María G. Díaz
A Stanford-educated attorney, Ms. Díaz has dedicated her legal career to representing
workers in employment cases. She is the founder of THE DIAZ LAW FIRM and serves as “Of Counsel” to the law firm of Allred, Maroko & Goldberg.
Ms. Díaz focuses her practice exclusively on representing workers in a range of employment matters including defamation, whistleblowers, sexual harassment, gender/pregnancy discrimination, disability discrimination, and wrongful termination. She has expertise navigating leave laws, including those related to pregnancy, disability, and family medical leave. Ms. Díaz is bilingual in Spanish and English.
She has a broad range of experience in federal court, state court, and arbitration. Ms. Díaz litigates, tries cases in state and federal court, arbitrates cases, and does appellate work. She has negotiated millions for her clients in a multitude of employment claims against a wide range of companies, individuals and public entities.
Her last trial resulted in a jury verdict of $1,325,000 for Ms. Eva O’Brien who worked part-time at Baca Properties when she was wrongfully terminated. After Baca Properties hired an appeals expert to appeal the verdict, Ms. Díaz prepared the responding appeal brief on behalf of her client, Ms. Eva O’Brien.
Key educational and professional achievements:
∙ Stanford Law School, 2001, J.D.
∙ Harvard University, 1994, Masters in Public Policy.
∙ Stanford University, 1991, B.A. in Quantitative Economics.
∙ Princeton University, Summer Fellowship, 1990.
∙ Honors: Woodrow Wilson National Fellow, Woodrow Wilson Foundation.
REPRESENTATIVE VERDICTS, AWARDS AND SETTLEMENTS
∙ $1,325,000 verdict in a wrongful termination case representing a part-time woman earning $15 per hour.
∙ $2,500,000 award in a race discrimination case of three construction workers.
∙ $2,000,000 settlement in a sex harassment and retaliation case by a male against a large corporation.
∙ $1,750,000 settlement in a gender discrimination case involving a group of women against a government entity.
∙ $750,000 arbitration award in a nurse's defamation case against Methodist Hospital of Southern California.
∙ $850,000 settlement in a woman's gender discrimination case against a large manufacturing company.
∙ $550,000 settlement in a retaliation case of a female physician against a government agency.
ADMITTED TO PRACTICE
∙ United States Supreme Court
∙ U.S. District Courts: Southern, Eastern, and Central Districts of California
∙ All California State Courts
∙ Executive Board, California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA)
∙ Editor, California State Bar Labor and Employment Law Review
∙ Former Advisor, Executive Committee of the State Bar of California, Labor and Employment Section, 2011-2012
∙ Former Member, Executive Committee of the State Bar of California, Labor and Employment 2008-2011
HONORS & AWARDS
∙ Wiley W. Manuel Award, State Bar of California
∙ Outstanding Legal Services Award, San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program
∙ Outstanding Service Award, Senator Barbara Boxer
∙ Southern California Super Lawyers "Rising Star", 2005-2008
∙ Top 50 Women Attorneys in Northern California, 2012
∙ Northern California Super Lawyers “Rising Star”, 2012
PUBLISHED WORKS INCLUDE
∙ Los Angeles Daily Journal
∙ California Labor & Employment Law Review
∙ Bilingual in English and Spanish.
∙ Presenter, California Employment Lawyers Association’s Trial College, 2014-2016
∙ State Bar of California Annual Labor and Employment Conference “How to Take and Defend Depositions”
∙ California Employment Lawyers Association Annual Conference “Arbitration in Employment Cases”
∙ California Employment Lawyers Association “Legislative Intent: How To Use It In Employment Cases”
∙ California Employment Lawyers Association “Diversity Summit”
∙ California Employment Lawyers Association “How to Conduct Discovery in Employment Cases”
∙ Latina Lawyers Bar Association “ How to Oppose Summary Judgment Motions”
∙ Los Angeles County Bar Association “ Employment 101: The Basics"
∙ Guest on National Television Show--The Cristina Show, the #1 Spanish-speaking talk show seen worldwide for several decades.
∙ National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA)
∙ California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA)
∙ State Bar of California, Labor and Employment Section
∙ Los Angeles County Bar Association
∙ Fresno County Bar Association
∙ Latina Lawyers Bar Association
∙ Mexican-American Bar Association
Kírby Fernando Cañon
Kirby Fernando Cañon focuses his practice solely on representing workers in a variety of employment matters including harassment and discrimination based on sex, race, pregnancy, age, mental and physical disabilities, gender, national origin, language, sexual orientation, indigenous identity, and medical condition; military and medical leaves; retaliation; whistle blower retaliation; wrongful termination; wage and hour; contract disputes; and defamation, libel & slander. He is bilingual in English and Spanish. He is also a member of the California Employment Lawyers Association (“CELA”), the National Employers Lawyers Association (“NELA”) and the Fresno County Bar Association. In CELA, he is an active member of the Legislative, Immigrant Employee Rights and the Worker Outreach Committees.
Prior to joining The Díaz Law firm, Mr. Cañon worked at a private law firm and also at the California Rural Legal Assistance (“CRLA”). He has successfully represented workers in state and federal court and has secured several settlements against large employers. His experience includes representing migrant farm workers and the State Parent Advisory Council for migrant parents in a variety of employment, labor, wage and hour, immigration and education matters.
Mr. Cañon attended UCLA after earning a full academic scholarship and holds a B.A. in Political Science and International Development Studies. He also graduated with a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law with Outstanding Achievement in Pro Bono work. During his time as a student at UCLA and UC Hastings, Mr. Cañon participated in many organizations and advocated for increased students rights, educational opportunity and access for low-income and traditionally under represented minorities. He focused his time as a student mentor for Students Heightening Academic Performance through Education; the Political Chair for the La Raza Law Students Association; a student representative for the Associated Students of Hastings and Staff and Community Outreach Editor for the Hastings Race and Poverty Law Journal. He also worked as a student clinician in the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies and other issues related to civil rights, asylum, international human rights and labor rights. He also clerked for the Honorable Maria Elena James, Chief Magistrate Judge, United States District Court, Northern District of California.
Mr. Cañon is the proud son of a dedicated single-mother and was born in the beautiful San Andres Islas in Colombia. He came to United States in 1997. In his spare time, he is an avid soccer fan who enjoys cooking traditional dishes from around the world and keeping up with current events.
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