Lauri A. Damrell

Senior Associate
Employment Law

Lauri Damrell, a senior associate in the Sacramento office, is a member of the employment law group.

Ms. Damrell’s practice focuses on employment litigation and counseling. Orrick’s Employment Law and Litigation group was recently named Labor & Employment Department of the Year in California by The Recorder, the premier source for legal news, in recognition of their significant wins on behalf of leading multinational companies on today’s most complex and challenging employment law matters.

Ms. Damrell has extensive experience in complex litigation and counseling involving wage-and-hour laws, independent contractors, exempt/non-exempt classifications, discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination and other employment regulations.  She has also represented several clients before the EEOC, OFCCP, U.S. Dept. of Labor, IRS and various state agencies.

She is a thought leader on diversity in the workforce and has published articles on the subject in the National Law Journal, the American Bar Association Journal on Labor and Employment Law, Corporate Counsel, Law360, Bloomberg BNA, and others.  She is also the Chapter Co-Chair for the Compensation chapter of the industry’s leading Employment Discrimination Law treatise.  She presents frequently on these issues and was recently invited to speak at the U.S. Capitol regarding the Paycheck Fairness Act. 

Within Orrick, Ms. Damrell serves on the planning committee for the firm's Women in Employment Law Network, which is aimed at connecting women employment lawyers and HR professionals from the nation's most successful companies, educational institutions and law firms.  She also recently ran for Orrick's team in the Golden Gate Relay, a 191 mile relay run from Calistoga to Santa Cruz, California, to raise funds for OrgansRUs.

Within her community, Ms. Damrell has been featured by the Sacramento Business Journal for co-founding the Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association of Sacramento (MAMAS).  She is an active member of the National Association of Women Lawyers and the American Bar Association Committee on Equal Employment Opportunity Law.  She has also served on the Executive Committee of Operation Protect and Defend, an organization of judges and attorneys supported by the Sacramento Bar Association to bring civic education to local high schools. 

Lauri Damrell
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Admitted In
  • California

  • J.D., Order of the Coif, University of California, Davis School of Law, 2005
  • B.A., cum laude, English, University of Pennsylvania, 1999
  • The Recorder's California Labor & Employment Department of the Year (2013-2014)
  • The Recorder's California Litigation Department of the Year (2013-2014)
  • Member and a national team competitor, Moot Court Board
  • Winner of the Irving L. Neumiller Memorial Moot Court Competition (Spring 2004)
  • Hon. Chief Judge David F. Levi, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, 2005

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