Nicholas E. Ma

Associate


Experience

Nicholas Ma is an associate in the firm’s Labor & Employment and Litigation practice groups.  Nicholas has significant experience in defending his clients in business, personal injury, and employment litigation.  Nicholas serves a diverse range of clients, including tech companies, financial institutions, public entities, religious institutions, and real estate developers.  In addition to defending his clients in various commercial litigation matters, Nicholas defends his clients in all areas of employment litigation, including against claims involving workplace harassment, discrimination, retaliation, PAGA, and wrongful termination.

Nicholas provides counseling and advice to employers on risk management and employee policy.  He also advises his clients through various government investigations, including investigations and inquiries under State and Federal Securities laws.

In addition to his labor and employment practice, Nicholas has successfully litigated business, general liability, landlord-tenant, real estate, fraud, and unfair competition disputes.  He has obtained favorable results for his clients through mediation, settlement, and multiple motions, including dispositive motions.

Before joining the Firm, Nicholas worked at a national law firm, representing clients in a variety of litigation matters, including defending claims in complex construction defect, products liability, wrongful death, and catastrophic injury litigation.

Nicholas attended the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where he focused on trial and appellate advocacy, securities regulation, and antitrust law.  He served as the Executive Articles Editor of the Hastings Business Law Journal and as a regular competitor on the nationally-ranked Hastings Moot Court Team.  Nicholas also provided corporate legal services to multiple tech companies in the Bay Area through the Hastings Startup Legal Garage.  Nicholas received multiple CALI awards at Hastings, including awards for Appellate Advocacy, Trial Advocacy, and Antitrust & Intellectual Property.

Outside of the office, Nicholas enjoys traveling, biking, and performing music.

Representative Cases:

  • Successfully opposed a special motion to strike (also known as an anti-SLAPP motion), thereby preserving a tenant’s claims of extortionate conduct against his landlord in San Francisco County.
  • Represented financial services technology provider through government investigations by various state and federal securities enforcement agencies.
  • Negotiated nuisance value settlement on behalf of landowner in premises liability matter involving dog bite and “fear of rabies” claims.
  • Negotiated nuisance value settlement on behalf of university following claims of defamation by an employee against university administration.

Speaking Engagements:

Weintraub Seminar Series

  • Employment Law Update 2019; January 23, 2019

San Francisco Bar Association
Member

  • Equality Committee – Minorities
  • Litigation Section

University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, California, J.D., 2015

University of California, Irvine magna cum laude, 2012

Employment Law 2019/2020 – A Year in Review; A Year Ahead (San Francisco)

Summary of Program Join the attorneys from Weintraub Tobin’s Labor and Employment Group as they discuss legal developments from 2019 and review a number of new laws facing employers in 2020.

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Employment Law 2019/2020 – A Year in Review; A Year Ahead

Due to high demand, we have scheduled this second session to accommodate additional attendees. Summary of Program Join the attorneys from Weintraub Tobin’s Labor and Employment Group as they discuss legal developments from 2019 and review a number of new laws facing employers in 2020.

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Employment Law 2019/2020 – A Year in Review; A Year Ahead

Summary of Program Join the attorneys from Weintraub Tobin’s Labor and Employment Group as they discuss legal developments from 2019 and review a number of new laws facing employers in 2020.

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2019 Employment Law Update in San Francisco

Join the attorneys from Weintraub Tobin’s Labor and Employment Group as they discuss important legal developments from 2018 and review a number of new laws facing employers in 2019. Program Highlights: • New Federal and State Legislation and Court Cases • Developments in Harassment,

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2019 Employment Law Update – Sacramento

Join the attorneys from Weintraub Tobin’s Labor and Employment Group as they discuss important legal developments from 2018 and review a number of new laws facing employers in 2019. Program Highlights: • New Federal and State Legislation and Court Cases • Developments in Harassment,

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Ninth Circuit Clarifies the Interactive Process Does Not Apply to Public Accommodations under Title III

The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently confirmed in Tauscher v. Phoenix Board of Realtors, Inc. that while employers must engage in an “interactive process” with disabled employees to explore possible accommodations,

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The Request and Use of Background Checks by California Employers

  By Shauna Correia and Nicholas Ma Many employers routinely conduct background checks of potential and current employees.  It comes as no surprise that in the current digital age, employers can obtain extensive background information on applicants and employees quicker than ever from third-party reporting companies. 

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California Supreme Court Holds that Payroll Services Provider ADP Cannot Be Sued for Breach of Contract, Negligence, and Negligent Misrepresentation by a Former Employee Seeking Unpaid Wages

Can an employee sue the employer’s payroll service for failure to correctly process and report payroll?  According to the California Supreme Court recent decision in Goonewardene v. ADP, LLC (2019) 6 Cal.5th 817,

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