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Jacob N Whitehead

Class action Attorney at Irvine, CA

4.9   52 reviews

About Jacob

Learn Jacob’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Class action
    50%

    12 years, 30 cases

  2. Employment and labor
    30%

    12 years, 561 cases

  3. Discrimination
    10%

    12 years, 323 cases

  4. Wrongful termination
    10%

    12 years, 510 cases

Mr. Whitehead is the founder and managing attorney of SW Employment Law, based in Irvine, CA. SW Employment Law is proud to practice employment law on behalf of employees exclusively within all areas of California. The firm handles all areas of employment and labor law including wrongful termination, harassment, discrimination, retaliation, whistleblower, 2802 claims, and wage and hour claims, among others.

The firm is highly experienced with both single plaintiff employment-related cases as well as class action and PAGA representative actions with multiple plaintiffs. Mr. Whitehead routinely litigates complex class action cases that have amassed hundreds of plaintiffs against the employer. Mr. Whitehead has recovered millions of dollars for California employees in both individual and class action cases.

Mr. Whitehead is a lifetime member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, rated in Super Lawyers, named in Lawyers of Distinction, named one of America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators, ASLA’s Top 40 Under 40, and is an active member of organizations that fight for and protect the rights of employees and consumers, including American Association for Justice, Consumer Attorneys of California, California Employment Lawyers Association and Consumer Attorneys of Los Angeles. He is barred in both California and D.C., and speaks fluent Spanish, having served as a missionary in Barcelona, Spain. He loves to ski, spend time at the beach, and travel with his wife and five beautiful daughters.

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Licensed for 13 years
State DC
Status Good Standing
Acquired 2012
Updated 06/08/2022
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2009
Updated 09/18/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Jacob

SW Employment Law
7700 Irvine Center Drive
Suite 930
Irvine, CA, 92618

Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  52 customer reviews
Posted by Lori | February 7, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I would highly recommend these attorneys
This law group were amazing! When I was wrongfully fired they were the only law group that would listen to me. They always answered my calls and kept me up to date as to what was happening with my case. I would highly recommend this firm to anyone who thinks they've been done wrong by an employer!
Response from Jacob Whitehead February 11, 2022
Thank you so much for the kind words! It was a pleasure helping you and we appreciate the positive feedback!
Posted by Valerie | January 27, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Compassionate & Knowledgable
I called SW and was immediately comforted by a professional and kind receptionist who gathered intake information. The next morning, I was called again by someone who gathered a bit more detailed information. She, too, was professional and kind. Later, on the afternoon, I received a phone call from a head litigator. Meghan took the time to explain to me my options, counsel me with my questions (and I had many), and offer support for the future if I choose to pursue legal action against my employer. More than anything, I was impressed by the knowledge Meghan had about my situation. The wisdom she departed to me in a general consult will have a positive impact on my future. Great experience during a difficult time. Thank you, SW.
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Posted by anonymous | January 10, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Separation Agreement Consult
I consulted with Meghan Higday. She was knowledgeable, timely in her response and provided the answers to my questions.
Posted by Brian | October 6, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
A Generous Man
I found Mr. Whitehead based on a referral from another attorney group due to the nature of my case. Mr. Whitehead was very responsive, professional & most importantly, a generous man. Even though he was already leaving for the day, but he decided to stay late to hear my case and provided me with legal advices; He went even above & beyond to assist me with the case when he did not have to. Based on his action, I could tell Mr. Whitehead is a man who pride himself in taking care of his clients and his quality of work. He earned my utmost respect in the way he cared for my case. I'd recommend him to anybody who will need assistance in the realm of employment laws. Keep up the amazing work, Mr. Whitehead!
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Posted by Blake | September 25, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Jacob whitehead is Caring, quick and efficient !
I had worked at a restaurant that discriminated against me , and after they did some things that were highly unprofessional they terminated me! in fact, I was one of their top employees and the only Caucasian. The restaurant, Red-O cantina, in Santa Monica had hired me, the only Caucasian server , and they let it be known that they didn’t like me. To the point that they continuously harassed me and despite a manager sending me highly unprofessional and offensive text messages, they fired me when I reported them. Jacob whitehead had my back and was able to get me compensated in a very short amount of time.
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Posted by Garcia | September 13, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Good Service
I gave his office a call since I need some legal advice for the situation that I am in. Amelia was very patient and she got back to me on the same day. Thank you for giving me the advices. I’ll call if I need help in the future.
Posted by Marcos | August 30, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mr. Musquez
I was wrongfully terminated and hoped to find a lawyer to help me. I called this firm and Meghan fought for me! I felt alone and powerless. Meghan was 100 percent in our corner! I highly recommend this firm. The professionalism and sincerity are genuine. Great job. Thank you all.
Posted by Brienna | August 25, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Highly Recommend
Googled employment law and found Attorney Whitehead's website. Amelia reached out after I sent a message on their live chat. She was really helpful. Thank you.
Posted by Tony | July 20, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Good Firm
Attorney Whitehead, Alex and Canelo worked over an eight month period to get me a generous settlement After a company that I resign from attempted to withhold my commissions. Settlement was several times over the amount that they initially owed me. Very happy with their work.
Response from Jacob Whitehead August 20, 2021
Thank you! We love the feedback and are glad that we were able to help you.
Posted by M. | June 19, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Wonderful Service
I thought it would be intimidating to speak with someone in law office but the experience was quite pleasant. Amelia was very compassionate and resourceful when we spoke. This office cares about people and respond timely. Highly recommend to give them a call.
Response from Jacob Whitehead June 21, 2021
Thank you so much for the kind words! Amelia and our entire legal team thanks you for contacting us. We're always happy to be of service.
Posted by anonymous | June 18, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great consult!
I received a great consultation and was encouraged to hire a lawyer for my case despite their firm not having the capacity to take on my case at the time. I appreciated the quick follow up. They also directed me to resources to find an attorney to take my case.
Response from Jacob Whitehead June 21, 2021
Thanks so much for taking the time to leave us some feedback! We're always sorry when we are unable to take a case, but we're happy we could still be of service. We wish you the best of luck and please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any more questions or legal issue.
Posted by Kasey | June 14, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Law Firm, excellent results
Whitehead Employment Law has done a superior job with my case. Everyone I spoke to or communicated with was great. Erin, and Jacob were the ones I spoke to the most, and they were excellent. I never really knew what to expect in terms of the process, fees, and the end results. But I can assure you they were nothing but professional and I really felt like they wanted to get the best settlement for me in this case. They called and emailed and communicated regularly with me. They explained the process as things progressed in my case, and kept me informed. These types of things can take time, so at no time did I feel like I was being rushed or questions weren’t being answered. They definitely did all the heavy lifting. I felt important to them. They carried this every step of the way and I am very indebted to them and their service. If you have questions, just ask. The first step is always the scariest, but feeling like you have no options and no one that is able to help you is even scarier. So I highly recommend Whitehead Employment Law.
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Response from Jacob Whitehead June 16, 2021
Thank you so much Kasey for taking the time to leave such detailed feedback. It was a pleasure working with you and we are grateful you chose us as your attorneys. Our entire legal team is so happy we could be of service!
Posted by Dave | May 7, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Went to bat for my rights in the workplace
Whitehead law firm caught my attention when reading the news online, especially since I was constantly not given breaks at work, and management deliberately cut hours so to make it impossible to get a break. The firm heard my concerns, representing me and many others who experienced the same issues. We received a settlement for all the times we couldn’t take a break, and thankful for the help. Definitely recommend if you need help in the workplace. Thanks again.
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Response from Jacob Whitehead May 11, 2021
Thank you so much for taking the time to post your feedback! We're happy you had a positive experience and that we could be of service to you. Please don't hesitate to reach out if you are in need of an employment lawyer in the future.
Posted by Joyce | March 23, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
What an amazing firm!
What an amazing firm ! I was terminated from my job of 14 years because of downsizing. I received a severance offer letter that I was scared to sign without the legal interpretation of what I was signing. I was assisted with such compassion for my situation. I would highly recommend this firm .
Response from Jacob Whitehead April 27, 2021
Thank you so much! We appreciate the kind feedback and are glad we could be of service!
Posted by anonymous | March 15, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Wonderful service
Thank you so much for taking on the case and solving very quickly all of the staff is extremely nice and very helpful.
Posted by Nava | March 12, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great service!
James Chase was great help during my lawsuit. He was very kind and communicated with me through the entire process. Highly recommend!
Posted by anonymous | March 9, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great communication and friendly
Very friendly staff, will take the time to explain the process. I appreciate the work they’ve done for me.
Posted by Harleen | March 9, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Attentive, professional, and great quality work
I've worked with Whitehead employment law and every interaction with anyone on their team is pleasant. Attention is given, responses are quick and it is always quality professional work.
Posted by anonymous | January 12, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Serious abuses at my company- Whitehead Came Through
After several years of various types of abuses at my Multi-Billion dollar employer, I experienced a situation that exceeded all the rest one weekday afternoon. I was shocked, scared and unknowledgeable about the situation that caught me off guard. I contacted Whitehead Employment Law and after speaking with Alex the intake professional he was able to put me through to one of their attorney's Meghan who was able to bring substantial clarity to my situation and was extremely professional and knowledgeable about everything regarding my potential case. I feel more than confident than ever if anything like this happens again I have a team behind me that is ready and that team is Whitehead Employment Law. Thanks so much!
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Response from Jacob Whitehead January 25, 2021
Thank you so much for the detailed feedback! We're happy we could be of assistance. Please don't hesitate to reach out if you are in need of our employment lawyers in the future!
Posted by Afsaneh | January 6, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
The office staff was helpful!
When I called this law office and I told them my reason to call the person got my info to call back. an hour later I got a call and Alex told me that his office cannot take my case but he can send me an email and he told me how and where should I start to file. I want to say thank you for your help!
Response from Jacob Whitehead January 25, 2021
Thank you for the kind words and for taking the time to give us some great feedback! Please don't hesitate to reach out in the future if you have an employment issue you need to discuss with our legal team!
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 20 minutes
  • Contingency 35%-50%

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • Whitehead Employment Law
  • 2015 - Present
  • Partner
  • Hallstrom Klein & Ward, LLP
  • 2009 - 2015

Education

  • Whittier College School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2009
  • University of Utah
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2006

Legal Cases

  • Doe v. Roe Company
  • Multi-million dollar Confidential Settlement

Associations

  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • American Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2010 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English
  • Portuguese

Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Million Dollar Advocate
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Top 3 Best Employment Lawyers in Irvine California
  • www.3BestRated.com
  • 2018
  • Top 40 Lawyers Under 40
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2018
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocate
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 2018
  • Million Dollar Advocate
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 2018
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocate
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 2017
  • Top 10% of Lawyers
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2017
  • Top 40 Lawyers Under 40 in California
  • The American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2017
  • Million Dollar Advocate
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 2017
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Orange County Applicants' Attorney Association
  • Employment Law
  • 2011

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (7)
Endorse Jacob
Employment and labor Attorney | Nov 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Jacob is both knowledgeable and helpful in trying to resolve client issues, a rarer combination than one would imagine. He brings both legal knowledge and practical insight to a problem. He is also a pleasure to work with."
Employment and labor Attorney | Nov 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I worked with Jacob as co-counsel and he is always impeccably prepared. Jacob's number one goal is to achieve the best possible result for his clients."
Employment and labor Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Jacob was extremely knowledgeable and insightful in helping me resolve an employment issue for a major corporate client. His advice was precise and he used his experience to help me discern those central issues that are actually material to the client's case (while explaining the consequences of the more minor issues). In other words, Jacob uses his experience to cut through the weeds and get to the bottom line of your case. As a result, my client put Jacob's advice to practice and he was very satisfied. I cannot recommend Jacob highly enough to clients or fellow attorneys looking for a referral source or co-counsel on employment law matters."
Employment and labor Attorney | Apr 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I worked as co-counsel with Jacob on a high profile case involving a well known defendant with substantial legal representation and substantial dollar damages. Despite the defendant's well financed defense, Jacob obtained a settlement for his client worth over a million dollars. Jacob is an excellent attorney very well versed in his field. I would recommend him to anyone in need of an employment/labor attorney."
Employment and labor Attorney | Mar 29
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Jacob was extremely professional and courteous, aiding both his client and the parties by making it easier for them to find a way to resolve their differences. Jacob could be firm when the situation required it, but otherwise he was easy-going and a pleasure to work against."
Employment and labor Attorney | May 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have referred Jacob Whitehead many cases over the years. He has always handled them with care and attention to detail. He is conscientious and hardworking. I trust sending my clients with employment related issues to him."
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