Dedication. Diligence. Results.
Noah D. Lebowitz represents employees in many types of workplace matters, including harassment, discrimination, equal pay, retaliation, wrongful termination, defamation, breach of contract, and severance negotiations, with expertise in disability discrimination and medical leave related issues.
Awards & Recognition
2017 CELA Service Award for “exceptional service to California workers and the lawyers who represent them.”
Northern California Super Lawyer, 2009 to present
"10 Superb" AVVO rating
Additional Legal Activities
Judge Pro Tem, San Francisco Superior Court (2014-present)
Adjunct Professor, University of California-Hastings College of Law (2017-2019)
Ramos v. Superior Court (Winston & Strawn, LLP), 28 Cal.App.5th 1042 (2018) (enforceability of arbitration agreement, sex discrimination, equal pay, and retaliation)
Ellis v. San Francisco State University, 136 F.Supp.3d 1140 (N.D. Cal. 2015) (“Ellis II“) (disability discrimination and unlawful medical exam)
Ellis v. San Francisco State University, 114 F.Supp.3d 884 (N.D. Cal. 2015) (“Ellis I“) (disability discrimination and unlawful medical exam)
Mamou v. Trendwest Resorts, Inc., 165 Cal.App.4th 686 (2008) (national origin discrimination, retaliation, and defamation)
McCollum v. XCare.net, Inc., 212 F.Supp.2d 1142 (N.D. Cal. 2002) (failure to pay commissions, breach of contract)
Activities & Affiliations
CALIFORNIA EMPLOYMENT LAWYERS ASSOCIATION
Chair, Fair Employment & Housing Council Regulations Committee (2014- present)
Executive Board Member (2010-2014)
Chair, Mentor Committee (2005-2010)
STATE BAR OF CALIFORNIA, LABOR & EMPLOYMENT LAW SECTION
Executive Committee (2007-2010)
Chair, Education Grant Subcommittee
Chair, “Your Legal Rights” Subcommittee
BAR ASSOCIATION OF SAN FRANCISCO
Executive Committee, Labor & Employment Law Section (2016-2020)
ALAMEDA COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION
CONTRA COSTA COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION
UNIVERSITY OF SAN FRANCISCO SCHOOL OF LAW
UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON
B.A., Political Science & Afro-American Studies
Representative Speaking Engagements
State Bar of California
“ADA/FEHA Accommodating Mental Disabilities in the Workplace”, State Bar of California, Labor & Employment Law Section Annual Meeting and Public Sector Conference, Berkeley, April 2016
“Hot Topics in Disability Discrimination Litigation”, State Bar of California, Labor & Employment Law Section, Litigating a Disability Discrimination Case – Trial Demonstration Seminar, San Francisco, November 2014
“The Interactive Process: How to Make it Work Effectively for Employer and Employee,” State Bar Public Sector Conference, Sacramento, May 2011
“Alphabet Soup: The Intersection of FMLA, CFRA, PDL, FEHA & ADA”, State Bar Annual Conference, Monterey, September 2010
Bay Area Bar Associations
“Informal Discovery Conferences: Alameda County Local Rule 3.31”, Alameda County Bar Association, Oakland, January 2020
“‘We Know All About You Already': Benefits and Pitfalls of Pre-Hire Background Checks”, Bar Association of San Francisco Labor & Employment Law Section, 41st Annual Yosemite Conference, January 2017
“The ABC's of EPLI: What Every Employment Litigator Needs to Know”, Bar Association of San Francisco, Insurance Law Section, San Francisco, October 2014
“New Pregnancy and Disability Regulations”, San Mateo Bar Association Labor & Employment Law Section, Redwood City, August 2013
“Arbitration Update”, Impact Fund Class Action Conference, San Francisco, February 2019
AIDS Legal Referral Panel
“Disability Rights in the Workplace”, AIDS Legal Referral Panel, Free MCLE Series, San Francisco, May 2018
“Disability Discrimination in the Workplace”, AIDS Legal Referral Panel, Free MCLE Series, San Francisco, June 2014
“Employment Law: Updates on Disability Discrimination in the Workplace”, AIDS Legal Referral Panel, Free MCLE Series, San Francisco, February 2013
CELA & NELA
"Defamation in Employment Cases", National Employment Lawyers Association Annual Convention, San Francisco, July 2022
"Demystifying State Court, Federal Court, and Arbitration -- Part 2: Arbitration", California Employment Lawyers Association, January 2022.
“CELA 2nd Annual Trial College”, (Trainer) San Francisco, June 2015
“Disability 101: What Every Plaintiffs Employment Lawyer Needs to Know About Handling Disability Cases”, California Employment Lawyers Association Annual Conference, San Diego, October 2014
“Accommodating Our Lives – Find Out What Religion, Pregnancy, and Disability Have in Common”, California Employment Lawyers Association Annual Conference, San Jose, October 2013
Practicing Law Institute
“Accommodating Disabilities and Pregnancy”, Practicing Law Institute's 2013 California Employment Law Update, San Francisco, September 2013
“Litigating Disability Claims: What Every Practitioner in California Needs to Know”, PLI's California Employment Law Update, San Francisco, November 2011
“California Leave Laws – Alphabet Soup for Lawyers”, PLI Teleseminar, May 2011
“ADA Update”, PLI's California Employment Law Update, San Francisco, November 2010
Engineer with disability discrimination, retaliation, and wrongful termination caseA few years ago, due to my injury on the job, I was in a “hell-no-way-out” situation at work. It was a disability discrimination case, a scenario of David vs. Goliath, an ordinary employee in a very large company. Noah was very professional and personable. I felt comfortable working with him in t...
University professor with disability discrimination, retaliation, and wrongful termination caseNoah Lebowitz is a forthright, astute, and insightful attorney. He is absolutely thorough in requesting, receiving, and producing documentation/evidence. Mr. Lebowitz is masterful in handling depositions; he can depose the most recalcitrant opposing witnesses and question them from early morning ...
Bank executive with disability discrimination, age discrimination, retaliation, and wrongful termination caseI was very pleased with Mr. Lebowitz' representation in my case. I have had no regrets and if I had to go through that experience again, I would select Mr. Lebowitz as my attorney. I would recommend Mr. Lebowitz to anyone needing representation for disability discrimination or any other employmen...
Crane operator with disability discrimination and wrongful termination caseBeing an ordinary citizen, it can be incredibly intimidating fighting for your rights against a multi-million dollar company that has wronged you. Well that all went out the window the moment I met Mr Noah Lebowitz. It was instantly obvious the respect he commanded in his work setting through his...
Sheet metal worker with disability discrimination, national origin discrimination, retaliation, and wrongful termination case"Disability discrimination" -- two words I had never heard of, nor understood their meaning in the court of law. With Noah's help and guidance, I started to understand their values. What I appreciated was his honesty and his integrity in which my case was handled. There were moments of doubt and ...