Marie Trimble Holvick

Partner

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  • Biography

    Marie Trimble Holvick is a partner in the Employment and Retail & Hospitality practice groups in the San Francisco office of Gordon & Rees. Ms. Holvick is an experienced trial attorney with expertise in handling employment matters involving allegations of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wrongful termination.  Ms. Holvick also regularly handles lawsuits involving class action “wage and hour” violations and PAGA claims.

    In addition to her litigation practice, Ms. Holvick regularly provides advice and counseling, drafts employee handbooks, conducts harassment and management training sessions, and performs workplace investigations.

    Ms. Holvick’s employment law work involves clients from a wide range of industries, including universities, hospitals and clinics, retail, manufacturing, management companies, and staffing agencies.  Ms. Holvick is also very active in the hospitality industry, and has developed an expertise in defending restaurants, wineries, and hotels in employment and ADA litigation.

    In addition to appearances in state and federal court, Ms. Holvick has handled matters involving the Department of Labor, the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Workers Compensation Appeals Board, and the National Labor Relations Board.

    Ms. Holvick regularly handles ADA Title III cases, including accessibility claims against theaters, restaurants, and stadiums. Ms. Holvick also handles Labor Code § 132a claims and claims of Serious & Willful Misconduct filed with the Workers Compensation Appeals Board.

    Admissions

    California

    Memberships

    Golden Gate Restaurant Association, Board of Directors

    CUESA (Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture) - Board of Directors , 2017 to present

    18 Reasons – Member

    Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC)

    Defense Research Institute (DRI)

    • DRI Employment Law Steering Committee - current
    • DRI Retail & Hospitality Committee - past member
    • DRI Young Lawyers Steering Committee - past member

    Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada

    • Member of the Board of Directors, 2010-2014 and 2016 - present

     

     
     
     
     
     

     

  • Practice Areas
  • Representative Experience

    Examples of Ms. Holvick’s range of experience include the following:

    • Successfully defending a manufacturing company in arbitration following litigation on a former employee’s wrongful termination and retaliation claims related to alleged whistleblowing activities pertaining to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations.
    • Obtaining a defense verdict in state court stemming from a former employee’s claims against his restaurant employer for same-sex sexual harassment, failure to prevent harassment, and retaliation.
    • Defending a variety of employers, including restaurants and hotels, in single plaintiff and class action “wage and hour” litigation in state and federal court, as well as claims filed with the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement.
    • Defending a non-profit organization in claims filed by former employees with the National Labor Relations Board.
    • Providing employment counseling advice to employers in a variety of industries, including health care, non-profit organizations, restaurants, and hotels.
    • Defending employers against petitions filed with the Workers Compensation Appeals Board for alleged violations of Labor Code section 132a and Serious & Willful Misconduct.
    • Assisting employers in workplace investigations conducted by the Department of Labor. 
       
  • Publications & Presentations

    Presentations

    • COVID-19: Safety and Legal Challenges for Open Businesses, Forensic Analytical (June 2020) 
    • COVID-19: Re-Opening Businesses - How to Protect People, Property and Your Business, Travelers Insurance (May 2020)
    • Legal Guidance in the Time of Covid-19 Google Hangout, Webinar (March 2020)
    • Reading and Interacting with Your Audience, FDCC Inaugural Public Speaking Conference (March 3, 2020)
    • #METOO: The Next Phase, Gordon & Rees Legal Education Conference, San Francisco (October 2019)
    • Hot Button Issues and New Developments in Employment Litigation, Gordon & Rees Legal Education Conference, San Francisco (October 2018)
    • Reverse Mentoring with a Technological Twist, The Texas Association of Defense Counsel (July 2018)
    • 2018 Compliance Updates, Golden Gate Restaurant Association Industry Conference (April 2018)
    • Counseling, Reviews, & Handling Difficult Employees in the Workplace, Vertical Alliance Group, Inc. Webinar (March 2018)
    • Counseling, Reviews, & Handling Difficult Employees in the Workplace, Gordon & Rees National Employment Law Webinar Series (September 2017)
    • Avoiding Costly Litigation, Golden Gate Restaurant Association Industry Conference (April 2017)
    • Do the Math: Calculating Exposure and Damages in Wage and Hour Cases, Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada' s Employment Law Update (January 2017)
    • From Hiring to Firing: How to Handle Difficult Employees in the Workplace, Gordon & Rees National Employment Law Webinar Series (July 2016)
    • Counseling, Reviews & Handling Difficult Employees in the Workplace, Monitor Webinar Series (July 2016)
    • Ethical Use of Social Media to Help Win Your Case, DRI Young Lawyers Seminar (June 2015)
    • Examining the Nuts & Bolts: Workplace Accommodations, FMLA and ADA, Gordon & Rees National Employment Law Webinar Series (February 2015)
    • Today's Technology, Smart Phones, Texts and Emails, Important Considerations for Today's Technology in Litigation, Defense Lawyers Association of Wyoming (December 2014)
    • Recent Developments in the Law on Social Media: How Employers Can Avoid the Traps of Evolving Regulations, Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada's 55th Annual Meeting (December 2014)
    • How to Strengthen and Reinvigorate Your SLDO, Young Lawyers, DRI Annual Meeting (October 2014)
    • Social Media: Perils and Pitfalls, Iowa Defense Counsel Association Annual Meeting (September 2014)
    • Social Media in Litigation, Idaho Association of Defense Counsel Annual Meeting (September 2014)
    • How to Ethically Use Social Media in Litigation, Bar Association of San Francisco (June 2014)
    • A Road Map to HR Excellence: Best Practices and Policies, Gordon & Rees 2014 National Employment Law Webinar series (March 2014)
    • Employment Agreements in California: What You Need to Know Before You Ask That Employee to Sign on the Dotted Line, Business & Legal Resources Conference (January 2014)
    • Rainmaking: Strategies for Successful Associate Marketing, Association of Defense Counsel's 53rd Annual Meeting (December 2012)
    • Ethically Mining the Web for Evidentiary Gold, Claims Conference of Northern California (September 2011)
    • The Future of Discovery - Ethically Mining the Web for Evidentiary Gold, Association of Southern California Defense Counsel's 50th Annual Meeting (March 2011)
    • The Future of Discovery - Ethically Mining the Web for Evidentiary Gold, Association of Defense Counsel's 51st Annual Meeting (December 2010)
    • Social Networking Risks from Employees You-tubing, Facebooking, Blogging and Tweeting, RIMS (Risk and Insurance Management Society), Santa Clara Valley Chapter, Palo Alto, CA (September 2010)
    • Social Networking: The Joys & Perils of Your Employees You-tubing, Facebooking, Googling and Tweeting About Their Jobs, RIMS (Risk and Insurance Management Society), Golden Gate Chapter, San Francisco, CA (February 2010)

    Publications & Media Coverage

  • Education

    Education

    J.D., Washington & Lee University School of Law, 2008

    • Best Brief Award, 2007 Davis Moot Court Competition

    Trinity College Dublin in Dublin, Ireland

    B.A., cum laude, Politics and Journalism, Washington & Lee University, 2005

    • President of the Student Body
    • Chi Omega
    • Member, NCAA Division III Women’s Tennis Team

    IADC Trial Academy, 2014

    Honors

    2019 President's Award recipient, Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada 

    Rising Stars® distinction in the field of Employment and Labor (2015-2018, Law & Politics)

  • Meet Me


    What do you enjoy most about your practice?

    I enjoy helping clients through the often complicated and emotional process of workplace disputes.

    What is the secret to obtaining successful trial results?

    Organization and preparation are keys to success at trial.

    What are your favorite pastimes when you are not practicing law?

    I enjoy food and wine, cooking, cycling, tennis, kayaking, and traveling.