Adam Rosenthal

Employment Law Attorney & Author, Sheppard Mullin

Adam Rosenthal is an employment law attorney and author who counsels and represents employers throughout the U.S. As a Partner in the global law firm Sheppard Mullin, Adam represents national and international clients in a wide variety of industries, including retail, transportation, high-tech, manufacturing, aerospace, entertainment, healthcare, biotech, financial services, hospitality, as well as non-profit organizations.



Based out of: California


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 Managing Employees Without Fear, Adam empowers people managers on how they can build a work culture around employment law compliance, while avoiding many of the pitfalls which often leads to preventable and costly employment lawsuits.

In addition to maintaining a busy legal practice, Adam is also a sought-after speaker and presenter.   Adam has presented to well over 10,000 business leaders and HR professionals on a variety of employment law topics.  Adam effectively uses humor, current events, popular culture, and “real world” situations, to engage with his audiences with the goal of providing tangible and practical lessons.  Adam is a strong believer in the importance of “preventative law” and enjoys working with organizations and their leaders on how to avoid workplace disputes and litigation.

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