Tonya N. Mora is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Manning & Kass and a member of the Employment Law Team. Her practice is dedicated entirely to providing litigation and counseling services to employers in all areas of employment litigation defense, with a focus on claims under the Fair Employment and Housing Act, Labor Code violations, and disposition of class actions. She regularly appears before various governmental agencies, including the Equal Employment and Opportunity Commission, Department of Fair Employment and Housing, and Employment Development Department. Ms. Mora is an aggressive litigator who successfully guides clients, ranging from small to large in size, through all phases of the litigation process including discovery, deposition, mediation, arbitration, and jury and court trials.
Ms. Mora routinely counsels employers on not only general employment policies and procedures, but also works to revise their current policies to avoid employment and wage and hour claims. In addition, she works hand in hand with employers on internal and external investigations, on-site training for supervisors and employees, and in drafting of employment and separation agreements, employee handbooks and employee terminations.
Her comprehensive experience includes representation of public and private sector employers in a variety of industries in actions for retaliation, wrongful termination, breach of employment agreement, defamation, wage and hour violations, and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Ms. Mora has prevailed on motions for summary judgment and for summary adjudication, disposing of employment cases in their entirety. She prepares cases for and participates in trial, as well as posturing cases towards favorable settlement. She also has significant experience litigating wage and hour class actions, complex breach of contract, and insurance coverage issues.
Ms. Mora serves as the Director of Community Enhancement & Opportunity for the Iranian American Bar Association, a member of the San Diego Bar Association, and active within the alumni network of the University of San Diego, School of Law. She is fluent in Farsi and proficient in Spanish. She received her JD from the University of San Diego, School of Law and her BBA from Southern Methodist University, Cox School of Business. Ms. Mora is a Texas native who in her spare time enjoys yoga, meditation, traveling, and reading.