John S. Hong provides advice and counseling to clients on a wide variety of matters in all areas of labor and employment law, including:

  • Wage and hour claims, such as claims involving minimum wage obligations, overtime wage compensation obligations, the regular rate, classification of employees as overtime exempt, and meal and rest break issues
  • Harassment and discrimination claims, including claims based on race, national origin, sex and disability
  • Human resources decisions, including decisions regarding leaves of absence, workers’ compensation, disability, training, hiring, discipline and separation of employment
  • Class action litigation

John represents employers in state, federal and administrative courts, including the California Labor Commissioner, the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the Department of Labor and the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board.

In law school, John was managing editor of the University of San Francisco Law Review. He participated in the Robert F. Wagner National Labor and Employment Law Moot Court Competition in New York and won Best Oral Argument in the school-wide moot court competition.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Member, former Regional Governor, and former member of the Board of Governors

National Asian Pacific American Bar Association


Member, Board of Governors

University of San Francisco School of Law



Labor and Employment Law Advisory Board

University of San Francisco School of Law


Member and past President

Korean American Bar Association of Northern California



Bridging Education & Art Together (BEAT) Global


Founding Member

The Minority Bar Exchange



CALI Award for Academic Excellence in Civil Procedure

Named, Rising Star

Super Lawyers


News, Analysis & Press

Last-Minute Schedule Changes? Some Cities Say Employers Must Pay

Bloomberg BNA Daily Labor Report

December 1, 2016

San Francisco Employees, Do You Know Your Scheduling Rights?

Bloomberg BNA Daily Labor Report

December 1, 2016

Recent Developments in Law Governing Professionals', Officers', and Directors' Liability

Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Law Journal

Winter 2010, Volume 45-2


Can Blogging and Employment Co-Exist?

University of San Francisco Law Review, Vol. 41, No 3

Speaking Engagements

2018 General Session

Littler Executive Employer, Phoenix, AZ

May 3, 2018

Terminating the Employee on Leave or Returning from Leave: Challenges and Best Practices

Littler webinar

May 25, 2017
2016 in Review: Top 10 Trends Facing Retailers

November 15, 2016

Preparing for Change: DOL’s Final Rule on Overtime

Asian American Hotel Owners Association, Inc. (AAHOA) Northwest Regional Conference Vancouver, WA

August 16, 2016
Labor & Employment Law Developments: Looking Back at 2015 and Ahead to 2016 - San Francisco

San Francisco, CA

January 28, 2016
2014 Summer Spotlight Series Women in Leadership: Marie Oh Huber, SVP and GC of Agilent Technologies, Inc.

San Francisco, CASan Jose, CA

July 18, 2014

U.S. Employment and Discrimination Laws: Comparisons between Korea and the United States

2013 International Conference - Pusan National University School of Law, Pusan, South Korea

September 30, 2013

Time Off: Federal, State and Local Laws on Employee Leave, Vacations and Holidays in California

Lorman Education Services, San Francisco, CA

April 24, 2008

Complying with San Francisco's Employment Ordinances

Brown Bag Lunch Series - Korean American Bar Association of Northern California, San Francisco, CA



  • J.D., University of San Francisco Law School, 2007With Honors
  • B.A., Davidson College, 1999


  • Korean
  • Spanish

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