Mark S. Askanas

Mark S. Askanas: Attorney with Jackson Lewis P.C.
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  • 50 California Street, 9th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94111
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Mark S. Askanas is a Principal in the San Francisco, California, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He joined the firm in 1988 and is a senior employment law litigator who 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 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.

Published Works

•“Retailers Beware: Statements May Not Be Protected,” Employment Law 360 (April 19, 2010)
• Strict Liability in Sexual Harassment: Too Strict a Standard, California Employment Law Journal .12 (December 1997, Assisted in Updating Chapters)
• Sexual Harassment in the Physician Workplace, California Physician (April 1991)

Blog Posts

California Workplace Law
What California Retail Employers Need to Know About Accommodating Pregnancy
January 29, 2016

Navigating the California laws on discrimination and accommodation of pregnant employees is a significant challenge for retail employers. The Golden State’s protections for pregnant employees are many and they differ from those of federal law and of other states.

By Mark S. Askanas and Rebecca Benhuri

California Workplace Law
U.S. Supreme Court Rejects California Limitation on Arbitration Agreements with Class Action Waivers
December 29, 2015

Despite recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions strongly upholding the enforceability of class action waivers in arbitration agreements, opposition to class action waivers on both the political and legal fronts persists, especially in California.

By Mark S. Askanas and James A. McKenna

California Workplace Law
California Court Holds Arbitrator Decides Class Arbitrability Where Agreement Specifies AAA Rules
August 26, 2015

An employment arbitration agreement that incorporated the American Arbitration Association’s National Rules for the Resolution of Employment Disputes vested the arbitrator with the power to decide whether the agreement authorized class-wide relief, the California Court of Appeal has ruled. Universal Protection Service LP v.

By Mark S. Askanas

Honors and Recognitions

Who's Who Legal (2006-2007)


July 6, 2017

Retail Industry Workplace Law Update - Summer 2017

July 6, 2017

U.S. Supreme Court: Plaintiffs May Not Voluntarily Dismiss Case to Appeal Class Certification DecisionCurbing a litigation tactic used by class action plaintiffs, U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that such plaintiffs may not voluntarily dismiss their claims upon receiving an adverse class certification decision and subsequently invoke 28...

April 6, 2017

Retail Industry Workplace Law Update - Spring 2017

April 6, 2017

OSHA Identifies 10 Most Cited Safety and Health ViolationsThe Occupational and Safety and Health Administration released a preliminary list of the 10 most frequently cited safety and health violations for 2016, compiled from about 32,000 inspections of workplaces by federal OSHA staff.
February 3, 2017

Part-Time Employees Get First Chance at Extra Hours under New San Jose Ordinance

February 3, 2017

Employers in San Jose, California, must offer additional work hours to existing qualified part-time employees before hiring new employees beginning March 13, 2017, under the Opportunity to Work Ordinance.Covered Employers and EmployeesThe Ordinance, or Measure E, passed by voters in 2016, applies to San Jose employers (...

In the News

April 20, 2015

Law 360

Mark Askanas Comments on Retailers' Use of On-Call Policies

April 20, 2015

Law 360 quotes Mark Askanas in On-Call Policy Scrutiny May Force Retail Staffing Changes. View Article (subscription may be required)

Areas of Practice (4)

  • Class Actions and Complex Litigation
  • General Employment Litigation
  • Non-Competes and Protection Against Unfair Competition
  • Retail and Consumer Goods

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(415) 394-9400  Phone
(415) 394-9401  Fax
University Attended:
University of California, Berkeley, B.A., with high honors, 1982
Law School Attended:
University of California School of Law, Davis, J.D., 1985
Year of First admission:
1986, 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
Birth Information:

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