Anthony J. DeCristoforo

Office Managing Shareholder || Sacramento

Anthony (Tony) DeCristoforo is the managing shareholder in the Sacramento office. His employment litigation practice focuses on the representation of employers and supervisors in disputes in state and federal courts, as well as in administrative proceedings and arbitrations. Tony has extensive experience handling wage and hour class actions and claims for discrimination, wrongful termination and sexual harassment. He also advises employers on a wide range of employment-related issues, including wage and hour law, employment agreements, employee handbooks and statutory leave rights.

Tony’s general litigation practice includes the representation of businesses and individuals in a variety of civil actions, including unfair competition, breach of contract and business tort lawsuits.

Learn more about Anthony J. DeCristoforo

California Wage & Hour Class Actions

  • Represented fruit processing company in wage and hour class action alleging rest and meal period violations.
  • Defended magazine distributor in wage and hour class action alleging off-the-clock work and claims of unreimbursed expenses.
  • Represented employer of truck drivers in class action claiming damages and penalties for rest and meal period violations.
  • Representing seafood processor in class action for alleged unpaid overtime, rest and meal period violations and related claims.
  • Defending financial services company in wage and hour class action alleging overtime and rest and meal period violations.

Other Employment Litigation

  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of financial services company in lawsuit alleging retaliation and wrongful constructive discharge.
  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of telecommunications company in lawsuit alleging retaliation based on complaints of safety violations.
  • Successfully defended skilled nursing facility in lawsuit filed by former employee claiming disability discrimination and harassment.
  • Defended consumer products company against claim of race discrimination brought by former executive employee.
  • Represented global energy producer in action alleging workplace injury discrimination.
  • Successfully defended furniture manufacturer against discrimination claim filed by former employee.
  • Successfully represented large insurance underwriter in lawsuit involving alleged unfair competition and misappropriation of trade secrets.
  • Defended manufacturing company in breach of contract lawsuit filed by former employee for alleged unpaid bonuses.
  • Successfully defended software company in action for unpaid wages filed by former employee.
  • Represented numerous businesses of all sizes in ADA access lawsuits filed by private litigants.
  • Successfully defended various employers in administrative appeals of Cal/OSHA citations.


  • J.D., Santa Clara University School of Law, 1993
  • B.A., University of California, Berkeley, 1989

Admittance to Practice

  • California
  • U.S. District Court, Central, Eastern, Northern and Southern Districts of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Professional Activities

  • State Bar of California (Labor and Employment Law Section)
  • Sacramento County Bar Association (Past member, Labor and Employment Law Section, Executive Committee and Diversity Hiring and Retention Committee)
  • Judge pro tem, Sacramento County Superior Court
  • Voluntary attorney, Voluntary Legal Services Program of Northern California
  • Past member, Milton Schwartz American Inn of Court
  • Past member, Greater Sacramento Area Economic Council, Investor Relations Committee
  • Past member, American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of California, Prevailing Wage Law Committee
  • Past member, Board of Directors, Sacramento Children’s Home
  • Past member, Board of Directors, Jesuit High School Alumni Association


  • Ogletree Deakins Navigating California Employment Law Seminar - "Be Reasonable! Analyzing California’s Religious, Disability, and Pregnancy Accommodation Requirements" - Napa - March 1, 2019
  • Corporate Labor and Employment Counsel Exclusive - "Life Is Better at the Beach? Surfing California's Latest Employment Developments" - La Quinta - November 8, 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins Navigating California Employment Law Seminar - "BREAKING NEWS: Employer Harassment Policies and Investigations Under Fire!" - Napa - March 3, 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "Dude, Those California Laws Are Gnarly!" - San Diego - May 3, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Navigating California Employment Law Seminar - ""Reasonable" in California . . . But Perhaps Nowhere Else" - Napa - March 2, 2017
  • Best Lawyers Award Badge
  • Best Lawyers in America (2018-present)
  • Acritas Star (2018-present)
  • Northern California Super Lawyers (2017, 2018)