About Darrell Salomon
Darrell Salomon is a fourth generation Californian who traces his ancestry on his mother's side to H. J. Pool, who came to California in a covered wagon in 1848 and became one of Sonoma County's first County Commissioners. His grandfather Charles Pool was the many times elected auditor of Sonoma County. His grandfather on his father's side was Morris Salomon, the owner of a newspaper printing company with plants in Oakland and Los Angeles. His father Joe Solomon was a motion picture producer in Hollywood. Born in San Francisco, Darrell was raised as a boy in Hollywood and at the insistence of his mother was educated in Jesuit schools. In his junior year at Bellarmine College Preparatory, a Jesuit day and boarding school in San Jose, he won first place in extemporaneous speech in the National Forensic League national speech finals. In his senior year he won the D'Alton Power Scholarship to Georgetown University, an academic scholarship given once each four years to a student from the State of California. At Georgetown he was an inter-collegiate debater and News Editor of the Hoya, the student newspaper. He was admitted before graduation to the University of San Francisco School of Law, there earning both a Doctor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts degree. Upon graduation he applied for employment to only one firm, the Law Offices of Joseph. L. Alioto, was hired, and spent the next decade as an associate and personal attorney of Mr. Alioto, a noted antitrust attorney and mayor of San Francisco.
During his time at the Alioto firm Salomon represented antitrust and employment law
plaintiffs before federal courts throughout the nation and in the Supreme Court of the
United States. He successfully twice argued and defended in the U.S. Supreme Court
Ostrofe v. H.S. Crocker 433 U.S. 584, a landmark plaintiff's employment law/antitrust
case in which the Ninth Circuit held that an employee terminated for refusing to engage
in a nationwide price fixing conspiracy was entitled to treble damages and a mandatory
award of attorneys' fees under the federal antitrust laws.
Salomon was lead counsel in the national Industrial Labels antitrust class action. He
was lead counsel in Fremont Unified School District v. Sun Microscopes, a nationwide
school equipment price fixing class action. He argued for the co-conspirator antitrust
jurisdiction rule before the Ninth Circuit in Sun Garden Piedmont Label Co. v. Sun
Garden Packing Co. He represented the world's largest Honda motorcycle dealer in a
successful antitrust jury case against American Honda. He successfully represented Farr
Company, an international filter company, in litigation challenging the then largest KKR
leveraged buyout in history. He was lead counsel in numerous picture distribution cases
and a federal jury trial on behalf of Syufy Enterprises, an interstate film exhibition
In 1986 Salomon joined the Am law 100 national law firm of Arter & Haddon (resident
in its Los Angeles office) as an equity partner, where he remained until 1994. He then
accepted a similar partnership in Keck, Mahin, and Cate, a Chicago based Am Law 100
national firm, resident in their San Francisco office. In 1996 he opened up his own firm,
Salomon Law Group, PC in San Francisco, emphasizing antitrust and employment law.
In San Francisco Salomon tried the "newspaper trial of the century" on behalf of the
Independent Newspaper Group on unfair trade practice grounds against the San Francisco Examiner and the San Francisco Chronicle, resulting in a substantial jury
verdict, settled on appeal, with enhanced fees awarded by the court for "the outstanding
performance of counsel." He won a jury verdict exonerating "The Diet Center" against
nation wide antitrust attack. In 2008 he litigated one of the few pregnancy
discrimination jury cases to that time. In Oakland in 2009 he was lead counsel in one of
the few individual wage and hour jury cases actually tried to conclusion before a jury,
resulting in a successful verdict. His employment law and class action clients have
ranged from individual clients on the plaintiff side to corporations on the defense side.
He is experienced in the field of public figure and public official libel law, and
successfully negotiated with major publication editors to forego publication of false and
defamatory articles about his clients. He has represented a number of political figures
including Dianne Feinstein, Senator Sam Nunn of Georgia, California Senator S.I.
Hayakawa, California Senator Alan Cranston, California Assembly Speaker Leo
McCarthy and San Francisco Mayor Joseph L. Alioto in libel law matters.
Salomon is the former two term President of the San Francisco Civil Service
Commission, and a former member of the San Francisco Human Rights Commission. In
his first year as a commissioner he negotiated a landmark labor settlement between the
city and para professional employees of the Unified School District. He negotiated the
settlement of the Officers For Justice litigation integrating all ranks of the San Francisco
Police Department, previously an 85% white male institution, and wrote the City's first
Affirmative Action Plan. He negotiated and passed rule changes to first provide for the
entrance of women into the San Francisco Fire Department. He briefly served as Chief Assistant District Attorney of San Francisco under District Attorney Hallinan and successfully negotiated a charging and disposition protocol with the San Francisco Police Department to suppress dangerous drug dealing in San Francisco, the first such protocol ever agreed upon in the city between these agencies.
Salomon has served as Lecturer in Law at the University of Santa Clara, as Adjunct
Professor at Golden Gate School of Law, and as a member of the faculty of the College of
Advocacy, Hastings College of Law. He has served as a consultant for Matthew Bender
& Company's publication "California Business Litigation Jury Instructions." Since 1975
he has been a major supporter of the United Negro College Fund and is a recipient of its
Distinguished Service Citation. In 2013-16 he served as the appointed member of the
California State Bar Committee on the Administration of Justice. For over 40 years his
Martindale-Hubble peer review rating has been AV, the highest rating.
Press Quotes Since 2000
"Salomon is a virtuoso in the courtroom."
San Francisco Independent.
"Salomon is a high-profile attorney with plenty of political savvy."
Matier & Ross, San Francisco Chronicle.
"He's been my attorney for years. I've seen Darrell Salomon in action, and I think he's a smart attorney."
Publisher Ted Fang, quoted in the San Francisco Recorder.
"Salomon is a no-nonsense, plain spoken person."
Former PUC Commissioner, and former San Francisco Public Defender Geoff Brown quoted in the San Francisco Daily Journal.
"Salomon is a very aggressive and able litigator. . ."
Attorney Gary Halling of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton, quoted in the San Francisco Daily Journal.
"Salomon has gone against some of the best lawyers in the country."
Anti-trust attorney Joseph M. Alioto, quoted in the San Francisco Examiner..
"Darrell moves through a lot of circles. He knows people from the establishment, he knows people from the law world, and he knows Bohemian types--writers and journalists."
Former California State Librarian and California historian Dr. Kevin Starr, quoted in the San Francisco Examiner..
"Salomon has a brilliant mind".
Former San Francisco District Attorney Terence Hallinan, quoted in the San Francisco Recorder.