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Stuart D. Tochner • Shareholder

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. • Los Angeles, California

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Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
633 West 5th Street
53rd Floor
Los Angeles, California 90071
phone 213-239-9800
fax  213-239-9045


Stuart D. Tochner is a shareholder in the firm’s Los Angeles office, and has represented business and employers for nearly 25 years.  Mr. Tochner’s career is dedicated to counseling and defending employers in nearly all employment-related matters, and he represents their interests in both state and federal court, and before administrative judges and agencies.

Mr. Tochner’s employment litigation practice spans the breadth of the field, including wage and hour disputes (including class action defense), wrongful termination, sexual harassment, and discrimination cases, as well as other employee discipline and personnel practices matters.  He also represents employers in litigation arising from employee non-competition agreements and trade secret misappropriation matters. 

Mr. Tochner also provides ongoing legal support and counseling on a daily basis for his clients.  He provides training to managers and supervisors in all areas of employment law, including sexual and racial harassment prevention, disciplinary practice, and documentation policies.  Mr. Tochner also has significant experience handling employment issues tailored to the representation of private colleges and universities.

While attending law school, Mr. Tochner was a finalist in the Hale Moot Court Honors Program.  Mr. Tochner is a member of the Labor and Employment Law Sections of the State Bar of California, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and the National Association of College and University Attorneys.

Prior to joining Ogletree Deakins, Mr. Tochner was a partner in the Labor & Employment Department of Musick, Peeler & Garrett L.L.P. in Los Angeles.  Mr. Tochner is married with two children, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Zimmer Children’s Museum, and on the Executive Committee of Temple Beth Am.


  • College: B.A., University of California at Berkeley, 1981
  • Law School: J.D., University of Southern California Law Center, 1985

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• Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
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