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Teresa R. Tracy, Partner

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Teresa R. TracyTeresa "Terri" R. Tracy represents management in all areas of labor and employment law and litigation.

Specializations include wrongful termination, discrimination, wage and hour, class action, union organizing campaigns, grievances and arbitrations, and collective bargaining. She also provides preventive services, including comprehensive counseling and training.

Representing a broad range of industries

Ms. Tracy’s clients represent a broad range of industries and range from entrepreneurs and medium-sized companies to major national and international corporations.

She stresses a preventive approach designed to allow management as much latitude as possible in employee relations, while avoiding unnecessary litigation.

Experienced litigator

Ms. Tracy has litigated before state and federal courts throughout the country, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, numerous state departments of civil rights, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, the National Labor Relations Board, arbitrators, the Wage and Hour Division of the Department of Labor, Employment Development Department audits, and State Labor Commissioner proceedings.

Author and media resource

The author of a chapter in Advising California Employers and Employees, Ms. Tracy also regularly wrote the column on employment discrimination law for The California Labor and Employment Law Quarterly.

She has been quoted in Forbes, FinancialWeek, Los Angeles Times, Bloomberg News, Workforce Management, Employment Law360, Los Angeles Business Journal, Variety Magazine, Contra Costa Times, and American Medical News, among others.


Ms. Tracy has been named sixteen times to the Southern California Super Lawyers list (2004-2015, 2017-2020) in the area of labor and employment. She was recognized on its “Top 50: 2011 Women Southern California Super Lawyers” list by Super Lawyers Magazine. An active member of the community, she is on the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Urban League and a longstanding member since 1985.

Attorney Education


J.D., cum laude, Loyola Law School

B.A., magna cum laude, California State University, Northridge

Attorney Admited to Practice

U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
U.S. District Courts for the Central, Southern, Eastern and Northern Districts of California

Professional & Community Involvement

American Bar Association

California State Bar Association

Los Angeles County Bar Association

National Association of Professional Women

Strafford | Employment & ERISA Teleconference Advisory Board Member

Los Angeles Urban League | Board of Directors (Present) | Emeritus Board Member (2006 – 2009)


Presentations & Publications

"New Sexual Harassment Regulations" | Greater Los Angeles Association of Legal Administrators | July 5, 2016
Webinar | "NLRB Issues for Unionized and Non-Unionized Employers" | Law Firm Alliance | March 3, 2016
"Defending Against Damages in Wage and Hour Litigation: Preventive and Trial Techniques" | Strafford | November 6, 2014
"Wage & Hour Compliance Under California's Employee-Friendly Framework and New Legislation" | Strafford | January 16, 2014
"California's New Procedure for Investigating and Litigating Employment Discrimination Claims" | Strafford | December 4, 2013
"When the EEOC Comes Knocking: Anticipating and Responding to Discrimination and Retaliation Investigations" | Strafford | July 7, 2011
"The New ADA Regulations: Managing Legal Exposure" | Celesq® AttorneysEd Center in partnership West LegalEdcenter | June 16, 2011
"Employee Handbooks: Keys to Drafting Effective Policies for Your Clients" | National Constitution Center | March 18, 2010
“EEOC Investigations on the Rise: Proactive Strategies to Respond to Discrimination Investigations and Prevail in Claims” | Strafford | January 8, 2010
“Cell Phone, BlackBerry and Social Media Policies that Minimize Employer Liability” | National Constitution Center | January 7, 2010
"Effective Employee Handbooks: Drafting Policies That Work" | Progressive Business Audio Conferences | November 19, 2009
"California Wage and Hour Issues Affecting Residential Cleaning Franchisees" | October 7, 2009
“E-mail, Facebook & Blogging: Employee Internet Policies You Need Now” | Progressive Business Audio Conferences | September 16, 2009
"Drafting and Enforcing Dress Code Policies: What's Working, What's Not" | Progressive Business Audio Conferences | August 5, 2009
"Ricci v. DeStefano: Balancing Title VII Disparate Treatment and Disparate Impact" | Strafford | July 1, 2009
"Bulletproof Your Employee Handbook" | Progressive Business Audio Conferences | June 3, 2009
"California Employment Law Update 2009: New Changes You Need to Know" | National Constitution Center | April 22, 2009
"Employee Free Choice Act: Legal Strategies for Employers Facing Broader Unionizing Rights" | Strafford | April 9, 2009
"EEOC Investigations: Effective Employer Strategies" | Strafford | April 2, 2009
"2009 Labor and Employment Law Update" | Paramount Educational Seminars | April 2, 2009
"The New Employer COBRA Obligations" | Professionals in Human Resources Association, District 11 | March 4, 2009
"The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act" | Strafford | February 5, 2009
"The Employee Free Choice Act" | Professionals in Human Resources Association | January 8, 2009
"Civil Rights Litigation Update" | National Business Institute | July 10, 2008
"New Laws for California Employers for 2008" | Blue Collar Crossing | January 10, 2008
"Managing DOL Investigations and Avoiding Litigation" | Strafford | September 7, 2007
"Managing DOL Investigations and Avoiding Litigation" | Strafford | September 6, 2007
"Defending Collective and Class Claims: Class Certification, Trial and Settlement Strategies" | Strafford | September 5, 2007
"Latest Developments in Employment Law: What's In It For In-House Counsel?" | Association of Corporate Counsel America Southern California Chapter | January 11, 2007
"Latest Developments in Employment Law: What's In It For In-House Counsel?" | Association of Corporate Counsel America Southern California Chapter | January 4, 2007
"Wage and Hour Collective and Class Claims: Strategies for Defending Claims and Limiting Damages" | Strafford | March 8, 2006
"Electronic Discovery Do's and Don'ts" | Association of Corporate Counsel America Southern California Chapter | January 5, 2006
"Workplace Romance Poses New Legal Risk for Employers" | Strafford | November 3, 2005
"FMLA in Flux" | Strafford | October 6, 2005
"Employers May Debit Exempt Workers for Part-Day Absences" | Los Angeles Daily Journal | September 8, 2005
"Wage and Hour Collective and Class Claims: Changing State of the Law and Best Practices for Minimizing Claims" | Strafford | September 7, 2005
"Non-Compete Agreements Under Fire: Crafting Contracts to Protect Your Assets" | Strafford | August 3, 2005
"Disparate Impact Under the ADEA: Understanding the Practical Effect of Smith v. City of Jackson, Mississippi" | Strafford | July 1, 2005
"10th Annual Litigators Forum" | Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles | May 5, 2005
"The Elimination of Bias in the Legal Department" | Association of Corporate Counsel America Southern California Chapter | January 6, 2005
"Equal Employment Opportunity Cases" | The California Labor & Employment Quarterly | 1996 - 2005 | January 6, 2005
"Practical Applications of Employment Law" | Sterling Education Services | April 1, 2004
"How Medical Information Fares in Judicial Proceedings" | Los Angeles County Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Section | February 12, 2004
"Navigating the Maze: Various Leaves" | Professionals in Human Resources Association Annual Conference | January 9, 2003
"Fundamentals of Employment Law Practice" | The State Bar of California | January 4, 2001
"What Do You Mean This Person Is My Employee??" | Society for Human Resource Management, 52nd Annual Conference & Exposition | June 1, 2000
"Avoiding Employer Liability: Things You Should Know and Do" | Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles and National Association of Women Business Owners, Los Angeles Chapter | November 24, 1999
"Employment Law for Entrepreneurs" | UCLA MBA Program

Media Coverage

Teresa Tracy quoted in Los Angeles Times article, “Hiring Part-Time Workers Can Have Downsides Too” | October 2010
Teresa Tracy quoted in California Executive article, “Legislation Loosens Up Alternative Work Week Schedule Rules” | April 2009
Teresa Tracy quoted in Human Resource Executive article, “Censoring HR” | December 2008
Teresa Tracy quoted in California Executive article, “Family Responsibility Discrimination: A Primer” | September 2008
Teresa Tracy quoted in California Executive article, “U.S. Supreme Court Weighs In On Labor Arbitration” | July 2008
Teresa Tracy quoted in California Executive article, “Appellate Case Illustrates Pressure to Seize Business Owners’ Assets” | April 2008
Teresa Tracy quoted in Workforce Management article, “Top 10 Legal Decisions of 2007 Affecting Employment Law in 2008 and Beyond” | December 2007
Teresa Tracy quoted in Small Business Resource Center article, “Five Employment Law Basics” | November 2007
Teresa Tracy quoted in FinancialWeek article, “World Bank Drama Highlights Risk to Employers” | May 2007
Teresa Tracy quoted in Employment Law360 Newsletter, “Lawyers Up in Arms Over Landmark Wage Ruling” | April 2007
Teresa Tracy quoted in American Medical News article, “Handling the Toxic Employee: How to Avoid – or Dilute – the Poison” | July 2006
Teresa Tracy quoted in Bloomberg News article, “Google Reviewing Microsoft Offer to Settle Lawsuit” | September 2005
Teresa Tracy quoted in Contra Costa Times article, “No Strike: BART, Unions Reach Deal for Four-Year Contract” | July 2005


"The Impact of 2008 Supreme Court Employment Law Cases: Leading Lawyers Analyze Key Cases and Trends (Inside the Minds) | Aspatore Books | January 29, 2009
California Continuing Education of the Bar’s “Discrimination and Harassment," Advising California Employers and Employees (1st edition) | June 16, 2003