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William K. Browning


San Diego, CA




William K. Browning  has been representing California clients in all phases of employment litigation for over 20 years. Mr. Browning has successfully tried or resolved all types of disputes in the employment context including: claims of wrongful termination, unlawful discrimination, retaliation, harassment, defamation, whistle blower claims, wage & hour claims, and the host of other liability issues facing employers. Prior to forming Browning|Hocker, her was a shareholder with Klinedinst, PC, and founded of Browning & Furness, APC after working as an associate with two exceptional San Diego law firms and serving as a research attorney for the San Diego Superior Court.

In addition to his litigation work. Mr. Browning routinely provides proactive counseling to clients on a wide range of employment issues to manage risk and avoid the missteps that lead to litigation. His other litigation experience includes insurance coverage, ADA building compliance law, unfair competition, trade secrets, privacy violations, and healthcare law.  He is a member of the San Diego County Bar Association, and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, the U.S. District Court for the Southern and Central Districts of California, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1993
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 1993
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 2006
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1999
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2000


  • University of San Diego School of Law, San Diego, California
    • J.D. - 1993
  • San Diego State University
    • M.B.A. - 1988
    • Major: Finance
  • San Diego State University
    • B.S. - 1987
    • Major: Management

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • Inn of Court, Louis M. Welsh, 1995 to 1996
  • San Diego Blood Bank, Board of Directors, 2013 to 2019