Our Team

Hope Anne Case

Founding Partner

Email: hcase@rcllp.com
Office: 1-650-494-4098

J.D., Brigham Young University, cum laude (1991)
B.S., Psychology, Brigham Young University, cum laude (1988)




Hope Anne Case is a founding partner of Ricketts Case, LLP. She concentrates her practice on labor and employment matters, including single plaintiff and class action defense and employment counseling. In her 25 years of practice, Hope has handled a wide variety of labor and employment cases and counseled hundreds of clients on employment practices.

Hope is a skilled advocate and counselor and services clients in many industries, including hospitality, manufacturing, technology, health care, leisure, and transportation in addition to the non-profit sector. Hope represents employers in misclassification, wage and hour, wrongful termination, discrimination, retaliation, and harassment suits in various courts throughout California and before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, and the Labor Commissioner. Hope helps resolve employment disputes through all available means, including mediation, arbitration, negotiation, summary judgment, and trial. She has also successfully defended trial court judgments in appellate proceedings.

Hope provides employment counseling and training in all aspects of employee hiring, management, discipline, and termination and advises companies on matters involving the protection of trade secrets, employee raiding, and restrictive covenants. She conducts employment compliance audits and presents training in best employment practices, including the prevention of sexual harassment, managing within the law, and investigation of employee misconduct.

Hope also advises and represents financial institutions, private equity groups, and consulting companies in connection with due diligence associated with mergers and acquisitions and investments, focusing on evaluating exposure for labor and employment practices.

Prior to founding Ricketts Case, Hope was a prominent member of the largest global law firm in its Palo Alto, California, office where she served as that office’s hiring partner and was the employment practice group’s leader in Northern California. She was also an Associate Professor at the University of Nevada, Reno in 1992, and a Law Clerk to Justice Thomas L. Steffen, Supreme Court of Nevada, from 1991 to 1992.

Representative Matters
  • Representation of national franchisor in California wage and hour class action. Success on motion for summary judgment on joint employer, agency, and vicarious liability claims.
  • Representation of international semiconductor company against employment discrimination and retaliation claims. Success at pleading stage.
  • Representation of national restaurant franchisor sued as alleged joint employer of plaintiff on claims for unpaid wages, failure to provide meal and rest breaks, and sexual harassment. Success on motion to dismiss.
  • Representation of technology manufacturer in proceedings involving allegations of discrimination and harassment based on race and national origin and retaliation for engaging in protected activity.
  • Representation of restaurant employer in defense and settlement of California wage and hour class actions.
  • Representation of restaurant employer in statewide wage and hour class action. Success on demurrer.
  • Representation of national restaurant chain against allegations of misclassification. Obtained Labor Commissioner award in employer’s favor.
  • Representation of employer in defense of California class action wage and hour litigation involving novel issues concerning piece rate workers.
  • Representation of employer in lawsuit alleging age, race, and disability discrimination and failure to accommodate. Success at summary judgment.
  • Representation of employer in wage and hour misclassification lawsuit. Success at summary judgment.
  • Representation of employer in class action litigation alleging violation of the federal WARN Act and its California counterpart.
  • Representation of operator of national chain of fast food restaurants in defense and settlement of California class action brought by former General Manager alleging various wage and hour violations on behalf of all California hourly workers and additional claims related to General Managers in California.
  • Representation of employer in defense of ERISA breach of fiduciary duty claim involving Employee Stock Option Plan.
  • Representation of employer against claims of sexual harassment, sexual battery, and negligent supervision and retention.
  • Representation of employer against wrongful termination in violation of public policy claim. Success on motion to dismiss.
  • Representation of employer in hybrid action against employer and employee’s union. Obtained judgment on the pleadings and affirmation of judgment on plaintiff’s appeal to Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Representation of employer in breach of contract case by former sales representative. Obtained early dismissal through demurrer.
  • Representation of employer against multiple claims involving employee raiding, solicitation, and various restrictive covenants. Negotiated successful resolution.
  • Representation of employer in binding arbitration of wrongful termination, harassment, and retaliation action by former employee of online securities brokerage company alleging sexual orientation discrimination. Obtained complete defense award.
  • Representation of employer in binding arbitration of claims for age and race discrimination. Obtained complete defense verdict.
  • Representation of employer and individual defendants against claims of former sales employee for wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, and unpaid commissions in binding arbitration. Obtained award in individuals’ and employer’s favor.
  • Representation of employer in race discrimination lawsuit. Obtained success at summary judgment on résumé fraud grounds and defended judgment through plaintiff’s appeal.
  • Representation of technology company and manager in lawsuit alleging wrongful termination and discrimination based on sexual orientation. Obtained success at summary judgment and defended judgment on appeal.
Recent Reported Decisions
  • Lenk v. Monolithic Power Sys., Inc., No. 16-CV-02625-BLF, 2017 BL 153658 (N.D. Cal. May 8, 2017) (success on motion to dismiss and judgment entered (July 14, 2017)).
  • Lenk v. Monolithic Power Sys., Inc., No. 15-CV-01148-NC, 2015 WL 6152475 (N.D. Cal. Oct. 20, 2015) (success on motion to dismiss and judgment entered (March 31, 2016)).
  • Vann v. Massage Envy Franchising LLC, No. 13-CV-2221-BEN WVG, 2015 WL 74139 (S.D. Cal. Jan. 6, 2015) (success at summary judgment).
  • Ricks v. United Air Lines, Inc., No. C 11-3637 PJH, 2013 WL 1003596 (N.D. Cal. Mar. 13, 2013) (success at summary judgment).
  • Mediran v. Int’l Ass’n of Machinists & Aerospace Workers et al., 425 F. App’x 550 (9th Cir. 2011) (affirming district court grant of motion for judgment on the pleadings).
  • Spalding v. Glass, Lewis & Co., LLC, 2010 WL 8025465 (Ca. Super.) (Dec. 29, 2010) (granting order compelling arbitration).
  • Koss v. Agresso Americas Corp., No. 2:09CV02682GEBGGH, 2010 WL 55665 (E.D. Cal. Jan. 5, 2010) (success on motion for judgment on the pleadings).
  • Brown v. Ikon Office Sols., Inc., No. C 09-03434 JWS, 2009 WL 3707334 (N.D. Cal. Nov. 4, 2009) (success on motion to dismiss).
Prior Experience
  • Associate Professor, University of Nevada, Reno (1992)
Judicial Clerkship
  • Law Clerk to Justice Thomas L. Steffen, Supreme Court of Nevada (1991-1992)
  • “Day of Rest Rule Clarified by California Supreme Court,” Firm E-Alert, May 11, 2017
  • “Fall in Line: Multitude of New Laws for California Employers,” Firm E-Alert, October 6, 2016
  • “Attention San Diego and Los Angeles Employers: Local Changes to Paid Sick Leave and Minimum Wage Obligations Imminent,” Firm E-Alert, June 14, 2016.
  • “Spring into Action: New Rules to Curb Workplace Harassment Become Effective April 1, 2016,” Firm E-Alert, March 29, 2016.
  • “California Employers Should Prepare for New 2015 Laws,” Firm E-Alert, October 29, 2014.
  • “California Fills Prescription for Sick Workers,” Firm E-Alert, September 12, 2014.
  • “The San Francisco Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance: What San Francisco Employers Need to Know,” Firm E-Alert, April 18, 2014.
  • “California Employment Legislation,” Firm E-Alert, October 13, 2013.
Media Mentions
  • “Leaving Big Law for Collaboration & Diversity,” Attorney of the Month, October 28, 2013.
  • “Women from DLA Launch Big-Law Alternative,” The Recorder, July 9, 2013.
Presentations, Conferences, and Seminars
  • Seminar Panelist, The Knowledge Group’s “Practical Strategies and Latest Legal Developments in Wage & Hour Litigation and Compliance,” June 2017
  • Society of Human Resources Professionals seminar, “What Employers Need to Know for 2017: New Laws and Practical Strategies for Avoiding Employment Issues and Disputes,” January 2017
  • Ricketts Case Employment Law Breakfast Briefing, December 2016.
  • Ricketts Case 2016 Employment Law Breakfast Briefing, January 2016.
  • Ricketts Case 2015 Employment Law Breakfast Briefing, January 2015.
  • Speaker at annual Employment Law Briefings, 1995-2013.
  • “Staffing Your Business: Contractors or Employees,” Palo Alto, California; Seattle, Washington; 2012.
  • “Traps for the Unwary: Common Pitfalls of California Employment Law,” Various dates.
  • Ongoing training presentations on legal compliance, managing performance, preventing workplace harassment, and conducting workplace investigations.
Courts and Forums
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of California
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of California
  • State of California
  • State Bar of California, Labor and Employment Section
Civic and Charitable
  • Board Member, Bay Area Skating Foundation
  • Grievance Committee Member, U.S. Figure Skating Association
Professional Recognition and Awards
  • Included on the list of Northern California Super Lawyers 2006, 2019-20