John C. Fox, Esq. is one of the most experienced trial lawyers in the United States defending companies in “bet-the-bank” and other substantial employment cases. Mr. Fox is the President and a Senior Partner of Fox, Wang & Morgan P.C. Mr. Fox counsels companies and tries employment law cases in state and federal courts throughout the United States. He is also a nationally known and recognized lecturer.
Mr. Fox is an across-the-board employment lawyer representing management nationwide. His cases involve primarily wage-hour and employment discrimination class actions, trade secret claims, employment contract disputes, wrongful termination, corporate investigations, and the use of statistics in employment matters. Mr. Fox also defends OFCCP audits and other federal agency investigations and provides business and strategic advice to companies relating to their employment practices. He also helps companies build human resources systems designed to minimize legal risk.
Mr. Fox has extensive trial experience, having spent more than 300 days in trial. Mr. Fox was also lead trial counsel in the first of the four wage-hour class actions known to have been tried in California.
In 2005, Mr. Fox was the California Employment Law Expert Witness offering testimony on behalf of the Board of Directors of The Walt Disney Company in the shareholder derivative lawsuit challenging Disney’s estimated $140 million severance package paid to its former President Michael Ovitz. The Court credited Mr. Fox’s Expert testimony in a surprise ruling in favor of Disney.
Prior to founding Fox, Wang & Morgan, Mr. Fox was a Partner at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips and at Fenwick & West, LLP and chaired its Employment and Labor Group for over a decade specializing in employment law applicable to high technology companies.
Mr. Fox was also previously Executive Assistant to Ellen Shong Bergman, the Director of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), U.S. Department of Labor, where he was responsible for all enforcement and policy matters and coordination with The White House and the Congress.
Mr. Fox donates his time, pro bono, as General Counsel, to a battered women’s shelter, Women’s Crisis Support Defensa de Mujeres, in Watsonville, CA and to Waste No Food: wastenofood.org.
SELECTED HONORS & AWARDS
Northern California Super Lawyers, 2004-2011
Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel, 2009-2011
Top Attorneys in Northern California, 2010-2011
Who’s Who Legal: California, 2009-2011
Who’s Who Legal USA: Management Labour & Employment Lawyers, 2006-2011
Dean L. Broadbent Award for outstanding contribution to the community and for academic excellence, University of California, Riverside, 1973