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About Tory

Comprehensive labor and employment counsel

Tory Polin is an experienced litigator who provides advice and counseling on all aspects of California employment practices and developments. Diligent and strategic, she enjoys finding solutions to challenging matters and works closely with clients to develop an understanding of their businesses. Tory represents public and private employers in all areas of employment litigation, including:

  • Wrongful termination
  • Harassment
  • Discrimination
  • Wage and hour matters, in both the single plaintiff and class action context

Tory spent nearly eight years in public service as a former prosecutor with the California Attorney General’s Office and Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office. She has extensive courtroom experience, including jury trials, court trials, motions, grand juries and administrative hearings. Tory also previously represented state licensing boards, bureaus and commissions in administrative and trial court proceedings.

Experience in Action

  • Defending employers in litigation, arbitration and trial involving the full spectrum of employment claims.
  • Providing advice and counseling on day-to-day issues, including discipline, leave, hiring and new developments in the law.
  • Representing public entities and educational institutions in disputes involving employment and negligence claims.
  • Obtaining temporary and permanent restraining orders involving workplace violence and civil harassment.


  • Successfully opposed an appeal of the denial of a writ petition challenging a student’s dismissal for misconduct on behalf of a public university.
  • Obtained settlement early in litigation for national defense contractor in disability and age discrimination case brought by former employee.
  • Obtained award in just cause termination arbitration for national defense contractor.
  • Obtained temporary and permanent workplace violence restraining order for national defense contractor involving former employee with a firearm.
  • Obtained temporary workplace violence restraining order and stipulation to no-contact for staffing company involving repeated harassment by former employee.
  • Obtained court order for dismissal with prejudice on behalf of a public education entity in student assault case.

  • Obtained favorable ruling in EDD hearing on behalf of a food service chain.

Professional & Civic Activities

  • Lawyer’s Club of San Diego
  • The Honorable Mitchell D. Dembin, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, judicial extern (2012)
  • The Honorable Cathy A. Bencivengo, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, judicial extern (2013)
  • U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California, law clerk (2013)
  • San Diego County District Attorney’s Office, intern (2013, 2014)

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