Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP Expands Firm Leadership, Adds Four Partners Statewide

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IRVINE, Calif. – Jan. 8, 2020 – Acclaimed employment, labor and business immigration law firm Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP (CDF) is proud to announce the elevation of five outstanding attorneys across its five offices in California, including four new partners.

“CDF is thrilled to begin the new year, and our second quarter-century in business, by expanding our leadership ranks with the elevation of five exceptionally talented and accomplished attorneys,” said Firm Managing Partner Marie DiSante. “As we embark on our next 25 years, CDF continues in its commitment to providing the best talent to protect, to defend and to advocate for clients.”

Daphne Bishop, J.D., AWI-CH (Los Angeles – Partner), is chair of CDF’s Internal Investigations Practice Group.  Bishop has represented companies with California workforces for nearly two decades.  Her experience advising and defending small to Fortune 500 companies across many industries against the gamut of employment-related claims offers her a unique advantage in helping companies prevent, uncover, investigate and resolve employee and institutional misconduct.  Combining her litigation and counseling experience, Bishop’s practice now focuses on providing internal investigation services as a neutral third-party investigator or a strategic advisor.  She is a graduate of Yale College and received her law degree from the UCLA Law School.  In addition, she received her certificate from the Association of Workplace Investigators in 2018.

Corey Cabral (Sacramento – Partner) represents local, regional and national employers in all aspects of California labor and employment law and related litigation.  His counsel and litigation experience spans the full scope of employment law and workplace claims, ranging from wrongful termination, employment discrimination, sexual harassment and retaliation to wage and hour and traditional labor-management relations matters.  Cabral’s practice emphasis is on complex and sophisticated wage and hour litigation.  He frequently evaluates, develops strategies for and manages complex Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) and class action lawsuits, including highly technical claims regarding suitable seating, regular rate of pay and overtime calculations, arbitration agreements, interstate commerce and wage statements.  Cabral’s clients operate in various industries, including retail, trucking, health care and emergency medical services.  He is a graduate of San Jose State University and received his J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law.

M. Leah Cameron (San Francisco – Partner) A graduate of the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, Cameron is an experienced trial attorney, representing clients in class actions and single-plaintiff cases in state and federal courts, as well as before administrative agencies. She was also a member of the CDF appellate team that secured the seminal California Supreme Court decision in Duran v. U.S. Bank, 59 Cal.4th 1 (2014), which helped shape class certification and trial management principles in overtime exemption cases.

Nicole Legrottaglie (Sacramento – Partner) aggressively defends her clients in a broad range of labor and employment claims, including class actions and single-plaintiff claims of discrimination, retaliation, harassment, wrongful termination and wage and hour litigation.  In addition, Legrottaglie has significant experience in traditional labor law where she has effectively represented management in union disputes and successfully handled unfair labor practice charges and other administrative matters and hearings.  A strong believer in educating her clients so they avoid litigation in the first place, she regularly provides preventative counseling to employers of all sizes.  She is a graduate of Manhattan College and received her J.D. from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.

Denisha McKenzie (Orange County) has been elevated to Senior Counsel.  McKenzie defends employers in all areas of labor and employment law in state and federal court, as well as before various administrative agencies, including the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) and the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE).  McKenzie’s practice has a special emphasis on vigorously defending alleged claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation and wrongful termination.  A significant portion of her practice also is dedicated to defending wage and hour single-plaintiff, class action and PAGA lawsuits.  She is a graduate of Tufts University and received her J.D. from the University of California, Irvine School of Law.

About Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP

For more than 25 years, Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP (CDF) has distinguished itself as a top employment, labor and immigration law firm in California, representing businesses in single-plaintiff and class action lawsuits and advising employers on related legal compliance and risk avoidance.  The firm employs over 45 attorneys in five California offices (San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Sacramento), who exclusively focus on labor and employment issues affecting California businesses, and provide timely, cost-effective and knowledgeable solutions to protect employers’ time, dime and peace of mind. CDF was named one of the “Best Law Firms for Female Attorneys and Minority Attorneys” in Law360’s 2018 and 2019 Glass Ceiling Report for firms with 20-149 attorneys.

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