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Rebecca L. Torrey

Partner - Employment and Labor
Direct 
(310) 746-4484
Areas of Practice 
Employment and Labor
Education 

J.D., LL.M. in International & Foreign Law, Duke Law School; Executive Editor, Duke Law Journal
M.A., University of Kansas, 
B.A., Emporia State University

Experience

Rebecca Torrey is experienced in all aspects of employment law, with an emphasis on defending employers in “bet the company” class action and multi-plaintiff state and federal court trials and arbitrations.  Rebecca is committed to developing an employer’s understanding of the law to reduce the sting of litigation.  She helps businesses manage personnel matters, including wage and hour issues; fair pay compliance; protecting trade secrets and the use of restrictive covenants; harassment prevention; EEO and affirmative action compliance; leaves of absence; background and drug screening; employment agreements; the use of independent contractors; hiring and termination decisions; best practices and personnel policies; employee counseling and discipline, layoffs and reductions in force.  

Her clients include healthcare companies, professional services firms, entertainment, digital media and technology innovators, manufacturers and recyclers, and tax-exempt organizations, to name a few, operating both internationally or domestically.

Rebecca is a frequent speaker and writer on key developments and cutting edge legal issues, including the current proliferation of employment regulation on the state and local levels and their challenge to compliance and the risk of litigation.  She was selected by IR Global, an international network of professional services firms, to serve as its California employment practitioner.  In this role, she contributes thought leadership and provides guidance on developing areas of employment law.  

Prior to her law firm practice, Rebecca served as a Law Clerk for Chief Judge Deanell Reece Tacha for the Tenth Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals.

Associations
Los Angeles County Bar Association
Counsel for Justice Board of Directors
Board Chair, ESLA Board of Trustees

Award & Recognitions
Named as one of the Top-Ranked Attorneys, Chambers USA, 2014-2015
The Best Lawyers in America, 2016-2017
Designated as a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, a trial and appellate lawyer honorary society

Publications
Co-author, “Impact of the Defend Trade Secrets Act in the U.S.,” Corporate Disputes, January-March 2017 issue.
Contributor, “Labour And Employment 2016 Annual Review,” Financier Worldwide, August 2016.
“10 Questions: Complying with California’s Fair Pay Act,” Financier Worldwide, May 2016.
"Leaves of Absence," Inside Counsel, April 4, 2011.
"Background Checks Could Lead to Discriminatory Hiring Practices," Inside Counsel, March 7, 2011.
"Be Proactive in Preventing Off-The-Clock Work," Inside Counsel, February 21, 2011.
"Firing Employees in a High Unemployment Environment," Inside Counsel, February 7, 2011.
"Avoiding Social Networking Land Mines For Employers," Inside Counsel, November 4, 2010.
“CEO Advisor: A Little Relief,” California CEO, Fall 2004.
“Doing Due Diligence to Uncover 'Bad Apple’ Applicants,” Los Angeles Business Journal and Pacific Coast Business Times, October 2002.
“Affirmative Office: Labor Department Steps Up Audits of Government Contractors,” Los Angeles Daily Journal, 1999.
“Even-Handed,” Los Angeles Daily Journal, 1996.
“First Amendment Claims Against Public Broadcasters: Testing the Public’s Right to a Balanced Presentation,” D.L.J. 1386, 1989.

Bar Admissions
State Bar of California
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals,
U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California