Mark S. Askanas: Lawyer with Jackson Lewis P.C.

Mark S. Askanas

San Francisco,  CA  U.S.A.
Phone(415) 394-9400

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Practice Areas

  • International Employment Issues
    University University of California, Berkeley, B.A., with high honors, 1982
    Law SchoolUniversity of California School of Law, Davis, J.D., 1985
    Admitted1986, California and U.S. District Court, Northern District of California; 1989, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California; 1991, U.S. District Court, Central District of California

    Mark S. Askanas is a Shareholder and Litigation Manager in the San Francisco, California office of Jackson Lewis P.C.

    Mr. Askanas is a senior employment law litigator who joined Jackson Lewis in 1988, and has served as lead counsel for cases in state and federal courts, as well as arbitration forums, throughout the western United States.

    Mr. Askanas specializes in complex litigation, including class actions and cases involving trade secrets and confidential information. He also counsels employers on all facets of employment law including, but not limited to, wage and hour issues and best preventive employment practices. He regularly speaks throughout the United States to employer groups and trade associations on these and other topics. Mr. Askanas has been honored by being named as one to the Northern California Super Lawyers list every year from 2010-2014.

    Mr. Askanas also has substantial in-house experience having served as General Counsel of a Fortune 500 company where he worked closely with the board of directors, audit committee, and senior management managing risk and advising on legal developments and issues, including Sarbanes-Oxley compliance, corporate governance, transactional matters, and preventive nationwide litigation and class action avoidance strategies.

    Mr. Askanas earned his J.D. from the University of California, Davis School of Law in 1985 where he was Senior Research Editor of the U.C. Davis Law Review, and his B.A., with high honors, from the University of California, Berkeley in 1982.

    Honors, Awards and Pro Bono Activity

    •Recognized in Who's Who Legal (2006-2007)
    •Recognized by Northern California Super Lawyers every year from 2010-2014

    Published Works


    Strict Liability in Sexual Harassment: Too Strict a Standard
    California Employment Law Journal .12 (December 1997) [Assisted in Updating Chapters] “Retailers Beware: Statements May Not Be Protected”,
    Employment Law 360 (April 19, 2010) [Author]

    Sexual Harassment in the Physician Workplace
    California Physician (April 1991) [Author]


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    California Adds ‘Abusive Conduct’ to Sexual Harassment Prevention Training for Supervisors
    Jamerson C. Allen,Mark S. Askanas,Jonathan A. Siegel, September 19, 2014
    Employers subject to California’s mandatory “AB 1825” sexual harassment training requirement for supervisors will need to revise their programs to include prevention of “abusive conduct,” following an amendment (AB 2053) to California’s Fair Employment and...

    Franchisor Not Liable for Sexual Harassment Claims Asserted by Franchisee’s Employee, California High Court Rules
    Mark S. Askanas, September 12, 2014
    A franchisor could not be held vicariously liable under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”) for alleged sexual harassment in the franchisee’s workplace in the absence of evidence establishing the franchisor “retained or assumed a general right of...
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    Mark S. Askanas

    50 California Street, 9th Floor
    San FranciscoCA 94111


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