Morgan Forsey

Morgan Forsey: Attorney with Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP


Morgan Forsey is a partner in the Labor and Employment Practice Group and is co-Office Managing Partner of the San Francisco office.

Areas of Practice

Morgan handles all facets of the litigation and trial process in labor and employment disputes. Morgan has significant experience in defending wage and hour class actions, including claims for overtime pay, meal and rest period violations, misclassification, prevailing wages and claims concerning premium pay issues. She has successfully defeated class certification motions and prevailed on motions to affirmatively deny class certification. Morgan has successfully defended labor and employment disputes under both state and federal law, including harassment, misclassification, discrimination, whistleblowing and retaliation. In particular, Morgan has extensive experience representing and advising clients in the technology, healthcare, transportation, retail, staffing and hospitality industries. She has substantial experience defending against claims arising under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act, Title VII, Sarbanes-Oxley, Dodd-Frank, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and state, federal and local wage and hour laws. Morgan has trial experience defending wage and hour class actions, PAGA actions and single plaintiff employment cases.

In addition to civil litigation matters, Morgan regularly represents employers in matters before governmental agencies, such as, the DLSE, DFEH and EEOC, and assists employers in handling regulatory audits, such as DOL and DLSE investigations. Morgan also provides strategic advice to employers on a full spectrum of employment compliance issues; including local ordinances, wage and hour compliance, employee terminations, responding to employee leave requests, trade secret theft and employee privacy.


•Labor and Employment, Legal 500, 2016
•Witkin Award for Excellence in Remedies taught by former California Supreme Court Justice Cruz Reynoso
•Honorable Patricia Herron and Honorable Ellen James Scholarship from the Contra Costa County Bar Association Women's Section
•Elected to the U.C. Davis Trial Practice Honors Board


Labor & Employment Law Blog Posts

• Employers Beware! Employees are Permitted to Use Employer’s Email Systems for Non Work Purposes, Including Union Organizing, December 12, 2014
• New California Commission Contract Rules - It is Not Too Early To Get Ready! March 20, 2012
• The Ninth Circuit Clarifies Application Of The Computer Fraud And Abuse Act Favorably For Employers , May 3, 2011
• A Workers' Compensation Rating Of 100% Disabled Does Not Relieve An Employer Of Its Obligations Under The ADA And FEHA , April 28, 2011
• California Court of Appeal Rejects Anti-SLAPP Motion in a Retaliation and Wrongful Termination Case , July 1, 2009
• The California Court of Appeals Provides Some Guidance on the Scope of the Administrative Exemption to Wage Order No. 4-2001 , February 12, 2008


•Breakfast with Your Labor Lawyer - San Francisco
Spring 2019 Seminar Series
May 9, 2019
•Breakfast With Your Labor Lawyer - San Francisco
Spring 2018 Seminar Series
April 17, 2018
•2017 Leaves And Local Ordinances
Summer 2017

•Breakfast With Your Labor Lawyer - San Francisco
Spring 2017 Seminar Series
May 3, 2017
•Breakfast With Your Labor Lawyer - San Francisco
Spring 2016 Seminar Series
May 3, 2016
•Labor & Employment Law Update & Happy Hour - San Francisco
Fall 2015 Seminar Series
September 24, 2015
•Labor & Employment Law Update - Spring 2014
June 9, 2014
•Prevailing Wage and Misclassification Traps For Contractors and How to Avoid Them
Sheppard Mullin, November 2013

•Labor and Employment Law Update & Happy Hour Fall 2012 - San Francisco
Hyatt Regency San Francisco , September 13, 2012
•Labor and Employment Law: Mid-Year Update 2009 - Menlo Park
Breakfast With Your Labor Lawyer
Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton - Menlo Park , September 30, 2009
•Pitfalls of Public Works Contracting (And How to Avoid Them) Seminar - Pleasanton
Presented by Sheppard Mullin and Heffernan Insurance
Four Points - Sheraton Pleasanton, 5115 Hopyard Road, Pleasanton, CA 94588 , May 15, 2009
•Labor and Employment Law: Mid-Year Update 2008 - San Francisco
Breakfast With Your Labor Lawyer
Hyatt Regency San Francisco , October 2, 2008
•Breakfast With Your Labor Lawyer - San Francisco
Hyatt Regency San Francisco , February 27, 2008
•Breakfast With Your Labor Lawyer - Silicon Valley
Four Seasons Silicon Valley , February 25, 2008


•Nota Bene Episode 13: Human Capital and Defining the Relationship with Your Workforce in the 21st Century with Morgan Forsey
November 28, 2018

Areas of Practice (26)

  • Labor and Employment
  • Labor and Employment Counseling
  • Employee Hiring/Discipline/Termination
  • Employment Agreements
  • Handbooks and Personnel Policies
  • Harassment Investigation and Training
  • High-Technology Employment
  • Wage and Hour Regulations
  • Workplace Violence
  • Labor and Employment Litigation
  • Public Works and Prevailing Wage Law
  • Sexual Harassment/Employment
  • Wrongful Termination
  • Wage and Hour Class Actions
  • Litigation
  • Class Action Defense
  • Aviation
  • Communications
  • Digital Media
  • Entertainment
  • Food and Beverage
  • Healthcare
  • Hospitality
  • Life Sciences and FDA
  • Maritime
  • Retail

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
415.774.3254  Phone
415.434.3947  Fax
University Attended:
North Carolina School of the Arts, B.F.A., Managing Editor, U.C. Davis Journal of International Law and Policy
Law School Attended:
University of California, Davis, J.D., 2005
Year of First Admission:
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California; Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals; U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California; 2005, California; U.S. District Court for the Central District of California


•California Bar Association
•San Francisco Bar Association
•Served as a CASA volunteer in both Alameda and Contra Costa Counties


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