Fred Alvarez is one of the preeminent labor lawyers in the United States. He focuses substantial attention on strategic, preventive, and compliance advice and internal investigations. He has an active litigation practice devoted to defending employers in individual and class action settings brought by private and governmental parties, including defending companies against claims brought by former senior executives. Fred has successfully represented clients in a range of industries, from oil, insurance, and technology companies to internet-related corporations. A portion of his practice also includes serving as a court-appointed monitor of class action decrees and settlement agreements. He has testified before Congress on several occasions.
Appointed by President Ronald Reagan and confirmed by the Senate, Fred served two federal government sub-cabinet positions. As assistant secretary of labor, he managed and directed the Employment Standards Administration, the largest agency in the Department of Labor, which included the Wage and Hour Division and the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs. He also served as a commissioner of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Fred is consistently ranked in legal guides as among the top employment law practitioners representing employers. He is a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, a member of the board of trustees of Stanford University, and has been appointed by state and federal courts to a variety of task forces as well as to judicial-selection and other court committees. He is a former chair of the American Bar Association (ABA) Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession and now serves on the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession.
Fred graduated from Stanford Law School and received a B.A. in Economics with honors from Stanford University.