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Cornelia Dai to Speak at NELA's Epic Advocacy: Protecting Wages in Litigation & Arbitration seminar on April 12-13, 2019, in Denver, CO

On Saturday, April 13, 2019, Cornelia Dai will be speaking at the National Employment Lawyers Association's seminar, Epic Advocacy: Protecting Wages In Litigation & Arbitration, in Denver, Colorado. The conference will cover how to effectively litigate a case in court or in arbitration, as well as how to connect with other wage and hour practitioners to strategize. Cornelia Dai will moderate and present on Cooperating and Collaborating with Other Plaintiffs' Counsel in Wage and Hour Cases. This panel will address the benefits of co-counseling, co-counsel arrangements, the "reverse auction" problem, among other issues.

HSR Partner Dan Stormer Named 2019 ASLA Top 100 Lawyer

Dan Stormer has been included in the top 100 attorneys in the Litigation Practice Area in California. Candidates are carefully assessed based on "educational accomplishments, involvement and leadership in bar associations and professional organizations, activities within their community, and demonstrated legal achievement." (https://societyoflegaladvocates.org). 

Cornelia Dai to Speak at Employment Law 101: Fundamentals for the New Employment Practitioner on February 7, 2019

On Thursday, February 7, 2019, Cornelia Dai will be speaking at the CA Lawyers Association Labor & Employment Law Section's Employment Law 101 program in Los Angeles. The one-day conference will cover the key state and federal employment laws and provide an overview of practical and need-to-know topics, including leave of absence compliance, employment agreements, arbitration and mediation, and wage-and-hour violations. Cornelia Dai will bring her years of knowledge and insights as a wage and hour practitioner to provide the plaintiff's perspective on the Wage and Hour Basics panel. To find out more, go to:

HSR Attorneys Are Best Lawyers in the 2019 Southern California Peer Review. Two partners are selected as Individual Lawyers of the Year

In the Los Angeles area, Dan Stormer was chosen as Lawyer of the Year in the Employment Law-Individual category and Cornelia Dai was chosen as Lawyer of the Year in the Litigation-Labor and Employment category.

All Seven HSR Partners Recognized As Leading Plaintiff Employment Lawyers

Lawdragon has named all seven Hadsell Stormer & Renick partners to its prestigious 2018 Lawdragon 500 Plaintiff Employment Lawyers in America List. The annual Lawdragon 500 Plaintiff Employment Lawyers recognizes the "very best of the plaintiffs' bar representing employees and workers" in the United States. Honorees are selected based on their leadership in the profession and the impact their work has had over the past calendar year. Dan Stormer, Barbara Hadsell, Randy Renick, Cornelia Dai, Joshua Piovia-Scott, Lori Rifkin and Cindy Panuco were all recognized with this award.

HSR Partner Cornelia Dai to Speak at Employment Law 101: Fundamentals for the New Employment Lawyer Conference on March 1, 2018

On Thursday, March 1, 2018, Cornelia Dai will be speaking at the CA Lawyers Association Labor & Employment Law Section's Employment Law 101 conference in Los Angeles. The one-day conference will provide an overview of the topics commonplace to employment law, from harassment and workplace investigations to wage-and-hour violations. Cornelia Dai will bring her years of experience, particularly as a wage and hour practitioner, to provide the plaintiff's perspective on the Wage and Hour 101 panel. To find out more, go to http://calawyers.org/LaborEmployment#fundamentals.

Six HSR Attorneys Selected to 2018 Southern California Super Lawyers

Attorneys Cornelia Dai, Barbara Hadsell, Joshua Piovia-Scott, Randy Renick, Lori Rifkin and Dan Stormer have been included in the 2018 Super Lawyers listings. Joshua Piovia-Scott, Rising Star attorney since 2005, was selected to Super Lawyers for the first time this year. Congratulations to all!

American Society of Legal Advocates Names HSR Attorney Barbara Hadsell One of Top 100 Litigation Lawyers in California for 2018

Attorney Hadsell was among just 1.5% of lawyers nationwide chosen for the honor. ASLA sponsors non-profit legal organizations and events recommended by members, and focuses on creating a community of talented attorneys across the U.S.

HSRR Wins Major Victory in Wrongful Termination Case

Last Friday, March 22nd, a federal court jury in San Diego awarded over $4,646,252 to Denise Steffens. Ms. Steffens (represented at trial by Cindy Panuco and Dan Stormer of HSRR and Susan Guinn) was employed as a building manager by the office rental company Regus Group PLC, but was fired in July of 2007 after reporting wage-and-hour violations. The verdict is especially monumental since it comes out of the usually conservative San Diego area. "This is a great victory," said Cindy Panuco. "It shows that jurors will not accept hollow excuses for abusing workers." In October 2006, Steffens complained that Regus' staffing plan didn't allow her to give her staff legally required lunch and rest breaks. Immediately after this, the regional vice president of the company gave the order to "Get rid of her," according to testimony from her former supervisor. Her 11 years of prior employment records were unblemished, but in April 2007 she was put on a performance improvement plan intended to result in her termination, including impossible sales goals and supposed weaknesses in performance which her supervisor testified had been copied almost directly from an improvement plan previously given to another Regus employee. In July of 2007, Steffens was terminated. Regus, however, argued that Steffens was fired because of her declining attitude toward her work. After four days of trial, the jury found Regus liable for wrongful termination in violation of public policy - a tort claim which prohibits retaliation for whistleblowing. The jury returned a verdict for $4,646,252, including $3.5 million in punitive damages after finding that Regus acted with fraud, oppression, or malice when it terminated Ms. Steffens.

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