Firm History

Payne & Fears LLP was founded in 1992 in Orange County by James L. Payne and Daniel F. Fears with only two lawyers.  Now with six offices (Orange County, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, San Francisco) 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 office.

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 startups.  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.