John D. McLachlan: Lawyer with Fisher & Phillips LLP

John D. McLachlan

Senior Counsel
San Francisco,  CA  U.S.A.
Phone(415) 490-9017

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AV® Preeminent

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Practice Areas

  • Labor and Employment
  • Collective Bargaining and Arbitration
  • Compliance Audits and Counseling
  • Labor Relations
  • Union Campaigns
  • Wrongful Dismissal
University Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA, B.A., 1965; University of Washington, Seattle, WA, M.A., 1966
Law SchoolMcGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, Sacramento, CA, J.D., 1981
Admitted1981, California

Professional Activities

John is a member of the Labor and Employment Law Sections of the American Bar Association and the State Bar of California. John also served in the Navy on the Underwater Demolition Team 12 from 1966-1970.


John McLachlan is senior counsel in the San Francisco office. Prior to beginning his law practice when he joined the firm in 1981, John spent ten years as a human resources practitioner with Kaiser Aluminum and with Aerojet Liquid Rocket companies.

This experience made him intensely aware of the needs of HR personnel and managers for accurate, practical and understandable answers to their legal problems.

John has represented clients in both state and federal courts and has successfully tried discrimination claims and contractual disputes to juries as well as to judges.

He has advised management in all phases of collective bargaining and management-union relations and has advised employers in strike planning and union avoidance, and he frequently represents management in cases arising before the National Labor Relations Board.

John is AV Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, and he has been recognized in Northern California Super Lawyers since 2008.


Disciplining Employees For Facebook Comments
September 15, 2011


Recognized in Northern California Super Lawyers each year since 2008

Quotes and Soundbites

Doubt over NLRB Recess Appointments Leave Businesses, Workers Hanging
March 13, 2013

Unions Can Picket in Storefronts, State Supreme Court Says
December 28, 2012

New Labor Rules Mean Keeping Workers Happy
July 12, 2011

Farmhands' Union Bill Heads to Governor
June 21, 2011

Newsletter Articles

Employee Or Independent Contractor: One Way Of Thinking It Through
November 1, 2011

Not As Bad As We Feared: NLRB Issues Guidance On Social Media
September 1, 2011

How Much Is Too Much?
September 1, 2011

Problem Employees? Here's A Solution
August 1, 2011

If You Build It...
December 1, 2010

Part 2: Are Your Employees Really Important Business Partners?
September 1, 2010

Hello; I'm From The Union And I'm Here To Help You.
September 1, 2010

Part 1: Are Your Employees Really Important Business Partners?
August 1, 2010

The Thing That Wouldn't Die: Do Past Practices Last Forever?
July 1, 2010

What's Past Is Prologue. But Is It Binding?
June 1, 2010

Supervisors Really Do Matter
April 1, 2010

Having It Your Way
March 1, 2010

It's So Hard Admittin' When It's Quittin' Time.
January 1, 2010

Union Avoidance + Improved Employee Relations = As Good As It Gets
December 1, 2009

In Praise Of... Orientation?
November 1, 2009

It's Midnight. Do You Know Where Your Company's Sensitive Information Is?
April 1, 2009


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John D. McLachlan

San FranciscoCA 94111


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