Toni J. Jaramilla Esq.

Toni J. Jaramilla Esq.

Los Angeles, California

Toni Jaramilla believes in creating positive social change through dedicated and compassionate advocacy for the rights of workers. Since 1994, she has successfully litigated hundreds of cases of discrimination, racial and sexual harassment, wrongful termination, disability accommodations, leave law violations, retaliation/whistleblower, and wage and hour claims resulting in millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts. She represents clients from minimum wage earners to high level executives in all industries. She has extensive experience in both state and federal courts and has successfully argued before the California Court of Appeal.

She is a frequent speaker at seminars and on radio shows, and has been a guest lecturer at law schools. She has lead several legal bar organizations as the first Pilipina woman to fill such leadership roles while advocating for improved cultural and gender diversity in the legal profession. She lobbies and testifies at the California State Capitol and helps draft stronger legislation to protect California workers, particularly on the issues of sexual harassment and gender equality.

Areas of Practice

  • Employment Law

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • Hawaii
  • U.S. District Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit


  • Whittier College School of Law, Los Angeles, California
    • J.D.
  • University of California, Los Angeles, California
    • B.S.
    • Honors: UCLA President's Medal of Honor
    • Major: Psychobiology

Representative Cases


  • Frequent Speaker, Various Issues in Employment & Labor Law, Trial Skills, Diversity in the Legal Profession
  • Guest Lecturer, UC Irvine, School of Law for Civil Procedures

Honors and Awards

  • Top 75 California Labor and Employment Lawyers, Los Angeles Daily Journal: 2019, 2018, 2017
  • Southern California Super Lawyers, Los Angeles Magazine and Law & Politics, Employment Litigation: 2019 and yearly since 2005
  • U.S. Congressional Resolution Honoree for Community Service Work: 2000
  • California State Board of Equalization Resolution Recognizing Her "Outstanding, Hardworking & Dedicated Leadership in the Los Angeles Community," 1998
  • Southern California "Rising Star", Los Angeles Magazine, 2004
  • Super Lawyer, Featured, Los Angeles Magazine, 2005 and each year to the Present
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Featured, 2006 and each year to the Present
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Featured, Los Angeles Times, 2007 and each year to the Present
  • Best Lawyers, Featured Los Angeles Times, 2009 and each year to the Present
  • Super Lawyers, Featured Los Angeles Magazine, 2009 and each year to the Present
  • Women Leaders in the Law, Los Angeles Times, 2014
  • CELA’s Joe Posner Attorney of the Year Award: 2010
  • Southern California, “Rising Star”, Los Angeles Magazine: 2004
  • "Super Lawyer" Los Angeles Magazine and Law & Politics Magazine
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2006 - 2015
  • Los Angeles Times, "Women Leaders in the Law", 2009
  • Top Women Lawyers, Los Angeles Magazine, 2011-2013
  • Women Making a Difference Award, Los Angeles Business Journal: 2013
  • Alumni of the Year-Distinguished Service Award, 2013
  • Daily Journal, Front Page Profile “Bar President is Feisty Advocate”: 10/26/98
  • Southern California Super Lawyers, Los Angeles Magazine and Law & Politics, Employment Litigation: 2018 and yearly since 2005

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • California Employment Lawyers Association, Past Chair and Board Member, Treasurer
  • Foundation for Advocacy, Inclusion and Resources, Past President, Vice President, and Executive Board Member
  • California State Bar - Past Chair, Labor and Employment Section, Advisor
  • California State Bar, Diversity Pipeline Task Force
  • California Employment Lawyers Association, Diversity Outreach Committee, Past Chair and Member
  • Philippine American Bar Association, Past President, Past Chair of Board, Advisor
  • American Bar Association - Labor & Employment Section
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association - Labor & Employment Section
  • California Employment Lawyers Association, President; Member, 2011 - 2013
  • State Bar, Labor & Employment Law Section, Chair: 2004-2005; Executive Board Member and Advisor: 1998-2007
  • Philippine American Bar Association, President; Lifetime Member, 1998 - Present

Pro Bono Activities

  • Foundation for Advocacy Inclusion and Resources, President: 2009-2011; Board
  • CELA's Diversity Outreach Committee
  • "Know Your Rights" Clinic at Asian American Advancing Justice
  • National Employment Lawyers Association, Trainer for Trial Advocacy
  • California Employment Lawyers Association, Trial College Trainer
  • UCLA Law School, Mock Interviewer