Nisha Verma
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Nisha Verma

Associate
verma.nisha@dorsey.com
Southern California P +1 (714) 800-1451 F +1 (714) 464-4436 Palo Alto P +1 (650) 857-1717

Overview

Nisha is always looking for the most innovative and efficient ways to provide solutions in response to her clients’ labor and employment needs.

Nisha has delivered results for her clients with respect to all aspects of employment litigation, including complex wage and hour class actions and single-plaintiff discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims, as well as disputes over trade secrets, noncompetition agreements, or other contractual matters.  In every case, Nisha conducts a thorough and in-depth evaluation early on, to present her clients with the full range of possible strategy options.

Nisha also provides advice to clients on a wide variety of employment matters, ranging from questions regarding leaves of absence to reductions in force in connection with corporate restructuring.  Whatever the task at hand, Nisha works to provide advice suited to each client’s unique business needs.

Education & Admissions

DePaul University College of Law (Juris Doctor, 2009), summa cum laude, Order of the Coif

University of Nevada, Reno (Bachelor of Arts, 2005)

Admissions

  • California
  • Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California 
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of California 
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of California 
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of California

Languages

  • Hindi

Experience

Representative Experience

  • Obtained summary judgment in wage and hour class action concerning the employers’ wage statements and procedures for final pay 
  • Defeated allegations of unpaid wages before the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, obtaining a dismissal of all claims against the employer
  • Defended employer in arbitration involving sexual harassment claims, obtaining a complete defense decision for the employer
  • Obtained favorable resolution for employer in lawsuit alleging both whistleblower retaliation and wage and hour claims 
  • Successfully mediated wage and hour class action based on unpaid overtime and meal and rest period claims, obtaining a favorable settlement for the employer 

News & Resources

Articles

Job-Protected Leave Under the California Family Rights Act Expands to Apply to Employers with Five or More Employees Effective January 1, 2021
Five FAQs: Paid Sick Leave for COVID-19-Qualifying Reasons Available to All California Employees Under New Law
California Cities and Counties Issue Orders and Recommendations on Use of Face Coverings in the Workplace
How to Quell the Overwhelm: Using Organization and Self-Care to Manage Stress
In Remarkable Reversal, California Supreme Court Takes a Broad View of Standing Under PAGA
California Supreme Court Rules that Employees Must be Paid During Mandatory Security Searches
Court Temporarily Halts California’s New Ban on Mandatory Employment Arbitration Agreements
Five FAQs on California’s New Ban on Mandatory Arbitration Agreements
Five FAQs on California’s New Ban on Mandatory Arbitration Agreements
What do Employer’s Need to Know Following the Passage of California’s New Law on Independent Contractor Misclassification?
FAQs for Employers Following the Passage of California’s New Law on Independent Contractor Misclassification
Weed & Work: As Legalization Spreads, So Does Uncertainty Over Employers’ Duty to Accommodate Marijuana Use
Ninth Circuit Weighs in on California De Minimis Standard, Finding that Troester Requires Compensation for Even “Seconds” of Time Worked on a Regular Basis
3 Takeaways From Google’s Harassment Policy Overhaul, Law 360
California Governor Signs Spate of #MeToo Era Bills Into Law
Which Provisions of California’s So-Called ‘Sanctuary State’ Legislation Affecting Employers are Currently in Effect?
California High Court Confirms Written Authorization Required For Most Employer Background Checks
California High Court Rejects De Minimis Standard, Requiring Employers to Account for and Compensate Even Small Increments of Time After Clocking Out
In a Common Sense Decision, Appellate Court Clarifies Deadline for Employers to Issue Wage Statements under Labor Code Section 226

News & Press Mentions

Dorsey Attorney Nisha Verma: United Way Pandemic Relief Fund
Dorsey Attorney Nisha Verma Comments on #MeToo State Laws
Nisha is Doing More through Women United
Dorsey Attorney Nisha Verma Discusses Gag Orders
Dorsey Attorney Nisha Verma Comments on New State Workplace Harassment Laws
Dorsey Attorney Nisha Verma Comments on New CA Workplace Laws

Events & Speaking Engagements

What to Do When FEHA and Workers’ Compensation Intersect
Labor & Employment – A Year in Review: Preparing for 2019

Select Presentations

  • Speaker, Living in the Covid World: Practical Advice from Industry Experts, Orange County Stanford Association for Alumni, July 29, 2020
  • Speaker, Racial Equality in the Workplace: Tackling Difficult Issues from Both Sides Amidst the Black Lives Matter Movement, Orange County Bar Association Labor & Employment Law Section Webinar, July 13, 2020
  • Speaker, Staying Ahead: Leaves of Absence and Disability Accommodations – Navigating Sticky Scenarios from Medical Marijuana to “Emotional Support” Animals and More, Costa Mesa, CA, May 22, 2019
  • Speaker, Salary History and Pay Equity, Professionals in Human Resources Association, La Jolla, CA, January 30, 2019
  • Speaker, Salary History and Pay Equity, Professionals in Human Resources Association, Burbank, CA, January 22, 2019
  • Speaker, Salary History and Pay Equity, Professionals in Human Resources Association, Riverside, CA, January 16, 2019
  • Speaker, Salary History and Pay Equity, Professionals in Human Resources Association, Anaheim, CA, January 10, 2019

Professional & Civic

Professional Achievements

  • Committee Member, California Minority Counsel Program Annual Business Conference 2019
  • Co-Chair, Orange County United Way’s Women United Council
  • Member, Smart Women Powering Working Wardrobes 
  • Attorney Coach, Constitutional Rights Foundation Mock Trial Program
  • Pro Bono Attorney to Victims of Domestic Violence, Laura’s House 
  • Former Co-Chair, Orange County Coalition for Diversity in the Law
Nisha Verma