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Jeffrey A. Wortman

Partner

Los Angeles - Downtown
Direct: (213) 270-9635
Fax: (310) 201-5219
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Mr. Wortman is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.  He specializes in labor and employment law and has represented employers in discrimination and wage and hour class actions, as well as cases regarding allegations of wrongful discharge, retaliation and discrimination based on race, sex, religion, national origin, disability, filing of workers' compensation claims, sexual harassment, whistle-blowing and related matters. Mr. Wortman has also represented clients in traditional labor matters under the National Labor Relations Act and the Railway Labor Act, and has experience litigating claims of retaliation for employees exercising their statutory right to choose union representation, advising clients with regard to collective bargaining negotiations and union organizing campaigns, drafting employment contracts, and defending employers in arbitration of claims under collective bargaining agreements. He appears regularly in state and federal courts, as well as before administrative agencies.

Mr. Wortman also has extensive experience advising employers with regard to personnel policies and procedures, pay equity issues, reductions in force, employee privacy rights, wage and hour issues, drug and alcohol testing, employment agreements, independent contractor issues, and protection of employer trade secrets and non-competition issues. He frequently conducts training seminars on diverse employment law issues, including sexual harassment, discrimination, workplace violence, and supervision and discipline of employees.

Mr. Wortman is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.  He specializes in labor and employment law and has represented employers in discrimination and wage and hour class actions, as well as cases regarding allegations of wrongful discharge, retaliation and discrimination based on race, sex, religion, national origin, disability, filing of workers' compensation claims, sexual harassment, whistle-blowing and related matters. Mr. Wortman has also represented clients in traditional labor matters under the National Labor Relations Act and the Railway Labor Act, and has experience litigating claims of retaliation for employees exercising their statutory right to choose union representation, advising clients with regard to collective bargaining negotiations and union organizing campaigns, drafting employment contracts, and defending employers in arbitration of claims under collective bargaining agreements. He appears regularly in state and federal courts, as well as before administrative agencies.

Mr. Wortman also has extensive experience advising employers with regard to personnel policies and procedures, pay equity issues, reductions in force, employee privacy rights, wage and hour issues, drug and alcohol testing, employment agreements, independent contractor issues, and protection of employer trade secrets and non-competition issues. He frequently conducts training seminars on diverse employment law issues, including sexual harassment, discrimination, workplace violence, and supervision and discipline of employees.

Education

  • J.D., University of Texas School of Law (1995)
  • M.A., Baylor University School of Law (1989)
  • B.S., Northwestern University (1985)

Admissions

  • California

Courts

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Central and Southern Districts of California

Affiliations

  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • State Bar of California
  • LGBT Bar Association of Los Angeles, former Co-President
  • Los Angeles Metropolitan Debate Commission: former Board of Directors
  • Western Justice Center, Board of Directors
  • Congregation Kol Ami, Board of Trustees, Executive Committee

Presentations

  • “Global Pound Conferences Series,” International Mediation Institute (March 16, 2017)
  • "On Equal Pay Day - What Employers Need to Know," Webinar, presented by Seyfarth Shaw LLP (April 12, 2016)
  • “The Peculiarities of California Employment Law,” Seyfarth Shaw LLP Webinar (June 28, 2011)
  • “Transgender Employees in California:  Best Practices for Eradicating Potential Bias and Ensuring Respect in Your Workplace,” Employer Resource Institute’s Webinar (April 20, 2011)
  • “All You Need to Know about Litigating Discrimination and Wage and Hour Class Actions,” Los Angeles County Bar Association Seminar presented by the Labor and Employment Section (April 16, 2011)
  • “How to Master Intermittent Leaves and Stop Leave Abuses,” Business and Legal Reports, 2010 National Employment Law Update (October 27-29, 2010)
  • “Understanding the Peculiarities of California Labor and Employment Law,” 2010 HRSouthwest Conference (October 10, 2010)
  • “California Employment Law:  The Basic Dos and Don’ts for Multi-State Employers,” Business and Legal Reports, Webinar (May 7, 2010)
  • “Explaining Why (and How) California Employment Laws Are So Different From Other States,” Business and Legal Reports, Webinar (November 13, 2009)
  • “Problem Employees:  Proven Strategies for Coaching and Counseling Poor Performers,” Business and Legal Reports, 2009 Employment Law Update (October 21, 2009)
  • “Peculiarities Of California Employment Law,” Seyfarth Shaw New York Breakfast Briefing (June 17, 2009)
  • “Regulatory Changes To The FMLA:  What California Employers Need To Know,” Seyfarth Shaw Breakfast Briefing (June 2009)
  • “The Most Common Mistakes Your Supervisors Make – And How You Can Get Them To Stop,” Business and Legal Reports, 2008 Employment Law Update (October 15-17, 2008)
  • “Hold ‘Em or Fold ‘Em?:  How Not To Lose The Attorney-Client Privilege,” Association of Corporate Counsel of America, Southern California Chapter (July 16, 2008)
  • “Family Leave In California:  How To Catch (And Prevent) Abuses of FMLA And CFRA While Treating Your Employees Fairly,” Business and Legal Reports, audio conference (November 14, 2007)
  • “Family Obligations In The Workplace:  Cutting Edge Issues,” Seyfarth Shaw Breakfast Briefing (November 2007)
  • “Pandemic Preparedness:  Legal And Workplace Implications,” ORC Business Preparedness Leadership Meeting (October 11, 2007)
  • “Understanding And Preventing Unlawful Workplace Harassment,” Western Suppliers Association (September 27, 2007)
  • “Spotting and Preventing Leave Abuses Without Opening Yourself Up To A Lawsuit,” Employer Resource Institute, 2007 Advanced California Employer Seminar (September 10-11, 2007)
  • “Understanding And Preventing Unlawful Workplace Harassment,” Western Suppliers Association (September 5, 2005)
  • “Recent Developments In Employment Law,” Los Angeles Paralegal Association Spring Career Conference (March 5, 2005)
  • “Nightshift:  Hot Topics In Employment Law,” California Alliance of Paralegal Association (June 21, 2003)
  • “Domestic Partners – Employment Issues:  What Attorneys Need To Tell Their Clients,” California State Bar Annual Meeting (October 10, 2002)
  • “Clearing Up The Confusion Caused By The FLSA And State Wage And Hour Laws,” Counsel on Education and Management, California Personnel Law Update (June 27, 2002)
  • “Bringing The Right People Aboard; presented to Los Angeles Regional Technology Alliance,” (November 1999)

Publications

Recognition

  • Super Lawyers - Top Rated Employment & Labor Attorney (2015, 2016)
  • Super Lawyers - Rising Star (2004, 2005)
  • Legal 500 - Top Tier Recommended for Labor and Employment Litigation (2016)
  • Martindale-Hubbell - AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating 5.0/5.0 (2016)