April 2013 Washington DC -- The global law firm Jones Day has announced that Fred W. Alvarez will join the Firm as a partner in its Silicon Valley Office, where he will be a member of the Labor & Employment Practice. Mr. Alvarez is joining from the Palo Alto office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where he was a partner and the leader of the firm's Employment Law Litigation Practice.
"Fred is one of the preeminent leaders in labor and employment in the United States, with significant experience defending employers in individual, multi-plaintiff and class action lawsuits brought by private and governmental parties," said Lawrence DiNardo, who heads the global Labor & Employment Practice at Jones Day. "He will be an excellent addition to our L&E team in California and throughout the United States."
Prior to his career in private practice, Mr. Alvarez held two different President-appointed government positions: Assistant Secretary of Labor for the U.S. Department of Labor (responsible for the Wage and Hour Division and the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs) from 1987 to 1989 and Commissioner of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) from 1984 to 1987. Mr. Alvarez earned his undergraduate degree from Stanford University and his law degree from Stanford Law School, and recently was named to the Board of Trustees of Stanford University. He is also a former president of the Bar Association of San Francisco.
Mr. Alvarez works in all areas of employment law, including devoting substantial attention to strategic, preventive, and compliance advice and internal investigations. In addition, he focuses a portion of his time on serving as a court-appointed monitor of class action decrees and settlement agreements.
"Fred is a leader in the San Francisco Bay Area and throughout the state of California in employment law, and we are delighted that he has chosen to join Jones Day," said Greg Lanier, Partner-in-Charge of Jones Day's Silicon Valley Office. "His arrival is an additional indication that our firm continues to attract some of the top legal talent and we will continue to grow here in the Valley."
With the addition of Mr. Alvarez, there are now 60 lawyers in Jones Day's Silicon Valley office. There are 21 lawyers in the firm's Labor & Employment Practice in California and more than 130 labor and employment lawyers firmwide. Fred joins Kari Erickson Levine, a well known employment litigation partner, who recently joined the Firm's San Francisco Office.
"This is a special opportunity to practice in a global law firm well-known for its labor and employment practice," said Mr. Alvarez. "I'm pleased to join Jones Day as it continues to expand its presence in Silicon Valley, throughout California, and around the world."
Jones Day is a global law firm practicing in the major centers of business and finance throughout the world. Ranked among the world's best and most integrated law firms, and perennially ranked among the best in client service, Jones Day acts as principal outside counsel to, or provides significant legal representation for, approximately half of the Fortune 500, the Fortune Global 500, and FT Global 500. In California, Jones Day has more than 320 lawyers in five offices (San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, Irvine, and San Diego).