BRANDON MCKELVEY


Top-Notch Employment and Class Action Lawyer Without the Big-Firm Price

What should you know before hiring Brandon?
Here are some highlights.

Practice Overview

Brandon’s practice is focused on offering clients business-centric solutions to high-stakes employment lawsuits. Brandon has successfully represented some of the largest companies in California and the United States in multimillion-dollar employment lawsuits. Brandon has been named as one of Sacramento Business Journal’s “Best of the Bar” 2 years in a row and was featured in their “40 under 40″ in 2014. As of 2016, he has also been selected as a Northern California Super Lawyers “Rising Star” (awarded to just 2.5% of attorneys in the area) and he has been named to Sacramento Magazines “Top Lawyers” list. Although Brandon regularly handles all types of employment lawsuits, his practice focuses on three specialties: (1) class action defense, (2) Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) representative action defense, and (3) employment law counseling and training.

Experience

Before launching Medina McKelvey LLP, Brandon was a partner in the Labor & Employment Department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP (a top-tier international employment law firm with over 700 attorneys) where he co-led the California Class Action Group, created a popular employment law blog, authored wage and hour and employment law treatises, and regularly spoke on California employment law topics.

Accomplished Litigator

Before working at Seyfarth Shaw, Brandon was a full-service litigator representing individuals and businesses in a variety of contexts, including class actions and complex business and employment disputes. He has worked on some of the biggest class action cases in California and was a member of the trial team on one of the largest and longest class action trials on record.

Client Service

Brandon believes client service and effective communication are two of the most important aspects of the attorney-client relationship. Brandon strives to distill cases down to core financial, business, and risk management decisions. He has also developed new ways of communicating with clients that make it easier for them to quickly read emails and stay up to date on large cases and projects. He uses a unique writing style and format to keep communications focused and easy to read, while providing decision points and a clear roadmap for clients.

Employment Defense

Brandon has defended small, medium, and large businesses in state and federal courts all over California. While he handles all types of employment law cases, he focuses his practice on complex employment litigation, including class actions, representative actions, and high-exposure employment law claims. For more information on the types of cases Brandon handles, visit the “What We Do” page.

Skilled Class Action Litigator

Brandon has litigated class and representative actions his entire 15-year career and has helped clients defeat class certification on many occasions. He has experience on both sides of the bar, helping him see a case from all angles, assess exposure at the outset of a case, and deliver a range of practical solutions to clients. View a few short videos on employment class action solutions by visiting the “Wage & Hour Defense” page.

Wage and Hour Defense

Brandon has defended wage and hour class, collective, multi-party, and representative actions in every federal court in California, in every major county in the Central Valley and Bay Area, and on appeal at both the federal and state levels. Brandon has also represented employers dealing with claims, audits, or investigations from federal and state agencies, including the Employment Development Department (EDD), Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE), and the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH). In addition to defending wage and hour claims, Brandon has been retained to act as a consultant on wage and hour cases and regularly speaks on this topic.

Counseling and Training

Brandon has counseled Fortune 500 companies, large privately held companies, public agencies, medium and small businesses, and franchisees on California employment law compliance, with a focus on California’s wage and hour laws. Brandon has developed videos and comprehensive compliance solutions for business on wage and hour issues. He has trained over 1,200 business managers across California on these topics.

Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) Defense

Brandon has been at the forefront of defending representative PAGA cases, which are a growing threat to businesses. He has experience defending PAGA actions against many of the plaintiffs’ lawyers in California who regularly file these extortion-style lawsuits seeking quick settlements for ticky-tack violations of the California Labor Code. In the process, he has developed innovative and efficient solutions for dealing with these lawsuits.

Business Focus

Brandon has handled employment lawsuits, including class and collective litigation, in a wide number of industries. He has a passion for learning the way businesses work and tailoring a legal solution that is right for the client’s business and industry. Unlike many BigLaw lawyers, Brandon is a business owner himself and understands the pressures of running a business and balancing risk management and legal compliance at the same time.

Innovation

During his career, Brandon started a first-of-its-kind California employment law blog aimed at finding creative ways to deliver practical solutions on issues that employers regularly face, in an easy-to-read format. Brandon has also developed interactive legal and management training on wage and hour issues and regularly counsels business on custom-fit compliance solutions for issues related to meal and rest periods, off-the-clock work, employee exempt status classifications, independent contractor classifications, and other topics.

Strong Credentials

Brandon graduated from UC Davis School of Law (Executive Editor of the Law Review) where he authored a published law review article that has since been cited by numerous legal journals and courts. He grew up in Southeastern Michigan and graduated from Wayne State University (magna cum laude) in Detroit.

Family Commitment

Brandon has been happily married to his wife for more than 15 years. He’s also the proud dad of a young daughter and two Labrador Retrievers.

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