Phil Horlacher is a litigation associate who handles labor and employment matters. Mr. Horlacher has represented hundreds of clients over the years. Mr. Horlacher feels passionately about standing up for workers’ rights and ensuring each client feels in control and well-informed about their lawsuit. Many of Mr. Horlacher’s cases are against large international companies and public entities.
At Taylor Labor Law, PC, Mr. Horlacher has primarily represented clients in disability discrimination cases, including cases where employees were wrongfully terminated for requesting assistance with their disabilities. Mr. Horlacher has also represented many clients in pregnancy discrimination cases, where hardworking employees have been terminated or denied their rights after sharing news of their pregnancy with their employer.
Mr. Horlacher routinely handles sexual harassment matters. These types of cases require a special level of care and attention. Mr. Horlacher fights hard for his clients, and most recently first-chaired a sexual harassment jury trial to verdict in Stanley Mosk Courthouse during Spring of 2022.
Lastly, Mr. Horlacher has represented many clients in whistleblower and retaliation cases against major international corporations, as well as against local employers attempting to evade their obligations under the law. Mr. Horlacher takes pride in standing up for employees who have the courage to blow the whistle on unlawful activity but suffer unlawful retaliation.
At Taylor Labor Law, P.C., Mr. Horlacher routinely takes and defends depositions and executes discovery. Mr. Horlacher also tries cases. He has litigated in federal court, state court, and arbitration. Lastly, Mr. Horlacher enjoys legal writing and most recently persuaded the Court of Appeal to reverse summary judgment on a disability discrimination case, where the trial court erroneously threw out the employee’s case. (La Vonya Price v. Victor Valley Union High School District (2022) 85 Cal. App. 5th 231.) The Court of Appeal certified the case for publication on November 9, 2022, and the case was also highlighted in the California Lawyer’s Association’s California Labor & Employment Law Review.
Before joining Taylor Labor Law, Mr. Horlacher litigated high-conflict cases in Los Angeles’s Juvenile Dependency Court. As a trial attorney, Mr. Horlacher represented hundreds of clients in cases involving serious allegations, including sexual abuse, domestic violence, and substance abuse. Mr. Horlacher argued cases before the Court every day for two years, adjudicated approximately two dozen bench trials, and helped hundreds of families from our most vulnerable communities.
When Mr. Horlacher first practiced law, he worked as an in-house attorney for a West Los Angeles financial services firm. As an in-house attorney, Mr. Horlacher became familiar with human resources and labor practices, as well as with corporate compliance issues.
Mr. Horlacher graduated with Honors from the University of Southern California, Gould School of Law, where he was awarded his Juris Doctor Degree. As a law student, Mr. Horlacher served as a summer clerk for Hon. Margaret A. Nagle (Ret.) in the United States District Court, Central District of California. Mr. Horlacher also clerked for the Los Angeles County District Attorney, Organized Crime Division.
Mr. Horlacher is licensed to practice law in the State of California. He is also admitted to the United States District Court, Central District.
During his free time, Mr. Horlacher enjoys photography and exploring Los Angeles.