PLI’s Cutting-Edge Employment Law Issues 2017: The California Difference

Practising Law Institute

Speaking Engagement | September.11.2017 | 9am - 5pm (Pacific Daylight Time)

PLI California Center (Webcast available)

Orrick partners Timothy Long and Joseph Liburt are participating in PLI’s Cutting-Edge Employment Law Issues 2017: The California Difference scheduled for September 11, 2017 in San Francisco.

This full-day event addresses key issues confronted by employees, employment law advisers, litigators and human resources management and professionals, with particular emphasis on California State law considerations. This program combines a comprehensive review of case law and regulatory developments, an in-depth analysis of emerging issues, and practical guidance about protecting employee rights, best practices to maximize employment law compliance, mitigate legal risk and achieve business objectives.


CLE Credits Available: Y



  • Technology & Innovation Sector
  • Employment Law & Litigation
  • Wage and Hour
  • Discrimination, Harassment & Retaliation
  • ERISA & Benefits Litigation

Joseph Liburt Partner

Silicon Valley

Clients turn to Joe again and again as a creative problem solver and trusted advisor in helping them achieve their goals quickly and efficiently.

For example, in a wage class action for Sears, Joe quarterbacked an unusual strategy to dismiss the case. The team discovered that the plaintiff had filed for bankruptcy, and filed a motion to dismiss because the plaintiff no longer owned the lawsuit, the bankruptcy trustee did. But the plaintiff argued he might re-acquire the lawsuit in bankruptcy court, and the district court allowed him to try. In the bankruptcy court, Joe had Sears buy the lawsuit (an asset of the plaintiff’s bankruptcy estate) for a nominal amount, and then returned to the district court where Sears, now the owner of the class action against itself, dismissed the case with prejudice.

In Pao v. Kleiner Perkins, the high-stakes gender discrimination and retaliation case that garnered intense national scrutiny, Joe led the trial team's work on jury instructions and expert witnesses.

Joe is praised by clients, co-counsel and colleagues for his collaborative approach and ability to bring out the best work from the team.