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Goldstein, Borgen, Dardarian & Ho

Oakland, CA Employment Attorneys

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About the Firm

Goldstein, Borgen, Dardarian & Ho (GBDH), is one of the oldest and most successful plaintiffs' public interest class action law firms in the country. GBDH represents individuals against large companies in complex, class and collective action lawsuits in the firm's three primary practice areas: employment discrimination, wage and hour violations, and disability access, as well as in other public interest areas. The firm is located in Oakland, California and has a national practice, litigating cases in federal and state courts throughout the country. GBDH has long been recognized as one of the top plaintiffs' firms in the country. As early as 1992, the National Law Journal ("A National Who's Who of the Top Lawyers in Employment Litigation") called the firm "In a league of their own on the plaintiffs' side, handling the largest class actions nationwide." More recently, The Recorder, in San Francisco, listed all of the firm's partners as among the "top attorneys" in employment law in the San Francisco Bay Area. Every year since 2004, GBDH partners have been named "Northern California Super Lawyers" by their peers, in recognition of their outstanding legal achievements and high ethical standards. More detailed information regarding GBDH's practice areas and cases is available through the links on our home page.
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Practice Areas

  • Class Actions
  • Discrimination: Disability
  • Discrimination: General/Employment
  • Equal Pay Violations
  • Wage & Hour/Overtime/Labor Standards/Wage Theft
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David Borgen

David Borgen originally joined the firm in 1990 to litigate the Stage Two "mini-trials" in a class action on behalf of women who were denied or deterred from positions as State Farm insurance sales agents. Kraszewski v. State Farm General Ins. Co., 30 FEP 197 (N.D.Cal. 1985). After that, he stuck around and litigated a series of gender discrimination class actions in chain stores, including Butler, et al. v. Home Depot, Inc., 70 FEP 51 (N.D.Cal. 1996) (class action on behalf of women employees in and applicants to Home Depot Stores in its Western Division). After that, he chose to focus his practice on wage and hour (overtime) class and collective actions, beginning with Harrison v. Enterprise Rent-A-Car, 1998 WL 422169 (M.D. Fla. 1998) (certified as a nationwide FLSA collective action). He is on the Editorial Board for the Second Edition of the BNA Fair Labor Standards Act (2010) treatise and its subsequent annual supplements. He was the first Employee Co-Chair of the ABA’s Federal Labor Standards Legislation Committee. He is also a Senior Editor of the BNA treatise Wage and Hour Laws: A State by State Survey (2011), and its annual supplements. He is a member of the Board of Governors of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. In addition to leading the firm’s wage/hour practice, David is active in the firm’s employment discrimination and disability access cases. More About This Attorney »

Linda M Dardarian

Named California Lawyer Attorney of the Year for her extraordinary achievement in 2013 in Disability Rights, Linda M. Dardarian joined Goldstein, Borgen, Dardarian & Ho as an associate in 1991 and has been a partner since 1998. Ms. Dardarian has extensive experience in litigating class action employment discrimination, disability access, and wage and hour cases. She has been lead counsel in employment class actions that resulted in tens of millions of dollars in payments to wronged employees, and has litigated landmark citizen suits brought to enforce the Clean Water Act and California’s Proposition 65. She leads the firm’s disability rights practice, and also leads cases involving environmental enforcement and wage and hour class and collective actions. She is a frequent lecturer and panelist on subjects relating to disability rights, litigation practice and procedure, and attorney’s fees recovery. In addition to her CLAY award, each year since 2005 to the present, Ms. Dardarian has been named a northern California “Super Lawyer” practicing employment law, and was named one of the Top 50 Women Super Lawyers in 2009. She is also regularly listed as one of “The Best Lawyers in America” and is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell. More About This Attorney »

Laura L Ho

Laura L. Ho joined Goldstein, Borgen, Dardarian & Ho in 1998 and has been a partner since 2005. Her current practice focuses on California and federal wage and hour class and collective actions. Ms. Ho has also represented non-profit organizations as amici curiae in a number of cases affecting California employees in the California Court of Appeal and Supreme Court, and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. She also regularly gives presentations on the subjects of California and federal wage and hour class and collective actions. Ms. Ho speaks Mandarin Chinese. Ms. Ho received California Lawyer magazine’s California Lawyer of the Year Award (CLAY) in 2009 for her achievements in employment law, was named Best Lawyer’s 2014 Lawyer of the Year for Oakland in Litigation—Labor and Employment, and is regularly recognized as a Northern California Super Lawyer. More About This Attorney »

Barry Goldstein

Barry Goldstein joined Goldstein, Borgen, Dardarian & Ho as a partner in 1989. He became a named partner in 1991 and managing partner in 1995. Since January 2000, Mr. Goldstein has been Of Counsel with the firm. NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, Inc., (LDF) for eighteen years, including several years as the Director of its Washington, D.C. office, litigating employment discrimination or related cases including Albemarle Paper v. Moody, Lorrance v. AT&T Technologies (argued in Supreme Court), IUE v. Robbins & Myers (argued in Supreme Court), Detroit Police Officers Assn. v. Young, James v. Stockham Valves & Fitting, Inc. More About This Attorney »

Morris J Baller

In January 1995 Morris ("Mike") Baller joined Goldstein, Borgen, Dardarian & Ho as a Partner. Mr. Baller became Of Counsel in January 2013. He focuses on class action litigation, primarily in employment discrimination (race, national origin, age, and gender discrimination claims, as well as harassment claims), civil rights, wage and hour (misclassification, overtime pay, and unlawful wage withholding claims) and other class actions and complex litigation involving discrimination and other abuses in non-employment settings in both federal and state courts. Mr. Baller regularly serves as a Mediator and Evaluator for the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, and has been engaged by parties in litigation as a mediator and arbitrator. More About This Attorney »

James Kan

James Kan joined Goldstein, Borgen, Dardarian & Ho as the Columbia University Law School Civil Rights Fellow in 2005 and became a partner in 2014. His practice focuses on wage-and-hour and employment discrimination class actions and collective actions as well as executive and professional severance negotiations. He is also a lecturer and panelist on the subjects of California and federal wage and hour and employment discrimination class and collective actions. Mr. Kan was recently selected by SuperLawyers as a Rising Star for 2014. More About This Attorney »

Andrew P Lee

Andrew Lee joined Goldstein, Borgen, Dardarian & Ho as an associate in March 2013. More About This Attorney »

Megan E Ryan

Megan Ryan joined Goldstein, Borgen, Dardarian & Ho in August 2014. Prior to joining GBDH, Megan worked as a Supervising Attorney and U.C. Berkeley Law School Lecturer for the East Bay Community Law Center, Neighborhood Justice Clinic in Berkeley, California. During her tenure at the EBCLC, Megan directed the consumer protection practice and supervised the general legal service clinic. Before that, she worked as an extern for the Honorable Claudia Wilken, U.S.D.C., Northern District of California and as an employment law intern at La Raza Centro Legal in San Francisco, California. Prior to that, Megan worked at the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office as a law clerk in the Consumer and Environmental Protection Division. She also worked for many years at the alternative dispute resolution organization Partners for Democratic Change holding a variety of different positions, including Director of Operations. Megan is fluent in Spanish. More About This Attorney »

Byron R Goldstein

Byron R. Goldstein joined Goldstein, Borgen, Dardarian & Ho in July 2014. Prior to joining GBDH, Byron worked for Clarence, Dyer and Cohen where he defended individuals and businesses in state and federal criminal prosecutions, pre-indictment federal criminal investigations, and regulatory investigations. He also advised and represented clients in parallel civil/criminal actions, high-stake tort claims, and civil disputes with local municipalities and other government entities. Before that, Byron worked as a public defender for children with the Legal Aid Society in New York City where he handled over 50 trials and suppression hearings. Previous to that, he clerked for Judge U.W. Clemon in the Northern District of Alabama and worked in the litigation practice at Sidley Austin in New York City. In addition, while at Columbia Law School, Byron externed for Judge Richard J. Holwell in the Southern District of New York and for the New York State Attorney General. Byron was also a student and alumni board member of Columbia’s Public Interest Law Foundation. More About This Attorney »

Raymond A Wendell

Raymond A. Wendell joined Goldstein, Borgen, Dardarian & Ho as a Social Justice Fellow in September 2014. Prior to joining GBDH, Raymond clerked for the Honorable Marilyn L. Huff in the Southern District of California. In 2013, Raymond graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review and served as a student attorney in the Post-Foreclosure Eviction Defense Clinic. During law school, Raymond was a summer intern at Davis, Cowell & Bowe, a San Francisco labor and employment firm, and at the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing. Before law school, he was involved in labor advocacy. More About This Attorney »

Contact Information

Goldstein, Borgen, Dardarian & Ho
300 Lakeside Drive
Suite 1000
Oakland, CA 94612
Phone: (510) 763-9800
Fax: (510) 835-1417

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