Jeffrey Osofsky is an employment associate in the Los Angeles office of Munger, Tolles & Olson. The focus of his practice is on defending employers and individual managers against employment-based lawsuits ranging from single-plaintiff discrimination/harassment claims to high-exposure wage and hour class actions. He has particular experience with the Fair Labor Standards Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the California Labor Code and the Fair Employment and Housing Act. In addition, he has successfully represented major employers in enforcing arbitration agreements against would-be litigants, resulting in major cost savings to his clients. One such victory — in which Mr. Osofsky handled the oral argument — was recently featured in the national law publication Law 360. Mr. Osofsky also penned an article addressing employment "mixed-motives" cases, which was published in the Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB) Blog.
Before joining Munger Tolles, Mr. Osofsky practiced management-side employment litigation at the Los Angeles office of a major international firm. Prior to becoming a civil litigator, Mr. Osofsky served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Rosalyn M. Chapman of the United States District Court, Central District of California. In addition, he served a two-month volunteer position as a fully-sworn prosecutor, where, as sole counsel, he tried a domestic violence case to jury verdict and secured a guilty conviction against the perpetrator.
Mr. Osofsky earned his JD and MBA from UC Davis, where he graduated Order of the Coif and Order of the Barristers. He is the recipient of the Witkin Award for Academic Excellence (awarded for highest test performance in class) for Constitutional Law II and Business Associations. Upon graduation, Mr. Osofsky was selected by the law school faculty to receive the annual Russell D. Jura Scholarship Award for excellence in academics. Mr. Osofsky earned his B.A. (Dean’s Honor List) from UCLA, where he studied psychology and public policy and received a national community service award after he created one of UCLA’s largest student-run philanthropy fundraisers, raising thousands of dollars for the Children’s Miracle Network.
As a law student, Mr. Osofsky won numerous top distinctions for oral advocacy, including the honor of representing the United States at the international championship in law school negotiations, where he prevailed as a world champion. Mr. Osofsky was also recognized as a “Best Oral Advocate” at a national appellate advocacy competition and was an avid competitor in mock trial and client counseling. In addition, he served as Chair of the law school’s Moot Court Board and spear-headed the creation of the First Annual UC Davis Asylum & Refugee Law National Moot Court Competition — his signature contribution to his law school and one that endures today (now in its sixth year). He also served as an editor of the UC Davis Business Law Journal.
Mr. Osofsky is a past winner of the California Labor and Employment Law Student Writing Competition. An abstract of his article, The FEHA and Criminal-Record Based Hiring Policies: When Does a Violation Occur?, is published in the May 2010 edition of the California Labor and Employment Law Review.
Mr. Osofsky is proud of his continued involvement with the UC Davis School of Law, which includes traveling to Davis multiple times each year to volunteer as a coach and as a judge for the moot court and negotiations programs. He also serves as a Leadership Council Member of the Fulfillment Fund, a Los Angeles-based organization that provides mentoring, college counseling and scholarships to high-performing students living in underresourced communities.