Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP is pleased to announce the opening of a new office in San Francisco, furthering its California presence and extending the national labor and employment law firm’s network to 29 offices in 15 states.

The new office will be led by L. Julius M. Turman, who joins the firm from Reed Smith, LLP. Turman’s approach to the practice of law emphasizes advice and counsel to client that is practical and usable from delivery. He long ago adopted the phrase “practical practitioner’s practice” and clients have praised his client-oriented methods.

Turman enjoys a strong reputation both in California and nationally for representing a diverse client base and solving complex issues ranging from class-action litigation, labor-management relations, trade secrets and non-compete issues, discrimination litigation, company-wide, state and federal investigations, and issues involving Title IX, drug testing, privacy, disability and accommodation and sexual harassment law.   

“One of the strongest benefits of working with Julius Turman is that he solves the client issue in a straightforward way, addressing the immediate situation, while considering any future impact,” said Mary Vinette, formerly of the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour and now with Technicolor. “Over the past 15 years Julius has been my ‘go-to’ counsel for every complicated employment issue I’ve encountered.”

Following the success of the 2016 Los Angeles office opening, “Constangy clients are seeking expanded services for counseling, single-plaintiff cases, class, collective, and representative actions and other high-profile matters in Northern California,” said Neil Wasser, Chair of Constangy’s Executive Committee. “We’re excited to have Julius and his team lead our expansion in San Francisco. Their strength of diversity and experience contributes to the overall culture of inclusion and client-focused representation that Constangy is devoted to serving.”

“Constangy provided me with a tremendous opportunity to bring my practical skills to a wider base of clients and to increase my professional capabilities, all within a framework of a sophisticated and fast-growing national platform with a strong representation of women and people of color in senior leadership.” Turman said. “Constangy also meets the diversity and inclusion goals that I have dedicated much of my professional career to achieving.”

Philip Smith, who also comes to Constangy from Reed Smith, will join the firm as senior counsel.  Along with additional hires to be announced in the coming weeks, Smith will help Turman grow the firm’s presence in San Francisco and throughout California, specializing in counseling and complex employment litigation matters and class and collective actions, especially those involving wage-hour issues.

The new San Francisco office follows the opening of Constangy offices in Miami and Los Angeles in early 2016, which brought about an unprecedented period of growth for the firm, now celebrating more than 70 years of labor and employment preeminence. Constangy also became the first large law firm (NLJ350) in the country to have an African-American attorney as a name partner, with the addition of Donald Prophete in 2015.



About Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP:

Constangy offers a wider lens on workplace law. We have counseled employers exclusively since 1946. With offices in 15 states, we are one of the largest labor and employment law practices in the U.S. Constangy has been named as top firm for women and minorities by organizations including Law360, The National Law Journal and Many of our more than 180 attorneys have been recognized by leading authorities such as Chambers & Partners, Best Lawyers in America® and Martindale Hubbell. Find out more about us online at or follow us on Twitter @ConstangyLaw.

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