Coby Turner > Seyfarth Shaw LLP > Sacramento, United States > Lawyer Profile

Seyfarth Shaw LLP
SUITE 2350
SACRAMENTO, CA 95814-4420
United States
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Labor & Employment Department; Wage & Hour Litigation Practice Grouup


Ms. Turner started her career litigating large wage hour class actions at a boutique firm in Los Angeles before joining Seyfarth in 2012.  Ms. Turner’s primary practice is in class and collective action wage hour litigation and related compliance counseling, where she works with large national employers with over 100,000 California employees, as well as companies with as few as five employees, to ensure they are operating within the confines of both federal law, and the increasingly complicated regime of California-specific laws.

A member of the Labor & Employment department, Ms. Turner also represents employers in all aspects of labor and employment litigation, including discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, and retaliation. Ms. Turner also provides ongoing employment counseling to her clients to facilitate compliance with federal and state employment laws, such as those governing payment of wages and wage statements, reasonable accommodations, employee exemptions, and workplace investigations.

Ms. Turner regularly manages large-scale California class actions and multi-state MDL actions, dealing with claims such as alleged wage statement violations, regular rate violations, exempt status misclassification, independent contractor misclassification, meal and rest period litigation, and off-the-clock work.  Ms. Turner provides counseling on compliance with these same subjects, as well as on topics such as independent contractor agreements, commission agreements, employee handbook policies, and employee tracking with GPS devices.

Ms. Turner also frequently hosts presentations and trainings for clients on wage hour compliance issues, including question and answer sessions with clients’ in-house counsel, human resources, and management teams.  Ms. Turner works with her clients to understand and weigh risks related to these wage and hour compliance issues, and craft practical business solutions to fit company needs.

Ms. Turner further has extensive experience in discovery, mediations, law and motion, and trial. She has litigated employment, consumer, and securities class action matters, on behalf of both defendants and plaintiffs, in a wide array of industries; including education, manufacturing, construction, agriculture, and food production. Ms. Turner litigates in both state and federal courts, including management of multi-district federal actions. Ms. Turner also frequently represents her clients before administrative agencies, including the Department of Fair Employment and Housing and the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement.

Ms. Turner is a senior editor of Seyfarth Shaw’s California Peculiarities Employment Law Blog, a Coach for the U.C. Davis Moot Court Program, and a member of the University of Southern California Alumni Association. Ms. Turner also serves as a gubernatorial appointed Board Member for the 52nd District Agricultural Association, Sacramento County Fair Board of Directors, where she assists with organizing and planning the Sacramento County Fair each year, including advancing its mission of educating the local community about everything Sacramento has to offer.


J.D., University of Southern California Gould School of Law (2009); B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara (2006)

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Labor and employment > Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense

(Next Generation Partners)

Coby TurnerSeyfarth Shaw LLP

The L&E disputes team at Seyfarth Shaw LLP fields an impressive number of experienced practitioners. It is regularly engaged by nation-wide companies from a variety of industries to represent them in class and collective actions and the group is noted for its involvement in pay equity and BIPA litigation proceedings. Chicago’s Camille Olson is a well-tried litigator with particular experience in discrimination and harassment matters. Practice head Laura Maechtlen, based in San Francisco, has a similar focus. Gerald Maatman, also in Chicago, has long-standing experience in various class actions. Nancy Rafuse, who joined alongside Stan Hill from Polsinelli PC in August 2018, is a key contact in Atlanta for race and gender discrimination claims. New York’s Gina Merrill is noted for her expertise in wage-and-hour matters, among others. Other highlighted practitioners are Lisa Damon in Boston, Lorie Almon in New York, and the recently promoted Coby Turner in Sacramento as well as Brian Stolzenbach and Ellen McLaughlin in Chicago.