Mark I. Schickman

Of Counsel
Tel. 415.541.0200


  • Columbia Law School, J.D., 1974
    Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
    Whitney North Seymour Medal
    Jerome Michaels Jury Cup
  • Columbia School of International Affairs, International Fellow, 1973

  • Columbia College, B.A., 1971

Bar Admissions

  • Supreme Court of California, 1974
  • United States Supreme Court, 1982
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, 1974
  • United States District Courts: California (1974); Illinois (1996); Arizona (1997)

Practice Areas

  • Labor and Employment Advice,     Employment Litigation and Appeals
  • Commercial Civil Litigation

Prior Experience

  • Partner, Perkins Coie
  • Partner, Cooper White and Cooper
  • Partner, Fox and Grove, Chartered



    Mark I. Schickman

    Mark Schickman has been practicing employment and labor law for 40 years. He has successfully litigated almost every type of employment case in the courts, before juries and administrative agencies and on appeal. He provides employment advice to employers across the country. He is also an experienced and effective litigator, doing civil commercial trial work before judges and juries. He speaks and writes on litigation and employment law nationally, and has been quoted in legal and general circulation publications across the country. Mark is a member of the American Arbitration Association's select panel of employment law arbitrators and is the Editor of the California Employment Law Letter.

    Representative Cases

    • Bradford v. Crown Cork and Seal (defense jury verdict on claims of disability discrimination and violation of the California Family Rights Act)
    • Sherry v. Roseville (summary judgment of claims of age discrimination and disability discrimination)
    • Lederer v. Argonaut (defense of Equal Pay Act and gender discrimination claims)
    • Shasby v. Amalfi (summary judgment of age discrimination claims)
    • Kovatch v. California Casualty (summary judgmentofwrongful discharge and sexual orientation discrimination)
    • Ling v. CableAmerica Corp. (defense verdict of breach of contract and employment discrimination claims)
    • Kell v. Coldwell Banker (defense of age discrimination)
    • Cravens v. Schwab (defense of discrimination claims against employer and personnel services company)
    • Partridge v. KTVU (defense of wrongful termination action)
    • Brzezinski v. SPCA (defense of claims of fraud and misrepresentation (§ 970) in hiring)
    • O'Keeffe's, Inc. v. Calsak (jury verdict for client in prosecution of product liability claim)
    • Davis v. Droke (class action claim for hazardous duty claim)
    • Selvin v. Berns (enforcement of contract)
    • Phillips Farms v. Frank Lin (award of over  $530,000  for wine sold and delivered, and defense jury verdict of distributor’s wrongful termination counterclaim)
    • Cuvaison v. Paterno Importers (defense award inwrongful termination of distributorship claim)
    • Bowmont v. Scottish & Newcastle (defense of claim of breach of distributorship agreement)

    Speeches and Publications (selected)

    Editor, California Employment Law Letter, 2001 to present

    Author, “California Legislation Regarding the Employment of Older Workers,” American Bar Association Symposium Handbook for Lawyers and Personnel Practitioners

    Wage and Hour Issues in California,” “Human Resources Fundamentals,” Lorman Education Seminars

    "Complying with California's All-Inclusive Discrimination Laws",  BLR Seminar

    “Unlawful Workplace Sex Harassment", BLR Seminar

    “FMLA Compliance”, BLR Seminar

    “Workplace Investigations”, BLR Seminar

    Stop Sexual Harassment: An Interactive Training for Supervisors”, H.R. Hero

    Author, “Sexual Harassment: The employer's role in prevention”, 13 Compleat Lawyer. 24 (1996)

    Author, “The McDonnell-Douglas Test in Jury Actions Brought Under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967,” 32 Hastings L.J. 1239, (1981)

    FMLA/CFRA Master Class

    An Introduction to California's Employment Law, Advanced Employment Issues Symposium

    ADA Compliance Master Class

    How to Address the New Sexual Harassment


    Professional and Civic Activities

    California Judicial Nominees Evaluation Commission, Past Chair

    Bar Association of San Francisco, Past President

    American Bar Association, Board of Governors, Executive Committee

    American Bar Association, Chair, Program and Planning

    American Bar Association, Chair, Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service

    American Bar Association, Chair, Section on Individual Rights and Responsibilities

    American Bar Association, House of Delegates, Rules and Calendar Committee

    Board of Governors, State Bar of California

    California Young Lawyers Association, Past President

    National Conference on [Proposed] Uniform State Laws, Advisor to Drafting Commission on Uniform Employment Termination Act

    Holocaust Center of Northern California, Past President

    Israel Center Of Northern California, Past President

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