Shirin Forootan represents employers in all aspects of employment litigation and counseling. She has broad experience handling single plaintiff, class action, and administrative matters in state and federal courts and before government agencies. For many years, she has defended a wide range of employee claims, including wage and hour, trade secrets, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, leave violations, and wrongful termination. By being both strategic and efficient, Ms. Forootan has persuaded courts to grant judgment in favor of the employer, dismiss cases, and deny class certification. Ms. Forootan also negotiates favorable settlements for her clients.
In addition to her litigation practice, Ms. Forootan regularly advises employers on compliance strategies with labor and employment laws and performs wage and exemption audits. She also drafts employee handbooks, workplace policies, arbitration agreements, severance agreements, executive employment agreements, and confidentiality agreements.
Ms. Forootan routinely speaks and publishes on a variety of labor and employment topics, including flexible work arrangements, equal pay, paid sick leave, sexual harassment, transgender employees, updates in employment law, and strategies on minimizing exposure to lawsuits. She is also experienced in conducting training for management and human resources personnel on employment topics tailored to the needs of the business.
Because she has demonstrated an excellence in the practice of law, Ms. Forootan has been selected to Super Lawyers’ Southern California “Rising Stars” list every year since 2015, which is a distinction reserved for just two and one-half percent of the attorneys in California.
Prior to joining the firm in November 2014, Ms. Forootan was an associate at a boutique labor and employment law defense firm for over three years. Ms. Forootan commenced her career at Latham & Watkins LLP in 2008 after earning her law degree from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law. She earned her Bachelor degrees in both Communications and Law & Society from the University of California, San Diego in 2005, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa and cum laude.
Ms. Forootan is passionate about serving her community as well as her clients. She currently serves a three-year term on the Board of Directors for the Orange County Bar Association. She is also serving a three-year term leading the Labor & Employment Section of the Orange County Bar Association, serving as Secretary/Treasurer in 2018, Chair-Elect in 2019, and Chair in 2020. She is also a long-time supporter of Orange County United Way, currently serving on their Community Impact Cabinet and previously serving as Co-Chair of Women United. Ms. Forootan previously served as Co-Chair for both the Community Outreach Committee and Mommy Esquire Committee of the Orange County Bar Association. She also regularly presents on behalf of the California State Bar to local high school students on the topic of “Teenage Legal Survival Skills.” Because of her significant contributions to these organizations and to her profession, she was selected by the Orange County Business Journal as a “Women in Business” nominee in 2015, 2016, and 2017.
January 17, 2018: “Everything You Need to Know About Owning A Business” (Laguna Niguel, California)
November 29, 2017: “How to Spot Key Legal Issues When Employees Request Flexible Work Arrangements” (Newport Beach, California; approved for MCLE credit)
January 11, 2017: “An Overview of Key New Employment Laws & Trends for 2017” (Newport Beach, California; approved for MCLE credit)
November 19, 2016: “Employment Law Hot Topics: Gender Equality and Equal Pay” (San Francisco, California; approved for MCLE credit)
October 26, 2016: “Performance Reviews – How They Can Help and Hurt Your Company in Litigation” (Newport Beach, California; approved for MCLE credit)
January 28, 2016: “Sexual Harassment Prevention Training” (Newport Beach, California; approved for MCLE credit)
January 15, 2016: “Get Ready for 2016: Key New Employment Laws in California” (Newport Beach, California; approved for MCLE credit)
September 17, 2015: “Minimizing Exposure in Employment Contracts – How to Avoid Common Pitfalls in Independent Contractor Agreements, Confidentiality Agreements, Franchise Agreements, and More!” (Newport Beach, California; approved for MCLE credit)
May 14, 2015: “Keeping Up With California’s New Employment Laws – Paid Sick Leave, Franchisor Liability, Arbitration Agreements, Social Media Policies, and Beyond!” (Newport Beach, California; approved for MCLE credit)
“A Guide to Workplace Harassment Law Compliance in California,” Law360, June 19, 2017
“Efforts to Provide Paid Family Leave on the Rise,” Orange County Lawyer, May 2017
“Jurisdictions Compete to Expand Paid Sick Leave,” Orange County Lawyer, September 2016
“Fifteen Developments in Employment Law for 2014,” Orange County Lawyer, April 2014
“Looking Back at the 2010-2011 Supreme Court Term,” Westlaw Journal Employment, December 13, 2011