Eric Amdursky


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Companies of all sizes turn to Eric Amdursky for assistance with a variety of labor and employment matters. Eric is the Co-Chair of O’Melveny’s Labor and Employment Practice, and served as Managing Partner of O’Melveny’s Silicon Valley office from 2009 to 2018. He regularly represents public and private company employers and executives in defending high-stakes litigation involving sexual harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and executive compensation disputes. Eric also frequently defends and prosecutes claims regarding non-competition agreements, “corporate raiding,” unfair competition, and trade secret misappropriation. He has litigated several cases regarding earn-out disputes, indemnification and employment issues arising from mergers and acquisitions, as well as disputes among venture capital partners.

Eric has conducted numerous investigations into charges of sexual harassment and other employee misconduct. He also has provided training to workforces to prevent sexual harassment, discrimination and retaliation on over 250 occasions.


Honors & Awards

  • Selected by LawDragon to its “Leading Corporate Employment Lawyers Guide” (2020)
  • Named to Human Resource Executive® magazine’s 2019 “Most Powerful Employment Attorney: Top 100” list
  • Named a Labor & Employment Star - West by Benchmark Litigation (2019-2020)
  • Named a Labor & Employment Star by Benchmark Litigation, Labor & Employment (2019, 2021-2022)
  • Ranked by Chambers USA in Labor & Employment (California) (2019-2021) 
  • Selected by HRE Executive and LawDragon to its “Most Powerful Employment Lawyers” list (2014-2019)
  • Selected by the Daily Journal as a Top Labor & Employment Lawyer (2012, 2015, 2017, 2018)
  • Named a Northern California “Super Lawyer” in an annual survey conducted by Law & Politics Media Inc. (2011-2018)
  • Recognized by The Legal 500 US as a top trade secret litigator (2011, 2018-2019, 2021) and a top employment lawyer (2016, 2018-2021)


Bar Admissions

  • California

Court Admissions

  • US District Court, Central, Southern, Northern, and Eastern Districts of California
  • US Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit


  • Loyola Law School, J.D., 1995: Sayre MacNeil Scholar; Order of the Coif
  • University of California at Irvine, B.A., 1992

Professional Activities

Member of the Board of Directors

  • CIGNA Healthcare of California (2006-2008)


  • “Whistleblower Claims Under OSHA — Recent Developments,” American Bar Association's Labor & Employment Conference (co-authored with Chelsea D. Raiten, November 2012)
  • “Protecting Trade Secrets When Employees Depart,” Employment Law360 (co-authored with Mark Robertson, September 2009)
  • “D&O Liability for Wages, WARN Act Violations,” Employment Law360 (co-authored with Ryan Rutledge, February 2009)
  • “Hazards of Hiring — Avoiding Trade-Secret Spillage,” Daily Journal (June 8, 2007)


  • “Returning to the Workplace Amidst COVID-19,” O’Melveny Webinar (May 2020)
  • Annual Employment Legislation and Litigation Update (2009-2018)
  • “What’s Hot and What’s Heating Up…in Employment Law,” California Employment Law Council Annual Meeting (November 2017)
  • Recent Developments in Disability Discrimination Law, California Employment Law Council Annual Meeting (November 2016)
  • Current Issues in Whistleblower and Retaliation Claims and Internal Investigations, California Employment Law Council Annual Meeting (November 2015)
  • The Survival of Trade Secrets in the Era of Social Media, California Employment Law Council Annual Meeting (November 2014)
  • Whistleblower Panel, ABA Labor and Employment Annual Conference (November 2012)
  • Precedents and Predictions: A Review of Last Year’s Significant Labor and Employment Law Developments and What to Expect in The Coming Year (O’Melveny Seminars, 2008-2016)
  • Trade Secrets in the Workplace, Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, California Employment Law Council Quarterly Meeting (September 2011)
  • “Employment Discrimination Update," 21st Annual All Hands Meeting for the Silicon Valley Association of General Counsel (December 2010)
  • Strategically Managing Your Workforce, California Employment Law Council Quarterly Meeting (June 2009)


  • Drafting, defending and prosecuting restrictive covenants
  • Sexual harassment prevention training
  • Labor and employment aspects of mergers and acquisitions
  • Employment law issues arising out of social networking, blogging and Internet search engines
  • Conducting internal investigations in the wake of recent corporate scandals
  • Served as lead counsel for Yahoo! in obtaining a walkaway settlement and dismissal with prejudice of a quid pro quo sexual harassment case filed by a female subordinate against a female executive.
  • Served as lead counsel for Starz and its Chief Revenue Officer in a case filed by a former Senior Vice President alleging wrongful termination and a variety of retaliation claims.
  • Served as lead counsel for Broadcom in prevailing on a motion for summary judgment in a $70 million executive compensation dispute.
  • Served as lead counsel, and obtained an early federal court approved settlement, for Microsemi Corporation in a class action brought by employees of a recently acquired subsidiary who claimed they were deprived of bonus payments promised to them in a merger agreement.
  • Served as lead counsel for TuneCore, Inc. in obtaining a complete victory in a New York state court through a successful motion to dismiss and motion for summary judgment in connection with a former CEO’s executive compensation dispute.

Alerts and Publications

Student-Athletes Gaining Traction on Employee-Compensation Playing Field

October 11, 2021

Will Cal-OSHA Finally Adopt Revised COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards?

June 16, 2021

EEOC and OSHA Release Updated Vaccine Guidance

May 29, 2021

American Rescue Plan Act Includes New COBRA Subsidy & Tax Credits for Employers

April 1, 2021

The Department of Justice Antitrust Division Brings First-Ever Criminal No-Poach Case

January 22, 2021

Constructing a Workplace Environment That Rejects Sexual Harassment

November 23, 2020

California Appellate Court Establishes Guidelines For Unlimited Vacation/PTO Policies

April 15, 2020

Department of Labor Publishes Guidance Explaining Emergency FMLA and Paid Sick Leave Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

March 30, 2020

Conducting Emergency Layoffs, Furloughs, and Salary Reductions in California as a Result of the Impact of COVID-19

March 24, 2020

Families First Coronavirus Response Act Is Signed Into Law, Providing Paid Family and Sick Leave for Many Affected Employees

March 19, 2020

Guidance for Employers Regarding Coronavirus

March 5, 2020

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