For close to 30 years, CDF Labor Law (CDF) has distinguished itself as one of the top employment, labor and immigration firms in California, representing employers in single-plaintiff and class action lawsuits, and advising employers on related legal compliance and risk avoidance. We cover the State, with office locations in San Francisco, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego.

Our niche is California labor and employment law, in its entirety, and we’re one of the few boutique firms with a California-wide presence. We represent, advise and counsel national and regional employers with California employees and workforces, as well as California-based startups, midsize ventures, and privately and publicly held companies and Fortune 500 corporations.

Big Law, Big Case Background in a Boutique

CDF was founded in 1994 in Orange County by several labor and employment attorneys practicing at leading AmLaw 100 firms. The goals of the founding partners were, and continue to be, helping clients derive value from CDF attorneys’ big law experience, creating an entrepreneurial context for legal counsel, and nurturing client-attorney relationships fueled by flexibility, efficiency, responsiveness and creativity.

Today, CDF’s more than 45 labor, employment, and immigration attorneys practice collaboratively, from five offices across the state, on cases that have shaped labor and employment law in California.

Counsel to California Employers

CDF attorneys were among the first to handle California wage and hour class actions, and one of the few to take a class action to trial. We have built a deep trial bench during decades of defending litigation challenges in courtrooms across the state. CDF leverages these and other achievements in the frequent educational seminars we offer to clients seeking to pair defensive strength with risk prevention measures strategically.

Being a California employer demands preparing for the unexpected and often the unprecedented. CDF attorneys counsel employers as a tight-knit group of dedicated, decisive, diverse and dynamic professionals in tune with labor, employment, and immigration concerns across the state.

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Management & Personnel
Firm Managing Partner
Marie DiSante
Firm Managing Partner
(949) 622-1661

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  • Employment Law - Management
  • Immigration Law
  • Labor Law - Management
  • Labor Law - Union
  • Litigation - Labor and Employment
  • Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
  • Trade Secrets Law

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Sit or Stand Is the Question for California Employers

Sit or Stand Is the Question for California Employers

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The Impact of Duran on the Certification Process in Wage and Hour Class Actions

by Tim Freudenberger and Nancy Lubrano

In May 2014, class action defense attorney Tim Freudenberger from Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP, obtained a very favorable decision from the California Supreme Court in Duran v. U.S. Bank Nat. Assn., 59 Cal. 4th 1 (2014).

Wage and Hour Class Actions

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