Sean Shabbar focuses his practice on labor and employment law. Mr. Shabbar has experience litigating and counseling clients on employment issues such as discrimination, wrongful termination, wage and hour compliance, employee classifications, workplace harassment, the WARN Act, and the California Labor Code. Mr. Shabbar has experience representing employers in all stages of employment litigation in both state and federal courts, including wage and hour class actions and claims under the California Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA).
Mr. Shabbar began his legal career working as a judicial law clerk for San Francisco Superior Court, as a Legal Research Attorney for the Presiding Judge’s Department under the Honorable Teri L. Jackson and then as a Staff Attorney for the Asbestos/California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Department under the Honorable Cynthia Ming-mei Lee.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Shabbar was a Deputy District Attorney at the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office in Martinez, California where he was assigned first to the Misdemeanor Prosecution Team and later to the Conviction Integrity Unit where he helped respond to Senate Bill 1437 petitions and worked on a complex criminal street gang appeal. During his tenure serving on the Misdemeanor Prosecution Team, Mr. Shabbar conducted three jury trials to verdict, negotiated plea bargains, and argued numerous motions.
Mr. Shabbar earned his J.D. from the University of California Hastings College of the Law where he served as Senior Production Editor of the Hastings Law Journal. While attending law school, Mr. Shabbar also served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Charles R. Breyer in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Throughout law school, Mr. Shabbar was an active member of the Moot Court Department where he won Best Brief in the David E. Snodgrass Appellate Advocacy Competition, won a regional championship in the Philip C. Jessup International Law competition, and was one out of six students selected to join the Hastings Appellate Project were he successfully represented a client before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Mr. Shabbar was recognized as a Northern California "Rising Star" in 2021 and 2022 for Labor & Employment by Super Lawyers magazine.
Mr. Shabbar was recognized in 2023 as one of the "Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch" for Management Labor and Employment Law and Labor and Employment Litigation by The Best Lawyers in America®.
Mr. Shabbar is conversational in Arabic.
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University of California, Hastings College of the Law J.D. (2017) cum laude
University of California, Berkeley B.A. (2012) Interdisciplinary Field Studies: Economics and International Relations
U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
Superior Court of California, County of San Francisco - Honorable Teri L. Jackson (Sep 2017-Sep 2018)
Superior Court of California, County of San Francisco - Honorable Cynthia Ming-mei Lee (Sep 2018-Mar 2019)
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