About Our Firm

The History

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.

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Testimonials

  • “If you need legal advice or representation, look no further. My name is James Mayfield Jr. In 2013 my son Joshua Mayfield was discovered in his jail cell at Sacramento County Jail in a prone position ...”

    - The Mayfields
  • “For many years I worked for an employer who tolerated and subjected me to a hostile work environment which eventually led to an incident that forever changed my life and who I am today. In order to ...”

    - Larry F.
  • “The stars aligned when Barbara Hadsell became my Attorney regarding a discriminatory wrongful termination suit. I knew I was in great hands, based on the reactions of other Attorneys, when I mentioned ...”

    - Marty W.
  • “Unfortunately, I was wrongfully terminated from several companies, during my 35 year Corporate Executive career... Fortunately, both times, I had the law firm of Hadsell Stormer Renick & Dai LLP as my ...”

    - Keno V. Thomas
  • “If you are looking for good humans that will brings justice to light these are your guys. They treated me like family. The found all the needles in the haystack and expose it. Picking them to ...”

    - Joel Stallworth

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