Rachel Bien Esq.

Rachel Bien Esq.

Partner since 2013
San Francisco, California

RACHEL BIEN, is a Partner at Outten & Golden LLP in Los Angeles, California, and a Co-Chair of its Class & Collective Action Practice Group.

Ms. Bien is an experienced litigator who has recovered millions of dollars in unpaid wages on behalf of her clients.  She has represented tens of thousands of workers across many different industries in class and collective lawsuits.  She was lead counsel in Glatt v. Fox Searchlight Pictures, Inc., one of the first cases to argue that interns should be paid for their work on behalf of a private employer.

Ms. Bien is committed to protecting workers’ rights under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and state and local wage laws.  She has litigated and successfully settled many cases involving workers who were “misclassified” by their employers as “exempt” from overtime protections or labeled as “independent contractors” and denied overtime pay and other benefits.  She has won motions against large corporations, and consistently advocates for interpretations of the law that advance the rights of all workers, including those who are most vulnerable to abuse.    

Ms. Bien is an active member of the employment law bar.  She is a member of the State Bar of California’s Labor and Employment Law Section, the National Employment Lawyer’s Association (“NELA”) and its California chapter (“CELA”), and the American Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section. She speaks frequently on wage and hour topics. 
She graduated cum laude from Brooklyn Law School in 2005 and joined Outten & Golden LLP in October 2006 after serving as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Thomas G. Nelson on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

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Areas of Practice

  • Employment Law
  • Class & Collective Action

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 2006
  • California, 2017


  • Brooklyn Law School, Brooklyn, New York
    • J.D. - 2005
    • Honors: Participant, Safe Harbor Clinic
    • Honors: Interned, ACLU's Immigrants' Rights Project
  • Brown University
    • B.A. - 2000

Published Works

  • EEOC Committee Reviews Workplace Diversity Issues, Section of Labor & Employment Law, American Bar Association, Vol. 35, Number 4, 2007
  • Intern Lawsuits Force Progressive Media to Look Closely at Their Own Intern Policies, O&G Employment Law Blog, 2013
  • U.S. Supreme Court May Ultimately Have The Final Word On The Future Of Unpaid Internships In The Private Sector, FLSA Litigation Tracker, FLLTSR 2015:004, 2015
  • Seventh Circuit Finds Class Action Waivers Violate Federal Labor Law, O&G Employment Law Blog, 2016


  • Speaker: "Sucessfully Managing Large Cases", National Employment Lawyers Association, NELA Annual Convention
  • Speaker: "The New/Proposed FLSA White Coller Exemption Regulations", ABA Section of Labor & Employment Law, Federal Labor Standards Legislation Committee
  • Speaker: "Uber Alles? Implications of the ‘Share Economy’", Institute of Judicial Administration, and Center for Labor and Employment Law, New York University School of Law
  • Panelist: "Should the Law on Tipping Be Changed?", NYU Center for Labor and Employment Law, Panel on Tipping
  • Panelist: "Are Unpaid Internships Still Viable?", ABA Section of Labor & Employment Law, 9th Annual Labor & Employment Law Conference
  • Speaker: "The Evolving Definition Of "Employee", NELA Spring Seminar, Protecting Pay, Representing Workers with Wage & Hour Claims
  • Speaker: "Wage and Hour Update", Practising Law Institute, Employment Law Institute
  • Panelist: "How to Effectively Maneuver Through the Ever-Changing FLSA Landscape", AMS and the New York Law Journal, Insights and Strategies on the Effective: Mediation of Employment Disputes
  • Speaker: "Settlements in Wage and Hour Class/Collective Actions", Practising Law Institute, Employment Law Institute
  • Speaker: "Department of Labor and Other Perspectives on Independent Contractor Misclassification Informational Session", ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law
  • Panelist: "Collective & Class Action Issues (Plaintiff)", FLSA/Wage & Hour 2013 Litigation & Management
  • Panelist: "Will Work For Free: Breaking Down the Intern Economy", Housing Works

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyer, 2015 - 2019
  • Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Employment Lawyers
  • Benchmark Top 250 Women in Litigation
  • Super Lawyer, 2013 - 2017
  • Rising Star, 2011 - 2012

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • ABA Section on Labor and Employment Law, Track Coordinator for the 6th Annual CLE Conference
  • ABA Section on Labor and Employment Law, Member, Outreach to Law Students Committee
  • ABA Section on Labor and Employment Law, Member, Equal Employment Opportunity Committee

Past Employment Positions

  • Judge Thomas G. Nelson, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Clerk
  • Human Rights Watch in its Europe and Central Asia Division


  • English (Primary)