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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 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 also 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 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 (AB 1825) and fair housing trainings at clients’ sites.

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 Committee.  She is a former board member of the Santa Clara County Employer Advisory Council (EAC).

Jenn is also an active member of the Santa Clara County Bar Association, currently serving 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, Judiciary Committee, Law-Related Education Committee, Civil Practice Committee, and the Employment Law Section.

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.

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

Awards

In 2018, Jenn was honored by the National LGBT Bar Association as one of the Best LGBT Attorneys Under 40. 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. Jenn was also selected as the Santa Clara County Bar Association’s 2011 Barrister of the Year. Jenn was named a Northern California “Rising Star” by her peers and through the independent research of Law & Politics and San Francisco Magazine in 2016 and 2017 and named a Northern California “Super Lawyer” in 2018.

Representative Experience

Representative Matters

  • 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 Bay Area Green Business