Dan L. Gildor

Senior Litigation Counsel

About Dan

Dan represents employees and consumers in class action and individual cases and is experienced in negotiations, mediations, and trial.

Dan has been an attorney for over 20 years. In that time, he has represented workers and consumers throughout California at both trial and appellate levels. His track record is marked by hard-won outcomes often involving matters of first impression. His notable cases have included:

  • Sosa v. Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream (Alameda County, No. RG08424366);
  • Naranjo v. GNC (Alameda County, No. RG12619626);
  • Ely v. Davey Tree Surgery Co. (Alameda County, No. RG08398173);
  • Bolton v. U.S. Nursing (N.D. Cal., No C12-4466 LB);
  • Mejia v. Prologix Distribution Services (West) (N.D. Cal, No. 12-CV-4840 YGR);
  • Minns v. Advanced Clinical Employment Staffing (N.D. Cal., No. 13-CV-03249-SI);
  • Arens v. Popcorn, Indiana (N.D. Cal. (N.D. Cal., No. 14-CV-1323-SC);
  • Edenborough v. ADT (N.D. Cal., No. 16-2233 JST); and
  • Pennington v. Apple, Inc. (N.D. Cal., No. C12-2375 PSG)
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Be sure to put your feet in the right place, and then stand firm.
-Abraham Lincoln


Dan has developed formidable expertise in wage and hour cases. Over the years, he has litigated many complex employment and consumer class actions in California state and federal courts and proven his dedication to advancing the rights of employees, consumers and the public interest through the courts. Dan’s prior experience includes approximately nine years at Chavez & Gertler LLP, a well-renowned class action law firm, and several years in the Office of the Director—Legal Unit in the Department of Industrial Relations. Before that, he enforced the Clean Water Act and advocated on behalf of various nonprofits including the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Environmental Law Fund, and Save Our Springs. Dan also worked in Silicon Valley as a systems and technical engineer at several startups, including one of his own.  Though Dan has never worked at a defense firm, his broad experience and neurodiversity give him a unique ability to comprehend and resolve complex legal issues quickly and efficiently while also maintaining empathy.

Dan received his JD from the University of California at Berkeley School of Law, where he received several writing and other awards, including the Order of the Coif distinction. He has crafted case-winning arguments in the California Courts of Appeal as well as the California Supreme Court, and his academic work has repeatedly been published in the Environmental Law Quarterly as well as Plaintiff Magazine. Dan served as a judicial clerk in the Western District of Washington for the Hon. Barbara J. Rothstein after graduating from law school.

Dan has a Master of Arts from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

  • J.D., Univ. of California Berkeley School of Law, Order of the Coif
  • M.A., Stanford University
  • B.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
  • Judicial Law Clerk for Honorable Barbara J. Rothstein
    U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington, 2002-2003
  • Member, California Employment Lawyers Association
  • California
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California