Brendan J. Begley

Certified Appellate Law Specialist

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Brendan spearheads the firm’s Appeals and Writs group and is a member of the firm’s labor and employment, litigation, and trust, probate and elder abuse litigation groups. He is an Appellate Law Specialist certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.

In litigation, Brendan has worked on class actions and managed entire cases, including conducting witness interviews, preparing written discovery, arguing related motions, taking and defending scores of depositions, prevailing on numerous anti-SLAPP and dispositive motions, mediating many cases, and second-chairing trials to successful verdicts. At the appellate stage, he has handled both briefing and oral argument before all manner of appellate courts, from the California Court of Appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. At Brendan’s behest, appellate panels have both reversed lower court decisions in various cases (including two that resulted in published opinions), and upheld rulings issued by lower tribunals. The U.S. Supreme Court granted Brendan’s petition for a writ of certiorari that led to the high court hearing and resolving the famous “Pledge of Allegiance” case in Elk Grove Unified School District v. Newdow, 540 U.S. 945 (2003).

Before joining Weintraub Tobin in 2010, Brendan worked for a large nationwide firm that focused on labor and employment litigation. While there, Brendan worked on wage-and-hour and meal-and-rest-period class actions and collective actions, as well as single-plaintiff and multiple plaintiff cases alleging wrongful-termination, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, defamation, infliction of emotional distress, and denial of leave entitlements and/or disability accommodations.

Since joining Weintraub Tobin, Brendan has handled numerous appeals in various practice areas, including personal-injury litigation, family law, trusts and probate litigation, employment law, commercial litigation, civil rights law and ERISA litigation.


Brendan has delivered numerous public presentations to lawyers, executives, managers, and supervisors on the topics of appellate law and best employment practices. He is admitted to the State Bar of California, and practices before all courts in the State of California. He is also admitted to practice U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the U.S. Supreme
Court.

Prior to law school, Brendan worked as a newspaper reporter for The Sacramento Daily Recorder and as a correspondent for other Daily Journal publications. While in Law School, he worked as a law clerk at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Hawaii. After law school, he served as a judicial clerk to the Hon. John M. Gerrard, Associate Justice of the Nebraska Supreme Court, and later as a judicial clerk to the Hon. Connie M. Callahan, Circuit Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Brendan received his Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, from the California State University at Sacramento, and his Juris Doctor degree (with honors) from the University of California at Davis, where he was a law-review writer. He also attended the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law where his academic ranking won him admission to the Roger J. Traynor Honor Society. Brendan is a past member of the Anthony M. Kennedy American Inn of Court and past President of the Sacramento County Bar Association’s Appellate Section.

 

Education

J.D., with honors, University of California, Davis, King Hall School of Law, 1998

B.A., cum laude, California State University, Sacramento, 1992

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Requiring Employees to Prove Eligibility to Work in the U.S. Can Lead to LiabilityChanging Overtime Policy May Constitute RetaliationHugs and Kisses May Not Spur Affection in the WorkplaceDON’T THROW OUT YOUR CLASS-ACTION WAIVERS JUST YETWeintraub Tobin’s L&E and IP Blogs recognized as “Top 100 Legal Blogs” By Feedspot Blog ReaderView All Blogs

More Pitfalls For Misclassifying Employees | Weintraub TobinThe EEOC’s Final Rules On Employer Wellness ProgramsFederal Judge Blocks The Department Of LaborPennsylvania’s New Medical Marijuana Law And The WorkplaceNew Guidance from the DOL Regarding Joint EmploymentSupreme Court Hits Home Run for 401(K) Plan BeneficiariesArbitration Agreements Can Backfire on EmployersThe New PAGA-Waiver Trap DoorU.S. Government Agencies: Santa or Grinch?Traps for Employers in Routine Unemployment and Workers Comp ProceedingsDon’t Make the Grave Mistake of Killing Your Appeal from an Order of the Probate CourtLawyer Lore: The Ever Moving Bunmi AwoniyiLawyer Lore: Criminal Defense Attorney William “Bill” PortanovaLawyer Lore: The Indomitable Judge Raul RamirezNew Law Requires Rethinking Dress Codes and Religious Accommodations for EmployeesAppellate Law Section’s 2012 CA Supreme Court Year-in-ReviewClosing The Gap Left By Brinker RE Meal-And-Rest-Period Class ActionsThe Real Story Behind the $167 Million VerdictRecent Developments Warrant Review of Arbitration AgreementsWorkplace Holiday PartiesGovernor Signs Bill Limiting Credit Checks of Employees and ApplicantsLickter v. Lickter: Taking the Legs from Under Elder Abuse StandingRefusing to Return Calls from Employees on Leave is a Risky Practice for EmployersNew Rules Considered for Employment-Related Credit Checks in CaliforniaLAW ALERT: CA Employees Who Resign for Childcare Reasons May Qualify for Unemployment BenefitsLAW ALERT: EEOC Publishes New Regulations Governing Federal Disability LawsMeg Whitman’s “Nannygate” Records are a Good Reminder that Employers Should Consult Legal CounselLAW ALERT: Ninth Circuit Rules Disability Accommodations Must be Both Reasonable and Effective

Affiliations

Sacramento County Bar Association Appellate Practice Section
Media Relations Officer and Board Member (2012-present)

Sacramento County Bar Association, Appellate Practice Section
President (2009-2012)

Sacramento County Bar Association, Appellate Practice Section
Member (2007-2009)

Anthony M. Kennedy American Inn of Court
Member (2005-2008)

Center for Youth Citizenship’s High School Moot Court Competitions
Coach and Judge (2004-2009)

Meritas, Sacramento
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Awards

Sacramento Magazine’s Top Lawyers List, 2015-2017 – Appellate

Northern California Super Lawyers, Appellate Law, 2013-2017