraud.
He also represents or has represented local, state and national non-union and union employers sued in federal and state courts in wage and hour class action cases. He has functioned as lead or co-counsel in a number of significant cases raising claims relating to meal and rest periods, overtime, off-the-clock work, Private Attorney General Act penalties and ERISA. He has significant experience in developing a cost-effective and thorough approach to preparing for, defending and resolving these cases.
He also represents employers in arbitrations under collective bargaining agreement.
He assists employers in the conduct of internal and external personnel investigations, including investigations relating to allegations of sexual harassment, discrimination and serious employee misconduct.
He represents employers in actions brought under Labor Section 132a and penalty proceedings and criminal investigations conducted by the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). He has represented employers under investigation civilly and administratively by OSHA and criminally by various local, state or federal authorities.
Finally, Mr. Hahesy provides consultation to clients concerning employee discipline and wage and hour compliance.
Bill Hahesy is an experienced and dedicated trial lawyer who focuses his litigation practice on defending employers and employees in labor and employment litigation, class action wage and hour litigation, commercial litigation and white collar criminal defense. He provides advice to employers on various wage and hour and employment-related issues, including internal and external investigations. He further defends businesses and individuals involved in civil, administrative or criminal government investigations or proceedings.
His clients include or have included multi-national, national, regional and local companies involved in many different industries, including beverage, agricultural, construction, financial services, energy, transportation, retail, medical and manufacturing, as well as public and private executives. He practices regularly in federal and state courts in California.
Bill Hahesy was raised in Tulare, California and began his legal career in Fresno in 1982. After seven years of private practice, he joined the United States Attorney's Office in Fresno, California in 1989. Shortly after joining the United States Attorney's Office, he was promoted to Deputy Chief of the Civil Division in Fresno, California, where he supervised a team of attorneys and staff in the representation of the federal government, its agencies and employees in federal district and appellate courts. He later joined the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney's Office in Fresno in about 1991 and began investigating and prosecuting many high-profile white collar criminal cases including tax fraud, health care fraud, financial institution fraud, investment and securities fraud. In 1997 he transferred to the United States Attorney's Office in Sacramento and became the head of the office's nationally-recognized civil rights program. In that position he investigated and prosecuted some of the office's most significant civil rights cases and led its various community-based task forces for the United States Attorney's Office. He also continued to investigate and prosecute white collar criminal cases as part of the White Collar Crime Unit in that office.
In 1999, Bill Hahesy returned to private practice in Fresno, California, ultimately becoming a named shareholder in a mid-size litigation firm. He formed his own firm in July of 2007.
Bill Hahesy is a past President of the Federal Bar Association, San Joaquin Valley Chapter and a former co-chair of the Eastern District Lawyer's Representative Committee to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Court Conference.
Bill Hahesy has substantial experience in all areas of trial litigation, including numerous jury trials, court trials and appellate experience. He is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell.
-United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
-United States District Court, Eastern District of California
-United States District Court, Central District of California
-United States District Court, Northern District of California
-United States Supreme Court
-Juris Doctor, 1982
University of The Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
Extern, Honorable Stanley Mosk, Associate Justice, California Supreme Court, 1981
Traynor Honor Society, Lifetime Member
Dean's List 1979-1980; 1980-1981
McGeorge Merit Scholarship, 1979-1980; 1980-1981
Moot Court Honors Board
-Bachelor of Arts, 1980
University of The Pacific
Selected in 1979 by the undergraduate university and its law school to participate in a special program that resulted in attending law school after his junior year of college and receiving his Bachelor's degree upon completion of his first year of law school
University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law