As an employment attorney I vigorously defend clients who face litigation, but just as importantly, provide client-tailored advice to help optimize your business, and avoid costly litigation in the first place.

Benjamin J. Treger is of counsel in the firm’s Santa Monica office. Mr. Treger is a highly experienced and skilled employment defense attorney with a proven track record of success in defending employers against claims of discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, and other employment-related issues. With over a decade of experience in Federal and California employment law, Mr. Treger has established himself as a leading legal advocate for employers, with particular strengths in wage and hour lawsuit analytics and defense, as well as early dispute resolution.

In addition to his litigation experience, he provides advice and counseling to employers on best practices for compliance with state and federal labor laws. In particular, Mr. Treger has extensively counseled clients on the practical optimization of wage and hour compliance protocols, and has advised clients on strategies to avoid or minimize exposure to liability.

He is also highly skilled in alternative dispute resolution methods such as mediation and direct negotiation. He has successfully represented clients in mediation as well as through direct settlement negotiations, frequently resolving matters quickly, efficiently, and for a fraction of the cost to clients.

Mr. Treger also deals extensively with employment handbooks and policy development, employment contracts, and the enforcement of intellectual property rights.

He represents clients in a wide range of industries, including healthcare, finance, science/technology, hospitality, construction, skilled trade labor, and retail.

Three Hirschfeld Kraemer Associates Named 2020 Rising Stars by Super Lawyers,” June 9, 2020

Planning For The Rebound: Step 4 – Ready To Go Back To Work? Not So Fast …The California Workplace Advisor (Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP blog), April 30, 2020

Benjamin Treger on Law360: “Employee Arbitration Pact Pointers from Calif. Courts,” Law360.com, May 8, 2019

Classwide Arbitration Cannot be Compelled from an Ambiguous Arbitration Agreement, Divided Supreme Court HoldsThe California Workplace Advisor (Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP blog), April 25, 2019

Top 10 Employment Law Developments of 2018: #2 – Arbitration Agreements Gain Strength – A Powerful Defense Against Class Actions,” The California Workplace Advisor (Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP blog), December 26, 2018

California Supreme Court Clarifies Overtime Calculation for Non-Exempt Employees Who Receive Flat Sum, Non-Discretionary Bonuses” The California Workplace Advisor (Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP blog), March 9, 2018

Employment Considerations During Natural Disasters,” The California Workplace Advisor (Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP blog), October 17, 2017

City of Los Angeles ‘Bans The Box’ Regarding Applicants’ Criminal History for Private Employers,” The California Workplace Advisor (Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP blog), December 16, 2016

California Employment Laws 2020: Your Survival Guide,” Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP Webinar Panelist, Dec. 18, 2019

“Arbitration Agreements: should you have them?”, Employment Law Update Session, BBSI Owner’s Symposium, September 25 & 27, 2018

2019-2022: Named by fellow members of the State Bar as a Southern California Super Lawyer “Rising Star”


J.D., Stanford Law School, 2012

B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, 2009, summa cum laude



Northern District of California

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit