I bring a roll-up-the-sleeves mentality to helping our clients navigate and avoid conflict in the workplace, and am passionate about delivering top-notch legal counsel in the process.

Adam Maldonado is an associate in the firm’s San Francisco office. Adam regularly conducts confidential, high-stakes investigations for clients facing allegations of workplace violence, discrimination, and sexual harassment, and in instances involving employee theft, misappropriation, and misconduct. Adam’s practice additionally focuses on providing solutions-focused employment counsel to Boards of Directors, corporate officers, and executive teams following workplace investigations to minimize risk, assess liability, and manage employee transitions.

A seasoned litigator and former prosecutor, Adam handles a broad array of employment litigation, including defending against single-plaintiff and multi-plaintiff actions arising out of alleged violations of federal and state anti-discrimination and harassment laws, wage and hour laws, as well as unfair competition, trade secret theft, misappropriation, breach of fiduciary duties, and fraud.

Adam also provides workplace violence prevention training and response management counsel, and is a trained Title IX hearing officer overseeing fact-finding hearings for colleges and universities evaluating allegations of sexual assault, sexual harassment, and relationship violence. He similarly counsels colleges and universities on employment matters, student affairs, risk management, and Title IX compliance.

International Student-Athlete Visas Potentially At Risk Due To New NCAA NIL Rules,” The California Workplace Advisor (Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP Blog), September 1, 2021

Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Returns: Retroactive Application, Immediate Consequences for California Employers,” The California Workplace Advisor (Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP Blog), March 23, 2021

Special Report: Major Changes For California Employers in 2021,” The California Workplace Advisor (Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP Blog), December 23, 2020

California’s Expanded Red Flag Gun Law: A Powerful New Tool to Prevent Workplace & Campus Violence,” The California Workplace Advisor (Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP blog), September 10, 2020

Planning For The Rebound: Step 18 – Getting Ready For The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very  Bad Fall Outbreak,” The California Workplace Advisor (Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP blog), May 20, 2020

Sweeping Changes to Campus Investigations Following New Title IX Rules,” The California Workplace Advisor (Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP blog), May 6, 2020

Planning For The Rebound: Step 5 – Passing The Test: COVID-19 Screening In The Workplace,” The California Workplace Advisor (Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP blog), May 1, 2020

Panelist, “Both Sides of the Coin: Arguments For and Against Recording Interviews in the Workplace,” International Association of Interviewers, January 25, 2024

Presenter, “Trauma Informed, Investigation Ready: Navigating the Trauma Impacted Witness,” Association of Workplace Investigators 2023 Annual Conference, October 18, 2023

Presenter, “Campus & Workplace Violence Prevention: Managing Risk, Restraining Violence,” National Association of College and University Attorneys, WACO Fall 2023 Conference

PASCO Spring 2021 Employment Law Update, webinar, March 24, 2021

Panelist, Managing Employees in a Time of Chaos: A 2021 Employment Law Overview, Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP webinar, January 29, 2021

Association of Workplace Investigators (AWI), Member & Certificate Holder

Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF), Member

BASF Labor & Employment Law Section, Member

National Association of Colleges and University Attorneys, Member


J.D., University of California, Hastings College of Law, 2009

B.A., Whitman College, 2006


Judicial Extern to the Honorable Teri L. Jackson, San Francisco Superior Court



United States District Court for the Northern, Central, Eastern, and Southern Districts of California

U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit