Laura Reathaford leads Lathrop GPM’s California Employment practice from its Los Angeles offices, providing labor and employment legal services to the firm’s Californiabased clients and clients with California-based employees. She focuses her practice on wage and hour class and collective actions with a particular emphasis on representative actions under California’s Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”).
In addition to defending employers in high-stakes litigation matters, Laura regularly advises clients on employment issues, including terminating employees, drafting employee handbooks and complying with California and federal wage and hour laws, as well as leave and disability rules. Laura’s successes include defeating class certification in various wage and hour class actions, narrowing the scope of PAGA representative actions during discovery and at trial, obtaining summary judgment, representing management against union grievances and litigating a variety of other employment disputes, including claims for wrongful termination, sexual harassment, whistleblower retaliation, and discrimination.
Laura is a prolific author on employment and labor industry related matters and her articles are frequently published in leading legal publications, including her feature article, “PAGA Performance,” which appeared on the cover of Los Angeles Lawyer magazine in July 2016. In addition to her recognition by Benchmark Litigation as a Labor & Employment Star, the Los Angeles’ Daily Journal named Laura among the “Top 100 Women Lawyers” and the Los Angeles Business Journal named Laura to its “Top Women Attorneys in Los Angeles.”
During the coronavirus pandemic, Laura has been an instrumental part of Lathrop GPM’s COVID-19 Client Response Team by providing relevant, timely and solution oriented input and guidance to clients.
Updated Sep 2021