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Philip Monrad

Philip Monrad joined the Leonard Carder Firm in 1996, and has been a partner since 2001. Mr. Monrad represents employees in individual and class action litigation, and labor unions in all aspects of labor relations, including compliance with campaign finance regulation.

Mr. Monrad graduated from Boalt Hall School of Law, U.C. Berkeley, in 1990, where he served as an Associate Editor of the California Law Review and was inducted into the Order of the Coif. Mr. Monrad undertook a four-year joint-degree program, earning a J.D. and also an M.A. from Boalt’s Jurisprudence and Social Policy program.

After graduating from Boalt, Mr. Monrad clerked for the Honorable William Canby of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. After clerking for Judge Canby, Mr. Monrad was admitted to the California Bar (No. 151073) and is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in California. His first employment as an attorney was as an associate with the law firm of Remcho, Johansen and Purcell in San Francisco, from 1991-1996.

Mr. Monrad grew up, initially on a farm and then a small town, in rural South Dakota and Minnesota. On graduation from Windom (Minnesota) Public High School in 1966, he matriculated at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota from which he graduated with high honors in 1970. Mr. Monrad worked his way through college as a warehouseman and member of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

Between college and law school, Mr. Monrad worked at a number of blue-collar jobs, including working as a carpenter and woodcarver, an over-the-road truck driver, a deck hand on tow boats on the Mississippi River (member, Inland Boatman’s Union), a commercial salmon fisherman, and as a principal in Monrad Brothers, a general contractor partnership with his two brothers, before entering Boalt Hall, in 1986.

While practicing with the Leonard Carder Firm, Mr. Monrad has litigated on behalf of workers and labor unions across the spectrum of such representation. He has secured arbitration victories in individual discipline grievances, appellate decisions establishing workers’ rights, and multi-million dollar settlements in class actions for thousands of workers. A small representative sample of cases in which Mr. Monrad was either lead counsel or co-lead counsel include:

Kairy, et al v. SuperShuttle, U.S. Dist. Ct. N.D. CalNo. 3:08-cv-02993 (ongoing class action seeking overtime and expense reimbursement for “independent contractor” misclassification);

Taylor et al v. Pacific Gas & Electric, San Francisco Sup. Ct. No. CGC-07-467956 (ongoing class action seeking overtime for travel time);

Gilmer et al v. AC Transit District I, II & III, Alameda County Sup. Ct, No’s. RG04170741 (2004); RG06262943 (2006); U.S.Dist. Ct. N.D. Cal., No. C08-05186 ($4.2 million settlement (I & II), plus ongoing class action seeking overtime for travel time);

Roberts et al v. Best Buy, Contra Costa County Sup. Ct No. C 02-3212 (2005) ($13.75 million class action overtime settlement for store “Assistant Managers”);

Aeroground v. City & County of San Francisco, 170 F.Supp.2d 950 (N.D. Cal. 2001) (enforceability of union card check regulation);

Edgerton v. State Personnel, 83 Cal.App.4th 1350 (2000) (permanent injunction prohibiting off-duty drug testing);

Masangkay, et al v. M/V Fotini, U.S.Dist. Ct. C.D. Cal. No. 98-8447 (1999) (settlement securing seaman’s wages after arrest of ship)

Alibejic v. Competent Builders, 200l WL 126706 (N.D. Cal. 2000) (prevailing wages recovered for construction workers);

Andrews et al v. Central California Irrigation District, U.S. Dist. Ct. E.D. Cal., No. CIV-F-97-5665 (2000) (jury verdict awarding overtime pay for irrigation workers);

International Union of Operating Engineers Local 3 v. Calif. Dep’t Transp., Sacramento Sup. Ct. No. 98CS01257 (1998), (writ of mandate establishing permissible blood-alcohol testing limits);

Williams v. Strickland, 87 F.3d 1064 (9th Cir. 1990) (employment status of Salvation Army “beneficiaries”).

In addition to his practice with the Leonard Carder Firm, Mr. Monrad is active in the following organizations:

American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California, Legislative Policy Committee member;

Lawyers Coordinating Committee, AFL-CIO;

National Lawyers Guild, San Francisco Chapter;

National Employment Lawyers Association;

California Employment Lawyers Association, presenting in multiple conferences on current issues in plaintiffs’ side employment litigation;

While serving as Associate Editor of the California Law Review, Mr. Monrad published:

Ideological Exclusion, Plenary Power & the PLO,” 77 Cal. L. Rev. 831 (1989).

Aside from his advocacy for workers and labor unions and his related professional activities, Mr. Monrad spends as much time as possible with his children, grandchildren, siblings and his wife, Molly Sullivan, a psychologist, who keeps him sane. Mr. Monrad’s primary hobbies are reading, hiking in nature and playing the mandolin – poorly but with great feeling.




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