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Lara Villarreal Hutner


  • J.D., University of Michigan, 1995

  • B.A. University of California, Berkeley (English), 1991

    • Dean's List

  • Universidad Autónoma de México, 1989

Contact Information:

Phone: 415-632-4101


Why I love what I do...

"I love helping people. Practicing law gives me the opportunity to come up with real solutions to other people's problems. As the great-grandaughter of immigrants, I started working when I was 10 years old by helping single mothers by babysitting, later waiting tables at Sizzler and tending to those in the Elderly Companionship Program. I love people. So, whether by filling up your iced tea or practicing law, I have always wanted to live a life of service, and I'm so grateful to have found a career that allows me to do just that." 

Professional Experience

Lara Villarreal Hutner is the founding partner of Villarreal Hutner PC. She began practicing law 29 years ago, representing children with Legal Services for Children in San Francisco, later becoming a civil litigator representing numerous Fortune 500 Companies, including in the technology, media/entertainment, financial, and manufacturing industries, in a variety of employment-related matters.


She is now a civil rights attorney specializing in employment law.

Professional Qualifications and Activities

Prior to founding Villarreal Hutner PC in 2006, 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 AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating for professional ethics and legal ability.

In addition, Lara has been repeatedly 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 and speaks Nahuatl.

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