Lauri A. Damrell

Employment Law

Lauri Damrell, a Partner in the Sacramento office, is a member of the employment law group and focuses her practice on employment litigation and counseling.

Lauri 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, California Dept. of Fair Employment & Housing, Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, and the Employment Development Department.  Her clients have included major retailers such as CVS, Crate and Barrel, Williams Sonoma, Levi Strauss & Co., Luxottica, Sears, Ace Hardware, and Hallmark.  She has also represented many other Fortune 500 companies, including Health Net, Inc., Morgan Stanley, Bank of America, and US Bank.

Lauri is a thought leader on diversity in the workforce.  California Governor Jerry Brown recently appointed her to serve as a Commissioner for the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls.  In that role, she co-chairs the Commission's Gender Equity in the Workplace and Employment Subcommittee with California Labor Commissioner, Julie Su.  She has published articles on diversity in the National Law Journal, the American Bar Association Journal on Labor and Employment Law, Corporate Counsel, Law360, Bloomberg BNA, and others. She also presents frequently on these issues and was recently invited to speak at the U.S. Capitol regarding the Paycheck Fairness Act. 

Within her community, Lauri has been featured by the Sacramento Business Journal for co-founding the Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association of Sacramento (MAMAS).  She serves on the board of the National Association of Women Lawyers, which recently awarded her the Virginia S. Mueller Outstanding Member award for her contributions to the organization. She is also an active member of the American Bar Association Committee on Equal Employment Opportunity Law and serves as the Chapter Update Co-Chair for the Compensation chapter of its Employment Discrimination Law treatise.  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. 

Within Orrick, Lauri serves as Deputy Chair to the firm's Women's Initiative and 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.

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  • California

  • J.D., Order of the Coif, University of California, Davis School of Law, 2005
  • B.A., cum laude, English, University of Pennsylvania, 1999
  • Commissioner, California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls
  • National Association of Women Lawyers, Virginia S. Mueller Outstanding Member Award (July 2014)
  • The Recorder's California Labor & Employment Department of the Year (2013-2014)
  • The Recorder's California Litigation Department of the Year (2013-2014)
  • 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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