Attorney Biographies


Cory H. Hurwitz (Partner)

Cory Hurwitz is a founding partner of Hurwitz, Orihuela & Hayes, LLP. He specializes in employment law, including sexual harassment, wrongful termination, wage violations and discrimination based on race, gender, disability and other protected characteristics.

Cory has tried multiple cases through verdict and arbitration. His recent verdicts and judgments include: $1,434,682 for a disability accommodation case (Estelle v. LACMTA); $998,535 for a race discrimination case (Lover v. Young by Yoyo Yeung, Inc., et al.); $164,651 for a disability discrimination case (Hadnot v. Western Star Transportation, LLC); and $483,836 for a retaliation and sexual assault arbitration (Ramirez v. Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, et al.). He has also tried cases involving sexual harassment, religious discrimination, wrongful termination and wage/hour violations.

Cory graduated from Loyola Law School where he served as a Staff Writer and an Articles Editor for the Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review. He also graduated from California State University, Northridge with a degree in Criminology and Corrections. Upon graduating from law school, Cory worked at a prestigious downtown law firm practicing general litigation cases.

Cory is licensed to practice in all California Courts; U.S. District Courts, Central, Eastern, Northern, and Southern Districts of California; U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Services. He is a member in good standing with the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA), California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA), Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA) and California Lawyers for the Arts (CLA).

Cory has been recognized as a California “Super Lawyer” by Los Angeles Magazine each year since 2012. He has performed pro bono services through Neighborhood Legal Services and Volunteers in Parole.

Cory served in the United States Army Reserve from 1993-2005 as an enlisted soldier and commissioned officer for military intelligence and quartermaster units. In 2003, he was deployed as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.

When not working, Cory enjoys spending time with his wife Tiffany, son Trent, and dog Cooper. He also enjoys playing pickup volleyball and soccer, traveling, and following the San Diego Chargers.

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Nicolas Orihuela (Partner)

Nicolas Orihuela is a founding partner of Hurwitz, Orihuela & Hayes, LLP. Nick is a graduate of Loyola Law School where he was a Staff Writer and an Articles Editor of the Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review, was the President of La Raza Law Student Association in his second year and the Community Relations Chair in his last year, and where he received the Dean’s Service Award. He also received a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Loyola Marymount University having graduated cum laude and with highest honors in the Economics Department. Prior to founding Hurwitz, Orihuela & Hayes, LLP, he worked at a prestigious downtown law firm where he litigated multi-million dollar federal and state wage and hour class actions, and practiced employment and business litigation.

Nick has tried multiple employment cases to verdict. In 2013, he was the lead trial lawyer in the federal case of Lindo v. Chipotle Mexican Grill Service Co., LLC where he obtained a total judgment of $378,384. In 2014, he obtained a final arbitration award in the amount of $310,610 in a pregnancy discrimination case. In 2011 he was also the lead trial attorney in the employment jury trial of Sivertson v. Remedial Civil Constructors, Inc. In 2014 he was also the lead trial attorney in the jury trial of Godinez v. Leba, Inc. In 2005, Nick co-tried a jury trial where he and his co-counsel obtained a judgment in the amount of $360,748 in the employment case of Rodriguez v. Taylor’s Prime Steaks.

When Nick is not busy with trial, depositions or arguing motions in court, he enjoys travelling around the world. His favorite destinations are Israel, Uruguay and Japan. He is also an avid Los Angeles Dodgers fan and loves cycling. Nick is fluent in Spanish.

He is a member of the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA), California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA), Mexican American Bar Association (MABA), and Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA).

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Douglas B. Hayes (Partner)

Douglas B. Hayes is a partner with Hurwitz, Orihuela & Hayes. Doug has litigated a wide range of employment related matters including: sexual harassment, discrimination, medical and family leave, wage and hour issues, and unfair business practices.

Prior to joining Cory Hurwitz and Nick Orihuela, Doug worked with the Schlehr Law Firm and the Law Offices of Joseph M. Lovretovich where he developed his litigation skills.

Doug is a graduate of Loyola Law School and UCLA. In law school, Doug was a Justice on the Scott Moot Court Honors Board and a member of the International and Comparative Law Review.

In 2007 and 2010 through 2014, Mr. Hayes was selected as a "Rising Star" by the Southern California Superlawyers publication. Only 2.5% of Southern California's attorneys under the age of forty (40) or in practice for less than ten (10) years receive this honor each year.

In his free time, Doug is an avid sports fan, enjoying all things related to the UCLA Bruins and the Los Angeles Lakers. He is married to his lovely wife, Lan, who practices entertainment and business litigation in Beverly Hills.

He is a member of the California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA), Consumer Attorneys Association Los Angeles (CAALA), and American Bar Association (ABA).

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