Areas of Expertise

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.

Commercial Litigation

Mr. Hahesy represents businesses and individuals in commercial litigation cases in federal and state courts and in arbitration. He represents clients in complex disputes in many areas, including breach of contract, unfair competition, class actions, professional liability, regulatory and antitrust. He works closely with the client in developing and executing a strategy best-suited for the client, either by pursuing or defending litigation or arbitration matters or use of alternative dispute resolution tools. Mr. Hahesy employs many high-technology tools to organize, prepare and present the client's case in a cost effective and persuasive manner.

White Collar Defense Matters

Businesses and individuals operate and live in an increasingly aggressive enforcement environment. State and federal regulators and prosecutors are now frequently considering or using criminal sanctions either exclusively or in addition to civil and administrative punishment. A business or its executive cannot assume today that a government inquiry or investigation will yield only a civil or administrative result. Experienced and thorough legal assistance is tremendously important to developing the appropriate response to the government inquiry or investigation and commencing and taking the steps necessary to achiever the best disposition for the client.

As a federal prosecutor, Bill Hahesy led many high-profile and significant white collar criminal investigations and cases. He worked closely with many federal and state law enforcement agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Internal Revenue Service, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Food and Drug Administration. Mr. Hahesy is able to draw on that experience in developing an effective and thorough response to governmental inquiries, investigations or cases.

Bill Hahesy regularly counsels or represents clients who are involved as witnesses or targets of federal or state governmental investigations or proceedings. He assists clients who have been subpoenaed to testify before grand juries and other government proceedings. He helps clients respond to informal document requests, document subpoenas and search warrants. He advises and represents clients who are the subject of informal or formal government interview requests.

If the client is or becomes a focus of a government criminal investigation, Mr. Hahesy analyzes the client's potential exposure and develops recommended strategies to address and respond to the investigation. In his experience, Mr. Hahesy has found that effective and thorough advocacy on the client's behalf can either result in a decision not to charge the client criminally or in a result that is significantly in the client's interest. However, if the matter cannot be resolved, Mr. Hahesy is able to vigorously represent the client through trial and appeal.

Besides representing clients under criminal investigation or actually charged by indictment, Mr. Hahesy analyzes and develops appropriate recommendations to the client to respond to any potential civil or administrative parallel proceedings that may be brought against the client before, during or after completion of the criminal matter. The government increasingly uses all of its available tools—including civil and administrative--- to address perceived misconduct. Mr. Hahesy uses his civil and criminal experience to develop a comprehensive approach to the problems confronting today's business and management personnel.