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Framroze Virjee

Executive Vice Chancellor and General Counsel​
The California State University

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Fram Virjee joined the California State University in January of 2014 as Executive Vice Chancellor, General Counsel and Secretary to the Board.  In this position, Fram leads a staff of attorneys, paralegals and support personnel, and oversees all legal services for the 23-campus California State University system.  Fram’s legal team includes Litigators and University Counsel who provide all manner of legal services to the campuses in areas as varied as labor and employment (e.g., discrimination and harassment, collective bargaining, the FLSA and privacy), business and finance (e.g., capital planning and facilities management, CEQA, contracts and procurement), and academic and student affairs (e.g., immigration and residency, student discipline, student loans, and Title IX and athletic association compliance).  The Office of General Counsel team also handles in-house a significant load of the University’s litigation, ranging from stop notices and unlawful detainers, to discrimination and harassment cases, to complex arbitrations, administrative hearings and multi-party civil actions.

Prior to joining CSU, 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.  Fram’s practice included representing employers in employment litigation (especially multi-party and class action litigation), providing preventative advice through client counseling, policy and procedure review and drafting, and extensive in-house training and education on important labor and employment issues.

Fram spent multiple years as the national Chair of O’Melveny’s Labor and Employment Practice Group, served as Secretary to the Firm’s Management Committee, and also served as the Firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Partner, Lateral Hiring Partner, and Chair of the Firm’s Summer Program.


  • 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 Chambers USA (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)