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Douglas J. Farmer, Esq.

Shareholder at Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
San Francisco, California
Mr. Farmer is a shareholder in the firm’s San Francisco office. He has served as lead defense counsel to Fortune 500 companies in more than 50 wage and hour class actions over the past decade, developing practical compliance solutions for his clients in areas such as California meal and rest break requirements, wage statement regulations, joint employment, piece rate pay, and emerging California legal developments. He has tried to verdict a wide variety of employment cases in California state and federal courts, including wage and hour, disability discrimination, FMLA/CFRA, sexual harassment, age discrimination, pregnancy discrimination and other wrongful termination matters.

About Me

What have you written or published within your profession?
Mr. Farmer's book, California Employment Law (, has been recognized as a major contribution to the field of California employment law, and is widely used by in-house counsel, human resources executives, and business owners throughout the United States.
What topics have you lectured or presented on?
Payroll Management and Compliance in California, Effective Strategies to Document Employee Discipline, California's New Sales Compensation Guidelines and many more.


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Association Position
California State Bar (Employment Law Section) Member
The Working Group Board Member
San Francisco Bar Association (Diversity Committee) Member
Civil Service Commission, City of Piedmont, CA Commissioner and Past Chair
East Bay Spanish Speaking Citizen’s Foundation Board Member and Past President and Chair


School Degree Graduation Year
Harvard Law School J.D. 1986
Harvard University A.B. 1982

Contact Information

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

1 Market St STE 1300
Steuart Tower

San Francisco, CA 94105