Overview

Elisa Nadeau handles all types of litigation, including wage and hour class actions – misclassifications and off-the-clock meal and rest break cases, and individual harassment, discrimination and retaliation claims. She advises and counsels employers on various topics, such as the interactive process, proper classification of employees, wage and hour issues and handbook and policy drafting and revisions.

Elisa regularly assists clients in labor commissioner proceedings before the Division of Labor Standards and Enforcement and in responding to Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and other administrative agency audits.

Elisa has extensive appeals experience, including briefing for approximately twenty appeals. She wrote the briefs in a California Supreme Court case wherein she successfully argued a court of appeal erred in applying Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) laws to a homeowner who unwittingly hired an unlicensed tree trimmer. She has also presented oral argument in ten cases before various courts of appeal in California. In addition, she has substantial jury trial experience, having prosecuted four misdemeanor cases as a volunteer attorney at the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Founder, Silicon Hastings

UC Hastings College of Law

Member

Appellate Court Executive Committee

Santa Clara County Bar Association

Co-Chair

Appellate Court Executive Committee

Santa Clara County Bar Association

2003

Former Board Trustee

City of Mountain View Library

News, Analysis & Press

Do State OSHA Regulations Apply to Homeowners?

FDCC Quarterly

Vol. 54, No.2, Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel

2004

Books & Book Chapters

  • Employee Privacy Rights, The National Employer, Chapter 19, LexisNexis, contributing editor, 2012-2013 and 2013-2014
  • Protection of Employee Privacy and Individual Rights in California, The California Employer, Chapter 7, LexisNexis, contributing editor, 2013-2014

Speaking Engagements

2018 Bay Area Breakfast Briefing Series

San Francisco, CA

January 31, 2018
2018 Bay Area Breakfast Briefing Series

San Francisco, CA

January 10, 2018
2017 Bay Area Breakfast Briefing - San Jose

San Jose, CA

February 2, 2017
2017 Bay Area Breakfast Briefing - Mountain View

San Francisco, CA

January 18, 2017

Labor & Employment Law Developments: Looking Back at 2015 and Ahead to 2016

Littler, Mountain View, CA

January 19, 2016

The 2014 Employment Law Update: The Year in Review and What to Expect in 2015

Littler Mendelson, San Jose, CA

December 3, 2014

Avoiding Pitfalls On Appeal

Santa Clara County Bar Association

October 29, 2010

Education

  • J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law, 1998
  • B.A., University of California, Berkeley, 1994cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admission

California

Courts

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • California Supreme Court
  • 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