Fred Alvarez is one of the preeminent employment lawyers in the United States. His practice combines a unique blend of public service with legal profession leadership. He has an active individual and class action litigation practice devoted to defending employers in claims brought by private and governmental parties and by former senior executives. Fred has represented clients in a range of industries, including energy, retail, communications, financial services, and technology. He focuses substantial attention on strategic and compliance advice and internal investigations. His practice includes serving as a court-appointed monitor of class action decrees. He has testified before Congress on several occasions.
Appointed by President Reagan and confirmed by the Senate, Fred served in two federal government sub-cabinet positions. As Assistant Secretary of Labor, he managed the Wage and Hour Division and the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs. He also served as a Commissioner of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. He began his career as a trial attorney with the National Labor Relations Board.
Fred is consistently ranked in legal guides as among the top employment law practitioners representing employers. He is an adviser to the ALI Restatement of Employment Law and has been appointed to a variety of task forces as well as to judicial-selection committees. He is a former chair of the ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession and has served on the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession. Fred currently serves on the board of trustees of Stanford University and on the board of governors of Public Advocates Inc.
Assistant Secretary of Labor, U.S. Department of Labor (1987-1989); Commissioner, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) (1984-1987); and Trial Attorney, National Labor Relations Board (1976-1980)
Global media and technology company has decertification of state wide class action affirmed by California Court of Appeal
G6 Hospitality earns dismissal in class action suit
Marvell Semiconductor wins dismissal and summary judgment in multi-plaintiff wage and hour suit
Honors & Distinctions
Best Lawyers in America (2007-2016), including 2015 and 2016 Northern California Lawyer of the Year in Labor Law - Management
fellow, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
One of the Most Powerful Employment Attorneys, Human Resource Executive (2012-2016)
Top 100 Lawyers in Northern California, Northern California Super Lawyers (2010)
Latino Business Leadership Award, San Francisco Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (2008)
President, The Bar Association of San Francisco (2000)
Law Clerk to Chief Justice LaFel E. Oman, New Mexico Supreme Court (1975-1976)
of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. Former Chair (2008-2011) and Commissioner (2005-2008), Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession; Commissioner (2011-), Commission on Women in the Profession, American Bar Association.