Adrian Sawyer focuses his practice on complex business and employment litigation. He has represented clients in a variety of business matters and has extensive experience in employee mobility and trade secret matters, defense of wage and hour class and FLSA actions at the California and national levels, and shareholder and corporate governance disputes. In addition, Adrian has substantial experience defending clients in securities and derivative litigation and SEC enforcement matters. His clients range from emerging companies to multinational corporations.
Adrian also devotes a portion of his practice to contentious trust litigation, bringing business litigation experience to bear in that setting.
Adrian is a contributing editor to the trade secrets and unfair competition chapter of the Rutter Group California Practice Guide on Employment Litigation. He is also a frequent speaker on trade secrets litigation and unfair competition.
He served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable William H. Orrick, Jr., U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.
University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 1999
Order of the Coif
Senior Articles Editor, Hastings Law Journal
Princeton University, A.B. 1996
Super Lawyers 2012-2018
Bar & Court Admissions
Supreme Court of California / California State Courts
United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
Bar Association of San Francisco
American Bar Association
Association of Business Trial Lawyers
Publications & Speaking
“The Exchange” for E-Discovery for the Corporate Market for Today’s General Council and Institute regarding New Federal Rules and Cross-border disputes, Houston, TX, Panelist
California Practice Guide on Employment Litigation (The Rutter Group), Contributing Editor
Masters Conference, Presenter on internet privacy issues
Bridgeport Class Action Litigation Conference, Presenter
“Friese v. Superior Court and Grosset v. Wenaas: The Future of the Internal Affairs Doctrine in California,” Securities Litigation Report (February 2006) (with Jordan Eth)
“Recent Litigation Victories Against The SEC,” 33rd Annual Securities Regulation Institute (January 2006) (with David B. Bayless)
“Defending Your Client in The New World of SEC Enforcement,” 33rd Annual Securities Regulation Institute (January 2006) (with David B. Bayless)
“SEC Investigations: What to Do When Investigators Call,” East Bay Business Times, Legal Issues Guide (March 25, 2005) (with David B. Bayless)