The Law Office of

Roderick P. Bushnell


400 Brannan Street, Suite 7

San Francisco, California 94107-1724

Main: 415-217-3800

Direct: 415-217-3803


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Roderick P. Bushnell specializes in labor and employment cases, particularly wrongful termination; sexual harassment; sex, age, race, national origin, and disability discrimination and harassment cases; contract cases; wage and hour cases; and privacy cases arising in the workplace setting. He has extensive courtroom experience trying both civil and criminal cases, arguing pre-trial motions, mediating cases, and defending and taking depositions.

Mr. Bushnell has helped countless employees successfully resolve their claims against companies ranging from small domestic companies to international corporations known worldwide. He has procured generous settlements on behalf of his clients, including with upper level management employees, against internet, pharmaceutical, media, high-tech, and advertising companies, to name a few.

Mr. Bushnell’s practice includes employment consulting in which he advises both employers and employees regarding the staff, situation, and/or structure of their current work environment. He advises employees on how to respond to probation and performance improvement plans, and assists employees trying to make a change in their work environment for professional or personal reasons. Mr. Bushnell routinely reviews employment contracts and severance packages and assists employees in drafting letters and communications to corporate management. He also specializes in representing plaintiffs within the radio, television, and advertising industry. These plaintiffs include media buyers, sales personnel, station management, and on-the-air performers.

Roderick P. Bushnell’s History

Mr. Bushnell attended Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1966. His education concluded in 1969 at Georgetown University, where he graduated with a Doctor of Jurisprudence. Upon graduation, he worked for the Department of Water Resources in California until 1971, at which time he formed his own law practice. He was admitted to practice by the State Bar of California, the U.S. District Court for the Northern and Eastern District of California, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the Supreme Court of the United States, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He is board certified in Civil Trial Law and Civil Pretrial Practice Law by the National Board of Trial Attorneys. He also has experience in providing mediation services, and employer consulting and litigation defense.

Mr. Bushnell has held the position of lecturer for labor and employment seminars at the Practicing Law Institute, the San Francisco Bar Association, and the California Employment Lawyers Association. He served on the Board of Directors for California Lawyers for the Arts from 1978 to 1998, serving as secretary from 1985 to 1987. He served on the Board of Directors of Bread & Roses, Inc. of Mill Valley, California, from 1979 to 1988, serving as Chairman of the Board from 1981 to 1984. He has also authored many articles for esteemed publications in his industry.

Mr. Bushnell is a member of the Consumer Attorneys of California, the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, the San Francisco Bar Association, the National Employment Lawyers Association, and the California Employment Lawyers Association. He has been associated with the San Francisco Superior Court as an arbitrator of civil matters and the United States District Court for the Northern District of California as an early neutral evaluator. He has been active with the Labor & Employment Section for the American Association of Justice, the Labor & Employment and International Law Sections of the American Bar Association, and is currently active with the Labor & Employment and Litigation Sections of the State Bar of California. He is a member of the American Society of International Law, Human Rights Subcommittee. He has maintained involvement with the Bar Association of San Francisco as an arbitrator for the Fee Dispute Committee and panelist for the Early Settlement Program in the Labor and Employment Law Section.

Mr. Bushnell has accrued several accolades and honors throughout his career, including being recognized as a Northern California Super Lawyer in Law and Politics by San Francisco Magazine from 2006 to the present, and has been selected for inclusion in many editions of Who's Who in America, Who's Who in American Law, Who's Who in the West, and Who's Who in the World. In 2018, he received the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who's Who, and for the 2019-2020 year, he was one of only twelve professionals chosen from amongst 1.5 million to represent Marquis in the Wall Street Journal.

Brief Biography:

Born in Buffalo, New York; admitted to bar, 1970, California; 1971, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California; 1973, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; 1980, U.S. Supreme Court; 1984, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Mr. Bushnell presently lives in San Francisco, California with his wife of 55 years, Sue Bushnell. His son Arlo and daughter-in-law Gail, who also live in San Francisco, have two children, Stellan and Shane.


Rutgers University (B.A., 1966); Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., 1969).

History of the Firm:

The Law Office of Roderick P. Bushnell, formerly Bushnell & Caplan, LLP, Bushnell, Caplan & Fielding LLP, Bushnell, Caplan, Fielding & Maier, LLP, Bushnell, Caplan, Fielding & Rudy, LLP, and Roderick P. Bushnell, Attorney at Law, has been practicing law in San Francisco since 1971. In December 2011, David Fielding left the firm and retired in 2014. In June 2016, Alan Caplan left the firm, also to retire. Mr. Bushnell is continuing his solo practice in San Francisco, primarily focusing on representing plaintiffs in cases involving Labor and Employment Law, with an emphasis on wrongful discharge, civil rights and sexual harassment.

During the course of the law office’s long history, it has engaged in extensive civil and criminal litigation, both at the trial and appellate levels. The firm has tried in excess of 100 cases, mostly in the Bay Area, and has been the law firm of record in over 75 published appellate opinions. A number of these cases have received acclaim via the media, including watershed sexual harassment, discrimination, and employment contract cases against private corporations, and public entities such as the City and County of San Francisco. The Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory has been rating lawyers with respect to legal ability and general ethical standards for over 100 years and the firm has earned the highest rating awarded for legal ability and general ethical standards.

The firm has been lead counsel or co-lead counsel in litigation involving shareholder derivative actions; consumer class actions; unfair competition and false advertising cases; employment rights class actions; labor and employment cases; and environmental lawsuits brought on behalf of the general public. These cases are in addition to representing innumerable civil plaintiffs and criminal defendants. Throughout the years, the firm has won numerous single and multi-plaintiff sex discrimination and sexual harassment cases against public entities, including all levels of federal, state, and local governments.

The firm has represented a number of public-interest non-profit organizations in litigation, or otherwise, including:

·       The Natural Resources Defense Council

·       The Environmental Law Foundation

·       Fort Mason Foundation

·       Sweatshop Watch

·       The Asian Law Caucus

·       Global Exchange

·       Bay Area Video Coalition

·       Bluewater Network

·       Bread & Roses


Rod and his grandson Stellan