Framroze Virjee

Executive Vice Chancellor and General Counsel​
The California State University

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Framroze "Fram" Virjee is president of California State University, Fullerton, the largest institution in the California State University (CSU) system, serving more than 40,000 students with an operating budget of almost half a billion dollars. As chief executive officer, Fram provides leadership for over 4,000 educators within an inclusive shared governance environment, overseeing all aspects of the University’s operations - from academic and administrative to finance and technology - in close collaboration with faculty, staff, students, alumni, and the extended Titan family.

Fram previously served as executive vice chancellor, general counsel and secretary to the board for the CSU system. In that position, he led a staff of attorneys, paralegals and support personnel who were collectively responsible for all legal services throughout the CSU - the largest system of public higher education in the country. In addition to representing both the system and each of its 23 campuses in areas as varied as litigation, labor and employment, business and finance, and academic and student affairs, Fram served as chief legal officer to the Board of Trustees, advising them on all legal issues including open meeting laws, board rules and procedures, and education code compliance.

Prior to joining the CSU in January 2014, Fram was a partner in private practice for almost 30 years at O’Melveny & Myers, the oldest firm in Los Angeles and one of the largest in the nation. At O’Melveny, Fram specialized in labor and employment law, with an emphasis in, among other things, representing educational institutions in the areas of collective bargaining, Education Code compliance, and discrimination and employment litigation. He also spent multiple years as the national Chair of O’Melveny’s Labor and Employment Practice Group, and served as as the firm’s diversity and inclusion partner, lateral hiring partner, and chair of the firm’s summer program.

Fram and his wife, Julie, are co-founders of Yambi Rwanda, a non-profit 501(c)3 dedicated to improving the lives of Rwandans through the sustained provision of basic human needs — clean water, adequate nutrition, and healthcare — along with equitable access to quality education and the celebration of Rwanda’s culture and arts. Fram and Julie have three sons — Braunson, Cameron, and Connor — and recently welcomed their first grandchild into the world.

A first-generation college student, Fram received his J.D. (cum laude) from the University of California, Hasting College of Law in 1985; and his bachelor of arts degree (summa cum laude) in political science and sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1982.


  • J.D., University of California, Hasting College of Law (1985) Order of the Coif; Thurston Honor Society
  • B.A. Political Science and Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara, (1982) Summa Cum Laude

Legal Organizations and Activities:

  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Labor and Employment Law Sections
  • Member, Los Angeles Bar Association
  • Labor and Employment Law Sections
  • Employment Law360 Editorial Advisory Board (2010)
  • Adjunct Professor for the Drucker Management Center of the Claremont Graduate University, “Personnel and Labor Law”
  • Adjunct Professor for Chapman Law School “Employment Law”

Publications, Speaking Engagements, Awards:
Publications and Speaking Engagements:

  • California Judges Association and The Rutter Group Advanced Civil Litigation 2012 Program
  • ABA’s 5th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference (2011)
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association’s “The Future of Big Law: Business as Usual or a New Paradigm?” (2010)
  • NVCA General Event (2010)
  • Precedents and Predictions: A Review of 2009’s Significant Labor and Employment Law Developments and What to Expect in 2010 (2010)
  • “Hiring? Laying Off? What You Must Know Now,” BusinessWeek (2009)
  • National Business Officers Associations’ Summer Institute (2006)
  • “Privacy in the Workplace,” Merchants & Manufacturers Association (1992)
  • Video Presentation on Privacy, Merchants  Manufactures Association (1992)


  • “Lawyer of the Year” Los Angeles Litigation – Labor and Employment by Best Lawyers (2014)
  • “Top Labor & Employment Lawyer” Daily Journal (2012, 2011, 2010)
  • “Most Powerful Employment Attorneys” Human Resources Executive (2012)
  • “Leading Lawyer” Labor and Employment by ChambersUSA (2012, 2011, 2009, 2008, 2007)
  • “Leading Lawyer” Legal 500 (2012, 2011)
  • “Leading Employment Lawyers in the United States” by Lawdragon (2011)
  • “Top 3000” by Lawdragon (2010)
  • “Top 100 Employment Attorneys” by Human Resources Executive (2010)
  • “California’s Leading Lawyers” by Who’s Who Legal (2009)
  • “Top Lawyer” Labor and Employment by Los Angeles Business Journal “Who’s Who in Law” Special Report (2009)
  • “The Best Lawyer in America” for Labor and Employment Work by The Best Lawyers in America (2007-2014)
  • “Super Lawyer” by Los Angeles Magazine (2005-2014)