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Jenn Protas

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60 South Market Street, Suite 1400
San Jose, CA 95113

408-947-2435 | 408-287-2583
jenn.protas@hogefenton.com
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Jenn Protas

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Practice Overview

Jenn Protas helps employers navigate California’s numerous employment laws and defends employers with an eye toward successful, yet cost-effective resolution. Jenn is a zealous advocate for her clients and a tenacious litigator. She defends employers on matters related to wage and hour law, wrongful termination, harassment, discrimination, and retaliation in single-plaintiff litigation, Private Attorney General Act actions, and/or class actions. Her practice also includes housing discrimination matters, and business litigation.

Jenn builds relationships with her clients to better understand their businesses and provide counsel on a range of subjects, including employee leave issues, personnel management, hiring, terminations, and wage and hour practices. In addition, Jenn has substantial experience drafting employer policies, handbooks, confidentiality and nondisclosure agreements (NDAs), incentive compensation agreements, separation agreements, and settlement agreements.

Jenn is a frequent public speaker and regularly presents seminars and trainings on such employment issues as: annual legal updates, complex leave issues, complying with California wage and hour law, and effective employee management. She also provides legally-mandated harassment prevention trainings and fair housing trainings at clients’ sites.

She was named Northern California Super Lawyer in 2018 and 2019. Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor. Prior to that, Jenn was named Northern California Rising Star in 2016 and 2017. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.

Practice Areas

Education

  • J.D., University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, with distinction, Order of the Coif (top 10%)
  • B.A., English and Creative Writing, The University of Arizona, summa cum laude with honors

Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. District Court, Central, Eastern & Northern Districts of California
  • United States Supreme Court

Affiliation & Awards

Professional Activities

Jenn is an At-Large Board Member of the National LGBT Bar Association and Chair of the Membership & Diversity Advisory Committee. She also serves on the board of The Friends of Levitt Pavilion San Jose in the role of Secretary. Jenn is a former board member of the Santa Clara County Employer Advisory Council.

Jenn is a member of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Silicon Valley, and an active member of the Santa Clara County Bar Association where she currently serves as Co-Chair to the Judiciary Committee and as a member of the Diversity Committee. Jenn previously chaired the Diversity Committee in 2012 and co-chaired the LGBT Committee from 2009-2010. She has also served on the Executive Committee, Board of Trustees, Finance Committee, Law-Related Education Committee, Civil Practice Committee, and the Employment Law Section.

Jenn is a member of Northern California Human Resources Association (NCHRA) and Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

She participated for four years in the Future Vision mentoring program at Lincoln High School in San Jose and coached the Mountain View High School mock trial team.

Awards

In 2018, Jenn was honored by the National LGBT Bar Association as one of the Best LGBT Attorneys Under 40. She was also recognized for her commitment to advancing inclusion and diversity in the legal profession by the Santa Clara County Bar Association with the 2018 Diversity Award. Jenn was honored by the Santa Clara County Bar Association’s Diversity Committee as one of the recipients of the Unsung Heroes Award in 2013. She was also selected as the Santa Clara County Bar Association’s 2011 Barrister of the Year.

She was named Northern California Super Lawyer in 2018 and 2019. Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor. Prior to that, Jenn was named Northern California Rising Star in 2016 and 2017. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.

Representative Experience

Representative Matters

  • Advised staffing industry clients regarding the affect of California employment laws to their industry, including pay
    history, final wages, and harassment prevention trainings
  • Successfully challenged $6.37 million tax assessment on the issue of whether taxicab drivers were employees or
    independent contractors in a seven-day hearing before the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board
  • Successfully opposed petitions for writs of mandate to the Sixth District Court of Appeal and petition for review to
    the California Supreme Court
  • Obtained through mediation favorable results in claims involving discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful
    termination, wage and hour violations, PAGA allegations, assault and battery, and various other allegations
  • Defended businesses in court and before administrative agencies against wage and hour claims for overtime, meal
    and rest periods, and penalties
  • Obtained summary judgment and successfully defended judgment on appeal

Speaking & Publications

Representative Speaking Engagements & Publications

Mackrell International California Minority Counsel Program Best Places to Work 2019 Bay Area Green Business