1117 S California Ave, Suite 200
Palo Alto, CA 94304-1106
- Labor and Employment Law
- Appellate Law Services
- Litigation, Corporate and Commercial
- Trade Secrets
Admissions: California ; U.S. District Court, Southern District of California ; U.S. District Court, Northern District of California ; U.S. District Court, Central District of California ; U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California ; Supreme Court of the United States ; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Tyler M. Paetkau has represented employers in labor and employment law matters for more than 25 years. He has handled numerous litigation cases and has extensive employment counseling experience. Tyler’s areas of practice include defending employers against claims of wrongful termination, discrimination, retaliation, sexual harassment, defamation, wage and hour violations, unpaid commissions, collective and class actions, and unfair labor practice charges. Tyler also represents employers in litigation involving unfair competition, misappropriation of trade secrets, restrictive covenants, and employee mobility issues. He also has extensive experience representing employers in union-management labor relations matters, including union organizing campaigns, strikes, and collective bargaining negotiations.
- Represented multinational employer in defeating union organizing campaign.
- Reis Robotics (China) Co. v. MiaSolé, Inc., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 49804 (N.D. Cal. 2017): Represented client in successfully moving to compel arbitration of $13 million claims in a commercial dispute.
- Lourdes Tiri v. Lucky Chances, Inc., 226 Cal. App. 4th 231 (2014): Reversing trial court’s order denying client’s motion to compel arbitration of employee’s discrimination claims.
- Complete defense judgment after trial of certified class action alleging misappropriation of employee tips.
- Complete defense judgment after trial of misappropriation of trade secrets and unfair competition claims.
- Frank Gattuso v. Harte-Hanks Shoppers, Inc., 42 Cal. 4th 554 169 P. 3d 889, 67 Cal. Rptr. 3d 468, 55 Lab.Cas. 60,511 (2007): Represented the Employers Group as amicus curiae; Supreme Court of California endorsed “lump sum” method of reimbursing employee expenses.
- Stephen Simmons v. PCR Technology, 209 F. Supp. 2d 1029 (C.D. Cal. 2002): Represented employer in race discrimination action; removal to federal court based on diversity of citizenship and amount in controversy upheld.
- Mirna Olivares v. Hispanic Broadcasting Corporation, 2001 WL 477171 (C.D. Cal. April 26, 2001): Represented employer in defeating former employees challenge to mandatory arbitration of employment discrimination claims.
- Successfully obtained summary judgment and early dismissal of numerous employment claims against employer-clients, including discrimination, retaliation and harassment.
"One of the things I value about Procopio is its wide range of legal expertise. While I’ve appreciated the responsive, practical entity and contract drafting work and military subcontract expertise provided by the firm’s Business Team, I was grateful when Tyler Paetkau and the firm’s Labor and Employment team stepped in on short notice and solved a particularly thorny labor and employment challenge for us. Procopio is a firm I can count on to get the job done in a timely and effective manner, no matter the ask." -- Patrick "Paddy" Gough, Chief Operating Officer, PKL Services, Inc.
- 2019 West Coast Top Rated Lawyers, ALM
- AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®
- Northern California “Super Lawyer” in labor and employment law, 2004, 2006-2007, 2009-2019, 2021
- Association of Defense Counsel (ADC), Board of Directors
- American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section
- Bar Association of San Francisco, Labor and Employment Law Section
- Santa Clara County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section, Executive Committee, Past Chair
- San Mateo County, Labor and Employment Law Section
- State Bar of California, Labor and Employment Law Section, Executive Committee, Past Chair and Advisor
- State Bar of California, Special Advisory Committee on Jury Instructions for Employment Law Cases, Former Member
- JD, University of Michigan Law School, cum laude
- BA, University of Michigan, High Honors and High Distinction
- "Verdicts and Settlements, Top Defense Cases: Employment Law, Retaliation/Wrongful Termination," Daily Journal, August 6, 2021.
- LaSusa, Mike. "Calif. Attys Hopeful About Little-Known Labor Chief Nominee," Law360, July 20, 2021.
- Meiling, Brittany. “In Major AB 5 court ruling, San Diego judge says Instacart likely to flunk contractor test,” San Diego Union Tribune, February 25, 2020.
- Reuter, Elise. “New Law Brings Big Challenges for Startups,” San Diego Business Journal, September 30, 2019.
- Meiling, Brittany. “San Diego city attorney sues grocery delivery app Instacart in gig economy action,” San Diego Union Tribune, September 13, 2019.
- Meiling, Brittany. “Forget Uber and Lyft. Gig economy bill will rattle several San Diego startups,” San Diego Union Tribune, September 11, 2019.
- Gurrieri, Vin. “Ex-Insight Global Employee's Suit Over Firing Remains Intact,” Law360, December 6, 2018.
- Gurrieri, Vin. “NLRB Won't Rethink Anti-Picket Ruling Against Janitors,” Law360, November 1, 2018.
- “On the Move,” Los Angeles Daily Journal, May 22, 2017.
- Presenter. Webinar. “The Increasingly Mobile Work Force: Trade Secrets and Restrictive Covenants for Labor and Employment Attorneys,” Alameda County Bar Association, November 5, 2021.
- Co-Presenter. Webinar. “I’ll Make Them an Offer They Can’t Refuse: What You Need to Know about CCP Section 998 Offers to Compromise,” Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada, August 25, 2021.
- Co-presenter. Webinar. "Recent Developments in Trade Secrets: What In-House Counsel Need to Know," February 18, 2021. PowerPoint and video recording.
- Co-presenter. Webinar. "New Pandemic Year, New Challenges for California Employers," February 11, 2021. PowerPoint and video recording.
- Co-presenter. “Managing Health and Safety Employment Issues in the Time of COVID-19,” Procopio Labor and Employment Virtual Seminar 2020, November 5, 2020.
- Co-presenter. Webinar. "Handling Political Discussions & Complaints in the Workplace." October 1, 2020. PowerPoint and video recording.
- Moderator. "The Critical Deposition of the Human Resources Representative," SCCBA Federal Courts Committee MCLE Webinar, August 20, 2020.
- Co-presenter. Podcast: "COVID-19 and the Workplace," May 7, 2020.
- Speaker. "The State of the State on Employer Data Protection: Trade Secrets, Restrictive Covenants, Cyber Security and Data Privacy," The Bar Association of San Francisco, September 5, 2019.
- Presenter. “California Courts Cast Considerable Doubt on Continued Use of ‘Independent Contractors,'” Celesq® Online Program, September 3, 2019.
- Speaker. “Tips and Trends in Trade Secrets Law: DTS Act,” SCCBA Federal Courts Committee – MCLE Seminar, San Jose, June 27, 2019.
- Co-panelist. “Trends in International Executive Employment Agreements including Compensation and Equity Issues and Restrictive Covenants,” International Labor and Employment Law Committee Midyear Meeting, Buenos Aires, Argentina, May 8, 2019.
- Co-author. "How Calif. High Court Rulings Narrow Prevailing Wage Law," Law360 Employment Authority, September 20, 2021.
- Co-author. "California Supreme Court Clarifies and Limits State’s “Prevailing Wage” Law," August, 20, 2021.
- Co-author. "Trade Secrets Protection: Some Common Sense and an Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure," August 3, 2021.
- “The National Labor Relations Board Liberalizes Rules Governing Employers’ Social Media Policies, But for How Long?” California Business Law Reporter, March 2021.
- "Top 2020 California Trade Secret Decisions," California Labor & Employment Law Review," Vol. 35, No. 2, March 2021. (Reprinted with permission of the California Lawyers Association and the California Labor & Employment Law Review.)
- "California Uniform Trade Secrets Act Displacement of Common Law Claims Based on the Same Facts, and the Exceptions,” Bender’s California Labor & Employment Bulletin, Vol. 2020, No. 11, November 2020.
- Co-editor (with Mindy Morton). “California Federal Civil Rules, Northern District of California Civil Local Rules,” LexisNexis 2020 edition and update, October 2020.
- Co-author. "Employment Lawsuit Settlement Doesn't Preclude PAGA Suit: California Supreme Court," May 7, 2020.
- “New Extended Stay-At-Home Restrictions in Six San Francisco Bay Area Counties May Be Useful Predictor of Future Measures by Other Counties and the State Of California,” April 2, 2020.
- Co-author. "The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201) and Related Tax Credits: What Employers Need to Know Before April 1, 2020," March 25, 2020.
- “California Employers Must Compensate Employees for the Time Spent During Exit Searches,” February 19, 2020.
- “Is Memorized Information a Trade Secret under California Law?” Bender’s California Labor & Employment Bulletin, Vol. 2020, No. 1, January 2020.
- “New California Independent Contractor Test Applies Retroactively According to the Ninth Circuit” May 7, 2019.
- “Employers and Employees: Covenants Not to Compete,” California Business Law Reporter, Vol. 40, No. 4, January 2019.
- “Employers Beware: Using Employee Non-Solicitation Clauses May Violate California Law,” November 29, 2018.
- "Managing the Legal Risks Inherent in BYOD to Work Policies," California Labor & Employment Law Review, California Lawyers Association Labor & Employment Bar Section, Vol. 32, No. 4, July 2018.
- "The Slow But Almost Certain Demise of Nonsolicitation of Employees Covenants Under California Law (Part 2)," California Business Law Reporter, May 2018.
- "A New Defense For Employers in Quit-and-Sue Suits," April 16, 2018.
- “The Slow But Almost Certain Demise of Nonsolicitation of Employees Covenants Under California Law,” California Business Law Reporter, November 2017.
- Contributing editor of several employment law publications, including Bender’s California Labor & Employment Bulletin (LexisNexis Matthew Bender); California Labor and Employment Law Review (official publication of the State Bar of California Labor and Employment Law Section); California Business Law Reporter (California Continuing Education of the Bar); and co-editor of the ABA Labor and Employment Law Section of the International Labor Law Committee e-newsletter .
- "Employers and Employees," California Business Law Reporter, September 2017.
- “’Inevitable Disclosure’ of Trade Secrets,” Los Angeles Daily Journal, July 13, 2017.
- “The Equal Pay Act, Pay Differentials, and Gender,” May 23, 2017.
- “Yes, California Employers, It Really Is Time to Update Your NDAs,” CEB Employment Law blog, March 20, 2017.
- “Accommodating Religious Dress and Observances in the Workplace (Considerations Raised by EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch),” California Labor and Employment Law Review, (State Bar of California Labor and Employment Law Section), Vol. 29, No. 3, May 2015.
- “Covenants Not to Compete With Independent Contractors May Not Be Enforceable Under California Law,” Bender’s California Labor & Employment Law Bulletin, (LexisNexis Matthew Bender), Vol. 2014, No. 4, April 2014.
- Co-author. “Goodbye Armendariz, Hello Concepcion: Federal Arbitration Act Preemption of State Law Obstacles to Enforcement of Mandatory Employment Arbitration Agreements," California Labor and Employment Law Review, (State Bar of California Labor and Employment Law Section), Vol. 26, No. 6, November 2012.
- “Silicon Valley Giants Victims of their Own Success: DOJ Claims Otherwise Lawful ‘No Cold Calling’ Agreements Among Tech Heavyweights Violate the Sherman Antitrust Act,” Bender’s California Labor & Employment Bulletin (LexisNexis Matthew Bender), Vol. 2011, No. 1, January 2011.
- “The Case for ‘Garden Leave' in California,” Bender’s California Labor & Employment Bulletin (LexisNexis Matthew Bender), Vol. 2009, No. 9, September 2009.
- “When Does a Foreign Law Compel a U.S. Employer to Discriminate Against U.S. Expatriates?: A Modest Proposal for Reform,” March 2009.
- Co-author. Switzerland Chapter, International Labor & Employment Laws, Third Edition, Vol. IIA (ABA BNA 2008).
- ”When Can an Employer Conclude That a Disabled Employee On an Indefinite Leave of Absence Cannot Perform The Job’s Essential Functions? A Cautionary Tale,” California Labor & Employment Law Review (State Bar of California Labor and Employment Law Section), March 2009.
- Co-author. “Shield and Sword: Recovery of Attorneys Fees in Trade Secret Misappropriation Litigation,” Bender’s California Labor & Employment Bulletin (LexisNexis Matthew Bender), 352, September 2008.
- Co-author. “California’s Statutory Exceptions To Restraints On Trade: Open Competition And Employee Mobility Give Way To Buyers and Sellers Of Businesses,” Bender’s California Labor & Employment Bulletin, January 17, 2008.
- "Hiring and Firing," Book published by the Entrepreneur Press, 2007.