Kelsey A.Israel-Trummel


San Francisco + 1.415.875.5831

Kelsey Israel-Trummel's practice focuses on representing employers in a variety of labor and employment matters, including wage and hour, discrimination, and wrongful termination matters and in disputes arising under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). In particular, she has significant experience with wage and hour class actions and representative lawsuits filed under California's Private Attorneys General Act or PAGA statute. She has represented clients in litigation in state and federal courts, as well as before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and in arbitrations. Her experience includes drafting dispositive motions, brief writing, and discovery management. In addition, she advises clients on compliance with various employment and labor laws.

Kelsey also has experience representing clients in commercial disputes at the trial and appellate levels, as well as in International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) arbitrations. She has contributed to articles on international arbitration and California noncompete laws.


  • McDonald's victorious at trial against state-wide California class action wage and hour PAGA claimsJones Day prevailed in gutting the remaining part of a state-wide class and representative action under the California Labor Code Private Attorneys General Act filed against McDonald’s Corporation.
  • McDonald’s defeats attempt to expand class actionOn February 15, 2017, Jones Day and client McDonald’s Corporation successfully blocked plaintiffs’ attempt to certify three new theories of liability in a statewide wage and hour class action.
  • McDonald's wins summary judgment, defeats class certification and PAGA claims in wage and hour class, joint employer actionPlaintiffs filed suit in 2014, seeking to represent more than 1,200 employees at eight McDonald’s restaurants owned by a McDonald’s franchisee in franchises in Oakland, California, against both the franchise owner and the franchisor, arguing that Jones Day client McDonald’s was liable as their joint employer on a variety of wage and hour claims, or that McDonald’s was alternatively liable for those claims under an aiding and abetting, negligence, actual agency, or ostensible agency theory.
  • McDonald’s defeats class certification and PAGA claims in statewide California class action wage and hour caseIn a series of wins, Jones Day client McDonald’s Corporation defeated class action and PAGA claims brought against the company in a California-wide wage and hour lawsuit.
  • Arizona prison inmates successfully challenge adequacy of medical, mental health, dental care, and conditions in isolation in Arizona state prison systemJones Day, working with the ACLU's National Prison Project and the Prison Law Office, has tentatively settled litigation brought on behalf of a certified class of Arizona inmates challenging the adequacy of medical, mental health, dental care, and conditions in isolation in the Arizona state prison system under the U.S. constitution.
  • Speaking Engagements

    • September 11, 2018
      Labor & Employment Law Update in the Wild, Wild (California) West