University of California Santa Barbara, B.A., Political Science / Public Service, with honors, 1989
University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D., Magna Cum Laude, Order of the Coif, 1992
State Bar of California
Santa Barbara County Bar Association
Santa Barbara Human Resources Association
American Health Lawyers Association
Paul Wilcox is a Partner of Mullen & Henzell and a member of the Labor & Employment Group. He has extensive experience in representation of employers, managers and business owners in all aspects of employment law. Paul provides leadership in a broad range of legal services for clients in managing employees, employment law issues and the risks associated with California employment law. Among Paul’s areas of specialty are California wage and hour compliance; sexual harassment prevention, investigation and remediation; responding to discrimination, retaliation and whistleblower claims; responding to government agencies such as the EEOC, California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), and California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (the Labor Commissioner). Paul also assists clients with keeping employment policies current and in line with best practices, as well as drafting employment and separation agreements.
Paul believes that his clients are best served by the “preventative medicine” approach to employment law, which is advising management regarding day-to-day personnel issues with the goal of avoiding claims and liability. Paul’s ultimate goal is to prevent his clients from getting sued in the first place, thereby enabling them to spend precious time and resources on creating value for the organization. When litigation does occur, Paul helps employers balance the economic realities of the litigation, the potential for liability, and the intangible issues of principle and precedent that cannot be easily put into economic terms.
In his professional capacity, Paul is a frequent lecturer on employment law issues for a variety of professional associations, including the Santa Barbara Human Resources Association, the Human Resources Association of the Central Coast and the local chapters of the EDD’s Employer Advisory Council (EAC). Paul also offers private training to his clients’ management employees on issues such as, for example, effective documentation of performance issues, sexual harassment, and nuts-and-bolts wage and hour compliance. Paul will develop a specialized training agenda to suit the needs of individual clients, and then will deliver the information in a way designed to maintain the interest that promotes learning.