Julia Riechert loves to win and help companies in all things employment. She is an employment partner in the Silicon Valley office.
Orrick’s employment law group was named the 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 California Labor & Employment Department of the Year by The Recorder. Julia and Lynne Hermle also won the 2017 California Lawyer of the Year award in Labor and Employment from California Lawyer for their defense verdict for SpaceX in a high profile sexual harassment, discrimination, retaliation and disability case.
Julia defends companies in class action, multi-plaintiff and single plaintiff wage-and-hour lawsuits under California and federal law, including claims of misclassification and for unpaid wages, off-the-clock work, meal and rest break penalties, expense reimbursement and vacation pay. Julia has successfully defeated class certification for employers in the retail and technology industries. Julia also defends companies and individual defendants in single plaintiff and multi-plaintiff lawsuits under California and federal law in cases involving discrimination, harassment, retaliation, defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress, disability and leave claims. She also handles government agency charges and government audits, and has helped countless clients resolve pre-litigation matters arising from employment terminations and other complex workplace disputes.
Julia provides employment counseling and strategic advice to small, medium and large companies on a variety of employment issues, including responding to employee complaints, reductions in force, terminations, compensation practices, performance management, independent contractor classification and policy implementation. She also has extensive experience counseling clients on investigations regarding workplace complaints. Additionally, she provides company training, including California's mandatory sexual harassment training course and management best practices.
Julia’s clients have included retailers such as Gap, Gymboree, Chico’s, Williams-Sonoma, Inc., Jo-Ann Stores, Inc., and Diane Von Furstenberg Studio, L.P. She has also represented many technology clients, including Genentech, Apple, Varian, Intuit, NVIDIA, Juniper Networks, VMware and Electronic Arts. She has also worked with a variety of start-up, private and new economy companies such as GitHub, Instacart and Lyft.
Julia also performs pro bono work, including employment law training for small business owners and advising non-profit organizations on a variety of employment issues. She was also part of a team that obtained summary judgment for The Humane Society of the United States, upholding a California statute banning cruel animal trapping.