Elena K. Hillman


San Francisco

(415) 262-8314

(415) 644-0978

Elena is an experienced employment law counselor and litigator on matters relating to medical leave, employment contracts, OSHA, discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, and traditional labor law issues. She partners with clients to develop policies and processes that work for both the company and its employees and to devise effective litigation game plans that address each client’s unique business goals.

Elena earned her bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and her law degree from Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley.



Cozen O’Connor Promotes 23 Attorneys to Member

March 15, 2024

“This is a group of terrific lawyers across many offices and practices areas and we look forward to following their achievements,” said Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Michael J. Heller.

7 Tips for California Employers’ Violence Prevention Plans

March 04, 2024

John Carrigan, Jr., Elena Hillman, and Daniel Pascale were quoted in an HR Dive article discussing tips on how California employers can implement workplace violence prevention plans by July 1.

New Calif. Laws Employers Should Have On Their Radar

October 14, 2022

Elena Hillman was quoted in Law360 discussing California employment law.

West Coast Expansion Continues with the Addition of 13 Labor & Employment Lawyers from Miller Law Group in California

August 01, 2019

Cozen O’Connor is pleased to announce 13 attorneys from California’s Miller Law Group — one of the largest woman-owned employment law firms in the country — have joined its San Francisco and Los Angeles offices.


Will Pay Transparency Laws Level the Playing Field? [Alert]

January 10, 2023

The new pay transparency laws across the country may point to a cultural shift underway toward an expectation of transparency and a desire to reduce the pay gap.

Update to California’s New Pay Disclosure Requirements [Alert]

January 05, 2023

Senate Bill 1162 imposes significant new pay scale disclosure requirements on California employers.

New California Laws to Close out 2022 and Usher in the New Year [Alert]

October 17, 2022

A slew of employment law bills were signed into law by Governor Newsom as we close out 2022 and begin a new year in 2023.

Can Pay Transparency Shatter the Glass Ceiling? [Daily Journal]

October 12, 2022

Elena Hillman, Jake Rubinstein, and Janice Agresti authored an article on what pay transparency could mean for states.

California Supreme Court Targets Meal and Rest Premium Pay Practices [Alert]

July 16, 2021

Brett Greving, Elena Hillman, and Jason Barsanti discuss the California Supreme Court's decision in Ferra v. Loews Hollywood Hotels, LLC.

California Enacts New COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Requirements With Retroactive Application

March 29, 2021

Nicole Perkin and Elena Hillman discuss SB 95, which continues and expands the requirements for COVID-19-related sick pay as mandated previously by the federal FFCRA and California’s AB 1867, both of which expired on December 31, 2020.

California Codifies New COVID-19 Notice Requirements and Expands Cal OSHA Authority [Alert]

September 23, 2020

Elena Hillam and Austin Dieter discuss AB 685, signed by Governor Newsom, implementing new reporting and notice requirements and granting Cal OSHA additional powers following employee exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace.

Rebuttable Presumption for COVID-19 Illnesses to Impact Employers Through 2022 [Alert]

September 23, 2020

Elena Hillman and Austin Dieter discuss SB 1159, signed into law by Governor Newsom, expanding access to workers’ compensation and making it easier for first responders, health care workers, and other workers who test positive for COVID-19 due to an outbreak.

California’s Large Employers to Provide COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave Following Newsom’s Signature [Alert]

September 15, 2020

Bethany Vasquez, Elena Hillman, and Austin Dieter discuss Assembly Bill 1867, requiring large employers to provide COVID-19 related supplemental paid sick leave to their California employees.

COVID-19 FAQs For California Employers

July 01, 2020

Michele Ballard Miller, Walter Stella, Elena Hillman, and Austin Dieter designed an FAQ that California Employers have regarding COVID-19.

Potential Pitfalls of Temperature Screenings [Alert]

April 24, 2020

Di Addy Tang, Elena Hillman, and Austin Dieter discuss what employers need to consider before implementing temperature screenings of employees.

Events & Seminars

Upcoming Events

California Employment Law Update: A Mid-Year Review

July 23, 2024 - Webinar

Elena Hillman, Michele Ballard Miller, Nicole Herter Perkin, and Walter Stella will present “California Employment Law Update: A Mid-Year Review.”

Past Events

Pay Equity: 2023 Update and Trends

May 25, 2023 - Webinar

Pay Equity: 2023 Update

April 20, 2023 - Webinar

California Employment Law Update

February 23, 2022 - Webinar

COVID-19 Protocols for California Employers

January 11, 2022 - Webinar

The Year in Review for California Employers

December 15, 2021 - Webinar

Startup Essentials Program

March 05, 2021 - Webinar

Practice Areas


  • University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), J.D., 1991
  • Stanford University, B.A., 1987
  • California