John-Paul Singh Deol is Senior Counsel and Head of Employment Law at the Dhillon Law Group. He leads the firm’s employment law practice, which handles employment, trade secrets, and employee mobility litigation, advice, and counseling on behalf of employees and employers.
John-Paul began his legal career at the Dhillon Law Group in 2012. After practicing for several years with the firm, he transitioned to an exclusively defense-oriented practice at the AmLaw100 firms of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP and Fenwick & West LLP. During his tenure at Sheppard Mullin and Fenwick, he represented employers of all sizes, from Fortune 100 companies to Silicon Valley startups, in all aspects of employment, traditional labor, trade secrets, and employee mobility litigation in state and federal courts, as well as in arbitration. John-Paul has handled matters for clients across the country. He also maintained an active advice and counseling practice, advising clients in M&A transactions, drafting employment policies and agreements, helping employers navigate difficult HR situations, and providing advice as to how to comply with state, federal, and local employment laws.
John-Paul returned to the Dhillon Law Group in 2019. His current practice focuses on representing both employees and employers in all aspects of employment, trade secrets, and employee mobility litigation in state and federal courts and in arbitration. John-Paul’s experience representing prominent Silicon Valley startups and some of the world’s largest corporations uniquely positions him to be able to represent both employers and employees in all of their employment law and related needs. In the employment law space, John-Paul has particular expertise in litigating discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation, whistleblower, and wage-and-hour cases, including in class actions and appeals.
Given that so many employment-related legal problems can be prevented with thoughtful, careful advice, John-Paul also maintains a robust practice advising and counseling both employers and employees as to their rights and duties in the employment sphere, particularly with regard to issues of employee discipline and termination, trade secrets, employee mobility (non-compete and non-solicit agreements), bonus and commission issues, meal and rest break and overtime issues, internal investigations, and requests for disability and other accommodations. John-Paul also has experience handling claims of workplace violence, both advising clients as to how to handle them and seeking emergency relief from the court.
John-Paul also frequently drafts a wide variety of documents and policies for his clients, from handbooks and offer letters, to electronic device and communications policies, to disciplinary notices and severance agreements and beyond. He also conducts trainings on a variety of state and federal employment law topics.
John-Paul obtained his J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law in 2012, winning numerous awards for his academic excellence and graduating in the top 15% of his class. He received his B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley in 2009, graduating with highest distinction (UC Berkeley’s equivalent of “summa cum laude”) and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
John-Paul is active in several local and national bar associations. He has been a board member of the South Asian Bar Association of Northern California and the Bar Association of San Francisco. He has also held several leadership positions in the American Bar Association. In 2018, John-Paul was honored with the “Rising Star Award” from the South Asian Bar Association of Northern California. He also maintains an active pro bono practice in federal trial and appellate courts.
John-Paul speaks Italian, Spanish, and French, and speaks some Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi, Modern Greek and Portuguese.
– All Federal District Courts in California and the District of Colorado
– The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit