Ms Emily Burkhardt Vicente > Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP > Los Angeles, United States > Lawyer Profile

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
United States

Work Department

Financial Services, Retail and Consumer Products, Food Industry, Hospitality, Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG), Labor and Employment, Complex Employment Litigation, Wage and Hour Class Actions, Unfair Competition and Employee Raiding, Class Action, Multidistrict Litigation, Health Care and Life Sciences, Labor and Employment Emerging Technology


Partner and Co-Chair of the firm’s Labor and Employment Group


Ms. Vicente co-chairs HuntonAK’s global labor and employment group and has a national practice focusing on complex employment and wage-hour litigation and advice, with an emphasis on California compliance and litigation matters. Her experience includes defending employers against claims for discrimination, harassment, whistleblower retaliation and wage-hour issues, and litigating non-compete, non-solicitation and employee raiding cases. Ms. Vicente is an accomplished trial lawyer who has defended some of the largest Fortune 100 companies in high-stakes employment and wage-hour litigation and has successfully taken hybrid class and collective action cases to jury trial.

Ms. Vicente helps employers develop forward-thinking compliance practices that reduce wage-hour disputes and help mitigate other employment-related risks while keeping her client’s business goals firmly in mind. She regularly counsels clients on employment-related matters, including design and implementation of DEI and ESG initiatives, workplace investigations, “me too” issues, reductions-in-force, fair-pay compliance, negotiation of employment contracts, and the use and implementation of artificial intelligence (AI) and emerging technology in the workplace.  Recently, Ms. Vicente has spent considerable time advising clients on issues related to COVID-19, including wage-hour, workplace safety, and reduction in force laws and executive orders.  She is a regular speaker and author on employment and class action issues.


Admitted to the California and Georgia Bars


  • JD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with honors; Order of the Coif; Order of the Barristers, 1999
  • BA, St. John Fisher College, summa cum laude, 1996

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Labor and employment > Labor-management relations

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP is noted for its effective labor and management-side labor litigation practice. The team is led by Los Angeles-based partner Emily Burkhardt Vicente and Washington DC-based partner Kevin White.

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

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP is regularly engaged in wage and hour claims, discrimination and harassment allegations, trade secret matters and issues related to the ERISA. Representing clients from the the financial services, manufacturing and retail sectors, among others, the group is well versed in class and collective as well as single-plaintiff claims. The practice’s leadership is split between Los Angeles-based Emily Burkhardt Vicente is experienced in high-stakes litigation proceedings. She jointly heads the practice with Kevin White in Washington DC, who often handles wage and hour and discrimination cases. Also in Washington DC is Ryan Bates, who is skilled in class and collective actions. In Houston, Scott Nelson deals with most employment matters, including ERISA class actions and trade secret disputes. Other key names include Michael Brett Burns and Roland Juarez in Los Angeles and Christopher Pardo in Boston.