Tracey K. Merwise

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

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Experience & Credentials

Practice Areas

  • Collegiate and Professional Sports
  • General Employment Litigation
  • Professional Services
  • Workplace Training
  • Financial Services
University Dartmouth College, B.A., cum laude, 1987
Law SchoolHarvard Law School, J.D., 1992
Admitted1995, California and U.S. District Court, Northern District of California; 1996, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California

Professional Associations and Activities

American Bar Association
Bar Association of San Francisco
California Bar Association
EEOC Pro Bono Mediation Panel and of Bay Area Women Neutrals, Member
Society for Human Resource Management


Tracey K. Merwise is a Principal in the San Francisco, California, office of Jackson Lewis P.C.

Ms. Merwise provides clients with strategic litigation defense as well as advice and counsel. She is a Certified Mediator and a Certified Workplace Conflict Mediator and assists companies in de-escalating workplace disputes and handling performance management, employee leaves and reasonable accommodation issues to help minimize the likelihood of litigation. In addition, Ms. Merwise conducts workplace investigations and workplace trainings.

Prior to joining Jackson Lewis, Ms. Merwise was a Partner and Co-Chair of the Labor and Employment Practice Group at Severson & Werson, APC, served as Senior In-House Counsel in the Employment Department at SBC Communications, Inc. (now AT&T), and was an Associate at the law firms of Heller Ehrman and Seyfarth Shaw.

She is a frequent speaker before business and employer associations, including Financial Executives International (“FEI”), the Financial Women's Association of San Francisco, the San Francisco Chapter of the American Society for Women Accountants (“ASWA”), and clients of insurance brokers including Woodruff Sawyer, Hays Company, and CCI Financial & Insurance Services. Ms. Merwise frequently speaks to employers about how to avoid some of the most common employment-law mistakes, how to conduct lawful and effective reductions-in-force, and how to handle leave and reasonable accommodation issues.

Ms. Merwise has authored and co-authored articles on important legal decisions in the areas of wage and hour law, employer monitoring of employees' use of electronic media, and city, state and federal legislation issues.

Following law school, Ms. Merwise clerked for the Honorable John W. Bissell, U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.

Honors and Recognitions

•Bar Association of San Francisco, Outstanding Volunteer in Public Service, recognized for her work with the BASF's Housing Negotiation Project
•Recognized as an Outstanding Volunteer in Public Service by the Bar Association of San Francisco (“BASF”) for her work with the BASF's Housing Negotiation Project

Published Works

• Proactive Measures: Helping Your Company Avoid Retaliation Claims, 8-K Magazine: The Legal Magazine For Business Executives (2006)

In the News

May 3, 2013

Jackson Lewis

Tracey Merwise Joins Jackson Lewis in San Francisco

May 3, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (May 3, 2013) -Jackson Lewis LLP, one of the country's largest and fastest-growing workplace law firms, is pleased to announce Tracey K. Merwise has joined the firm's San Francisco office as Partner. Ms. Merwise, who previously served as Co-Chair of Severson & Werson's Labor and Employment

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Tracey K. Merwise

50 California Street, 9th Floor
San FranciscoCA 94111


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