Tina Locklear

Top rated employment litigation attorney in Irvine, California

Law Offices of Tina Locklear
Tina Locklear
Law Offices of Tina Locklear

Practice Areas: Employment litigation, Employment & labor; view more

Licensed in California since: 2000

Education: Western State University College of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2023
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Law Offices of Tina Locklear

1 Park Plaza
Suite 600
Irvine, CA 92614 Visit website


Recognized as a knowledgeable and successful employment law attorney, Tina Locklear formed her law firm in 2006 to protect the rights and interests of California employees.  She represents clients throughout Southern California in matters related to:

  • Wrongful termination
  • Age, race, religion, gender and disability discrimination
  • Retaliation
  • Whistleblowing
  • Employee misclassification and failure to promote
  • Wage and hour issues
  • FMLA and CFRA leaves
  • Government workers

Tina also takes on cases for government employees, (referred to as Public Law), representing Federal, State, County and City employees, as well as employees of JPAs and school districts.  

An attorney exclusively devoted to employee rights, Ms. Locklear has procured millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements on behalf of her plaintiff clients. Some of her representative results include several Policy Limits settlements for discrimination and retaliation cases, a successful whistleblower retaliation case through a jury trial, and a 98% success rate in resolving client employment claims.   Her recent government cases include settlements that covered all wages and benefits through to retirement; and full reinstatement and restitution for failure to promote and retaliation cases.   She has also represented low wage sweat shop workers in PAGA and Multi Plaintiff Litigation.  She has also represented senior executives in Fortune 100 Company cases. She selects cases based upon the bad acts of the employer and the harm to the client, knowing that litigation is not suitable for all clients.  

A valuable contributor to her legal community, Ms. Locklear is a longtime member of the California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA), participating on CELA’s Legislative Committee and Public Employee Committees.  CELA is a group of lawyers committed solely to representing employees and advancing employee rights.  She is also a member of the Orange County Bar Association and the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association.

Ms. Locklear addresses audiences and presents on topics pertaining to employment law. She also volunteers her time and is  President of Orange County People for Animals, a non-profit whose purpose is to raise awareness and stop institutionalized animal abuse.  She served in the past on the board of directors of LINC - a non-profit that developed low income and affordable housing for elders, transition aged youth, and the poor.

Law was her second career after spending 10 years in the real estate sector. Before going into private practice, she spent 10 years in corporate law, working for a Fortune 300 company, becoming the General Counsel of their intellectual property division. 

Ms. Locklear obtained her Juris Doctor from Western State College of Law in Fullerton, and was admitted to practice in California in 2000. During her time in law school she served for 3 years on Law Review, with her final position of Managing Editor, all while working full time.   

Practice areas

Employment litigation: plaintiff, Employment & labor: employee

Focus areas

Employment discrimination, Wrongful termination, Retaliation, Employment law - employee, Wage & hour laws, Whistleblower, Sexual harassment

  • 60% Employment litigation: plaintiff
  • 40% Employment & labor: employee

First Admitted: 2000, California

Professional Webpage: https://www.locklearlaw.com/tina-locklear-new

Educational Background:
  • Western State University - College of Law, Juris Doctorate. Graduated with Honors.  Managing Editor of Law Review., 1998
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • LINC - Low Income Housing - Board of Directors, 2016
  • President - Orange County People for Animals - 2002 to Present, 2002
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • CELA - California Employment Lawyers Association , 2021
  • Orange County Bar Association, 2021
  • Orange County Trial Lawyers Association, 2020
  • CELA - Member since 2013 of California Employment Lawyers Association - Member and Participant on Legislative Committee , 2017
  • CELA - California Emploment Lawyers Association - Member and Legislative Committee Volunteer, 2016
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Super Lawyer - Employment Law, 2023
  • Super Lawyer - Employment Law, 2022
  • Super Lawyer - Employment Law, 2021
  • Super Lawyer Employment Law, 2020
  • Single Plaintiff Sexual Harrassment Case - Settlement $950,000, 2023
  • Disability Discrimination, employee terminated while out on disability  - $100,000, 2023
  • Single Plaintiff Misclassification Wage and Hour Preligation Settlement - $150,000, 2019
  • Government employee - Wrongful Termination -- Settlement included pension, all missed pay through retirement, attorney fees $425,000, 2020
  • 5 Plaintiff Wage and Hour settlement - $250,000 , 2020
  • Garment Worker Wage and Hour violations with related PAGA action - Settled $640,000, 2020
  • Retaliation lawsuit - Jury Verdict $340,000, 2018
  • FEHA Employment Harrassment and Discrimination Case - Settlement $640,000 , 2021
Industry Groups:
  • CELA - California Employment Lawyers Assoc
  • Orange County Bar Assoc
  • Orange County Trial Lawyers Association

Office location for Tina Locklear

1 Park Plaza
Suite 600
Irvine, CA 92614

Phone: 714-331-1014


4 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2023

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