Eric C. Sohlgren

Eric C. Sohlgren


Payne & Fears LLP

Eric C. Sohlgren

Jamboree Center
4 Park Plaza, Suite 1100
Irvine, CA 92614
T: (949) 797-1252
F: (949) 851-1212
Email: ecs [at]
(949) 797-1252
(949) 851-1212
ecs [at]

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Bar Admissions
  • State of California
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth and Ninth Circuits
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern, Eastern, Southern and Central Districts of California
Professional Memberships and Activities
  • State Bar of California, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Orange County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Chair, Orange County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section (2000)
Professional Awards and Recognitions
  • Best Lawyers in America, Employment Law- Individuals, Employment Law- Management, Labor Law- Management and Litigation- Labor & Employment 2011-2020
  • Southern California Super Lawyers List 2004-2018
  • Orange County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section, Award for Continued Support, Dedication and Contribution 2004
  • Orange County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section, Award for Service as Chair 2001
  • J.D., cum laude, Loyola Marymount University School of Law, 1992 (top 10%, Order of the Coif, Alpha Sigma Nu National Jesuit Honor Society, St. Thomas More Law Honor Society, Mead Data Central Legal Research Award)
  • M.B.A., with honors, Pepperdine University, 1985
  • B.A., Psychology, Whitman College, 1978
Reported Court Decisions
  • Otto v. Employee Retirement Income Plan-Hourly West, No. 15-55987 (9th Cir. 2016) (affirming summary judgment for defendant pension plan in class action case)
  • Rasmussen v. Superior Ct. (Bunyan), 51 Cal. 4th 804, 123 Cal. Rptr. 3d 589 (Cal. Sup. Ct. 2011) (civil procedure and appellate law)
  • Episcopal Church Cases, 45 Cal. 4th 467, 87 Cal. Rptr. 3d 275 (Cal. Sup. Ct. 2009) (church property)
  • Romano v. Rockwell Int’l, Inc., 14 Cal. 4th 479, 59 Cal. Rptr. 2d 20 (Cal. Sup. Ct. 1996) (employment)
  • Aleksick v. 7-Eleven, Inc., 205 Cal. App. 4th 1176, 140 Cal. Rptr. 32 796 (Cal. Ct. App. 2012) (class action wage and hour)
  • Trovato v. Beckman Coulter, Inc., 192 Cal. App. 4th 319 (Cal. Ct. App. 2011) (employment)
  • Huber v. Jackson, 175 Cal. App. 4th 663, 96 Cal. Rptr. 3d 346 (Cal. Ct. App. 2009) (religious corporation governance and property)
  • Iglesia Evangelica Latina, Inc. v. Southern Pac. Latin Am. Dist. of the Assemblies of God, 2009 Cal. App. LEXIS 617 (Cal. Ct. App. Apr. 27, 2009) (religious corporation governance and church property)
  • New v. Kroeger, 167 Cal. App. 4th 800, 84 Cal. Rptr. 3d 464 (Cal. Ct. App. 2008) (religious corporation governance)
  • Hansen v. Insco Ins. Servs., Inc., 2002 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 2630 (Cal. Ct. App. 2002) (employment)
  • Contract Servs. Employee Trust v. Davis, 55 F.3d 533 (10th Cir. 1995) (employee benefits)
  • Contract Servs. Network v. Aubry, 62 F.3d 294 (9th Cir. 1995) (employee benefits)