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Fraser A. McAlpine

San Francisco

P 415-796-5472
F 415-394-9401


Fraser A. McAlpine is a Principal of the San Francisco, California, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He represents employers in complex employment litigation including class actions, collective actions, and representative actions.

Mr. McAlpine defends class actions and representative actions under the Private Attorneys General Act alleging violations of California wage and hour laws and collective actions brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act. These cases have involved, for example, allegations that employees were misclassified as independent contractors or misclassified as exempt, failure to pay overtime or minimum wages, that employees worked off-the-clock, that employees were not allowed meal periods and rest breaks required by state law, that California’s paycheck requirements were not observed, and that other provisions of California or federal law were violated. 

Mr. McAlpine has represented employers in a wide range of employment discrimination cases brought by private plaintiffs or governmental agencies involving claims concerning pay, promotions, reduction-in-forces, and reasonable accommodation. He has also represented employers in disputes with officers or executives involving, for example, claims for various forms of incentive compensation such as stock options or equity. He has also represented management in cases brought under or involving ERISA including claims for interference with employee rights and benefits, and claims for withdrawal liability. When defending complex employment cases Mr. McAlpine frequently works with statisticians and labor economists. He has also briefed and argued appeals in the state and federal appellate courts.

Mr. McAlpine’s practice also involves representing employers in class action litigation brought under the Fair Credit Reporting Act and analogous state statutes. He also defends employers in whistleblower matters including investigations and litigation under Sarbanes-Oxley and claims under the False Claims Act. While attending law school, he was a member of the University of Toledo Law Review.

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August 15, 2019
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The Best Lawyers in America 2020 Honors Jackson Lewis Attorneys

August 15, 2019

WHITE PLAINS, NY (August 15, 2019) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce more than 210 attorneys throughout the firm’s locations have been recognized in the 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America, a publication that has become universally regarded as a definitive... Read More

August 15, 2018
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Jackson Lewis Attorneys Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019

August 15, 2018

WHITE PLAINS, NY (August 15, 2018) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce more than 200 attorneys throughout the firm’s locations have been named to the 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, a publication that has become universally regarded as a definitive guide to legal... Read More

May 8, 2018
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Shannon Bettis Nakabayashi and Yana Johnson Discuss Joining Jackson Lewis

May 8, 2018

Shannon Bettis Nakabayashi and Yana Johnson discuss joining the firm from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius and Morrison & ​Foerster in "Jackson Lewis Lands L&E Duo to Continue Bay Area Growth," published by The Recorder.  Subscription may be required to view article Read More

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May 29, 2019

California Rules on Meal, Rest Breaks Preempted by Decision of Federal Trucking Regulator, Court Holds

May 29, 2019

Ruling it lacked jurisdiction to review the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) decision barring enforcement of California’s meal and rest period rules with respect to interstate motor carriers, a federal district court in California has dismissed a driver’s meal and rest break claims based on California law. Ayala v. U... Read More

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Minimum Salary Rate Increases for California Computer Software Professional Exemption Announced
December 4, 2014

The required compensation levels for employees exempt from overtime rate of pay requirements under the California computer software professional exemption will increase by 2.2 percent from current levels beginning January 1, 2015, the California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) has announced. Read More

San Francisco Associate Alison Hong Presented With the California Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award
September 19, 2014

San Francisco Associate Alison Hong was honored with a 2014 California Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award at a formal reception last Friday, September 12, 2014 as a part of the 87th State Bar Annual Meeting in San Diego, Calif. The award was presented to Alison by State Bar President Luis J. Read More

California District Court Holds that Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act Preempts Drivers’ Minimum Wage Claims
June 6, 2014

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