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Denise Trani-Morris

San Francisco

P 415-796-5428
F 415-394-9401


Denise Trani-Morris is a Principal in the San Francisco, California, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. Her practice focuses on representing employers in workplace law matters, including preventive advice and counseling.

Ms. Trani-Morris’ practice includes employment litigation defense, with a focus on wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment and wage/hour actions – both single plaintiff and class actions. She has experience in both state and federal court (including jury and court trials to verdict), arbitrations and mediations. Her administrative experience includes DFEH, EEOC, EDD, Labor Commission and California Workers Compensation Appeals Board matters.

Ms. Trani-Morris provides preventive advice and counsel to national clients on issues such as leaves of absence, workplace accommodations, terminations, workforce restructuring activities, investigations, discipline, wage and hour, and related matters. She helps draft employee handbooks and related employment agreements, including commission plans and executive agreements. Ms. Trani-Morris also develops and provides training to clients on a variety of employment law topics, including internal investigations and respect in the workplace.

Professional Associations and Activities

  • California Minority Counsel Program (CMCP), 2012 Planning Committee Member
  • Hispanic National Bar Association                                                                      
  • National Employment Law Council
  • San Francisco Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section
  • San Francisco La Raza Lawyers Association
  • San Mateo County Bar Associations, Labor and Employment Section 
  • San Mateo County Women Lawyers Educational Foundation (Director 2000-2008)
  • University of San Francisco School of Law, Board of Counselors, 2018-present)
  • University of San Francisco School of Law, Board of Governors (President 2010-2011, Vice President 2009-2010; Member 2004-2013)

Speeches and Presentations

  • “Annual Employment Law Update,” Bar Association of San Francisco, Labor and Employment Law Section – Yosemite Conference (San Francisco, CA, January 2016) (Presenter)
  • “Know Your Rights As A Worker in California,” KPIX Radio (May 2013) (Guest Interview)
  • “FMLA/CFRA/ADA Master Class,” M. Lee Smith Publishers (Los Angeles and San Diego, CA, August 2012) (Presenter)
  • “FMLA/CFRA Master Class,” M. Lee Smith Publishers (Los Angeles CA, September 2011) (Presenter)
  • “Your Employer Isn’t Just The Name on the Paycheck” Professionals in Human Resource Association (Ontario, CA, June 2010) (Presenter)
  • “Employers Practices Liability Insurance:  What Employers Need to Know,” Professionals in Human Resource Association (Ontario, CA, June 2010) (Presenter)
  • “Use of Background Checks by Employers,” KTVU Radio (June 2010) (Guest Interview)
  • “Hiring Household Help,” KPIX Radio (September 2010) (Guest Interview)
  • “Top Ten Things You Need to Know About Harassment Training,” Professionals in Human Resource Association (Ontario, CA, October 2010) (Presenter)
  • “FMLA/CFRA Master Class,” M. Lee Smith Publishers (Los Angeles CA, May 2009) (Presenter)
  • “Getting A Handle on Leave Laws,” Association of Defense Counsel (October 2009) (Presenter)

See AllDenise Trani-Morris in the News

March 6, 2017
Jackson Lewis

Denise Trani-Morris Joins Jackson Lewis in San Francisco

March 6, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (March 6, 2017) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce Denise Trani-Morris has joined the firm as a Principal. Ms. Trani-Morris, who joins Jackson Lewis from Sedgwick LLP, brings more than two decades of experience representing employers in all... Read More