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Mary L. Topliff

Photo of Mary L. TopliffMary L. Topliff has specialized in employment law counseling, training and compliance for over 20 years.  Ms. Topliff regularly advises business owners and human resources professionals on all aspects of workplace issues with the goal of preventing costly disputes. She frequently conducts wage and hour audits, workplace investigations and provides post-investigation consulting services. Ms. Topliff also negotiates employment and separation agreements for executives.

Ms. Topliff is a frequent speaker and author on practical applications of workplace legal issues.  She publishes the Workplace Wave, with articles on recent legal and legislative developments. Ms. Topliff serves on the Editorial Review Board for the State Bar of California’s Labor and Employment Law Review.  She served as an adjunct faculty member with San Francisco State University’s College of Extended Learning from 1999-2008.

Professional Involvement:

  • Mediator, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Department of Fair Employment and Housing
  • Arbitrator, Bar Association of San Francisco’s Attorney Fee Dispute Panel
  • United States Technical Advisory Group member (development of Human Resources ISO standards)
  • Fellow of American Bar Foundation
  • Past Board of Directors Member, Northern California Human Resources Association, Financial Women’s Association
  • Government Affairs Director for the California State Council of the Society of Human Resource Management
  • Member of Labor and Employment Law Sections of American Bar Association and Bar Association of San Francisco, Association of Workplace Investigators

Community Involvement:

  • Board of Directors Member, Goodwill Industries of San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin
  • Board of Directors Member (and Past Chair) of Youth Leadership Institute, a national non-profit organization promoting leadership skills for youth to create social change in their communities
  • Leadership California Class of 2010, a yearlong program for 60 women leaders from across the state of California
  • Past Board of Trustees Member, Fort Mason Foundation in San Francisco

Education and Bar Admission:

Ms. Topliff has been admitted to the California State Bar since 1988.  She received her Juris Doctorate from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law in 1988 and her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis on Human Resource Management from Bowling Green State University in 1982.  Prior to attending law school, Ms. Topliff was a human resources practitioner for the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.