Joe Farrell is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Latham & Watkins. His litigation practice focuses on employment law litigation and counseling. Mr. Farrell provides employment law advice to and represents employers in litigation in the following industries:

  • Automobile
  • Biotech
  • Finance
  • Food services
  • Garment
  • Healthcare
  • Retail
  • Technology
  • Telecommunications
  • Utilities

In addition, Mr. Farrell also provides legal advice to not-for-profit organizations.

Mr. Farrell writes on a variety of employment law topics. He is the Contributing Editor for the Rutter Group’s California Practice Guide, Employment Litigation, Age Discrimination chapter. He is co-author of Age Discrimination, A Guide For California Employers and Age Discrimination Claims: A Growing Problem for Employers. He has also assisted in drafting chapters in B. Lindemann & D. Kadue, Sexual Harassment in Employment Law, and P. Grossman and B. Lindemann, Employment Discrimination Law, concerning responding to internal complaints of sexual harassment and class action employment discrimination litigation, respectively.

Mr. Farrell also teaches Employment Law as an adjunct professor at USC Gould School of Law.

Mr. Farrell has trial experience in employment and commercial litigation. He has defended employers in the areas of discrimination, wage and hour claims, wrongful discharge claims and sexual harassment. He assists employers with executive employment agreements, employment and wage policies and counsels them on a wide range of employment-related issues.

Mr. Farrell’s experience includes defending:

  • Finance company in a race discrimination class action
  • National healthcare organization in an ERISA class action
  • Public utility in a race discrimination class action
  • Restaurant chain in a public accommodation race discrimination class action
  • Retailers and restaurants in wage and hour class actions


Bar Qualification

  • California


  • JD, Villanova University School of Law, 1988
  • BA, Penn State University, 1985