Tim Long leads a vibrant labor and employment law practice representing clients throughout California, and beyond, from his offices in Los Angeles and Sacramento. 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.
Mr. Long has significant experience litigating complex employment matters, having acted as lead counsel in numerous class, collective and representative actions and advised on dozens more. He has represented financial institutions, high tech companies, healthcare-related entities, airlines, retailers, transportation and logistics companies, among others.
Mr. Long is one of the few lawyers who has tried to verdict an employment class action, obtaining a complete defense verdict on behalf of a major retailer in a matter in which the potential exposure exceeded US$40 million. He went on to protect the verdict on appeal.
In the wage-and-hour area, Mr. Long has litigated exemption, incentive compensation, independent contractor, off-the-clock and pay practice claims. He also has defeated class and collective certification (including at Stage One) in exemption, off-the-clock and pay practice cases.
He has significant experience litigating other complex employment and non-employment matters, including employment discrimination and wrongful termination claims, and matters involving qui tam, trade secret, white collar crime and environmental claims. Finally, Mr. Long counsels clients on a wide variety of employment and related corporate issues.
Mr. Long has significant experience conducting workplace investigations and audits.
Mr. Long frequently represents employers in their dealings with state and federal administrative agencies, including the EEOC, the Internal Revenue Service, the U.S. Department of Labor, the California Department of Fair Employment & Housing, Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, and Employment Development Department.
In the area of trade secret and unfair business practices litigation, Mr. Long has both prosecuted and defended employers. He has obtained broad, multi-jurisdiction injunctions against former employees who have misappropriated client trade secrets. Mr. Long also has successfully resisted competitor efforts to enjoin the lawful practices of his clients.
Mr. Long has extensive experience handling traditional labor relations matters. He has advised on certification and decertification elections. Mr. Long has negotiated numerous collective bargaining agreements on behalf of agricultural processing, energy, healthcare, manufacturing, transportation and warehouse employers. Mr. Long has successfully litigated dozens of traditional labor disputes throughout his career, in court, before the National Labor Relations Board and in private arbitration. Mr. Long’s experience in this area also extends to advising clients on labor relations issues that arise in mergers and acquisitions.
References and examples of specific representations handled by Mr. Long can be provided upon request.
Mr. Long is a frequent lecturer and author on issues relevant to employers regarding litigating complex employment matters, including class collective and representative actions. He has spoken at and chaired conferences regarding employee misconduct, wage-and-hour compliance, labor management relations, and wrongful termination and employment discrimination law.
Mr. Long has also taught various advocacy courses.
- UC Davis School of Law - Advanced Orientation in U.S.A. Law - Trial Tactics and Strategies - 1997, 2000.
- University of San Francisco School of Law - Intensive Trial Advocacy Program - 1995, 1996, 1998.
Mr. Long has engaged in many pro bono activities during his career, and in 2002, Legal Services of Northern California awarded Mr. Long with a Special Pro Bono Service Award.
In addition to being admitted in California and Washington, Mr. Long is also admitted in the District of Columbia (inactive).