Lois Voelz, Senior Counsel

Lois Benes Voelz is a member of the Employment & Labor practice group in the Litigation department. A resident of both the Palo Alto and San Francisco offices, she joined the Firm in 1990.

Mrs. Voelz has worked for more than 35 years in the labor and employment field, most of that time as an attorney representing management. Her current practice is devoted to providing strategic advice and counseling to employers on subjects within the full range of employment law. A significant portion of her practice is devoted to advising on employment and restrictive covenant issues arising in M&A transactions, both purchaser-side and seller-side. Mrs. Voelz also has experience in labor union relations and employment litigation.

Mrs. Voelz has represented employers in state and federal court, and before the following state and federal agencies: National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), U.S. Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division, California Labor Commissioner (DLSE), California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board (UIAB), California Occupational Safety and Health (Cal-OSHA), California Workers' Compensation Appeals Board (WCAB), U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH).

Mrs. Voelz obtained a law degree in 1987 from the University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, where she was editor-in-chief of the Industrial Relations Law Journal. A National Merit Scholar, she received a bachelor's degree, cum laude, from Harvard University in 1975.

Prior to attending law school, Mrs. Voelz worked for the National Labor Relations Board from 1975 to 1978. Based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, she investigated union representation issues and alleged violations of the federal labor relations laws. From 1979 to 1984, Mrs. Voelz served as an Industrial Relations Specialist at Texas Instruments Incorporated, responsible for human resources management, labor relations, and EEO discrimination cases.

Mrs. Voelz was a Cooley partner for 17 years, and currently serves in the full-time role of Senior Counsel. Prior to joining Cooley, Mrs. Voelz was associated for three years with Littler Mendelson P.C. in San Francisco, specializing in employment litigation and labor relations.

Mrs. Voelz is a member of the State Bar of California. She is admitted to practice in the Northern, Eastern and Central U.S. District Courts in California, and the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. 


  • University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall)
    JD, 1987
  • Harvard University
    BA, 1975, Cum laude, National Merit Scholar

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California

Bar Admissions

  • California


  • St. Thomas More Society of San Francisco
Palo Alto
3175 Hanover Street
Palo Alto, California 94304-1130

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