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Sean N. Pon is an experienced employment attorney, providing counseling, litigation and risk management services as a trusted advisor and litigation attorney. He represents clients in several industries; including entertainment, hospitality, restaurants, healthcare, staffing services and legal services.

In his employment law practice, Mr. Pon handles single and multi-plaintiff matters involving discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, retaliation, unfair competition, leave laws, and wage and hour claims. He defends claims in both state and federal courts, as well as before governmental agencies, including the Labor Commissioner, Department of Fair Employment and Housing and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Mr. Pon also counsels and advises employers in making employment and risk management decisions, and also assists his clients in developing and implementing processes consistent with their business objectives and applicable labor laws. His clients include employers in both the public and private sectors.

Mr. Pon also has experience in business litigation matters, assisting and defending companies against various general liability claims, including personal injury, property damage, and construction defect claims. 

Before joining Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, Mr. Pon was a law clerk at Pacific Legal Foundation where he accomplished significant research and drafted memoranda regarding the Endangered Species Act. In addition, he conducted amicus curiae brief research for U.S. Supreme Court cases that included:

  • Elk Grove School District v. Newdow—a Pledge of Allegiance case.
  • Guinn v. Legislature of the State of Nevada.

Professional Background

Mr. Pon returned to Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP in September 2009 after a short time at Law & Brandmeyer, in Pasadena, California. He joined Hinshaw originally in July 2006. Previously he was an attorney with the Law Office of Lawrence M. Markey, Jr., in El Segundo, California. He also spent a short time as an attorney with Ku & Fong LLP, in Los Angeles.

During law school, Mr. Pon clerked with Bosso, Williams, Sachs, Atack & Gallagher, in Santa Cruz. He also clerked for one summer at the Pacific Legal Foundation in Sacramento. He was a member of a number of student organizations, including Moot Court, Entertainment and Sports Law Association, Asian Pacific American Law Students Association and La Raza Law Student Association. In addition, he was a member and Treasurer of Phi Delta Phi.

Prior to his legal career, Mr. Pon was an auditor and credit analyst for a year with First Collateral Services/Citigroup. During his undergraduate studies, he interned with KTVU Fox in Oakland, California, where he edited news scripts and researched news stories.

During his undergraduate studies Mr. Pon was a member of the Dean’s List.

Professional Affiliations

  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association

Presentations

  • "Inaugural Pro Bono Advisory Council Volunteer Awards Reception and Mixer," Chair, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA, Los Angeles, May 2015.
  • "California Employment Law Breakfast Briefing," Hinshaw seminar, Los Angeles, January 2015.

Publications

  • Regular contributor to a number of Hinshaw publications, including labor and employment and California employment client alerts, and the Employment Practices Alert newsletter

Personal

Sean enjoys baseball and football. He is an avid San Francisco Giants and San Francisco 49ers fan. Additionally, he currently plays in a fast-pitch baseball league, in which his team was the league champion in 2008 and he was the voted MVP of the league in 2007.

Community/Civic Activities

  • Junior Giants, the San Francisco Giants’ Children’s Summer Baseball League, Volunteer
  • Dixon High School, Past Volunteer

Education

J.D., High Tech Law Certificate, Corporate Transactions, Santa Clara University School of Law, 2005

B.A., Communications, University of California at Davis, 2000

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