Elena Baca is chair of Paul Hastings Los Angeles office and co-vice chair of the Employment Law practice. Ms. Baca is recognized as a leading trial lawyer by many noted publications. She has been consistently ranked by Chambers USA and the Legal 500 as one of the top employment defense lawyers in California. Chambers USA has noted that her “litigation track record and outstanding trial victories stand out in the legal marketplace, due to both her sheer volume of wins and the ways in which these decisions are helping to shape future employment and labor law, particularly in California.” Clients have referred to her as “second to none.” Ms. Baca also has been selected continuously since 2006 as one of the Best Lawyers in America in employment law. She has repeatedly been named as one of California’s “Top Women Lawyers” and as one of California’s “Top Labor and Employment Attorneys” by the Los Angeles Daily Journal. The American Lawyer also recognized her in its “Top 45 Under 45” list. An experienced trial lawyer, Ms. Baca has established an impressive record of defense verdicts and arbitration wins representing a wide variety of corporate clients. Her litigation practice is primarily focused on employment related issues, such as employee mobility, wage and hour, and whistleblower issues. She is considered a “go-to” employment lawyer for many large employers with high-profile disputes involving high-level executives and contentious high-stakes litigation (including class action claims). Ms. Baca is frequently called upon to turn around cases that have been mishandled by other law firms and take them to trial. Her clients include talent agencies, entertainment companies, web-based services, financial institutions, medical technology and research companies, law firms, public utilities, major manufacturers, and leading consumer brands.
Ms. Baca received her B.S. degree in Justice Studies with a minor in General Business from Arizona State University. She received her J.D. degree from the University of Notre Dame School of Law, where she was vice president of the Hispanic American Law Students Association, an officer of the Sports and Entertainment Association, and a research assistant and editor for two publications, The Attorney General's Lawyer and The Complex Civil Litigation Manual and Textbook.
Paul Hastings Practices and Lawyers Score Top Rankings in Chambers USA 2017
June 05, 2017
Paul Hastings Practices and Lawyers Score Top Rankings in Chambers USA 2016
June 08, 2016
Paul Hastings Practices and Lawyers Score Top Rankings in Chambers USA 2015
May 20, 2015
Paul Hastings Practices and Lawyers Score Top Rankings in Chambers USA 2014
May 27, 2014
Paul Hastings Defeats Misclassification and PAGA Claims Regarding AIG Workers Compensation Hearing Representatives
August 06, 2013
Paul Hastings Extensive Practice Strength Highlighted in The Legal 500 United States 2013
June 05, 2013
Paul Hastings Employment Practice Honored with Chambers ''Award for Excellence'' and Firms Leading Practices and Lawyers Ranked in Chambers USA 2013
May 27, 2013
Paul Hastings Excels in Chambers USA 2012 Guide
June 07, 2012
Paul Hastings Excels in Chambers USA 2011 Guide
June 10, 2011
Paul Hastings Soars in 2011 Edition of Legal 500 US
June 01, 2011
Best Lawyers Names 91 Lawyers to 2011 Edition of Rankings
August 16, 2010
Paul Hastings Garners Top Rankings in Chambers USA 2010 Guide
June 14, 2010
Paul Hastings Excels in 2010 Edition of Legal 500 US
June 07, 2010
Paul Hastings Selected as The American Lawyers Labor & Employment Litigation Firm of the Year
January 06, 2010
Paul Hastings Attorneys Recognized as Super Lawyers and Rising Stars in Northern California, Southern California, Georgia, Illinois, New York and Washington, D.C.
June 17, 2008
Paul Hastings Attorneys Named Top Women Litigators by Daily Journal
May 22, 2007
Paul Hastings Attorneys Recognized as Super Lawyers in Southern California, Connecticut, Georgia, New York, San Diego and Washington, D.C.
May 20, 2007
The New Federal Trade Secrets Law: Top Takeaways for Employers
May 31, 2016
Department of Labor Issues Final Rule Significantly Increasing Salary Thresholds for Overtime Exemptions
May 19, 2016
Department of Labor Finalizes Rule for Handling SOX Retaliation Claims
March 10, 2015
Top Verdicts of 2011: Marlo v. United Parcel Service and Related Cases
February 15, 2012
"Cutting-Edge Labor and Employment Practitioners." Diversity & The Bar. By Lloyd M. Johnson, Jr. January/February 2006
August 30, 2006
Daily Journal's Top Labor & Employment Lawyers
Nancy Abell, Elena Baca, Paul Cane, and Donna Melby were recognized by The Daily Journal in their annual series celebrating the “Top Labor & Employment Lawyers” in California.
July 19, 2017
Chambers USA 2017: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business
Chambers USA 2017: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business named 46 of the firm’s practice areas and 112 individuals to its ranking of leading lawyers and law firms in the United States.
June 05, 2017
Chambers USA 2016: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business
Chambers USA 2016: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business named 47 of the firm’s practice areas and 112 individuals to its ranking of leading lawyers and law firms in the United States.
June 08, 2016
Daily Journal Top Women Lawyers
Nancy Abell, Elena Baca, Holly House, and Donna Melby were recognized by the Daily Journal in its Top Women Lawyers 2016 list, which recognized 100 leading women attorneys in California.
April 21, 2016
Paul Hastings Receives Most Individual Rankings in Daily Journal’s 2015 Top Labor and Employment Lawyers
Nancy Abell, Leslie Abbott, Elena Baca, Paul Cane, Stephen Harris, Donna Melby, and
Jeffrey Wohl were recognized by the Daily Journal in its Top Labor and Employment list for 2015, which honored California’s top labor and employment lawyers. Paul Hastings received more individual rankings than any other firm.
June 03, 2015
Daily Journal Recognizes Top Women Lawyers
Nancy Abell, Elena Baca, Holly House, and
Donna Melby were recognized by the Daily Journal in its Top Women
Lawyers 2015 list, which recognized 100 leading women attorneys in California.
Daily Journal's 2014 Top Women Lawyers
Abbott, Elena Baca, Holly House, and Donna Melby were recognized by the Daily Journal in its 2014 Top Women Lawyers list.
May 07, 2014
Law360 Awards - Top Practice Groups of the Year
Paul Hastings' Employment Law practice was recognized as one of Law360s "Top Practice Groups of The Year."
January 02, 2013
The Daily Journal, Top Labor & Employment Lawyers 2012
Los Angeles partner Nancy Abell, Los Angeles partner Elena Baca, Orange County partner Stephen Berry, San Francisco partner Paul Cane, Palo Alto partner Bradford Newman and San Francisco partner Kirby Wilcox, were listed in The Daily Journals list of Top Labor & Employment Lawyers.
July 18, 2012
The Daily Journal, Top Women Lawyers
Partners Nancy Abell, Elena Baca, Holly House, Donna Melby, and Teri OBrien were named to The Daily Journal's Top Women Lawyers list for 2012.
May 09, 2012
Daily Journal Top Labor & Employment Lawyers 2011
Six Paul Hastings lawyers were named to the Daily Journals annual list of Top Labor & Employment lawyers: George Abele, Nancy Abell, Elena Baca, Paul Cane, Donna Melby, and Kirby Wilcox. Of the 250 lawyers from various firms considered, 75 were selected for this distinction, which focuses on litigators and corporate and regulatory specialists on both the plaintiff and defense side of major labor and employment issues.
July 13, 2011
The Daily Journal
Los Angeles partners Nancy Abell, Elena Baca and Donna Melby were recognized by The Daily Journal as Top Women Lawyers of 2011 in California.
May 11, 2011
The American Lawyer
Elena Baca's extensive representation of UPS in various wage-and-hour cases earned her a position on The American Lawyer's 2011 list of Top 45 Women Under 45.
January 01, 2011
The Daily Journal
The Daily Journal named Nancy Abell, Elena Baca, Paul Cane, Jr., Donna Melby and Kirby Wilcox to their 2010 list of Top Employment Lawyers. Paul Hastings secured the most lawyers on the Top Employment Lawyers list than any other firm.
July 14, 2010