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March 2019

Gordon & Rees Proud to Sponsor and Participate in the Golden Gate Restaurant Association’s Industry Conference

Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani will be an official "Silver" level sponsor of the Golden Gate Restaurant Association's 5th Annual Industry Conference in San Francisco on April 15-16, 2019. The firm's Bay Area Assistant Managing Partner, Marie Trimble Holvick, currently serves on the board of this restaurant industry association.

San Francisco Senior Counsel, Sara Moore, will participate in an in depth panel discussion on "Tip Sharing: To Do or Not To Do?" during a morning breakout session from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Monday, April 15. Moore's panel will examine the ongoing legal debate regarding tip sharing with back of the house employees. California historically prohibited tip sharing with back of the house employees. However, the Department of Labor issued new guidance last year, which questioned this historical practice. Concerns over the ambiguity of the tip pool led Congress to take action, clarifying that tips could be shared with everyone except for managers and owners. With this legislative change now a year old, some restaurants have adopted tip sharing, while others have waited to see how it fares with service staff at other restaurants.

The Golden Gate Restaurant Association Industry Conference is a unique opportunity for the industry to come together for two days of highly relevant, curated programming. The conference features more than 12 panels on topics ranging from tipping and digital marketing insights to mental health in the restaurant industry. For more information on this conference, please click here.

Sara Moore is senior counsel in the San Francisco office of Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani. Moore defends employers in all employment-related disputes, including discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, retaliation, and alleged Cal/OSHA and wage and hour violations. She often provides legal advice to restaurant management and Human Resources personnel on a wide-range of employment matters including how navigate California law, avoid lawsuits, improve policies, and wage and hour compliance. She is also a member of the firm’s Employment and Retail & Hospitality practice groups.

Marie Trimble Holvick is a partner in the Employment practice group, and the National Employment Chair of the Firm’s Retail & Hospitality practice group. She also serves as the Assistant Managing Partner of the Bay Area offices. She is an experienced trial attorney with expertise in handling employment matters involving allegations of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wrongful termination.  Holvick also regularly handles lawsuits involving class action “wage and hour” violations and PAGA claims. In addition to her litigation practice,she regularly provides advice and counseling, drafts employee handbooks, conducts harassment and management training sessions, and performs workplace investigations. 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.

Gordon & Rees is a national litigation and business transactions firm with more than 850 lawyers in offices across the United States. Our lawyers provide full service representation to public and private companies ranging from the Fortune 500 to start-ups. Founded in 1974, Gordon & Rees is recognized among the fastest growing and largest law firms in the country. Additionally, in 2018 Law360 ranked the firm among the top 40 largest U.S. firms and The American Lawyer ranked the firm among the top 45 on its Diversity Scorecard.

Marie Trimble Holvick
Sara A. Moore