William K. Browning

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment & Labor Attorney in San Diego, CA

Browning | Hocker
501 West Broadway, Suite 540
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 619-234-2194
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1993
Practice Areas: Employment & Labor: Employer (80%), Business Litigation (20%)
Attorney Profile

William K. Browning is a principal attorney at Browning | Hocker. Located in San Diego, California, he provides representation to individual and company clients throughout the state in two main practice areas. An employment litigator for much of his career, he assists companies that are involved in disputes concerning the Fair Labor Standards Act, the California Fair Employment and Housing Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Mr. Browning also defends companies that have been sued for workplace discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 or that are facing claims of workplace sexual harassment, wrongful termination or retaliation. He provides advice regarding risk avoidance to management and prepares and reviews employee manuals and similar documents. Mr. Browning also represents clients who have been the victims of legal malpractice, and his civil trial experience also encompasses contract disputes and insurance coverage matters.

As an undergraduate, Mr. Browning attended San Diego State University and received a Bachelor of Science in management. He subsequently earned a Master of Business Administration in finance from that same institution. Mr. Browning then went on to attend the University of San Diego School of Law and was awarded his Juris Doctor in 1993. After spending nearly two years as a research attorney with the Superior Court of California — county of San Diego, he entered private practice, and he was co-chair of the employment law practice group at an area firm before co-founding Browning | Hocker in April 2012. Admitted to practice in California, Mr. Browning is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Central and Southern Districts of California, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Practice Areas
  • 80%Employment & Labor: Employer
  • 20%Business Litigation
Focus Areas

Employment Law - Employee


7 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2021

About William K. Browning

Admitted: 1993, California

Professional Webpage: https://www.browninghocker.com/About-Our-Firm/William-K-Brow...

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Inn of Court, Louis M. Welsh, 1995 - 1996
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 2006
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 1993
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2000 
  • San Diego Blood Bank, Board of Directors, 2013 - 2019 
  • California, 1993
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1999

Educational Background

  • San Diego State University, M.B.A., Major: Finance, 1988 
  • San Diego State University, B.S., Major: Management, 1987 

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Chairman of the Board-Elect San Diego Blood Bank 2013-2014
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Office Location for William K. Browning

501 West Broadway
Suite 540
San Diego, CA 92101

Phone: 619-234-2194

Last Updated: 12/11/2020

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