Adam Rosenthal

Employment Law Attorney & Author, Sheppard Mullin

Adam Rosenthal is a nationally recognized employment law attorney, speaker, commentator, and author. Adam advises domestic and global companies on employment law compliance, litigation, management training, workplace culture, and strategic personnel decisions. Adam engages his audiences by infusing his presentations with humor, captivating stories, and practical “real world” advice from an employment litigator. Adam has trained and lectured over 50,000 employees and managers on a variety of pertinent and timely topics. In addition to speaking to HR professionals and attorneys, Adam has presented at annual meetings for managers and sales leaders, as well as at annual conventions organized by professional organizations and franchised businesses.



Based out of: California


Adam is an employment law partner with the global law firm Sheppard Mullin, as well as a sought-after speaker and presenter.   Adam regularly presents to business leaders, HR professionals, and other attorneys across the country on a variety of topics, from management training and compliance, to complex employment law topics.  Adam effectively uses humor, current events, and popular culture to engage with his audiences.  As an experienced employment litigator, Adam brings a unique perspective to his keynote addresses and leadership training sessions.

Adam is the author of Managing Employees Without Fear: How to Follow the Law, Build a Positive Work Culture, and Avoid Getting Sued (SHRM, 2021).  In this book, Adam empowers managers on how to build a positive work culture, while avoiding many of the pitfalls which often lead to preventable and costly employment lawsuits.  Over the past several years Adam has presented to thousands of SHRM members at SHRM’s Annual Conferences in Las Vegas and New Orleans.

Adam received his BA in History and Education from the University of California, Los Angeles and his JD from the University of California, Davis.



  • Managing Employees Without Fear: An Honest Conversation on How to be a Stronger, Legally Compliant, and More Efficient People Manager

  • The Art and Science Behind Effectively Train Managers on Employment Law Compliance

  • Fostering a Culture of Legal Compliance: What Every Leader Needs to do in Order to Build and Maintain a Culture that Promotes Compliance

  • The Top Ten Lessons Every Manager Needs to Know to Avoid Getting Sued by their Employees

  • Pushing the Reset Button: How to Safely, Efficiently, and Legally Bring Employees Back to Work After the Pandemic

  • The Implicit Bias Conundrum: How to Identify and Eradicate Implicit Bias From A Leader’s Personnel Decisions

  • Making The Most Of The First Three Months: The Art and Science of Onboarding New Employees

  • Taking The Anxiety Out of Employee Performance Reviews: 10 Steps Leaders Can Implement When Drafting Employee Performance Evaluations

  • How to Efficiently and Legally Discipline Your Employees

  • Creating A “Speak Up Culture” – How and Why Effective Organizations and Leaders Foster a Culture Where Employees Are Not Afraid to Raise Compliance Concerns

  • Creating Proper Boundaries: Lessons From The Trenches On How Leaders Can Create a Positive and Respectful Work Culture, And What Happens If They Don’t

  • Every Manager’s Role in Combating Discrimination In the Workplace

  • Wage and Hour 101 For People Managers

  • Managing Employees From Afar: Concrete Steps Every Leader Needs to Know When Managing a Remote Workforce