Eric Akira Tate Esq.

Morrison & Foerster LLP
Tate, Eric Akira

Eric Tate is a Partner in the San Francisco office of Morrison & Foerster LLP and the co-chair of the firm's Employment and Labor Group. Mr. Tate represents companies in trade secrets, employee raiding and mobility, unfair competition, wage and hour, employment discrimination and whistleblower litigation, and in counseling matters. He has litigated various employee claims including, for example, discrimination and harassment, wrongful termination, and the interpretation of collective bargaining agreements in both state and federal courts. In particular, Mr. Tate has litigated issues involving trade secret misappropriation, employee and customer raiding, and unfair competition both within and outside of the U.S.

Mr. Tate recently published "Protect Your Investments: Recent Developments In California Law Regarding Non Competition Agreements and Other Restrictive Covenants" in NVCA Today; "Microinequities: Can Bad Behavior Be Actionable?" in The National Law Journal; and "The When, Who and How of Workplace Investigations" in The Practical Litigator. He is a contributing editor for Trade Secrets (Law and Business).

Mr. Tate is active in the American Bar Association’s Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee, serving as employer vice-chair for the 2014 ABA Labor and Employment Law CLE Conference; co-chair of the Covenants Not to Compete and Trade Secrets Subcommittee; and as a past co-chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution, Employment At-Will and Collateral Torts, and Worker Dislocation Subcommittees. He also served as past co-chair of the ABA’s Annual Meeting Committee was on the planning committee for the National Employment Law Council’s 2013 Annual Conference. Mr. Tate is also a mediator for the Northern District of California’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Program.

Mr. Tate received his B.A. from the University of California at Berkley and his J.D from the University of California at Berkley School of Law.

He is a Board of Review Associate Editor for the ABA/Bloomberg BNA treatises Covenants Not to Compete: A State-by-State Survey, Trade Secrets: A State-by-State Survey, and Employee Duty of Loyalty: A State-by-State Survey.