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Dan Stormer

Dan Stormer

Partner Location: Pasadena, California Phone: 626-381-9261
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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 42 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 among the “Top 100 Most Influential Lawyers in California,” “Top Labor and Employment Lawyers” and “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 five plaintiff-side employment lawyers in California by Chambers U.S.A. – America’s Leading Lawyers. His firm is listed among the top four firms in the same poll. He has been repeatedly named one of Southern California’s Super Lawyers TMby 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 at Hastings College of Law, Loyola Law School, the 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 several 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 was obtained on behalf of a person who complained about unlawful activity and then was terminated.

In Stewart v. Jet Set, a judgment of over $3 million was obtained 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 Police Chief Bernard Parks and $250,000 against his assistant, Cmdr. 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 was obtained 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 multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements.

Areas Of Practice

  • 35 percent civil rights
  • 15 percent international human rights
  • 25 percent employee rights
  • 25 percent discrimination

Litigation Percentage

  • 100 percent

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
    • 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

Representative Cases

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, Nov. 2, 2010
  • “Litigating International Law in U.S. Courts,” International Law Society at Loyola Law School, Oct. 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, Jan. 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

500 Plaintiff Employment Lawyers Lawdragon 500 Plaintiff Employment Lawyers Guide 2018
Best Attorneys of America Rue Ratings’ Best Attorneys of America Lifetime Charter Member
Fellow The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation Life Fellow
Employment Law – Individuals Best Lawyers in America 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Litigation – Labor and Employment Best Lawyers in America 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Employment Law – Individuals “Lawyer of the Year” for Pasadena Best Lawyers in America 2016, 2019
Top 100 Litigation Lawyers in America American Society of Legal Advocates 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Fellow American Society of Legal Advocates 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Top 75 Labor & Employment Lawyers The Daily Journal 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Best Law Firms – Tier 1 Ranking U.S. News & World Report – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Top 100 Trial Lawyers National Trial Lawyers 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Top Attorney Pasadena Magazine 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Adaptive Technical Team Professional Ski Instructors of America 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Adaptive Committee Professional Ski Instructors of America 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
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, 2017, 2018, 2019
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, 2017, 2018, 2019
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, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Guide to the World’s Leading Labour and Employment Lawyers Euromoney Publications 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Best Lawyers in America Naifeh & Smith – National Yearly Survey of America’s Leading Lawyers 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Top 100 Trial Lawyers American Association for Justice 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
America’s Top 100 Civil Defense Litigators America’s Top 100 Civil Defense Litigators 2018
America’s Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys America’s Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys 2017, 2018
Attorney of the Year – CLAY Award California Lawyer Magazine 2006, 2017
LA CAN Freedom Now Award The Los Angeles Community Action Network 2016
Top 10 Attorneys in Southern California Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine; Law and Politics Magazine 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2014, 2015
Top 10 Attorneys in Southern California Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine; Law and Politics Magazine 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2014, 2015
Best Lawyers in America Employment Law – Individuals Best Lawyers in America – 20 th Edition 2014 (over 20 years consecutively on list)
Hadsell Stormer Renick & Dai, LLP – Tier 1 Ranking U.S. News – Best Lawyers’ “Best Law Firms” 2014
Southern California’s Top Rated Lawyers American Lawyer Media 2013
Best Attorneys in Los Angeles Best Lawyers – Individuals Award 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
The Top 3000 Lawyers in America Lawdragon Magazine 2006, 2010, 2011
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
Appellate Lawyer Award The National Law Journal 2010
Southern California 50 Leadership Council RAND Institute for Civil Justice 2010
Top Lawyers Labor + Employment 2010
The 500 Leading Lawyers in America Lawdragon Magazine 2006, 2007, 2010
The Top 100 – California’s Leading Lawyers – 100 Most Influential Lawyers in California Daily Journal 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010
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
The Wagner Alumni Fellows Award – Law Wagner College 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
Joseph Posner Award California Employment Lawyers Association 2005
Certificate of Recognition
for Fighting Discrimination
California State Assembly Resolution 2005
Robert Kenny Award National Lawyers Guild 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
Who’s Who Various Who’s Who Publications 1991-present
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, board of directors
  • Mental Health Advocacy Services, board of directors
  • People’s 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 and girls varsity
  • Professional Ski Instructors of America (Focusing on teaching people with disabilities, as well as alpine and children’s instruction)
  • “The Edge” – Professional Ski Instructors of America Magazine

Other Activities

  • Adaptive Recreation Center’s Foundation – board of directors
  • Professional Ski Instructors of America/American Association of Snowboard Instructors
    • Adaptive Committee – Western Region – chair
    • Adaptive Committee –National
    • Tech Team – Western Division Adaptive
  • Board of directors – Big Bear Therapeutic Riding Center
  • Advisory board member – Los Angeles Public Interest Law Journal
  • Adaptive Adventures Unlimited – board of directors
  • Tahoe Adaptive Competition Center – founding member
  • Board of directors – Western Trial Lawyers Association – past president
  • Mental Health Advocacy Services – board of directors
  • People’s College of Law – board of trustees
  • Silverlake Parks and Recreation – Sports Board
  • National Lawyers Guild – past president Los Angeles and Spokane chapters
  • La Junta Women’s Center
  • Western Law Center for Disability Rights
  • Echo Park/Silverlake People’s Child Care Center
  • Volunteer coaching
  • John Marshall High School – assistant tennis coach – boys and girls varsity
  • Various youth sports leagues – baseball (ages 6-adult), soccer (ages 6-15) and basketball (ages 6-15)
  • Professional Ski Instructors of America (Focusing on teaching people with disabilities, as well as alpine and children’s instruction)
  • “The Edge” – Professional Ski Instructors of America Magazine

Ancillary Businesses

  • Ski Instructor