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Rebecca L. Torrey

Partner

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

Previous Employment

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP

Education

J.D., LL.M. in International & Foreign Law, Duke Law School; Executive Editor, Duke Law Journal

B.A. in History, University of Kansas

B.A. in Physics and French, Emporia State University

Rebecca represents companies in litigation in state and federal courts nationwide. She has significant trial experience, and is an across-the-board employment lawyer representing management in bet-the-company cases involving wage and hour and fair credit class actions, trade secret claims, wrongful termination, discrimination and fair pay.

Rebecca provides strategic advice to companies aimed towards developing human resources practices aligned with an employer’s culture, values and priorities and designed to minimize legal risk. She is personally committed to developing a client’s understanding of the law to improve personnel practices and protect the business. A regular speaker and writer on key developments and cutting-edge legal issues around regulation and compliance, Rebecca is known for pragmatic, out-of-the-box solutions that support strategic growth.

Rebecca’s clients include healthcare companies, professional services firms, entertainment, digital media and technology innovators, manufacturers and recyclers, and tax-exempt organizations operating both domestically and internationally.  She has been ranked by ChambersUSA multiple times, is honored by her peers as one of the Best Lawyers in America and recognized for her trial successes as a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel in America. Selected by the professional services network IRGlobal as its exclusive California employment practitioner, Rebecca contributes thought leadership and provides guidance on developing areas of employment law to professionals around the world.

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.

Community

Board Chair, Episcopal School of Los Angeles

Vice President, Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Counsel for Justice Board of Directors

Associations

Los Angeles County Bar Association

Counsel for Justice Board of Directors

Representative Cases

Skybell Technologies v. Martin – Trade Secret Theft/Embezzlement (2018)

Chaudhary v. ForwardLine – Fair Credit Class Action (2017)

Bryson Tiller v. Dorn – California Talent Agency Act (2017)

Donnan v. Oak Valley Hospital District – Union Arbitration/Teamsters (2017)

Williams v. Quemetco – Wage and Hour Class Action/NLRA (2016)

Bates v. Metropolitan Interpreters & Translators, Inc. – Multi-Plaintiff/Federal Polygraph Protection Act (2015)

Escano v. Kindred Healthcare, Inc. – Wage and Hour Class Action/PAGA (2014)

Publications & Speaking

Co-author, “Disruptive Technology and the Gig Economy–The Changing Employment Landscape,” IRGlobal, Q1 2018.

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.

Speaker/Sponsor, Fair Credit Reporting Roundtable, 2015-18

“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.