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 Fortune 500 companies such as CVS, Microsoft, Oracle, Health Net, Inc., Morgan Stanley, Bank of America, US Bank, J.C. Penney, and Sears, as well as major retailers such as Crate and Barrel, Williams Sonoma, Levi Strauss & Co., Luxottica, Sears, Ace Hardware, Hallmark, and Vitamix. 

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 connection with her work on the Commission, she has partnered with the California Labor Commissioner to establish the California Pay Equity Task Force, which aims to engage diverse interests and find common ground in determining how to implement California’s new equal pay law and close the gender pay gap. Lauri 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, American Lawyer 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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