Todd Boyer has joined Baker McKenzie's Employment & Compensation Practice as a Partner, bringing experience on a range of employment litigation and counseling matters.
Based in Palo Alto, Todd has represented management clients in employment disputes in state and federal courts in the United States, including class and individual wage and hour claims, as well as claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation and failure to accommodate. He has extensive trial experience, including a large recent wage and hour class action tried to verdict. Todd's practice covers disputes arising under the Fair Labor Standards Act, California wage and hour laws, Title VII, the California Fair Employment and Housing Act, Family and Medical Leave Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the California Family Rights Act.
"Employment counseling and litigation continues to be an evolving area of law that remains top of mind for companies doing business in the US," said George Avraam, Chair of the Firm's North America Employment & Compensation Practice. "Todd's trial experience will add significant depth to the services we offer clients, both in California and throughout the US. We're thrilled to add him to the team."
Todd, who joins the Firm from Littler Mendelson, has appeared on behalf of employers in state and federal courts and before the California Labor Commissioner. He assists his clients, which include retailers, established and start-up high technology companies, as well as manufacturing and services companies, with employment counseling, dispute resolution, investigations, employment policy and practice, and wage and hour issues under both state and federal law.
Baker McKenzie's Global Employment & Compensation Practice is one of the world's largest and most recognized employment practices, with more than 700 lawyers globally and more than 130 attorneys in North America focused on employment law. A recent BTI Consulting survey of corporate counsel named Baker McKenzie a "standout" law firm for complex employment litigation. In addition, Chambers Global has recognized the Firm's employment practice with a Band 1 ranking for eight consecutive years.
"As employment laws become increasingly complex, we are focused on enhancing our offerings to better serve our clients around the world," said Guenther Heckelmann, Chair of the Firm’s Global Employment & Compensation Practice. "Todd's expertise on a range of employment disputes will be an tremendous asset to employers."
Added Rick Hammett, the Firm's Managing Partner in North America: "Todd is another top-flight addition to our Employment & Compensation Practice in the US as our Firm continues to further strengthen its capabilities throughout North America."
Baker McKenzie has added more than 40 lateral partners in North America over the last two years, as it continues to expand its presence in key markets and practice areas. Todd joining the Firm follows the arrival of employment attorneys Bill Dugan and Arthur Rooney in Chicago, Kevin Whittaker in Palo Alto and Celina Joachim in Houston, as well as global equity lawyer Sinead Kelly in San Francisco.
"Baker McKenzie's renowned employment practice and global platform will allow me to significantly expand the services I offer to clients," Todd said. "I am pleased to join the Firm."
About Todd Boyer
Todd received his B.S. from Santa Clara University and his J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law.
In addition to his role at Baker McKenzie, Todd holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and serves as the deputy staff judge advocate for 4th Air Force at March Air Reserve Base in Southern California. In this capacity, he advises both the 4th Air Force and subordinate unit commanders on legal issues pertaining to the more than 16,000 Air Force Reserve members in the command.Todd began his legal career working with the US Navy Judge Advocate General's Corps as a criminal defense attorney, trying felony criminal cases before military juries and judges, and as a staff judge advocate for the Naval Strike Air Warfare Center, also know as the "Top Gun" fighter school, where he was the head lawyer for the command.