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 overseas 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.
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