Cornelia Ho-Chin Dai

Cornelia Ho-Chin Dai

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

Cornelia Dai, a partner at Hadsell Stormer & Renick LLP, specializes in employment, wage and hour, and civil rights law, with a focus on class actions and complex litigation. She represents individuals and groups at all stages of litigation, from pre-lawsuit negotiations through trial and the appellate process. She practices in both state and federal court.

Ms. Dai has fought to protect and vindicate the rights of individuals her entire career. She has successfully litigated a wide range of matters, including wage and hour violations, workplace harassment and discrimination, whistleblowing, wrongful termination, and free speech infringement. She has obtained favorable settlements for her clients ranging in the hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars. Notable cases include Wang v. Chinese Daily News, a class action involving violations of overtime and meal and rest break laws by a Chinese-language newspaper company. There, she and her co-counsel obtained a judgment of more than $5.1 million in one of the first class actions to go to trial in California. Ms. Dai was also one of the plaintiffs' counsel in South Central Farmers Feeding Families v. City of Los Angeles, a case brought on behalf of over 300 low-income families in a struggle to preserve land for a much-needed urban community garden in South Los Angeles. In addition, she was one of the Doe plaintiffs' counsel in the state litigation of the international human rights case Doe v. Unocal, which involved human rights abuses by a large oil company against Burmese villagers.

In 2018, Ms. Dai was named a Lawyer of the Year in Southern California by Best Lawyers for Employment Law - Individuals. In 2017, she was named a Lawyer of the Year in Southern California by Best Lawyers for Litigation - Labor and Employment. In 2011, she was selected as one of the Top 75 Labor & Employment Lawyers in California by the Daily Journal. In 2006, Ms. Dai was a recipient of the Los Angeles Regional Social Justice Award. She has been named to the Southern California Super Lawyers® list as a Rising Star or Super Lawyer each year since 2005, and she has been listed in Best Lawyers in America every year since 2012.

Ms. Dai serves on the Board of the California Employment Lawyers Association, the Executive Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association's Labor and Employment Law Section, and the Board of the Impact Fund, a public interest law non-profit organization committed to advancing civil rights and social justice. She also serves on the Executive Advisory Council of Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles, and on the Board of the Foundation for Advocacy, Inclusion and Resources (FAIR), a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing diversity among the plaintiff's employment bar and raising public consciousness about workers' rights.

Ms. Dai is frequently asked to speak on employment and wage and hour topics by legal organizations and law schools. She is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and she earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Southern California Law School.

Areas of Practice

  • Employee and Worker Rights
  • Civil Rights
  • Class Actions

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Southern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit

Education

  • University of Southern California Law School, Los Angeles, California
    • J.D.
  • U.C. Berkeley, Berkeley, California
    • B.A.
    • Major: Sociology

Published Works

  • For Abusive Employers, The Dai Has Been Cast, Los Angeles Magazine and Law & Politics Magazine, Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2007

Classes/Seminars

  • National Employment Lawyers Association
  • California Employment Lawyers Association
  • California Lawyers Association, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • American Bar Association, Section of Labor and Employment Law
  • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
  • Asian Americans Advancing Justice- Los Angeles
  • Loyola Law School
  • University of Southern California Law School

Honors and Awards

  • A Lawyer of the Year in Southern California by Best Lawyers for Employment Law – Individuals, 2018
  • A Lawyer of the Year in Southern California by Best Lawyers for Litigation – Labor and Employment, 2017
  • The Top 75 Labor & Employment Lawyers in California, Daily Journal
  • Los Angeles Regional Social Justice Award, 2006-Present
  • Southern California Super Lawyers® and Rising Stars, 2005-Present
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2012-Present

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Los Angeles County Bar Association - Labor & Employment Law Section
  • California Employment Lawyers Association, Board
  • Impact Fund, Board
  • Foundation for Advocacy, Inclusion and Resources, Board
  • Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles, Executive Advisory Council
  • National Trial Lawyers Top 100
  • National Lawyers' Guild