Rafael Nendel-Flores represents employers in complex litigation matters including wage-hour class actions, appellate litigation and employment tax controversies. Rafael also handles discrimination, wrongful termination, unlawful harassment and retaliation lawsuits. He has significant experience representing employers before administrative agencies such as the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board and the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement. Rafael also has particular expertise in advising clients on how best to comply with the Federal-WARN Act and the California-WARN Act.
Rafael also devotes a significant portion of his practice to providing employers with preventive counseling including assisting management with harassment investigations, employee discipline, and employee terminations. Clients also seek his counsel and advice regarding medical and disability leaves and wage-hour compliance audits.
Rafael is the President-Elect of the Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County (OCHBA). Rafael previously served two terms as the Chief Financial Officer for the OCHBA. Rafael is AV Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell. Rafael has been named a "Rising Star" by Southern California Super Lawyers every year since 2011, placing him among the top 2.5 percent of the best employment litigators in Southern California under 40 years of age. Rafael obtained his Bachelor's degree in Political Science from Stanford University in just three years. While in law school, Rafael was Articles Editor for the George Washington Law Review and a Dean's Fellow.
- U.S. District Court, Central, Eastern and Southern Districts of California
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit