|NELI Advisory Board Member|
John C. Fox is the President and a founder of Fox, Wang & Morgan, P.C., in Los Gatos, California. Mr. Fox represents companies and tries cases in state and federal courts throughout the United States. His cases involve primarily wage-hour and discrimination class actions, trade secrets, employment contract disputes, wrongful termination, corporate investigations, and the use of statistics in employment matters. Mr. Fox also provides business and strategic advice to companies nationwide relating to their employment practices and helps build human resource systems designed to minimize legal risk.
Mr. Fox has extensive trial experience, having spent more than 300 days in trial. Mr. Fox was also lead trial counsel in the first of four wage-hour class actions known to have been tried in California. He is an across-the-board employment lawyer representing management nationwide.
In 2005, Mr. Fox was the California Employment Law Expert Witness offering testimony on behalf of the Board of Directors of The Walt Disney Company in the shareholder derivative lawsuit challenging Disney's estimated $140 million severance package to its former President Michael Ovitz. The Court credited Mr. Fox's testimony in a surprise ruling in favor of Disney.
Prior to founding Fox, Wang & Morgan, P.C., Mr. Fox was a Partner at Manatt, Phelps and Phillips, LLP, and at Fenwick & West, LLP, and chaired its Employment and Labor Group for over a decade specializing in employment law applicable to high technology companies. Mr. Fox was also previously Executive Assistant to the Director at the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), U.S. Department of Labor, where he was responsible for all enforcement and policy matters. Apart from drafting substantive employment discrimination regulations at OFCCP, Mr. Fox was responsible for OFCCP's contacts with the Congress, other federal agencies and The White House.
Mr. Fox lectures often and has published widely on a variety of employment law subjects. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the National Employment Law Institute, and a member of its Board of Directors. He is a past Chair of the Santa Clara County Bar Association Employment Law Committee. He also served as a member of the Boards of Directors for both The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, California, and The York School in Monterey, California. Mr. Fox is the "Navigator" for 2009-2010 Sierra Expedition of the Southwest YMCA Adventure Princesses Program.
A Phi Beta Kappa cum laude graduate of the University of California at Riverside, Mr. Fox received the Dean L. Broadbent Award for outstanding contribution to the community and academic excellence. He earned his J.D. in 1976 at George Washington University National Law Center.
Mr. Fox donates his time, pro bono, as General Counsel to a battered women's shelter, Women's Crisis Support Defensa de Mujeres, in Watsonville, California.