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Mediator Information
Name Joseph T. Ortiz
Law Firm Best, Best & Krieger, LLP
Location Riverside
Practice Areas
Labor & Employment, Discrimination, Harassment, Leave Law Compliance, Retaliation, Wrongful Termination, Wage-and-Hour Law, Employment Agreements, Labor Negotiations and Unfair Practice Charges, Workplace Safety and Workers' Compensation
Date of Admission to the California State Bar
First Year Mediation Experience
  • Juris Doctorate, University of Minnesota (2001)
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of California, Los Angeles
Bar Memberships
  • State of California (2002)
Professional Association Memberships
  • Member, State Bar of California
  • Member, Riverside County Bar Association
  • Panel member, RCBA Dispute Resolution Service, Inc.
Additional Information

Joseph T. Ortiz is a partner in Best Best & Krieger LLP’s Labor & Employment practice group in the Riverside office. An experienced trial lawyer, Ortiz has successfully tried employment matters before state and federal courts, administrative agencies and arbitration tribunals on claims of all types.

Ortiz's experience includes the representation of private and municipal employers in employment matters of all kinds, including: wrongful termination, claims of discrimination and harassment and related claims of fraud, negligent misrepresentation, breach of implied employment contract, interference with prospective economic advantage, unfair competition, breach of contract, civil rights and the various forms of unfair business practices. Ortiz has also represented management before federal and state administrative agencies including the NLRB, PERB, EEOC, DFEH, U.S. Department of Labor, DLSE, State Labor Commissioner and, in limited instances, the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board.

Ortiz provides employers a variety of services, including: drafting employee handbooks, employment and severance agreements, consultant agreements, independent contractor agreements and employment policies of all types; providing in-house training on sexual and other types of harassment avoidance; and providing consultation on all types of employment discrimination, wage and hour issues, affirmative action and sensitivity and diversity concerns.

Ortiz recently taught employment law as an adjunct professor at the University of California, Riverside extension program.