Kelly Hensley is a partner in the Labor and Employment Practice Group in the firm’s Los Angeles office. She is the former Practice Group Leader of the firm's Labor and Employment Practice Group, serving from 2004-2023. She specializes in labor and employment counseling and wage and hour matters.

Areas of Practice

Compliance Audits. Kelly regularly conducts wage-hour and HR-related compliance audits for companies of all sizes. She helps clients create compliance programs designed to meet state and federal requirements. 

Employment Counseling. Kelly regularly counsels employers in California and federal employment law, including employee hiring and discipline procedures, unfair competition matters, worker classification issues, leaves of absence, wage and hour law and employee severance and termination strategies. She has substantial expertise drafting employment agreements and policies such as employee handbooks, independent contractor agreements, confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements, sexual harassment policies, email and internet usage policies and employment-related forms.

Kelly advocates a proactive approach, counseling employers to evaluate their employment practices to minimize liability exposure. Her client-focused counsel is tailored to serve the long-term goals of each client.

Training and Investigations. Kelly frequently conducts training lectures and seminars on general human resources issues. She also assists with sexual harassment and other employment related investigations and implements effective employee discipline or exit strategies in response to those investigations. 

Employment Litigation. In addition to her counseling practice, Kelly regularly represents clients in wage-hour class actions and matters before administrative agencies.



Leading U.S. Corporate Employment Lawyers, Lawdragon, 2020-2024

Labor and Employment, Legal 500, 2015-2019, 2023

  • Legal500 US Recommended Attorney



Labor & Employment Law Blog Posts

Corporate Securities Law Blog Posts


  • Co-author, California Labor and Employment Alert Newsletter 

Media Mentions

Speaking Engagements

  • Kelly has lectured throughout California and the nation on topics that include wage and hour law, discrimination issues, wrongful termination and sexual harassment.




  • Member, Labor Law Section, Los Angeles County Bar Association

Digital Media


J.D., Loyola Law School, 1988

B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara, 1985


  • California
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