Lara Villarreal Hutner
J.D., University of Michigan, 1995
B.A. University of California, Berkeley (English), 1991
Universidad Autónoma de México, 1989
Why I love what I do...
"I love a challenge. Practicing law gives me the opportunity to come up with real solutions to my clients' problems. I see every case as a potentially high-stakes chess game - and nothing is more gratifying than saying 'Checkmate!' by crafting an effective settlement strategy, winning a dispositive motion, or defensing a case at trial."
Lara Villarreal Hutner is a Partner of Villarreal Hutner PC. Lara represents national retailers, manufacturers, financial institutions, and insurance providers, including Fortune 100 Companies, in a variety of employment related matters, including litigation through trial.
Lara has successfully defended employers in California and national wage and hour class actions involving misclassification under the managerial, outside sales, and motor carrier exemptions, overtime calculations at more than one rate of pay, meal and rest periods, on-call issues, travel time issues, vacation forfeiture, expense reimbursement, working off the clock, and uniform maintenance issues.
Lara also has successfully defended national employers in single and multi-plaintiff actions involving wrongful termination; harassment and discrimination based on sex, age, race, gender, ancestry, national origin, sexual orientation, and disability; retaliation; defamation; and false imprisonment.
In addition, Lara has provided anti-harassment training to over 5,000 supervisors and employees in both English and Spanish.
Professional Qualifications and Activities
Prior to founding Villarreal Hutner PC, Lara represented Fortune 100 clients in employment matters at Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP and Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver & Hedges LLP. Lara also served as law clerk to the Honorable Stewart A. Newblatt of the United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan.
Lara has been honored with the California Minority Counsel Program's Client Service Award (CMCP). Lara is a member of CMCP as well as The National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF).
Lara is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating for professional ethics and legal ability.
In addition, in 2010 and 2011 Lara was designated a Super Lawyer, placing her among the top 5% of Northern California employment attorneys.
Before Law School...
Lara is a published James Joyce scholar and was a Carnegie-Mellon Scholar at Yale University and a Rotary International Scholar at La Universidad Autónoma de México. Lara also can read and write Egyptian hieroglyphics.