Dan Stormer

Dan Stormer

Partner
Location:
Pasadena, California
Phone:
626-381-9261
866-457-2590
Fax:
626-577-7079
Email:

Dan Stormer is a 1974 graduate of New York University School of Law, and a 1968 graduate of Wagner College. He has been a Civil Rights, International Human Rights and Constitutional lawyer for forty two years.

Mr. Stormer has been recognized internationally, nationally and locally as one of the top attorneys in the United States.

Mr. Stormer has repeatedly been listed the "Top 100 Most Influential Lawyers in California," "Top Labor and Employment Lawyers," "Best Lawyers in America," as well as in the "Top 10 Lawyers" in Southern California. He was recently named "Attorney of the Year" by the California Lawyer for his work in International Human Rights. As a result of a nationwide survey, he is listed among Lawdragon Magazine's "500 Leading Lawyers" and "500 Leading Litigators" in America. He has been profiled repeatedly by various legal periodicals, including The Daily Journal, Super Lawyers TM, Lawdragon, The National Law Journal, Los Angeles Lawyer, California Law - Business, California Lawyer, and the Legal Exchange. He was named as one of the 10 top plaintiff-side employment lawyers in California by The Daily Journal. He was also named one of the top 5 plaintiff-side employment lawyers in California by Chambers U.S.A. - America's Leading Lawyers. His firm is listed among the top 4 firms in the same poll. He has been repeatedly named one of Southern California's Super Lawyers TM by Los Angeles Magazine and Law & Politics Magazine. He is "AV Preeminent" rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

Mr. Stormer is recognized both nationally and internationally as one of the nation's leading civil rights, employment, and constitutional law attorneys. He was recently described by The National Law Journal as "one of the country's top civil, constitutional, and international human rights lawyers." He has been repeatedly recognized in "The Best Lawyers in America," and the "Guide to the World's Leading Labour and Employment Lawyers." He has presented at the "Arguments of the Masters" and the "Legends of Litigation."

Mr. Stormer has lectured and published extensively, including legal treatises and law reviews. He has taught at over 250 seminars and trial programs, including the national conventions for the American Bar Association, the American Association for Justice, the National Employment Lawyers Association, Consumer Attorneys of California, the National Institute of Trial Advocacy and other advocacy programs. He has also taught law school at Hastings College of Law, Loyola Law School, University of San Fernando Law School, Southwestern Law School and People's College of Law.

Mr. Stormer has been involved in over 70 published appellate decisions and has argued cases at all levels, including the U.S. Supreme Court.

Mr. Stormer has obtained a number of large verdicts. Among them are the following:

In Martin v. Texaco, a verdict of $20.4 million was obtained for gender discrimination in employment.

In Steffens v. Regus, a verdict of $4,646,252 on behalf of a person who complained about unlawful activity and then was terminated.

In Stewart v. Jet Set, a judgment of over $3,000,000 on behalf of a person wrongfully terminated as a result of sexual orientation discrimination.

In Zinzun v. City of Los Angeles, a verdict of $3.84 million was obtained for civil rights violations.

In Schell v. City of Los Angeles, Chief of Police Bernard Parks, et al., a verdict of $4.361 million was obtained. Included in that verdict was a punitive damage award of $500,000 against Chief of Police Bernard Parks and $250,000 against his assistant, Commander Watson.

In Ruiz v. Jackson, a jury awarded $1.6 million against a Sony Executive for coercing a Filipino woman into service as a domestic slave.

In Heaton v. Groberman, $2 million for wrongful death of a tenant who came into contact with bacteria from a failed septic system.

In Wysinger v. The Automobile Club of Southern California, the jury awarded $1.3 million in damages ($1 million in punitive damages) for a senior employee who was retaliated against for complaining of discrimination. In addition, the Court awarded $1.1 million in attorneys' fees and costs. Thus, the total award was $2.4 million.

In Bonsangue v. ADP, a verdict of over $1 million was obtained for a claim of age discrimination.

In Troffer v. United States, a judgment of over $1 million was obtained on behalf of firefighters wrongfully excluded from a United States Air Force base without due process.

Mr. Stormer has been lead or co-counsel in dozens of other multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements.

Areas of Practice

  • 35% Civil Rights
  • 15% International Human Rights
  • 25% Employee Rights
  • 25% Discrimination

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1981
  • Colorado, 1974
  • Washington, 1977
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 2004
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1999
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 1990
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1984
  • U.S. District Court District of Colorado, 1975
  • U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia, 2009
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1978
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, 1981
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 1986
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit, 1986
  • U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit, 2009
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1979

Education

  • New York University School of Law, New York, New York
    • J.D.
  • Wagner College, Staten Island, New York
    • B.A. - 1968
    • Major: Medieval European History

Published Works

  • The Impact of Kolender v. Lawson on Law Enforcement and Minority Groups, Stormer and Bernstein, 12 Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly, 105, 1984
  • Legal Responses to Unconstitutional Termination of Disability Benefits, 22 Idaho Law Review, 201, 1986
  • The Graying of America: Age Discrimination in the Nineties, 26 West Los Angeles Law Review, 189, 1995
  • Sexual Harassment (one chapter), James Publications
  • Letter to a Young Public Interest Attorney, Los Angeles Public Interest Law Journal - Inaugural Issue - Immigrants' Rights, Volume 1, 2009
  • Tales From Counsel Table, California Labor and Employment Bulletin, monthly column, 2006

Classes/Seminars

  • "Trial Advocacy", National Lawyers Guild, 2012
  • "Voir Dire", Los Angeles County Bar Association, 2011
  • "Nelson Background Check Case to Discuss on Radio Show Privacy Piracy", 88.9 FM in Irvine, November 2, 2010
  • "Litigating International Law in U.S. Courts", International Law Society at Loyola Law School, October 20, 2010
  • "Attorney-Conducted Voir Dire and Closing Arguments", 43rd Annual Pacific Coast LELC, Washington State Convention & Trade Center, May 13, 2010
  • "Wage Theft & Wage Underpayment: Indentured Servitude in America", NELA 2009 20th Annual Convention, June 25, 2009
  • "Civil Rights and International Human Rights", ACLU of Southern California, June 5, 2009
  • "Screening of The Garden and talk by Dan Stormer", Wagner College, May 9, 2009
  • "Voir Dire", Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles 2009 Litigators Forum, January 22, 2009
  • "Ethics, Enterprise & Leadership", University of California, Santa Barbara, May 6, 2008
  • "Multinational Corporations and Human Rights Violations: The Example of Nigeria, Larry Bowoto et al., v. Chevron Corporation", California State University, Long Beach, April 29, 2008
  • "Something Wicked This Way Comes: Investigating Your Case", 2008 National CLE Conference - Labor & Employment Law
  • Mr. Stormer has spoken at over 300 seminars, graduations, and other events.

Honors and Awards

Best Attorneys of America

Rue Ratings' Best Attorneys of America

Lifetime Charter Member

Who's Who

Various Who's Who Publications

1991-present

Employment Law - Individuals "Lawyer of the Year" for Pasadena

Best Lawyers in America

2016

Employment Law - Individuals

Best Lawyers in America

2016

Litigation - Labor and Employment

Best Lawyers in America

2016

Best Law Firms - Tier 1 Ranking

U.S. News & World Report - Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms"

2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

Selected to the Southern California Super Lawyers list

Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine

2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

Top 100 Litigation Lawyers

American Society of Legal Advocates

2013, 2014, 2015

Adaptive Committee

Professional Ski Instructors of America

2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

Certified Ski Instructor - Alpine, Adaptive, Seniors, and Children's Skiers

Professional Ski Instructors of America

2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

Adaptive Technical Team

Professional Ski Instructors of America

2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

Fellow

The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation

2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

Top 100 Trial Lawyers

National Trial Lawyers

2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

Top Attorney

Pasadena Magazine

2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

Top 10 Attorneys in Southern California

Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine; Law and Politics Magazine

2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2014, 2015

Top 100 Attorneys in Southern California

Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine; Law and Politics Magazine

2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

Employment Law - Individuals

Best Lawyers in America - 20 th Edition

2014 (over 20 years consecutively on list)

Hadsell Stormer Richardson & Renick LLP - Tier 1 Ranking

U.S. News - Best Lawyers' "Best Law Firms"

2014

Fellow

American Society of Legal Advocates

2013, 2014

Top 75 Labor & Employment Lawyers

The Daily Journal

2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

Guide to the Worlds' Leading Labour and Employment Lawyers

Euromoney Publications

1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

Southern California's Top Rated Lawyers

American Lawyer Media

2013

Best Attorneys in Los Angeles

Best Lawyers - Individuals Award

2013

Best Lawyers in America

Naifeh & Smith - National Yearly Survey of America's Leading Lawyers

1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

Congressional Award for Outstanding Public Service to the Community

Congressman Howard L. Berman

2012

Religious Liberty Award

ACLU of Southern California

2012

Lawyer of the Year - Individuals - Employment Law

Naifeh & Smith - Best Lawyers in America

2012

Pro Bono Honor

Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia and The Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services of the Judicial Conference for the District of Columbia Circuit

2011

Recognized for Distinction in Labor and Employment Law

The American Lawyer

2011

Best Lawyers in America;
Listed in Best Lawyers for 10 Years or Longer

Naifeh & Smith - National Yearly Survey of America's Leading Lawyers

2011

The Top 3000 Lawyers in America

Lawdragon Magazine

2006, 2010, 2011

Appellate Lawyer Award

The National Law Journal

2010

Southern California 50 Leadership Council

RAND Institute for Civil Justice

2010

Top Lawyers

Labor + Employment

2010

Top 100 Trial Lawyers

American Association for Justice

2007, 2008, 2009, 2010

The Top 100 - California's Leading Lawyers

Daily Journal

2006, 2009, 2010

The 500 Leading Lawyers in America

Lawdragon Magazine

2006, 2007, 2010

The Wagner Alumni Fellows Award - Law

Wagner College

2008

Honored Member

America's Registry of Outstanding Professionals

2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008

Honored Member

Strathmore's Who's Who

1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008

Certificate of Recognition

Los Angeles City Council, Eric Garcetti - President

2007

LGBT Award

ACLU Foundation of Southern California

2007

Fellow of the Dean's Roundtable

Chapman University School of Law

2007

The Los Angeles Area's Best Lawyers

Los Angeles Times - West Magazine

2006

Certificate of Recognition For Outstanding Dedication to the Community

California State Senate

2006

Certificate of Appreciation In Honor of Dedication to Social Justice in the City of Los Angeles

Los Angeles City Council

2006

Social Justice Award

Occidental College - Urban & Environmental Policy Institute

2006

The 500 Leading Litigators in America

Lawdragon Magazine

2006

Certificate of Recognition for Human Rights Legal Representation

California State Assembly

2006

Attorney of the Year - CLAY Award

California Lawyer Magazine

2006

Joseph Posner Award

California Employment Lawyer's Association

2005

Certificate of Recognition
for Fighting Discrimination

California State Assembly Resolution

2005

Robert Kenny Award

National Lawyers Guild

2005

100 Most Influential Lawyers in California

Daily Journal Law Business Journal

2000, 2001, 2002, 2005

Fellow of the College

Governors of The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers

2004

Top 5 Employment Lawyers in California

Chambers Publishing - America's Leading Business Lawyers

2003

Los Angeles Office of the City Attorney's Commendation

For outstanding contribution to the citizens of Los Angeles

1995

California Lt. Governor's Commendation

For longstanding commitment to ensure equal justice and for service to the community

1995

California Assembly Resolution

Commitment to Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Public Interest Law

1995

Pursuit of Justice Award

California Women's Law Center

1995

Top 10 Labor & Employment Lawyers in California

Daily Journal

1991

Clarence Darrow Award

People's College of Law

1991

Hollywood Fair Housing Council Award

Hollywood Fair Housing Council

1989

Pro Bono Firm of the Year

Public Counsel Law Center

1987

Pro Bono Service Award

Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles

1986

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA)
  • National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA)
  • Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC)
  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA)
  • American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • American Bar Association (ABA)
  • The College of Labor & Employment Lawyers
  • Western Trial Lawyers Association, Boards of Directors
  • Mental Health Advocacy Services, Board of Directors
  • Peoples College of Law, Board of Trustees
  • National Lawyers Guild, Los Angeles and Spokane Chapters, Past President
  • Western Law Center for Disability Rights
  • Los Angeles Public Interest Law Journal, Advisory Board Member
  • Western Trial Lawyers Association, Past President
  • People's College of Law, Board of Trustees
  • Adaptive Adventures Unlimited, Board of Directors
  • Tahoe Adaptive Competition Center, Founding Member

Pro Bono Activities

  • Board of Directors, Adaptive Recreation Center's Foundation
  • Adaptive Committee - Western Region, Professional Ski Instructors of America/American Association of Snowboard Instructors
  • Adaptive Committee –National, Professional Ski Instructors of America/American Association of Snowboard Instructors
  • Tech Team - Western Division Adaptive, Adaptive Recreation Center’s Foundation – Board of Directors
  • Big Bear Therapeutic Riding Center, Board of Directors
  • Volunteer Coaching
  • Various Youth Sports Leagues - Baseball (ages 6-adult), Soccer (ages 6-15), and Basketball (ages 6-15)
  • Silverlake Parks and Recreation - Sports Board
  • La Junta Women's Center
  • Echo Park / Silverlake People's Child Care Center
  • John Marshall High School - Assistant Tennis Coach - Boys & Girls Varsity
  • Professional Ski Instructors of America (Focusing on teaching persons with disabilities, as well as Alpine and Children's instruction)
  • "The Edge" – Professional Ski Instructors of America Magazine

Ancillary Businesses

  • Ski Instructor