Linda M. Inscoe, a litigation partner in the San Francisco and Silicon Valley offices of Latham & Watkins, is Co-Chair of the firm’s Employment Law Practice. She is a member of the Employment, Benefits & Compensation Practice, and has jury, bench, administrative agency, and binding arbitration trial experience.
Ms. Inscoe’s practice focuses on employment law litigation and counseling, providing advice to approximately 200 companies a year. She has extensive litigation experience, having defended employers against claims of violation of the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act, failure to pay benefits owed under ERISA plans, violation of wage and hour laws, unfair competition and trade secret infringement, whistleblower retaliation, employment discrimination, and sexual harassment.
Ms. Inscoe also routinely advises employers in connection with employment terminations, severance negotiations, executive employment disputes, compliance with wage and hour laws, facilities closures, and reductions in force. She is also experienced with enforceability of employee restrictive covenants, investigation of employee complaints and misconduct, terminations of independent contractor agreements, compliance with laws governing discrimination in employment, negotiations with unions, and disputes under collective bargaining agreements.
Ms. Inscoe has tried cases before juries and judges in both California superior and federal courts, and has argued appeals before the California Courts of Appeal and the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeal. Whenever possible, she positions cases for early disposition, and has obtained many case dismissals at the summary judgment stage. Ms. Inscoe also has broad experience in arbitration, mediation, and other forms of dispute resolution.
Ms. Inscoe often undertakes the employment diligence aspects of transactions, to review employment representations, collective bargaining agreements, and pending litigation, and to advise with respect to proposed reductions in force that often accompany the merger of business entities.
Ms. Inscoe's representative cases with respect to employment matters include advising:
- National Semiconductor, an American semiconductor manufacturer, in its US$6.5 billion acquisition by Texas Instruments
- Host Hotels & Resorts, L.P. in its US$570 million acquisition of the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego
- Aidells Sausage Company, Inc., a sausage maker, in its US$87 million sale by Encore Consumer Capital to Sara Lee Corporation
- NetApp, Inc. in its US$60 million acquisition of Akorri Networks, Inc., a data center management software provider