Yoora Pak Partner




Yoora Pak is co-chair of the Wilson Elser Employment & Labor Practice. She has extensive experience handling complex employment-related litigation matters. In addition to her litigation practice, Yoora provides counseling to human resources staff and in-house counsel of diverse companies on various employment matters. Prior to her private practice, Yoora worked at the U.S. Department of Labor as a trial and appellate attorney, where she handled matters arising under the various statutes enforced by the DOL.

Yoora also is a co-chair of the firm’s Immigration Practice, and focuses on helping clients with business-related immigration issues, including H-1B applications, transfers and extensions; TN visas; work visas; PERM applications; and other matters. In addition, Yoora has extensive experience with fair housing litigation and counseling matters. She has defended property owners, managers, and boards of association in agency investigations and lawsuits asserting claims of discrimination under local, state and federal fair housing laws. Yoora also counsels clients on fair housing issues, such as FHEO training, disability assessments and compliance reviews.

Yoora has a very genuine and effective way of establishing rapport with her clients and colleagues. Her openness and ability to grasp nuances help her move quickly from discovery to strategy in even the largest and most complex matters.

Areas of Focus

Yoora has wide-ranging experience defending employers with respect to all types of employment discrimination, harassment and retaliation claims arising under federal, state and local laws; interference and retaliation claims under federal and state leave laws; wage-and-hour collective and single-plaintiff actions; OSHA retaliation; and other employment-related claims. She also has handled matters arising under FELA, FRSA and other railroad employee labor issues.

Yoora has prepared and tried jury trials and arbitration cases involving discrimination and retaliation claims as well as grievance arbitrations under collective bargaining agreements. She also has counseled employers during labor disputes; prepared for and assisted employers during negotiations for the renewal of a nationwide umbrella collective bargaining agreement that encompassed regional collective bargaining agreements; represented employers in proceedings before NLRB administrative law judges (including unfair labor practice and representation cases); assisted and counseled employers during organizational campaigns and elections; counseled employers during decertification elections; and counseled employers on issues or concerns arising from collective bargaining agreements (including elimination of bargaining unit positions).

Yoora represents colleges and universities on employment and student-related litigation matters, faculty tenure discrimination claims, other faculty-related matters and program accreditation issues. She has defended institutions in Office of Civil Rights (OCR) and other agency investigations. Yoora also regularly handles litigation related to and advises institutions on issues arising from ADA and Section 504 reasonable accommodation requests by faculty, staff and students. 

In addition, Yoora represents property management companies and property owners with respect to discrimination claims brought by tenants under the Fair Housing Act and state statutes, including claims alleging discrimination based on race, sex, color, religion, source of income and disability.

Business Litigation
Yoora also has enforced and defended against breach of contract claims involving noncompete and nonsolicitation provisions and other tort-related disputes arising out of the employer-employee relationship, including statutory conspiracy, unfair competition, breach of fiduciary duty, defamation and fraud claims.

International Civil Litigation
Yoora has defended global corporations in foreign civil matters as well as U.S. corporations in domestic litigation based on events occurring abroad, with an extensive motions practice based on subject-matter jurisdiction issues, insufficiency of service based on failure to comply with Hague Convention requirements for service abroad, the exclusivity of the Defense Base Act, the political question doctrine, the government contractor defense, forum non conveniens and other jurisdictional issues.

Yoora has represented municipal entities in various litigation matters involving Comprehensive Plan changes; zoning, water and sewer issues; and personnel issues. She also has been engaged to conduct sensitive internal investigations of police departments.

Representative Matters

Obtained summary judgment in EEOC class action litigation alleging national origin discrimination.

Obtained transfer of venue under Title VII from Maryland to Virginia for a large construction company.

Obtained dismissals of charges of discrimination pending before federal, state and local agencies alleging race, age, disability, religion, national origin, sex, personal appearance and/or source of income discrimination claims.

Prevailed in constitutional and state law challenges to promotional and pay policies in public employment.

Prevailed in actions arising out of the deaths and/or disabilities of employees working in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Successfully opposed temporary restraining orders under the ADA’s “direct threat” exception.

Successfully opposed temporary restraining order and request for other injunctive relief in public employment termination case.

Successfully handled injunctive actions (temporary restraining order, preliminary and permanent injunctions) seeking to enforce non-competition/trade secret/no-raid clauses in employment agreements.

Represent educational institutions against claims involving tenured faculty, staff and students under various statutes and common law.

Represent government entity in developers’ challenges to zoning and planning decisions.

Prevailed in discrimination complaints arising under the Fair Housing Act and state fair housing statutes.

Successfully represented government contractors in OFCCP compliance audit.

General defense litigation of cases involving claims of breach of contract (including separation agreement and non-disparagement provisions), defamation, eminent domain and constitutional law claims.