Prior to attending law school, Laura Withrow worked for the Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce where she obtained a first-hand look at the challenges facing business owners. Inspired to make a difference, Laura attended law school with the goal of working with business owners and managers to help them overcome the challenges of operating a business in California.
Areas of Practice
Laura has been one of the top-rated employment law attorneys in California for the past several years and has been recognized as a Super Lawyer for the past five years. Her practice encompasses all aspects of employment law, including litigation defense, representation of employers in hearings before administrative agencies, management training, and counseling employers on issues relating to employment agreements, commission plans, hiring, firings and other personnel matters.
Laura has 25 years of litigation experience and provides her clients with the peace of mind to know that their employment law issues will be resolved in a cost-effective and expedient manner.
Laura is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she participated in the Education Abroad Program in Cambridge, England, and earned a B.A. in Psychology. In 1996, she earned her J.D. from the University of Southern California where she was a three-year recipient of the Douglas Simon Memorial Scholarship.
Professional Affiliations, Speaking Engagements & Publications
Laura is admitted to practice before the Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit, multiple U.S. District Courts, and the Supreme Courts of California and Massachusetts.
She is a frequent speaker on employment law topics to professional groups including: Professionals in Human Resources Association (“PIHRA”); The Western and Eastern Ventura County Employer Advisory Councils; Lorman Education Services; Oxnard Chamber of Commerce; and TechAmerica. In addition, Laura provides regular employment law roundtable seminars, sexual harassment prevention training, and other management training for her clients.
Laura has been published twice in “Citations” magazine, a publication of the Ventura County Bar Association. Her most recent article, Returning to the Office: What Every Law Firm Needs to Know, was featured in the June 2021 edition. Her prior article on 2020 Employment Law Updates was published in March 2020. She has also authored recent articles regarding the Minimum Wage Increase, California’s Sick Leave Laws, and Time Off for Voting requirements.
Laura is a member of the Ventura County Bar Association, Woman Lawyers of Ventura County, and is the group leader of the ProVisors Westlake Village Lawyers affinity group. In her free time, Laura and her daughters are members of the National Charity League, Vista Robles Chapter, where they provide volunteer hours to many local philanthropies.
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