Laura Walker is a partner in the firm’s Irvine office, and focuses her practice on labor and employment. She represents and counsels employers on various employment-related matters, including but not limited to discrimination, unlawful harassment, wrongful termination, unfair business practices and wage and hour related issues. She has experience in all aspects of litigation, including class action litigation.
Ms. Walker has experience litigating employment matters in state and federal courts, as well as in state and federal administrative agencies such as the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, Equal Employment Development Department, California Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board, California Labor Commissioner, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Public Employees Relations Board. She also regularly advises employers on avoiding workplace litigation in such areas as wage and hour compliance, leaves of absence and workplace accommodations, discrimination avoidance, reductions in force, discipline and termination, civil rights, and Affordable Care Act issues.
Ms. Walker has been admitted to practice before all courts and administrative tribunals in California, as well as the United States District Courts for the Southern, Eastern and Central Districts of California. Ms. Walker is a member of the California State Bar, American Bar Association, and Orange County Bar Association.
In 2004, Ms. Walker joined the employment law department of Paul Hastings in Los Angeles. In 2007, Ms. Walker joined Jackson Lewis, where she represented private and public sector clients in a wide variety of litigation, including wage and hour class actions. She also provided advice and counsel to a number of clients, including conducting a nationwide audit and revamping of a national law firm’s employment practices. Her clients included FedEx, Greyhound, Cellular City, the County of Riverside and other municipalities. In 2012, Ms. Walker relocated to Orange County and jointed Aleshire & Wynder as a labor and employment associate.
Ms. Walker received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1998. She attended the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where she received her J.D. in 2002. While there, she was a member of the International Law Journal and won Best Brief in the Moot Court Program. She also participated in the General Assistance Advisory Program.
- Employment Law, Affordable Care Act, National Business Institute, 2014
- Litigation Skills For Professionals, Lorman, 2014
- Minimizing Employer-Related Liability Under the Affordable Care Act, Orange County City Attorneys’ Association, 2014