Hera S. Arsen, Ph.D.

Senior Marketing Counsel Torrance

Hera S. Arsen, J.D., Ph.D. is Senior Marketing Counsel overseeing the firm's print and online legal publications and content. Hera, who joined Ogletree Deakins in 2003, is directly responsible for writing and editing the firm's national legal content, including coverage of federal agencies and the Supreme Court of the United States. She also oversees the Ogletree Deakins blog, which covers the latest legal news from over 20 practice-areas and jurisdictions. As leader of the firm's blog, Hera writes blog posts on a variety of legal issues, edits attorney-authored blog posts, and strategizes on the development of timely content. Her articles have been featured in a number of publications and media outlets.

Hera's editorial responsibilities also include editing the firm's eAuthority email product, the firm's newsletters, the firm's extensive collection of seminar materials, attorney-authored white papers, and a variety of other articles. In addition, Hera works with outside legal publishers to produce monthly newsletters and other legal content.

As a member of Ogletree Deakins' Client Services Department, Hera also works with the firm's practice groups to develop and manage their strategic marketing initiatives. In addition, she provides support to the various components of the Client Services Department including the marketing, business development, public relations, and events groups.

Prior to joining Ogletree Deakins, Hera worked in legal media for a number of national and local publications. She has worked at LAW.com, the online legal network under the ALM umbrella of brands, where she oversaw all court-related content for the site. She also worked for the Los Angeles Daily Journal where she covered recent California cases and interviewed and wrote profiles of judges and arbitrators for its Judicial Profiles publication. In addition, Hera has worked for several national publications and online resources providing legal news exclusively on labor and employment law.

Hera has worked as a university professor teaching philosophy and philosophy of law courses at the undergraduate level. She has been published in a peer-reviewed academic journal and has presented papers at a number of conferences. She has also edited a Classical Greek textbook.

Hera received her law degree from Cornell Law School. Prior to law school, she graduated cum laude and with College Honors from the University of California Los Angeles with a B.A. in Philosophy. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of California, Irvine with specializations in ancient philosophy, metaphysics, and philosophy of law.

She is an active member of the State Bar of California.

Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • State Bar of California
  • American Philosophical Association
  • Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy
  • Eta Sigma Phi, Delta Sigma Chapter

Published Works


Our Insights

OFCCP Proposes Changes for Contractors Using Functional Affirmative Action Programs

September 13, 2018

Hurricane Preparedness and Response for the Restaurant Industry

September 12, 2018

Is Your Company Ready for Hurricane Florence? A One-Stop Resource for Employers Dealing With Disasters

September 11, 2018

OFCCP on a Roll: Issues 3 More Directives Aimed at Compensation Practices, AAPs, and Contractor Recognition

August 24, 2018

California Supreme Court Rejects the FLSA’s De Minimis Rule

July 26, 2018

Breaking OFCCP Update: There’s a New Director in Town?

July 26, 2018

What I Did on My Summer Internship: A Primer for Employers on National Intern Day

July 24, 2018

6 Degrees of Brett Kavanaugh: Fast Facts About the Newest SCOTUS Nominee

July 10, 2018

Fair Share Union Fees Are Not Fair: SCOTUS Rules Public Sector Non-Members Don’t Need to Pay

June 27, 2018

SCOTUS Rules Colorado Agency Violated Free Speech Rights in Wedding Cake Case

June 04, 2018

OFCCP Extends TRICARE Moratorium to 2021

May 18, 2018

Baseball Players Strike Out on Minimum Wage in Federal Spending Legislation

May 11, 2018

The ABCs of the Employment Relationship: California’s High Court Adopts New Independent Contractor Test

May 07, 2018

SCOTUS Rules That Car Dealership Service Advisors Are Exempt, Puts the Brakes On Overtime Claims

April 02, 2018

More Transparency at the OFCCP: New Protocol to Standardize Use of Predetermination Notices

March 16, 2018

“It Says What It Says”: Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Protection Requires SEC Reporting, SCOTUS Rules

February 21, 2018

1 Million Views for All the Wrong Reasons: How to Keep Your Office Holiday Party From Going Viral

December 18, 2017

OFCCP Updates Its Key Personnel; Quietly Announces New Director

December 12, 2017

New California Law Restricts Employers From Giving Access to Immigration Agents

October 24, 2017

New California Law Mandates Small Businesses Provide Parental Leave

October 14, 2017

Further Hurricane Relief for Federal Contractors: No Citation for Late Veterans Reports

September 15, 2017

New Federal Contracts Providing Hurricane Relief Get Some Relief From OFCCP Requirements

September 13, 2017

OMB Decides to Review and Stay EEO-1 Pay Data Collection

August 30, 2017

New Interim Leader of MSHA Appointed

August 28, 2017

Can Your Workplace Weather the Storm? 6 Questions to Consider as Hurricane Harvey Makes Landfall

August 25, 2017

How to Survive the Dog Days of Summer: OSHA’s Yearly Heat Campaign Sizzles

August 15, 2017

All Bets Are On in California? The Golden State’s Bid to Legalize Sports Gambling

August 10, 2017

California Employers Face New Notice Requirement for Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking Time Off

August 08, 2017

California’s Equal Restroom Access Act: 5 Facts You Need to Know

July 24, 2017

New Supreme Court Term to Kick Off With Argument in Class Action Waiver Cases

July 21, 2017

Dhillon Nominated to Replace Lipnic as EEOC Chair

June 30, 2017

Here We Go Again! DOL Proposes to Rescind the Permanently Enjoined “Persuader” Rule (and Perhaps Revise It)

June 28, 2017

Class Action Waiver Update: Ogletree Deakins Files Supreme Court Amicus Brief Supporting Businesses and Employers

June 16, 2017

States May Not “Hale” an Out-of-State Railroad: No Personal Jurisdiction, Supreme Court Rules

May 30, 2017

Neil M. Gorsuch Confirmed to Be the Next Supreme Court Justice

April 07, 2017

. . . And Then They Invoked the Nuclear Option: Gorsuch’s Nomination to be Confirmed

April 06, 2017

No April Fools: Groundbreaking California Workplace Violence Safety Order for Healthcare Workers to Take Effect on April 1

March 30, 2017

Solomon’s Service Violated Federal Law: Supreme Court Rules on Acting NLRB General Counsel Dispute

March 22, 2017

EEOC Made Easy? Agency Launches New Online Portal to Ease Intake in Five Cities

March 14, 2017

Employer Discretion Advised: The Latest on San Francisco’s Cutting-Edge Parental Leave Ordinance

March 13, 2017

ADA and FMLA Claims Fail for Call Center Employee Who Dropped Calls

March 07, 2017

Revised Pay Transparency Provisions Now Available

March 06, 2017

Who Is Alexander Acosta, and Will He Be the New Labor Secretary?

February 16, 2017

5 FAQs on the New Federal Contractor Privacy Training Requirement

February 09, 2017

Super Bowl 51: What to Do When the Fantasy is Over and Football Fever Becomes a Work Reality?

February 02, 2017

The Supreme Court Short List: Who Might Trump Pick to Be the Newest Justice?

January 31, 2017

President Trump Appoints Lipnic to Serve as Acting Chair of the EEOC

January 25, 2017

Governor Cuomo Signs Executive Orders to Close the Wage Gap as part of “New York Promise” Agenda

January 13, 2017

Santa Monica Employers Ring in the New Year With Paid Sick Leave

January 03, 2017

The “Opposite of Work”: California Supreme Court Issues On-Call Rest Break Ruling

December 23, 2016

New York City Legislation Protecting Gig Workers Heads to Mayor’s Desk

November 23, 2016

Federal Court Permanently Enjoins the Persuader Rule

November 16, 2016

The Straight Dope on the Marijuana Measures: Which Ones Passed and Which Went Up in Smoke

November 11, 2016

Does the ADA Protect a Customer Service Agent With Dissatisfied Customers? The Ninth Circuit Says No

November 10, 2016

New York Attorney General Answers White House’s Call: Promises Bill to Curb Non-Compete Use

November 07, 2016

DOL Launches Worker.gov Beta: What to Expect From the New Employee Resource

October 28, 2016

The New Antitrust Guidance: DOJ and FTC Offers Direction to HR Professionals

October 27, 2016

A Call-to-Action: Obama Administration Encourages States to Ban Noncompetes for Low-Wage Workers and Certain Other Employees

October 26, 2016

Contractor Blacklisting Rule Enjoined at the Last Minute

October 25, 2016

Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors is Here: DOL Announces Final Rule

September 29, 2016

GAO Report Finds Weaknesses in OFCCP Compliance Evaluations

September 23, 2016

Low-Wage Employees in Illinois Protected From Noncompetes Under New Law

August 26, 2016

Is Your Conference Room a PokéStop? Employer Hacks for When Apps Attack

August 03, 2016

OMB Renews OFCCP’s Scheduling Letter and Itemized Listing Until 2019

July 01, 2016

Fisher, the Sequel: Supreme Court Upholds Public University’s Affirmative Action Program

June 23, 2016

Car Dealership’s Service Advisors’ Overtime Controversy Stalls in the Supreme Court

June 20, 2016

SCOTUS Rules Notice of Resignation Starts the Clock in a Federal Employee’s Constructive Discharge Case

May 23, 2016

How Much Harm Is Enough? SCOTUS Tackles Standing to Sue

May 16, 2016

The DOL's New Final Overtime Rule Is Likely To Be Released on Wednesday

May 16, 2016

Why Can’t We Be Friends? The Supreme Court Discovers an Unexpected Meeting of the Minds in Zubik v. Burwell

May 16, 2016

Countdown to the Final Overtime Rule: The Clock Is Ticking on Your Current Exemptions

May 02, 2016

California’s New Guidance & FAQs for Employers of Transgender Employees

April 27, 2016

California Governor Signs Paid Family Leave Expansion Into Law

April 11, 2016

California Supreme Court Takes a Stand on Employers' Obligations to Provide Seating

April 04, 2016

Governor Brown Signs California’s $15 Minimum Wage Bill

April 04, 2016

California Employers: New Requirements Go Into Effect Today. Is Your Harassment/Discrimination Policy Ready?

April 01, 2016

The Supreme Court’s Decision on Public Union Fees: Still Valid But No Further Guidance

March 29, 2016

California Supreme Court Issues Pro-Arbitration Agreement Decision

March 28, 2016

ERISA Preemption Made Easy? Supreme Court Sends Vermont All-Payer Database Back to the Drawing Board

March 01, 2016

New Year, New Commuter Benefits for New Yorkers: FAQs on the New Law

February 23, 2016

Swipe Left to Avoid Liability: Policing Dating Apps in the Workplace

February 10, 2016

President to Announce Plan to Improve Gender Pay Gap: EEOC to Increase Employers’ Reporting Requirements

January 29, 2016

How Not to Moot a Case: Supreme Court Rules Case Remains Live After Unaccepted Offer of Settlement

January 21, 2016

Are You a Joint Employer? WHD Issues Guidance in the Form of an Administrator’s Interpretation

January 20, 2016

Which Way Did Our Money Go? Supreme Court Decides ERISA Subrogation Issue

January 20, 2016

Pay Transparency Rule to Go Into Effect on Same Day as OFCCP’s Webinar

January 07, 2016

A New Year’s Resolution for California Employers: Fair Pay Act Compliance

January 04, 2016

California’s New Piece-Rate Compensation Requirements and a New Affirmative Defense Take Effect January 1, 2016

December 15, 2015

The DOL’s Fall 2015 Regulatory Agenda: Does it Really Shed Light on the Timing for a Final Overtime Rule?

November 30, 2015

California’s Gender Identity Legislation: New Protections for Transgender Employees Working with State Agencies

October 08, 2015

Your Rx for Complying with California’s Newly Effective Paid Sick Leave Law

July 01, 2015

The Proposed Overtime Regulations: Are Your White Collar Employees Still Exempt?

June 30, 2015

Supreme Court Once Again Saves the ACA: Rules Yes on Tax Credits For Purchasers From a Federal Exchange

June 25, 2015

“Ambush” Election Challenge Fails in Federal Court

June 22, 2015

Yet Another Municipal-Level Paid Sick Leave Measure Passes in California

June 05, 2015

The New Highest Minimum Wage in the Country: Emeryville Expected to Reach $16 Per Hour by 2020

June 05, 2015

California Employers Take the Heat . . . of new Revised Heat Illness Standards

June 05, 2015

Supreme Court Rules Employer’s Motive (Not Knowledge) Decides Disparate-Treatment Claims

June 01, 2015

Should Employers Guess Their Applicants’ Religion? SCOTUS Expected to Face Accommodations Issues Head On

May 26, 2015

California Supreme Court Agrees to Consider Whether California Health Care Workers Can Lawfully Waive a Second Lunch Period

May 22, 2015

$15 Per Hour Minimum Wage? Los Angeles and Emeryville Give Seattle a Run for the Money

May 22, 2015

Justices Give Courts Authority to Review EEOC Conciliation Efforts

April 29, 2015

A Single "Hitler" Comment Is Insufficient for a Title VII Retaliation Claim in the Fifth Circuit

April 06, 2015

From the Blog: The Interactive Process Dance, Parts One and Two: What Happens When the Music Stops?

March 31, 2015

California Court Dismisses Waitress’s Age Discrimination Claim

March 31, 2015

Supreme Court Forges New “Significant Burden” Interpretation of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act

March 25, 2015

Will Employers Have an Affirmative Defense in EEOC Litigation? A Look at the Supreme Court’s Upcoming Decision

March 19, 2015

Supreme Court Eliminates Notice-and-Comments for Some Agency Interpretations

March 09, 2015

Amendments to CFRA Regulations Approved

March 05, 2015

What Will Be the Fate of Your (Facially Neutral) Light-Duty Policies After Young v. UPS?

February 23, 2015

The Price is Wrong: California Court OKs a New Trial in Game Show Model’s Pregnancy Bias Case

January 30, 2015

California School Teacher’s Claim That She Was Fired Due to a Computer Error Proceeds

January 30, 2015

Supreme Court Delineates Federal Whistleblower Protections in TSA Disclosure Case

January 27, 2015

Supreme Court Rejects Analysis of Duration of Retiree Benefits As Contrary to Contract Law

January 26, 2015

OFCCP Posts Two New FAQs on Veteran Self-Identification and the VETS-4212 Form

January 24, 2015

#SOTU2015: Employment, Immigration, Cyber Safety, and Education in a New Era

January 20, 2015

PAGA Representative Claims Remain Alive After SCOTUS Denies Iskanian Review

January 20, 2015

Ninth Circuit Defends Employer’s Discharge of Worker With a History of Intimidation and Threats

December 30, 2014

Ninth Circuit Defends Employer’s Discharge of Worker With a History of Intimidation and Threats

December 30, 2014

LA County Employee’s Retaliation Claim Fails but Disability Bias Claim Moves Forward

December 30, 2014

SCOTUS Rules CAFA Removal Notices Need Contain Only a Plausible Allegation That Amount in Controversy is Satisfied

December 15, 2014

Supreme Court Rules Security Screenings Are Not "Integral and Indispensable" to Principal Activities and Thus Not Compensable

December 14, 2014

Supreme Court Rules Security Screenings Are Not "Integral and Indispensable" to Principal Activities and Thus Not Compensable

December 09, 2014

Ninth Circuit Dismisses Worker’s “‘Sweeping Conclusory Allegations’ of Unequal Treatment”

November 24, 2014

Supreme Court to Decide Who Is Entitled to the Federal Health Care Subsidy

November 11, 2014

FAQs on California’s Paid Sick Leave Law

November 10, 2014

Don’t Let Your Office Halloween Party “Unmask” Racial Insensitivity

October 30, 2014

WHD Publishes Final Rule Increasing Federal Contractors’ Minimum Wage

October 13, 2014

California Court Implements Iskanian, Finds Agreement Waiving Representative Claims Under PAGA Unenforceable

October 01, 2014

U.S. House Judiciary Committee Approves Legislation Creating Civil Cause of Action Under Federal Trade Secrets Protection Act

September 25, 2014

White House Announces New EEOC Nomination

September 19, 2014

Is the Los Angeles Minimum Wage Increasing to $13.25 per Hour?

September 12, 2014

Governor Brown Signs California’s Mandatory Paid Sick Leave Law

September 10, 2014

BREAKING NEWS: California Legislature Passes Mandatory Paid Sick Leave Bill

August 31, 2014

The Arbitration Obligations Imposed by the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order

August 01, 2014

California Family Rights Act Interference Claims Proceed

July 30, 2014

EEOC Issues Enforcement Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination and Related Issues

July 15, 2014

Supreme Court Rejects Labor’s Mandatory Dues Collection Initiative in Favor of Workers’ First Amendment Rights

June 30, 2014

Supreme Court Clarifies ESOP Fiduciaries’ Obligations

June 25, 2014

SCOTUS Preview: Is the End in Sight for Public Employee Unionism (and Fair Share Fees)?

June 24, 2014

Supreme Court Rules Public Employee’s Sworn Testimony Is Protected

June 19, 2014

Federal Court Clarifies CAFA’s Jurisdictional Amount in State PAGA Cases

June 18, 2014

One Step Closer to a $10.10 Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors: Proposed Rule Implements EO 13658

June 13, 2014

Some Surprises in DOL’s Just Issued Spring 2014 Regulatory Agenda

June 03, 2014

High Court Rules Severance Payments Are Taxable

March 25, 2014

Three Pointers on Handling Employees’ March Madness

March 19, 2014

Supreme Court Lets Two FLSA Rulings Stand: Yes on Personal Liability and Undocumented Workers’ Standing to Sue

March 18, 2014

Who Will Be Entitled to Overtime Under Obama’s Expected Rule Change?

March 13, 2014

How to Protect Your Summary Judgment Win: Employer’s Victory Reversed in Age Bias Case

March 12, 2014

Is an End-of-Shift Security Clearance Compensable? The Supreme Court Will Decide Next Term

March 06, 2014

Supreme Court Rules “Changing Clothes” Is Not Compensable Under Plant Workers’ Union Contract

January 27, 2014

Supreme Court Rules “Changing Clothes” Is Not Compensable Under Plant Workers’ Union Contract

January 27, 2014

Supreme Court Justices Consider Taxability of Certain Severance Pay During Quality Stores Oral Arguments

January 15, 2014

High Court Dismisses UNITE HERE, Leaves Neutrality Agreements Issues Undecided

December 10, 2013

Zombies, Ghouls, and Unpaid Wage Claims: The Top 5 HR Horrors This Season

October 31, 2013

“Alleged Clothes,” “Things of Value,” and “Recess Appointments”: What’s In “Store” In The New Supreme Court Term

October 18, 2013

Supreme Court Decides Not To Decide Age Bias Circuit Split

October 15, 2013

Is the Severance that Your Company Pays to Fired Workers Taxable? The Supreme Court Will Decide

October 03, 2013

The Government Shutdown: Will It Shut Down Your Company?

October 01, 2013

Business As Usual As The Government Shutdown Begins

October 01, 2013

U.S. Supreme Court Rules Federal Law Defining “Marriage” Is Unconstitutional

June 26, 2013

U.S. Supreme Court Rules Federal Law Defining “Marriage” Is Unconstitutional

June 26, 2013

High Court to Hear NLRB’s Recess Appointments Case

June 24, 2013

U.S. Supreme Court Issues Two Key Title VII Rulings

June 24, 2013

U.S. Supreme Court Issues Two Key Title VII Rulings

June 24, 2013

Supreme Court Rules Class-Action Waivers Are Enforceable—Even if the Cost of Individual Litigation Is Too High

June 20, 2013

Supreme Court Rules Even “Good, Bad, or Ugly” Arbitrators’ Decisions Must Stand

June 10, 2013

Limits On Family Leave: Employees of the Same Employer

April 23, 2013

High Court Rules Equitable Defenses Don’t Override ERISA Plan Terms

April 18, 2013

Supreme Court Rules FLSA Class Action Properly Dismissed For Mootness

April 16, 2013

Let’s Get Physical: Five Legal Issues With Telecommuting

April 04, 2013

The Side Effects of Mandatory Flu Vaccine Policies

March 22, 2013

High Court Vacates State Supreme Court’s Arbitration Ruling in Noncompete Case

November 26, 2012

High Court Rules Pharmaceutical Sales Reps Are Exempt From FLSA's Overtime Requirements

June 18, 2012

EEOC Issues Enforcement Guidance on Employers’ Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records

April 25, 2012

Daylight Saving Time Ends, Wage and Hour Problems Begin

November 03, 2011

NLRB Hands Down Union-Friendly Decisions

August 31, 2011

High Court Rules Against Certification of Class of 1.5 Million Workers

June 20, 2011

High Court Rules Against Certification of Class of 1.5 Million Workers

June 20, 2011

Divided Supreme Court Endorses Use of Class Arbitration Waivers

April 27, 2011

Divided Supreme Court Endorses Use of Class Arbitration Waivers

April 27, 2011

U.S. Supreme Court Rules On "Cat's Paw" Theory

March 01, 2011

High Court Tackles Threshold Question of Arbitrability of Employment Contract

June 21, 2010

High Court Rules Government Employer’s Search of Text Messages Was Reasonable

June 17, 2010

Supreme Court Issues Workplace Privacy and Labor Board Rulings

June 17, 2010

Court Issues Ruling in Firefighter Applicant Disparate Impact Case

May 24, 2010

Supreme Court Rules Against Inference of Class Arbitration in “Silent” Contracts

April 27, 2010

Supreme Court Issues Ruling in Firefighter "Reverse" Discrimination Case

June 29, 2009

Supreme Court Issues Ruling In Firefighter “Reverse” Discrimination Case

June 29, 2009

Supreme Court Issues Employer-Friendly ADEA Ruling

June 18, 2009

High Court Rules Employer Did Not Violate the Pregnancy Discrimination Act

May 18, 2009

Supreme Court Issues Employer-Friendly Ruling in ADEA Arbitration Case

April 01, 2009

Court "Drops The Anchor" On Naval Reservist's USERRA Suit

February 09, 2009

President Signs Major Overhaul of the Americans with Disabilities Act

September 25, 2008

New Wage and Hour Ruling Welcomed by Employers

August 18, 2008


Media Quotes

February 17, 2016 - Corporate Counsel - "Expert: Online Dating Is a Risk for Employers"
January 11, 2016 - SHRM Online - "California Fair Pay Act Is in Effect"
January 28, 2015 - SHRM.org - "OFCCP Posts Two New FAQs On Veteran Self-Identification"