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 30 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, LLP, Hope was a prominent member of a large global law firm in its Palo Alto, California, office.  Before beginning private practice, 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)
  • “New Federal Law Allows Plaintiffs to Bring Sexual Abuse and Sexual Harassment Claims in Court, Despite Mandatory Arbitration Agreements,” Firm E-Alert, March 16, 2022.
  • “Don’t Let California’s New 2022 Employment Laws Haunt You!” Firm E-Alert, October 14, 2021.
  • “California Supreme Court Proclaims That Employees Must be Paid for Meal and Rest Break Violations at the Same ‘Regular Rate of Pay’ Used for Calculating Overtime Pay,” Firm E-Alert July 23, 2021.
  • “California Supreme Court Decision in Vazquez v. Jan-Pro Franchising International, Inc. Heightens Legal Risk for Companies That Classify Workers as Independent Contractors,” Firm E-Alert, January 21, 2021.
  • “COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards: What Do Employers Need to Know?” Firm E-Alert, December 16, 2020.
  • “Is It 2021 Yet? Not Quite, But New 2021 California Laws are Here!” Firm E-Alert, October 6, 2020.
  • “Santa Clara County Enters New Phase to Contain the Coronavirus as Health Officer Issues Updated Order,” Firm E-Alert, July 10, 2020.
  • “It’s Off to the Races: The Employment Law Landscape Continues to Evolve as Employers Sprint to Rebuild and Reopen Businesses in the Shadow of COVID-19,” Firm E-Alert, June 12, 2020.
  • “Department of Labor Issues First Guidance on Implementation of Families First Coronavirus Response Act and Updates to CDC Guidance for Employers–March 24, 2020,” Firm E-Alert, March 25, 2020.
  • “Families First Act Employer Paid Leave Benefits: The IRS, DOL, Treasury Plan for Implementing Tax Credits – March 23, 2020,” Firm E-Alert, March 24, 2020.
  • “Californians to Shelter in Place: But Critical Infrastructure Businesses to Continue – March 20, 2020,” Firm E-Alert, March 20, 2020.
  • “Families First Coronavirus Response Act: What Employers Need to Know – March 20, 2020,” Firm E-Alert, March 20, 2020.
  • “Special Edition – Employer COVID-19 Preparedness Guide – March 18, 2020,” Firm E-Alert, March 18, 2020.
  • “Employment Law Update – March 13, 2020,” Firm E-Alert, March 13, 2020.
  • “Special Edition – Employer COVID-19 Preparedness Guide,” Firm E-Alert, March 12, 2020.
  • “Employment Law Update,” Firm E-Alert, February 20, 2020.
  • “California Employment Law Update,” Firm E-Alert, November 11, 2019.
  • “Governor Newsom and the California Legislature Let Fly a Grand Slam of New Employment Laws for 2020,” Firm E-Alert, October 17, 2019.
  • “Use it or Lose it! Supreme Court Holds Employers Risk Waiving Failure to Exhibit Administrative Remedies Defense When Not Timely Pled,” Firm E-Alert, June 14, 2019.
  • “Courts May Not Compel Arbitration of Claims on a Classwide Basis Absent Parties’ Explicit Authorization,” Firm E-Alert, May 3, 2019.
  • “Here We Go Again: New Year, New Laws–California Employers Get Ready!” Firm E-Alert, October 24, 2018.
  • “Companies With Contractors: Have you Learned Your Dynamex A, B, C’s?” Firm E-Alert, September 13, 2018.
  • “Crimes, Money, Babies, and More! What’s in the Lineup for California Employers in 2018,” Firm E-Alert, October 26, 2017.
  • “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
  • Ricketts Case 2021 Employment Law Breakfast Briefing, December 2020
  • Ricketts Case 2020 Employment Law Breakfast Briefing, December 2019.
  • Ricketts Case 2019 Employment Law Breakfast Briefing, January 2019
  • Ricketts Case 2018 Employment Law Breakfast Briefing, January 2018
  • 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 2017 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, 2019-22