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About Payne & Fears

Payne & Fears LLP was founded in 1992 in Orange County by James L. Payne and Daniel F. Fears with only two lawyers. Now with seven offices (Orange County, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, Silicon Valley) and more than 50 highly skilled lawyers, Payne & Fears LLP has developed a reputation that is consistent with its founding principles of delivering outstanding legal services in a cost-efficient, flexible and client-friendly manner.

What started as a Southern California labor and employment boutique law firm has grown into a regional law firm that offers a wide range of services to diverse clients. In 2003, Payne and Fears LLP opened its doors in downtown Los Angeles. In June 2004, the firm established its office in Las Vegas, Nevada. The firm opened its San Francisco office to serve clients in Northern California in June, 2006. In July of 2012, the firm established its office in Salt Lake City, Utah and most recently in the Fall of 2015, the firm opened its Phoenix and Silicon Valley offices.

In addition to the firm's premier employment and labor law practice, Payne & Fears LLP today has thriving business litigation, business transaction and insurance coverage litigation practices that represent a diverse range of businesses and industries, including Fortune 100 companies, financial institutions, health care companies, construction companies and local start ups. Despite our growth, Payne & Fears LLP maintains great flexibility to meet our clients’ varied needs.

Each of the firm’s attorneys is experienced in handling sophisticated, high‑stakes matters, with most attorneys having formerly practiced with large national law firms. Each has the skill, experience and education necessary to thoughtfully analyze our client’s legal issues and to bring about a successful resolution of any dispute. In addition, we have experienced trial attorneys who will enthusiastically take a matter to trial when appropriate.

Though the firm has changed in many ways since 1992, the core principles of legal excellence and commitment to client service remain unchanged.

Additional info
Year of establishment 1992 Number of Partners 16
Number of offices 7 Partner:associate ratio 0.70
Biggest office Percentage of women attorneys 23.20
Number of attorneys 54 Percentage of minority attorneys 0.00
Number of associates 22 Percentage of LGBT attorneys 0.00
Area of practice

Payne & Fears practices law in the following areas and works with its clients to provide the best possible legal solutions.

  • Labor + Employment
  • Appellate Law
  • Class Action Defense
  • Employment Practices Counseling
  • Erisa Litigation
  • Labor And Employment Litigation
  • Union Management Relations And Collective Bargaining
  • Wage And Hour Litigation
  • Business + Litigation
  • Business Litigation
  • Business Transactions
  • Construction Law And Litigation
  • Esports
  • Financial Institutions Litigation
  • Health Care
  • Intellectual Property
  • Real Estate
  • Religious Organizations
  • Trade Secret And Unfair Business Practices
  • Insurance Coverage
Awards and recognitions

Payne & Fears LLP Obtains Judgment In Favor of Client, Plus Award of Attorneys' Fees and Costs


Payne & Fears LLP recognizes the value of different experiences, perspectives and cultures and is committed to developing the talents of each individual member of the firm. Payne & Fears LLP believes that a well-managed, diverse workforce expands the firm's base of knowledge, skills and cross-cultural understanding, which in turn enables us to understand, relate and respond to our diverse and changing client base.

Summer associate program

In 2008, Payne & Fears LLP had a class of 4 summer associates. All of them were considered for offers of employment. 4 offers were made.

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Payne & Fears Headquarters


Payne & Fears Office

One Post Street ,
Suite 1000
San Francisco, CA

415-398-7860 phone
415-398-7863 fax


Payne & Fears Office

7251 W. Lake Mead Blvd. ,
Suite 525
Las Vegas, NV

702-851-0300 phone
702-851-0315 fax


Payne & Fears Office

Jamboree Center ,
4 Park Plaza, Suite 1100
Irvine, CA

949-851-1100 phone
949-851-1212 fax


Payne & Fears Office

1100 Glendon Avenue ,
Suite 1250
Los Angeles, CA

310-689-1750 phone
310-689-1755 fax

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