General Information

Year founded: 1994
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Overview

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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.

Rankings

CDF Labor Law LLP is nationally ranked in 3 practice areas and metro ranked in 3 practice areas. Best Law Firms rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process.

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National Rankings

Tier 2
Tier 2 for Litigation - Labor and Employment
Tier 3
Tier 3 for Employment Law - Management
Tier 3 for Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants

Metro Rankings

Los Angeles
Tier 1 for Employment Law - Management
Tier 2 for Litigation - Labor and Employment
Orange County
Tier 1 for Employment Law - Management
Tier 1 for Litigation - Labor and Employment
Tier 1 for Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants

Rankings

National Rankings

Tier 2
Tier 2 for Litigation - Labor and Employment
Tier 3
Tier 3 for Employment Law - Management
Tier 3 for Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants

Regional Rankings

Los Angeles
Tier 1 for Employment Law - Management
Tier 2 for Litigation - Labor and Employment
Orange County
Tier 1 for Employment Law - Management
Tier 1 for Litigation - Labor and Employment
Tier 1 for Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Sacramento
Tier 1 for Employment Law - Management
Tier 1 for Litigation - Labor and Employment

Practice Areas

The below are areas of legal specialty volunteered by the firm and do not designate a specialty in which a Best Law Firms ranking is held.
  • Employment Law - Management
  • Immigration Law
  • Labor Law - Management
  • Labor Law - Union
  • Litigation - Labor and Employment
  • Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
  • Trade Secrets Law

Individuals Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America®

CDF Labor Law LLP has 10 lawyers recognized for individual performance in the 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®. By receiving this Best Lawyers recognition from their peers for their professional excellence, these lawyers made CDF Labor Law LLP eligible for evaluation for Best Law Firms rankings. For almost two decades, Best Lawyers has awarded these singular accolades, making them the foundation of our Best Law Firms awards. Read more about our Best Lawyers process here.
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Main Location

Office Locations

Los Angeles, CA
707 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 5150
Los Angeles, CA 90017
United States
213-612-6300 Call our Los Angeles, CA location at 213-612-6300 Get Directions Get directions to our Los Angeles, CA location
San Diego, CA
4660 La Jolla Village Drive, Suite 740
San Diego, CA 92122
United States
858-646-0007 Call our San Diego, CA location at 858-646-0007 Get Directions Get directions to our San Diego, CA location
San Francisco, CA
Transamerica Pyramid, Suite 440
600 Montgomery Street
San Francisco, CA 94111
United States
415-981-3233 Call our San Francisco, CA location at 415-981-3233 Get Directions Get directions to our San Francisco, CA location

Management and Personnel

Firm Managing Partner
Marie DiSante

Contacts

Firm Managing Partner
Marie DiSante
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