Pablo Orozco

Associate - California & Minnesota locations

Pablo has extensive experience litigating class and collective actions in federal and state courts across the country—particularly in California, where he started his career. He understands the intricacies and nuances of complex litigation and is adept at navigating through the processes and strategies involved in class and collective actions.

Pablo also has experience counseling technology startups and emerging business on how to develop a lean, flexible, and cost-effective workforce. He understands that young companies must devote their energy and resources to growth, and works with new employers to develop a long-term strategy that can lower costs, protect brand identity, and avoid litigation.

He is also passionate about providing resources to minority law students and disadvantaged youth, but especially Latino lawyers—as Pablo originally hails from Colombia, which is why he’s active in several organizations devoted to increasing diversity in the legal profession.

  • Key Practice and Industry Experience
  • Representative Matters
  • Recognitions and Honors
  • Publications and Presentations
  • Community Involvement

Key Practice Experience

Litigation

Counseling

  • Key compliance issues for emerging businesses and startups
  • EEO presentations
  • Equal pay audits, counseling and defense
  • Internal investigations
  • Employee training in Spanish

Administrative Agencies

  • Administrative Agency charge responses (EEOC and state equivalents)

Key Industry Experience

  • Emerging businesses
  • Technology
  • Transportation
  • Retail
  • Franchises

Representative Matters

Litigation

  • Several class action cases venued in California state and federal courts concerning allegations that transportation companies failed to pay hundreds of truck drivers minimum wage and provide adequate meal and rest breaks.
  • Several class and collective action cases venued in Missouri state and federal courts arising from allegations that software company misclassified thousands of consultants as exempt from applicable overtime wage requirements.
  • Nationwide EEOC pattern-and-practice case alleging that employer discriminated against hundreds of retail executives on the basis of age.
  • Several class action cases venued in California state courts alleging that a health care provider’s pricing policies amounted to unfair competition and consumer fraud.
  • Multi-state class action case alleging that a foreign car manufacturer violated numerous unfair competition statutes by selling products that did meet their advertised qualities.
  • Nationwide class action case venued in California federal court alleging that bank and mortgage servicing company defrauded customers by conducting improper property inspections.

Counseling

  • Counseling prominent technology startup based in San Francisco regarding potential misclassification issues involving hundreds of sales associates and advising it on proper methods for future compliance.
  • Counseling local startup on anti-discrimination policies.

Courts

  • Participated in cases pending before federal and state courts in California, Florida, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota, and Missouri

Recognition and Honors

  • Listed in Rising Stars, Super Lawyers, Class Action/Mass Torts, 2014-2016
  • Externship: U.S. District, Court Central District of California, Hon. Christina A. Snyder, 2010
  • Managing Editor, Chicano-Latino Law Review
  • Chief Comments Editor, Journal of International Law and Foreign Affairs

Publications and Presentations

  • “The CFPB’s New Rule on Arbitration: What It Is and What Comes Next?” HCBA Debtor Creditor and MSBA Consumer Litigation Sections, September 19, 2017
  • “First Things First: Establishing the Business and the Brand” (compliance issues for emerging businesses), 2017 Business Law Institue, Minnesota CLE, May 2017
  • “11th Circuit Ponders ADEA Claims for Job Applicants,” Minnesota Lawyer, November 17, 2016
  • “Case Rules Arbitration and Class-Waiver Agreements Unenforceable,” Corporate Compliance Insights, August 2016
  • “The Tyson Foods Ruling: Guidance for Employers on Representative Evidence,” The Corporate Counselor, July 2016
  • “Hope VI Housing Policy & Gang-related Crime,” 30 Chicano-Latino Law Review 217 (2011)

Professional Associations

  • National Employment Law Council
    • Co-Chair, Regional Conference Subcommittee
  • Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association
    • Advisor to the Board of Directors
  • Federal Bar Association

Community Involvement

  • Pro Bono Asylum Assistance, December 2016-Present
  • Small Claims Clinic, 2012-2013
  • Immigrant Detention Center Clinic, 2007-2008