Laura V. Farber

Laura V. Farber

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Laura Farber has dedicated her legal career to employment and commercial litigation, with a primary focus on counseling clients in employment disputes. A member of both our litigation and employment departments, she is an accomplished trial lawyer who has been recognized in the “Top 50 Women Lawyers in Los Angeles” list by the Los Angeles Business Journal.

She currently serves as chair of the 2023–23 American Bar Foundation Fellows, a global honorary society of attorneys, judges, law faculty, and legal scholars dedicated to the highest principles of the legal profession and to supporting the research of the ABF focused on how law and society intersect. In the American Bar Association, Laura is California's State Delegate in the House of Delegates, Chair of the House of Delegates Rules and Calendar Committee, a member of the Strategic Planning Committee and has been actively involved in numerous leadership roles since 1994.

A native of Argentina, Laura was honored as the recipient of the Mary V. Orozco Abriendo Caminos Award in 2023 by the Latina Lawyers Bar Association for her outstanding leadership, excellence in the legal field and commitment to public service and to her communities. 


Speaking Engagements

Panel Speaker, “Career Development | Strategies for Hiring Managers,” Project Management Institute Los Angeles, 2021

Panel Speaker, “Practice Forward Amid Covid-19 and Beyond,” National Conference of Bar Presidents, 2021

Speaker, “¡Adelante, Latinos! Hispanic Heritage Month Speaker Series: Laura Farber: Attorney-Community Leader,” ¡Adelante, Latinos!, 2020

Panel Speaker, “Myths About Diversity,” American Bar Association Real Property, Probate & Trusts Law Section, American Bar Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, August 9, 2003

Speaker, “Investigating Sexual Harassment Claims,” ABA Annual Meeting, Toronto, 1998

Speaker, “The Early Years: Young Lawyer’s Strategies for Success,” Los Angeles County Barristers, 1998


“I love what I have the opportunity to do day in and day out, at the best place with the best people with whom any lawyer could work; a firm with a focus on integrity, ethics, excellence, high-quality service and value to clients, significant support for community involvement and personal fulfillment.”

Laura V. Farber
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California, 1990

District of Columbia, 1992

U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1992

U.S. District Court, Central District of California, 1991

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, 1992

U.S. District Court, Southern District of California, 1992

U.S. Supreme Court, 2005


Georgetown University Law Center, J.D. (cum laude)

University of California, Los Angeles, B.A. (cum laude, with Departmental Highest Honors, Mortar Board)




Author, “Chapter 29. How The Power of Hope, El Poder de La Esperanza, Can Open Doors: ‘Remember, We All Come From Somewhere,’” My Story... From Humble Beginnings to Professional Success: A Young Professional’s Guide, 2024

Author, “Non-compete agreements are gaining traction, but courts may step on the brakes,” Daily Journal, 2023

Quoted, “The big opportunities in the legal profession are at small firms,” Los Angeles Times, 2010

Honors & Awards

Recipient of “Mary V. Orozco Abriendo Caminos Award,” Latina Lawyers Bar Association, 2023

Recognized in “Leaders of Influence: Labor & Employment Attorneys,” Los Angeles Business Journal, 2023

Featured in “Top Labor and Employment Lawyers,” Daily Journal, 2023

Selected to “Pasadena Top Attorneys” issue in Civil Litigation, Labor & Employment, and Personal Injury, Pasadena Magazine, 2023

Featured in “Top 50 Women Lawyers in Los Angeles,” Los Angeles Business Journal

Recipient of “National Latina Woman of the Year Award,” Mexican American Opportunity Foundation (MAOF), 2022

Selected as “Woman of the Year” by U.S. Congressional Representative Judy Chu representing the 27th Congressional District of California, 2022

Recognized in “Women of Influence: Attorneys,” Los Angeles Business Journal, 2022

Recognized in “Business of Law: Visionaries” special issue, L.A. Times B2B Publishing, 2021

Recipient of “Power of Leadership Award,” The League of Women Voters Pasadena Area, 2020

Recipient of “Aspires Role Model Award,” Aspires-West Pasadena, 2020

Recipient of “Trailblazer Award,” Asian Pacific American Bar Association, 2020

Named “Woman of the Year,” representing the 41st Assembly District of California, 2019

Honoree in “Hispanic Heritage Month Visionaries,” KTLA, 2019

Recipient of NAACP Pasadena Branch President's Award, 2019

Recipient of “The Judge Harry Pregerson Award,” Edward Roybal Foundation, 2019

Recipient of “Difference Makers Award,” American Bar Association Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division, 2019

Named in “Most Influential Women Lawyers” issue, Los Angeles Business Journal, 2019

Recipient of “Spirit of Excellence Award,” ABA Commission on Racial & Ethnic Diversity, 2003

Named “Woman of Excellence in the Law,” YWCA, March 26, 2004

Selected to Southern California Super Lawyers list, 20052011, 20142024

Selected to Southern California Super Lawyers, Top Women Attorneys, 2016

Selected to Southern California Super Lawyers, Business Edition, 20112012

Selected to Southern California Super Lawyers Under 40 list, 2004

Selected to Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Stars list, 2004

Community Involvement

Professional Organizations

American Bar Foundation
Chair of the Fellows, 2023–2024
Chair-Elect, 2022–2023
Secretary, 2021–2022

American Bar Association
Co-Chair, Coordinating Group on Practice Forward, 2020–2022
California State Delegate to the House of Delegates, 2016–present 
Chair, House of Delegates Committee on Rules & Calendar, 2022–2024
Member, House of Delegates Rules and Calendar Committee, 2016–2018
House of Delegates Steering Committee of the Nominating Committee, 2018–2020, 2021–2022
Chair, House of Delegate, Credentials and Admissions Committee, 2010–2012
Vice-Chair, House of Delegates Credentials and Admissions Committee, 2008–2010, 
Vice-Chair, House of Delegates Select Committee, 2004–2008
Member, Nominating Committee House of Delegates, 2004–2007, 2015–present
Member, Tellers Committee House of Delegates, 2002–2004
Chair, Latin America and Caribbean Initiative Council, 2015–2020 
Member, Rule of Law Initiative Board, 2015–2020

American Bar Association: Board of Governors 
Member Executive Committee, 2014–2015 
Chair, Program Planning and Evaluation Committee of the Board of Governors, 2014–2015 
Member, 2012–2015

American Bar Association: General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Division 
Immediate Past Chair, 2012–2013 
Chair, 2011–2012
Chair-Elect, 2010–2011 
Vice Chair, 2009–2010 
Secretary, 2008–2009 
Director, 2006–2008 
Council Member, 2003–2007 
External Activities Group Coordinator, 2004–2005 
Co-Chair, Host Committee, Fall Meeting, 2004 
Chair, Diversity Committee, 2003–2004 
Chair, Public Service Committee, 2002–2004

American Bar Association: Commission on Youth At Risk
Chair, 2009–2011 
Vice-Chair, 2006–2009

American Bar Association: Commission on Domestic Violence 
Member, 2005–2008

American Bar Association Journal
Board of Editors, 2006–2012
American Bar Association
Section Officers Conference Policy & Operations Committee & Long Range Planning Committee, 2004–2008 
Executive Committee, 2003–2008 
Liaison, Board of Governor's Program and Planning Committee, 2003–2005

American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division 
Division Delegate to the House of Delegates 2002–2005
Chair, 2001–2002 
Chair–Elect, 2000–2001 
Secretary/Treasurer, 1999–2000 
Liaison, Commission On Women In The Profession, 1999–2000 
Member, Committee on Long Range Planning, 1997–2000 
District Representative, (District 32, Southern California), 1997–1999 
Member, Cabinet, 1997–1998 
Chair, Host Committee, Mid-Year Meeting Los Angeles, 1998–1999 
Chair, Professional Development Conference, 1997–1998 
Member, Committee on Resolutions, 1997–1998 
Chair, Host Committee, Spring AOP, 1997–1998 
Competition Judge, Award of Achievement, 1996–1998 
Member, Host Committee, San Francisco Annual Meeting, 1996–1997 
Vice Chair, Affiliate Outreach Project National Conferences Team, 1996–1997 
Member Planning Board, Committee on Women in the Profession, 1995–1996 
Public Subgrant Judge, 1995–1996

American Bar Association: Governance Commission
Member, 2003–2005, 2013–2015 

American Bar Association: Presidential Appointments Committee
Vice-Chair, President-Elect Reginald Turner Presidential Appointments Committee, 2020–2021
President-Elect Judy Perry Martinez Presidential Appointments Committee, 2018–2019 
President-Elect Linda Klein's Presidential Appointments Committee, 2015–2016 
President-Elect, Mathis' Presidential Appointments Committee, 2005–2006 
President-Elect, Grey's Presidential Appointments Committee, 2003–2004 
President-Elect, Archer's President Appointments Committee, 2002–2003 

American Bar Association: Tort, Trial and Insurance Practice 
Chair, Law in Public Service Committee, 2007–2008 
Member, ABA Tips Committee, 2006–2008 
Member, Law in Public Service Committee, 2005–2007 
Member, Fall Conference Planning Committee, 2005

American Bar Association: President-Elect Mike Greco's Presidential Initiative Planning Group, 2004–2005

American Bar Association: Council of Fund for Justice and Education
Member, 2002–2003

Los Angeles County Bar Association Barristers 
President, 1996–1997 
President-Elect, 1995–1996 
Vice President, 1994–1995 
Member, Executive Committee, 1992–1994 
Chair, Committee on Bias in the Legal Profession, 1994–1995
Member, Committee on Education, 1991–1993 
Member, Committee on Strategic Planning, 1992 
Chair, Committee on Bench and Bar Relations, 1992–1994 
Delegate, American Bar Association House of Delegates, 2005–2015 
Delegate, Conference of Delegates, 1993–1996 
Trustee, LACBA Board of Trustees, 1995–1997 
Member, Section of Litigation, Inns of Court, 1992–1997 
Member, LACBA Nominating Committee Member, Committee on Minorities in the Legal Profession, 1992–1994

Mexican-American Bar Association
Member, 1991–present

Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles 
Member, 1991–present

Latina Lawyers of Los Angeles 
Member, 1998–present

Charitable Organizations

Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association 
Chair, Rose Bowl Management Committee, 2020–2025 
Immediate Past President, 2020–2022 
Chair, Football Committee, 2020–2022 
President, 2019–2020 
Executive Vice President, 2018–2019 
Treasurer, 2017–2018 
Secretary, 2016–2017 
Vice-President, 2012–2016 
Chair, Formation Area Chair, 2010–2012 
Chair, Judging Committee, 2008–2010 
Chair Decorating Places Committee, 2006–2008 
Chair, Membership Development Committee, 2004–2006 
Co-Chair, Strategic Planning Committee Membership Retention Task Force, 2004–2006 
Vice Chair, Fanfest Committee, 2002–2004 
Executive Committee, At-Large Member, 2000–2002

Pasadena Educational Foundation
Member, Committee on Business, 1993–1999

Nominating Committee, 2004–2005
Public Policy Committee Chair, 1998–2001 
Vice Chair, Public Policy, 2000–2001 
Member, Board of Directors, 1997–2000

Clazzical Notes
Member, Board of Directors, 2016–present