Koree B.Wooley


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Koree Wooley defends and advises employers in all aspects of complex employment litigation, including class and collective actions, representative actions under the California Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA), state and federal discrimination, retaliation and harassment matters, and trade secret misappropriation cases. Koree has trial experience before judges and juries.

Koree has devoted a considerable portion of her practice to defending railroads and airlines in litigation and administrative proceedings involving the Railway Labor Act. She is also well versed in traditional labor disputes, including first chairing multiple grievance arbitrations.

In addition to her litigation practice, Koree advises employers regarding hiring practices, terminations, reductions in force, and review of company policies, providing counsel focused on compliance with California's complex web of employment laws. She also advises on employment aspects of business transactions.

Koree is the hiring partner for the Firm's San Diego Office.


  • Applied Medical Distribution obtains favorable result following seven-week jury trialFollowing a seven-week jury trial, Jones Day assisted its client, Applied Medical Distribution Corporation, in securing a jury verdict that found misappropriation of trade secrets against a former high ranking executive of Applied as well as his new employer.
  • California utility and project management company obtain complete trial victory on whistleblower retaliation claimSix weeks before trial was scheduled to begin, a California utility and a project management company engaged Jones Day to take over the defense of a high exposure and complex whistleblower wrongful termination lawsuit.
  • BNSF and Union Pacific win judgment in California rest period litigationJones Day obtained judgment in favor of BNSF Railway Company and Union Pacific Railroad Company in two putative class actions brought on behalf of employees alleging violations of California rest period laws.
  • California Pizza Kitchen motion to strike Private Attorney General Act claims on manageability and judicial estoppel grounds affirmed on appealOn February 9, 2015, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge granted Jones Day client California Pizza Kitchen, Inc.'s ("CPK") motion to strike plaintiffs' representative Private Attorney General Act ("PAGA") claims.
  • Global healthcare company favorably resolves PAGA claim for work from home expenses arising out of COVID-19 pandemicJones Day recently resolved one of the first claims brought for reimbursement of expenses incurred while working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic for a global healthcare company.
  • Technology company prevails on cancer discrimination claimOn December 29, 2016, Jones Day obtained an Arbitration Award in favor of an international technology company, completely rejecting a former employee's claim that she was laid off because she had cancer.
  • Global cybersecurity company obtains dismissal of misclassification claim under the California Private Attorneys General ActJones Day obtained dismissal of a misclassification claim filed on behalf of all engineers and programmers under the California Private Attorneys General Act.
  • International energy company secures early dismissal in wage and hour class, collective, and PAGA actionJones Day's early and aggressive litigation strategy prompted a voluntarily dismissal of a putative class, collective, and PAGA action filed against an international energy company in California federal court.
  • Global payroll company obtains California Court of Appeal decision affirming dismissal of class action lawsuitThe California Court of Appeal affirmed dismissal secured by Jones Day of all claims against a global payroll company by one of its clients relating to time rounding issues.
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