John-Paul Deol

John-Paul Singh Deol is Senior Counsel at the Dhillon Law Group. John-Paul began his legal career at the firm 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, where he represented employers of all sizes, from Fortune 100 companies to Silicon Valley startups, in all aspects of labor and employment and trade secrets litigation in state and federal courts, as well as in arbitration. John-Paul 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.

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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 litigation in state and federal courts and in arbitration. John-Paul’s experience representing prominent Silicon Valley startups and some of America’s largest corporations uniquely positions him to be able to represent both employers and employees in all of their employment law needs. John-Paul has particular expertise in discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation, and whistleblower claims, as well as wage-and-hour and trade secrets claims.

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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, Punjabi, Modern Greek and Portuguese.


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