Kent J. Sprinkle

Office Managing Partner, San Diego
(858) 646-0007
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CLAY Award, 2015

Born and raised in Woodland, CA, Yolo County

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About Kent

One of the few California employment lawyers with extensive wage and hour class action trial experience, Kent J. Sprinkle represents and advises employers in class actions, wrongful termination, harassment, discrimination, and wage and hour matters.  Kent brings over ten years of employment defense experience to his litigation, advice and counseling practice. 

Kent has extensive experience in class action cases, including trials and appellate work in state and federal courts.  He was a part of the trial and appellate team in Duran v. U.S. Bank, 59 Cal.4th 1 (2014), a California Supreme Court decision that helped to shape class action certification and trial principles in employment cases, and which was followed by a further victory before the Court of Appeal after remand, Duran v. U.S. Bank, 19 Cal.App.5th 630 (2018).  

Kent enjoys working with clients in varied industries and learning about different businesses and the challenges and unique employment-law issues facing California and national employers.

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University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D., 2003

  • Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly
  • Tony Patiño Fellow

University of San Francisco, B.A., cum laude, English Literature, 2000

Written Opinions

Duran v. U.S. Bank Nat. Ass'n, 59 Cal. 4th 1 (2014)

Duran v. U.S. Bank Nat. Ass’n (“Duran II”), 19 Cal.App.5th 630 (2018)

Trahan v. U.S. Bank Nat. Ass'n, 2015 WL 75139 (N.D. Cal. Jan. 6, 2015)


“Managing Employees – Make The Law Work For You,” California Craft Brewers Association (CCBA) Spring Conference, San Diego, April 2018

"How California Employers Can Protect Themselves from the Coming Wave of PAGA Litigation: Not a Joking Matter," CDF Webinar Series, April 2015

"Social Media in the Workplace," California Restaurant Association, July 2012

Professional Affiliations/Leadership/Awards

Received CLAY Award for being recognized as one of the Attorneys of the Year, Class ActionsCalifornia Lawyer, 2015

Listed, Super Lawyers Northern California Rising Star, 2013 - 2017

Civic Activities

Board of Trustees of the UC Hastings College of the Law Foundation, 2017 - present

The Tony Patiño Fellowship, Board Member, 2008 - present

  • Nonprofit organization that awards law-school scholarships at U.C. Hastings, University of Chicago and Columbia University

Pro Bono

Boys Hope Girls Hope, San Francisco Bay Area, Ongoing Counsel, 2009 - present

Blog Entries

United States Supreme Court Will Review Class...

December 14, 2010

Schwarzenegger Vetoes Proposed Overtime Legislation For Agricultural...

August 3, 2010

Proposed California Legislation Clarifying Class Actions Dies

March 29, 2010

California Legislator Proposes Bill to Clarify And...

March 11, 2010

"Mixed-Motives" Defense Remains Available to California Employers...

November 3, 2009

San Francisco Minimum Wage Increases Effective Jan....

January 5, 2009

California Supreme Court Grants Review of Brinker

October 22, 2008

Brinker Court Favorably Resolves Dispute on "Providing"...

July 22, 2008

Another Favorable Federal Decision for Employers on...

June 11, 2008

Plaintiff Ordered to Pay Employer's Attorneys' Fees...

April 11, 2008

Federal Court Issues Favorable Decision for Employers...

April 8, 2008

In an Unusual Move, Unpublished Brinker Decision...

November 12, 2007

Appellate Court Potentially Affirms Favorable Interpretation of...

October 23, 2007


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