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Evan Ettinghoff



Evan Ettinghoff, an associate at Minnis & Smallets, represents employees in all aspects of employment cases. He has litigated numerous employment cases involving claims of harassment, discrimination, and wrongful termination.

Along with Sonya Smallets, Evan recently represented an employee in a federal jury trial in the Northern District of California and obtained a jury verdict that was one of the highest emotional distress awards in an employment case in the Northern District of California in recent years. Evan won the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association Trial Lawyer of the Year Award in 2021 for the verdict in this case.

Evan is an active member of the legal community. He currently serves as the Chair of the Executive Committee of the San Francisco Bar Association’s Barristers Labor & Employment Law Section. He also volunteers with the Justice & Diversity Center and the National Lawyers Guild.

Evan earned a B.A. in Legal Studies at UC Berkeley and a law degree from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, where he served as a published author for the law review. Evan then clerked in the Central District of California for Magistrate Judge Alka Sagar, Magistrate Judge Carla Woehrle, and District Court Judge Consuelo B. Marshall.

Evan was recently selected as a Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2021 & 2022.

Awards and Affiliations
About EVAN

Professional Affiliations And Community Involvement

  • Chair, Executive Committee for Bar Association of San Francisco Barristers Labor and Employment Law Section (Outstanding Barrister Award Winner – 2023)
  • California Employment Lawyers Association
  • Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom
  • National Lawyers Guild, San Francisco
  • Member, Cal Alumni Association

Speaking Engagements

  • Moderator, “The Future of Work is Hybrid,” Bar Association of San Francisco, (August 2022)
  • Organizer, “Implicit Bias in Employment Law,” Bar Association of San Francisco, (August 2021)
  • Moderator, “Enforcing Workplace Laws as Businesses Reopen,” Bar Association of San Francisco, (June 2020)
  • Trial Story Hour, CELA Barristers Committee Continuing Legal Education Seminar, (April 2019)

Published Works

  • Signed, Sealed, Delivered – Authenticating Arbitration Agreements, San Francisco Attorney Magazine (Spring 2023)
  • Actionable Harassment in a Covid-Era Workplace, The Trial Lawyer, San Francisco Trial Lawyer Association (SFTLA) (Winter 2021)
  • Evan Ettinghoff, Student Privacy Rights and Preventing Unwanted Disclosures of Sexual Orientation, 46 Loy. L.A. L. Rev. 579 (2014)

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