Rafael G. Nendel-Flores represents employers in complex litigation matters including wage-hour class actions, appellate litigation and employment tax controversies. Rafael’s practice also includes defending employers in discrimination, wrongful termination, unlawful harassment and retaliation lawsuits. He has significant experience representing professional employer organizations, staffing companies and transportation companies. Rafael has particular expertise regarding wage-hour compliance, independent contractor misclassification issues, implementation and enforcement of arbitration agreements, and compliance with the Federal-WARN Act and the California-WARN Act.
Rafael also devotes a significant portion of his practice to providing employers with preventive counseling including assisting management with harassment investigations, employee discipline, reasonable accommodation/interactive process issues, and wage-hour compliance audits.
Rafael is the Immediate Past President of the Orange County Hispanic Bar Association (OCHBA). Rafael is AV Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell and was selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers In America. Rafael also has been named a "Rising Star" by Southern California Super Lawyers every year since 2011, placing him among the top 2.5 percent of the best employment litigators in Southern California under 40 years of age. Rafael obtained his Bachelor's degree in Political Science from Stanford University in just three years. While in law school, Rafael was Articles Editor for the George Washington Law Review and a Dean's Fellow.