The firm was founded by civil rights trial lawyers Barbara Hadsell and
Dan Stormer in September 1991. Barbara had joined Dan’s firm Litt
and Stormer in 1989, and when that firm dissolved, Hadsell & Stormer
was born. Within a month, Barbara and Dan each had won multi-million dollar
verdicts. Barbara had obtained what was then the largest sexual harassment
verdict in the country of $3.1 million in
Allison v. Long Beach. In turn, Dan brought back the largest gender discrimination verdict in
the country of nearly $20 million in
Martin v. Texaco. These beginnings set the foundation for what would become one of the
most well-known powerhouse civil rights firms in California.
In 2008, Randy Renick, Virginia Keeny, and Anne Richardson became named
partners. The firm grew in size and reach, taking on increasing numbers
of civil rights and employment cases both in the U.S. and internationally.
Virginia and Anne left the firm in 2012 and 2014, respectively, and now
serve as judges of the Los Angeles County Superior Court. Then, in 2015,
the firm opened a second office in Los Angeles, providing direct legal
services to eligible members of the hospitality union in several areas,
including immigration, bankruptcy, landlord/tenant, and family law, through
a legal fund established by contracts negotiated by the union with employers.
In 2019, Cornelia Dai became a named partner.
Over the past three decades, the firm has persevered in advancing the line
towards justice in civil rights and employment litigation, garnering a
long list of groundbreaking and historic cases and victories. Whether
it was holding the Los Angeles Police Department responsible for allowing
homophobia to infiltrate the workplace in
Grobeson v. Los Angeles, representing Burmese villagers against the military and an oil company
for destruction of their village in
Doe v Unocal, advocating for the South Central Farmers in their quest to preserve their
14-acre community farm in South Los Angeles, fighting for victims of police
abuse in the class action
Rodriguez v Los Angeles, advancing the interests of workers and consumers who have suffered wage
theft and fraud in the billions of dollars in class action litigation,
or obtaining justice for victims of harassment, discrimination, and retaliation,
Hadsell Stormer Renick & Dai has been at the forefront of the fight.