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Dov M. Grunschlag








Dov M. Grunschlag has practiced labor and employment law for many years, with broad experience across the field. His practice combines litigation with counseling of employers and individuals. He is a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, has had the Super Lawyer rating each year since 2005, and has been recognized by the San Francisco Business Times: The Best Lawyers in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

Before joining Carter Carter Fries & Grunschlag, Dov was a partner of the San Francisco firm Steinhart & Falconer and then of its merger successor, the international firm DLA Piper. Before entering law practice, he was a law professor at the University of California at Davis (King Hall) from 1968-1974.

 Dov is a  graduate of Columbia College, where he was editor-in-chief of the Columbia Daily Spectator. He graduated magna cum laude from the Columbia Law School, where he was a Law Review editor. He served as a law clerk to Chief Justice Roger Traynor of the California Supreme Court in 1967-68.

Representative engagements include:

      Representation of teachers of Fremont Unified School District in proposed class action over unauthorized wage deductions over 20+ years (pending).

      Representation of University of California employees in class action over retiree health benefits, resulting in $96.5 million settlement after two appellate court decisions (Requa v Regents (2013) 213 Cal.App.4th 213 and Moen v Regents (2018) 25 Cal.App.5th 845.

      Representation of University of California professors in successful challenge to then-mandatory retirement policy.  Dubins v Regents (1994) 25 Cal.App.4th 77.

      Representation of University of California professors in matters involving University policies and procedures.

      Representation of dozens of executives and other employees in employment and separation agreements and negotiations in multiple industries.

      Representation at trial of Napa family establishment against employment termination and wage-and-hour claims.

    Representation of San Francisco restaurants in wage and hour litigation with state and city agencies

      Representation of employers in employee/independent contractor classification litigation and EDD audits

      Representation of CEO in resignation for good cause arbitration

      Representation of home builder in prevailing wage litigation

      Representation of retail store chain in wage and hour litigation

      Representation of Big Four firm in sex harassment and disability discrimination litigation

      Representation of global manufacturing firm in race and sex discrimination and disability discrimination litigation

      Representation of national law firm in FMLA discrimination litigation

      Multiple representations in covenant-not-to-compete litigation (cases involving sales representatives; shareholder agreement litigation; officer/director duty of loyalty; and manufacturing agreement)

      Representation of CEO in arbitration over post-employment health benefits 


Dov resides in San Francisco's South of Market neighborhood. On weekends he and his wife Jennifer (a glass artist) can often be found at their Napa home. He is an amateur clarinetist, playing the classical chamber repertoire