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Nicholas W. McKinney focuses his practice on litigation and counseling clients on labor and employment law matters.

Most recently, Nick has provided advice and counsel to businesses in addressing the complex employment law issues presented by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, including:

  • Complying with Cal/OSHA’s COVID-19 related Emergency Temporary Standard including implementing COVID-19 prevention plans, outbreak reporting and exclusion, and exclusion pay
  • COVID-19 vaccination issues in the workplace
  • Preparation and implementation of COVID-19 vaccination policies and mandates
  • Reviewing, processing, and analyzing ADA and Title VII requests for accommodation from COVID-19 vaccine mandates
  • State and local supplemental paid sick leave laws and ordinances

Nick is constantly tracking state and national laws related to COVID-19 including CDC guidance, workplace safety regulations under Cal/OSHA and Fed/OSHA and EEOC guidance regarding employment practices related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Nick is frequently writing and presenting on COVID-19 pandemic related issues.

Nick also has a robust litigation practice where he represents employers before agencies such as the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the California Department of Labor, the National Labor Relations Board, and in state and federal courts. 

Specifically, Nick represents employers in claims related to:

  • Discrimination
  • Harassment
  • Retaliation
  • Unfair competition
  • Disability accommodation and leave issues
  • Whistleblowing
  • Wage and hour
  • Unfair labor practice charges

Prior to joining Littler, Nick worked at a regional law firm where he focused on representation of public entities in state and federal courts.

During law school, Nick served on the editorial board of the University of the Pacific Law Review, and was president of the Employment and Labor Law Association. 

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Recipient, Witkin Award for Academic Excellence in Employment Law

University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law



  • J.D., University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law, 2018With Distinction
  • B.S., University of Montana, 2015with honors

Admisión de la barra



  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California