Payne & Fears LLP was founded in 1992 in Orange County by James L. Payne and Daniel F. Fears with only two lawyers.  Now with seven offices (Orange County, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, Silicon Valley) and nearly 50 highly skilled lawyers, Payne & Fears LLP has developed a reputation that is consistent with its founding principles of delivering outstanding legal services in a cost-efficient, flexible and client-friendly manner.

What started as a Southern California labor and employment boutique law firm has grown into a regional law firm that offers a wide range of services to diverse clients.  In 2003, Payne & Fears LLP opened its doors in Los Angeles.  In June 2004, the firm established its office in Las Vegas, Nevada.  The firm opened its San Francisco office to serve clients in Northern California in June 2006.  In July of 2012, the firm established its office in Salt Lake City, Utah and most recently in the Fall of 2015, the firm opened its Phoenix and Silicon Valley offices.

In addition to the firm's premier employment and labor law practice, Payne & Fears LLP today has thriving business litigation, business transaction and insurance coverage litigation practices that represent a diverse range of businesses and industries, including Fortune 100 companies, financial institutions, health care companies, construction companies and local start ups.  Despite our growth, Payne & Fears LLP maintains great flexibility to meet our clients’ varied needs.

Each of the firm’s attorneys is experienced in handling sophisticated, high‑stakes matters, with most attorneys having formerly practiced with large national law firms.  Each has the skill, experience and education necessary to thoughtfully analyze our clients' legal issues and to bring about a successful resolution of any dispute.  In addition, we have experienced trial attorneys who will enthusiastically take a matter to trial when appropriate.

Though the firm has changed in many ways since 1992, the core principles of legal excellence and commitment to client service remain unchanged.



Payne & Fears LLP has been selected as one of only three American law firms to be a member of the First Law International, a worldwide legal network of more than 60 leading national law firms known as FLI NET. FLI NET is headquartered in Brussels and is ranked in the top tier of the leading legal networks as classified by Chambers & Partners. By working with other high-quality FLI NET member firms, in more than 70 countries around the world, Payne & Fears LLP can tap into global legal resources with ease. Each member firm is considered a best-in-class independent national law firm, sharing a common culture of responsiveness and client satisfaction. Firms are carefully selected to ensure they meet FLI NET's high quality standards, while providing a full range of seamless cross-border legal support to a wide range of multinational clients and industries. FLI NET member firms currently employ more than 7,000 lawyers in the world's most thriving economic centers.