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
  • Entertainment
  • Finance
  • Healthcare
  • Investment management
  • Private equity
  • 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.

Mr. Farrell has also taught 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 has also prosecuted and defended claims of trade secret misappropriation, and breaches of non-competition and non-solicitation agreements. 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:

  • Tech company in a trade secret misappropriate action
  • Retailers, restaurants, and tech companies in a wage and hour class action
  • Manufacturers in disability discrimination actions
  • 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

Thought Leadership

  • “Important Changes to California Non-Compete Laws to Take Effect in January 2024,” Latham & Watkins Client Alert (December 2023)
  • “New Minnesota Law Bans Most Post-Employment Non-Competes: 6 Key Takeaways,” Latham & Watkins Client Alert (June 2023)
  • “Biden Signs Law Curbing Use of Arbitration Agreements for Sexual Assault and Harassment Disputes,” Latham & Watkins Client Alert (March 2022)
  • “New Restrictions on Non-Competes and Non-Solicits: What Employers Should Know,” Latham & Watkins Client Alert (December 2021)
  • “10 Employer Obligations Required by OSHA’s COVID-19 Vaccine-or-Test Mandate,” Latham & Watkins Client Alert (November 2021)
  • “Comprehensive Overview of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act,” Latham & Watkins Client Alert (April 2020)
  • “US Employment Considerations During the COVID-19 Pandemic,” Latham & Watkins Client Alert (April 2020)
  • “A Win for Employers: US Supreme Court Rules Class Waivers Are Lawful,” Latham & Watkins Client Alert (May 2018)

Bar Qualification

  • California


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