Noah D. Lebowitz

Noah Lebowitz is dedicated to helping employees reach their full potential in the workplace. Noah has particular expertise in disability discrimination and medical leave related issues. He also represents employees in all types of workplace issues, including harassment, discrimination, retaliation, wrongful termination, wage and hour, breach of contract, and severance negotiations.

Noah is presently a member of the Executive Committee of the Labor & Employment Law Section of the Bar Association of San Francisco.  He is a past member of the Executive Board of the California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA) (2010-2014), past Chair of CELA’s Mentor Committee (2005-2010), and current Chair of CELA’s Fair Employment & Housing Council Regulations Task Force.  Noah served on the Executive Committee of the State Bar Labor & Employment Law Section (2007–2010). While on the Executive Committee, Noah chaired subcommittees overseeing the Labor & Employment Law Section’s Education Grant program as well as the “Your Legal Rights” radio program.  As a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) he authored the amicus brief on behalf of NELA in Toyota Motor Manufacturing v. Williams, 534 U.S. 184 (2002). Noah is a Barrister member of the Edward J. McFetridge American Inn of Court.

In October 2017, Noah was presented with the first-ever CELA Service Award for “exceptional service to California workers and the lawyers who represent them.”

Noah serves as a Judge Pro Tem with the San Francisco Superior Court, hearing discovery motions in the Court’s Law & Motion Department.

Representative cases:

McCollum v., Inc., 212 F.Supp.2d 1142 (N.D. Cal. 2002) (failure to pay commissions);

Mamou v. Trendwest Resorts, Inc., 165 Cal.App.4th 686 (2008) (national origin discrimination, retaliation, and defamation);

Ellis v. San Francisco State University, 114 F.Supp.3d 884 (N.D. Cal. 2015)  (“Ellis I“) (disability discrimination and unlawful medical exam);

Ellis v. San Francisco State University, 136 F.Supp.3d 1140 (N.D. Cal. 2015) (“Ellis II“) (disability discrimination and unlawful medical exam)

Noah is a frequent lecturer and organizer of educational seminars on the topics of disability discrimination, medical leave, and general litigation strategy. A sampling of his speaking engagements includes:

  • “ADA/FEHA Accommodating Mental Disabilities in the Workplace” State Bar of California Labor & Employment Law Section Annual Meeting & Public Sector Conference, Berkeley, April 2016
  • “CELA 2nd Annual Trial College” (Trainer) San Francisco, June 2015
  • “The ABC’s of EPLI:  What Every Employment Litigator Needs to Know” Bar Association of San Franciso Insurance Law Section, San Francisco, October 2014
  • “Disability 101” California Employment Lawyers Association Annual Conference, San Diego, October 2014
  • “Disability Discrimination in the Workplace” AIDS Legal Referral Panel, Free MCLE Series, San Francisco, June 2014
  • “Employment Law: Updates on Disability Discrimination in the Workplace”, AIDS Legal Referral Panel, Free MCLE Series, February 2013;
  • “Update on the New Fair Employment and Housing Act Pregnancy and Disability Regulations: Major Changes That Will Impact Your Practice”, Bar Association of San Francisco Labor & Employment Law Section, Yosemite Annual Conference, February 2013;
  • “Defamation in the Employment Case” National Employment Lawyers Association Annual Convention, San Diego, June 2012;
  • “Litigating Disability Claims: What Every Practitioner in California Needs to Know”, PLI’s California Employment Law Update, San Francisco, November 2011;
  • “The Interactive Process: How to Make it Work Effectively for Employer and Employee,” State Bar Public Sector Conference, Sacramento, May 2011;
  • “Alphabet Soup: The Intersection of FMLA, CFRA, PDL, FEHA & ADA,” State Bar Annual Conference, Monterey, September 2010
  • ADA Update,” PLI’s California Employment Law Update, San Francisco, November 2010
  • “Seven Cases You Gotta Have In Your Back Pocket,” California Employment Lawyers Association Annual Conference, Oakland, October 2009

Noah graduated from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 1996, where he served on the editorial board of the Law Review. While in law school, he authored An Amendment to Rule 23: Encouraging Class Actions in Section 504 and ADA Employment Discrimination Cases, 30 U.S.F. L.Rev. 477 (1996). Noah received his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1992 where he majored in Political Science and Afro-American Studies.

Noah has been named a Northern California Super Lawyer each year since 2009.