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.
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.
- Los Angeles County Bar Association
- Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association
- "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.
- Regular contributor to a number of Hinshaw publications, including labor and employment and California employment client alerts, and the Employment Practices Alert newsletter
- Sean Pon Quoted in Law360 on the Uber Ruling that Puts the Sharing Economy’s Business Model In LimboJune 24, 2015
- October 7, 2014
- August 28, 2014
- July 16, 2014
- California Labor Commissioner Delivers a blow to the ride Sharing Independent Contractor Concept
- California Court Allows Employee to Disaffirm Arbitration Agreement due to Age
- "Unconscionable" to Provide Arbitration Agreement to Dancers While "Mostly Naked"
- Employee's case Dismissed After Suing Wrong Employer Defendant
- Healthy Workplace, Healthy Families Act of 2014, California's Paid Sick Leave Law, to take Effect
- California Court of Appeals Allows On-Call rest Breaks
- Employer Prevails on Misclassification Claim Where Employee Fails to Prove Hours Worked
- California Supreme Court Allows Class Waivers in Arbitration Agreements, but not PAGA Waivers
- White Waitress in her 50s who quit job Cannot Establish Race or Age Claims
- NLRB: Unions can Picket on Private Walkways in California
- PAGA Penalties Cannot be Aggregated for Diversity Jurisdiction Purposes
- Employer not Required to hire Independent Contractors to Accommodate Employee’s Religious Observance
- Second Circuit Grants Injunctive Relief to Prevent Recurring Sexual Harassment
- NLRB Unsuccessfully Challenges Court’s Invalidation of “Ambush Election Rule”
- Tenth Circuit Agrees with Employer: EEOC Subpoena Too Overbroad
- New Workplace laws for California Employers David Ian Dalby, Sean N. Pon
- Court Allows Employee’s Harassment Claim to Proceed to Jury to Determine Causation
- Employee Fails to Demonstrate that Termination was act of Discrimination or Interference with Leave
Employment Law Observer
- July 1, 2015
- June 1, 2015
- April 1, 2015
- March 2, 2015
- February 2, 2015
- December 1, 2014
- November 3, 2014
- October 1, 2014
- September 2, 2014
- August 1, 2014
- July 1, 2014
- June 2, 2014
- May 1, 2014
- April 22, 2014Employment Practices Alert
- April 1, 2014
- March 3, 2014
- January 2, 2014
- December 2, 2013
- November 1, 2013
- September 3, 2013
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.
- Junior Giants, the San Francisco Giants’ Children’s Summer Baseball League, Volunteer
- Dixon High School, Past Volunteer
J.D., High Tech Law Certificate, Corporate Transactions, Santa Clara University School of Law, 2005
B.A., Communications, University of California at Davis, 2000