Julie Totten is the partner in charge of Orrick’s Sacramento Office.  She is also the partner in charge of the Sacramento Employment Law and Litigation group, which 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.

Julie, who has more than 20 years’ experience representing companies in high stakes litigation, is honored to be a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment and she also serves as a Council Member of the American Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section. Julie has achieved significant results for her clients and in 2014 she was recognized by Legal 500 as someone who "truly understands corporate politics and works with in-house counsel to understand the intersections of legal advice and business objectives." 

Julie represents employers in complex cases, including wage-and-hour class and collective actions, EEO claims and claims involving breach of contract and wrongful termination. She has also successfully represented clients involved in investigations and audits by the Department of Labor and the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, and she assists clients in developing compensation policies and compliance measures designed to reduce potential exposure. Julie also counsels and trains clients on a wide variety of employment law matters, including social media and employee privacy.

Some of Julie’s more notable engagements include the following:  

  • Privately Held Technology Company.  Julie was retained following several years of litigation and after a class had been certified. Julie thereafter obtained decertification of the class and successfully defended that order on appeal.
  • Fortune 100 Telecommunications Company. Julie defeated class certification in a wage-and-hour class action alleging off-the-clock work at the client’s California call centers.
  • Global Fortune 200 Pharmaceutical Company. Julie obtained summary judgment for a pharmaceutical company in a wage-and-hour class action challenging the exempt status of pharmaceutical representatives.
  • Global Eyewear Company. Julie represents a global eyewear retailer in several proposed California and nationwide wage-and-hour class and collective actions.
  • Professional Services Firm. Julie represents a professional services firm in several class and collective actions challenging the exempt status of accountants and other entry-level professionals.
  • Fortune 100 Financial Services Company. Julie successfully represented a financial services client in a wage-and-hour class action seeking reimbursement of alleged expenses incurred by loan officers.
  • Pharmaceutical Company. Julie successfully represented a pharmaceutical client in a wage-and-hour class action challenging the validity of the defendant’s alternative workweek schedules and alleging failure to pay for all work performed.
Julie Totten
Speeches
  • Ms. Totten is a frequent lecturer on issues relevant to employers, speaking regularly regarding wage-and-hour compliance, wrongful termination and discrimination law and issues related to the electronic workplace.
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Admitted In
  • California

Education
  • J.D., magna cum laude, University of San Diego School of Law, 1993
  • B.A., summa cum laude, The College of Idaho, 1989
Honors
  • The Recorder California Labor & Employment Department of the Year (2013-2014)
  • The Recorder California Litigation Department of the Year (2013-2014)
  • Lawdragon Top 40 Up and Coming Employment Lawyers
  • Gipson Scholar
  • University of San Diego Law Review, Member and Comments Editor
Memberships
  • ABA Labor and Employment Law Section, Council Member (2014-present)
  • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section, Technology in the Practice and Workplace Committee and Employee Rights and Responsibilities Committee
  • Chair Emeritus, ABA Labor and Employment Law Section 8th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference
  • Chair, ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law 7th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference
  • Vice Chair, ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law 6th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference
  • PastManagement Co-Chair, Technology in the Practice and Workplace Committee
  • Fellow, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers

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