Julie R. Trotter is the managing shareholder at Call & Jensen. Ms. Trotter practices in the area of business litigation and has represented clients in a variety of commercial disputes with a particular focus on class action wage and hour disputes, employment discrimination, retaliation, harassment, wrongful termination, claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Ms. Trotter has been named a “Rising Star” by Los Angeles Magazine for five years. This distinction is reserved for just two and one-half percent of the attorneys in Los Angeles and Orange County. Rising Stars are selected for excellence in the practice of law.
Prior to joining the firm in August 2004, Ms. Trotter was an associate with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in their Orange County office where she practiced in the firm’s Labor and Employment and Litigation Departments. Ms. Trotter commenced her career at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in 2000 after earning her law degree from Pepperdine University School of Law where she was Valedictorian and graduated first in her class. Ms. Trotter served as Lead Articles Editor of the Pepperdine Law Review. She earned her Bachelor degree in English from Santa Clara University in 1997.
- Obtained a complete defense verdict following a three week jury trial in a contamination case for a leading oil company. The plaintiff was seeking $8 million in damages alleging his property was contaminated by a petroleum leak.
- Obtained a directed verdict following a two day jury trial in federal court in one of California’s longest-running cases brought under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
- Obtained a complete dismissal of the class claims in a hard-fought $50 million wage and hour class action on behalf of a premiere fashion retailer. In that case, Ms. Trotter also obtained insurance coverage for the costs and fees incurred by the client in defending the lawsuit.
- Obtained a dismissal of class claims for alleged failure to provide meal periods and rest breaks, failure to pay overtime, failure to pay minimum wage, and failure to provide itemized wage statements for a leading health and fitness company.
- Obtained a dismissal of the class allegations and claims brought under the Private Attorneys’ General Act for alleged failure to provide meal periods and rest breaks, off the clock wages, and failure to provide uniforms for a national restaurant chain.
- Obtained a complete dismissal of a class action suit brought under the California Consumer Legal Remedies Act on behalf of a leading manufacturer of nationally-branded personal and healthcare small appliances. In obtaining the dismissal, Ms. Trotter convinced the Court in a two-day hearing that the Consumer Legal Remedies Act Claim lacked merit. Upon the dismissal of that cause of action, plaintiffs voluntarily chose to dismiss their remaining claims.
- Obtained summary judgment in a suit alleging wrongful termination in violation of public policy and negligent hiring and supervision.
- Obtained summary judgment in five separate lawsuits alleging violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act and related state law claims on behalf of one of the nation’s largest convenience store chains. In addition to obtaining summary judgment, Ms. Trotter defeated plaintiffs’ attempts to recover their attorneys’ fees in each lawsuit.
- Obtained terminating sanctions in a lawsuit alleging violations of the California Unruh Civil Rights Act on behalf of one of the nation’s largest convenience store chains.
- Obtained a complete dismissal from the United States District Court, Central District of a declaratory relief action regarding the enforceability of a covenant not to compete signed by an out-of-state employee who subsequently moved to California. Ms. Trotter successfully convinced the court that the declaratory relief action filed by the employee in California was an improper, anticipatory lawsuit filed for the purpose of forum shopping and as a means to avoid enforcement of the covenant not to compete in Ohio, where the employee previously resided and where the agreement was executed.
- Represented a leading clothing manufacturer in a high-profile, wrongful termination/gender discrimination suit brought by a former executive officer of the Company. Successfully negotiated a very favorable settlement on behalf of the Company and persuaded the insurance carrier to fund the majority of the settlement.
- July 30, 2014: PAGA Perspectives: Ten Years Later, Where We Are and Where We Are Going,” Fourth Annual Advanced Wage and Hour Conference, State Bar of California (Los Angeles, California)
- May 12, 2014: “Efficiently Litigating An Employment Case,” Orange County Bar Association (Orange, California)
- December 13, 2013: “Litigating Wage & Hour Cases Using PAGA,” Bridgeport Continuing Education (Los Angeles, California)
- October 16, 2013: “Thinking Like a Litigator: Effective Strategies for Disposing of High-Stakes Employment Litigation” (Newport Beach, California)
- June 8, 2013: “Discovery Issues in Employment Matters,” Orange County Bar Association’s Annual Labor and Employment Law Section Meeting (Orange, California)
- June 7, 2013: “The Use of PAGA, 17200, SB 459, 469 and Other Issues Specific to California Wage & Hour Cases,” Annual Mid-Year Wage and Hour Conference, Bridgeport Continuing Education (San Diego, California)
- May 30, 2013: 9th Annual Federal Court Boot Camp, Presenter, Pincus Professional Education (San Francisco, California)
- May 3, 2013: 9th Annual Federal Court Boot Camp, Presenter, Pincus Professional Education (Los Angeles, California)
- May 14, 2013: “Document Preservation,” Orange County Bar Association, Corporate Counsel Section Meeting, (Newport Beach, California)
- March 24, 2013: “Pizza Killed My Class: Exciting Time to Practice Labor and Employment,” The Complex Litigator (go to complexlitigator.com to view and receive approved MCLE credit)
- January 24, 2013: “The Effect of Social Media in the Work Environment,” Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (Irvine, California)
- December 13, 2012: “Administrative, Professional, and Sales Exemptions,” Bridgeport Continuing Education (Los Angeles, California)
- September 10, 2012: “Developing Issues in PAGA: Strategies for Litigating PAGA Claims,” Orange County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section (Newport Beach, California)
- June 13, 2012: “Taking Stock of the Bounty: An Overview of Key PAGA Developments,” Mid-Year Wage and Hour Conference, Bridgeport Continuing Education (San Diego, California)
- May 8, 2012: “Brinker: The Aftermath,” A Special Panel Presentation of Employment Experts, Bridgeport Continuing Education (Los Angeles, California)
- December 15-16, 2011: “The Devil is in the Details: Crafting Class Action Settlement Agreements, Defining Releases, and the Validity of Reversion Clauses,” Eighth Annual Wage and Hour Litigation Conference, Bridgeport Continuing Education (Los Angeles, California)
- June 3, 2011: “Collateral Issues and Derivative Claims,” Mid-Year Wage and Hour Conference, Bridgeport Continuing Education (San Diego, California)
- February 2, 2011: “Social Media in the Workplace,” Fashion Industry Human Resources Association (Los Angeles, California)
- October 28, 2009: “Layoff Litigation: As Layoffs Rise, Legal Challenges May Follow,” Fashion Industry Human Resources Association (Los Angeles, California)
- March 17, 2009: “Say What You Mean And Mean What You Say: The Unintended Consequences of the Letter of Intent,” Association of Corporate Counsel
HONORS AND PUBLICATIONS
- “Named One of Orange County United Way’s Emerging Tocqueville Leaders,” OC Metro Magazine, May 6, 2013
- “Social Media: 10 Legal Guidelines for Business Executives,” Orange County Business Journal, March 18, 2013
- “Facebook Firing Upheld, but Beware of Broad Social Media Policies,” Fashion Institute Human Resources Association, October 29, 2012
- “Brinker Supreme Court Decision: Highlights from May 2012 Decision,” July 2012
- “Review Denied in Brown v. Ralph’s: On the Heels of Brinker The U.S. Supreme Court Paves the Way for PAGA Claims,” July 2012
- “All Things Old Are New Again, A Resurgence of Misclassification Cases,” February 2012
- “Does Senate Bill 1539 Really ‘Provide’ a Solution to the Meal Period Morass?” Orange County Lawyer, December 2008