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Payne & Fears LLP was founded in 1992 in Orange County and is now a regional law firm with six offices and approximately 45 attorneys. Payne & Fears has a premier employment and labor law practice, as well as thriving business litigation, business transaction, and insurance coverage litigation practices that represent a diverse range of businesses and industries, including Fortune 100 companies, financial institutions, healthcare companies, construction companies and local startups.

Job Description

Payne & Fears is seeking a junior or mid-level Employment Litigation Associate in our Irvine, CA office. The candidate should have 3 to 5 years of employment litigation experience, including drafting of motions and discovery, and conducting legal research.  Experience working on wage-and-hour class actions, Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) cases, and/or single-plaintiff lawsuits for a defense firm is strongly preferred. The ideal candidate will possess a strong client service mindset as well as the ability to juggle multiple clients, matters, and competing deadlines.


  • Litigate single-plaintiff and class/representative actions
  • Handle agency charges
  • Provide advice and training to clients
  • Participate in CLE training
  • Enhance client relationships and personal brand through marketing and business development activities


  • Licensed to practice in California and in good standing with the California bar
  • Excellent academics
  • Strong written communication/analytic skills
  • Excellent courtroom demeanor
  • Highly organized
  • Detail oriented
  • Willingness to accept constructive feedback
How to Apply 
Please provide a resume and writing sample for consideration to [email protected] and mention that you discovered this position through CMCP.
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