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Nicole Nguyen

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment Litigation Attorney in Mission Viejo, CA

Sessions & Kimball, LLP
23456 Madero, Suite 170
Mission Viejo, CA 92691
Phone: 949-380-0900
Fax: 949-380-8283
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2022
Selected to Rising Stars: 2015 - 2017
Licensed in California Since: 2007
Education: Columbia Law School
Practice Areas: Employment Litigation: Plaintiff
Attorney Profile

Attorney Nicole Nguyen is a partner with the Sessions & Kimball LLP law firm in Mission Viejo, California. A top-ranked trial lawyer with more than 15 years of legal experience, Ms. Nguyen focuses her practice solely on labor and employment law, and she provides exceptional counsel and support to clients throughout Orange County and the surrounding areas who have suffered serious violations of their rights as workers, including any of the following:

·       Wrongful termination

·       Sexual harassment

·       Workplace discrimination

·       Other work-related grievances

Over the course of her legal career, Ms. Nguyen has represented both plaintiff and defendant clients alike in complex employment law claims. As such, she has a unique perspective from both sides of the aisle, which helps her devise the most effective strategies possible to help her plaintiff clients obtain the maximum amount of compensation they deserve.

Well-versed in negotiation, mediation, and other alternative dispute resolution techniques, Ms. Nguyen strives to help her clients resolve their conflicts and reach favorable settlements without having to resort to costly, protracted court battles; however, she will not hesitate to take her clients' issues to court when necessary. Either way, she maintains an unwavering focus on protecting her clients' rights and entitlements at all turns, and she has gained a reputation as a staunch and tireless advocate for those she serves.

In recognition for her impeccable professionalism and service, Ms. Nguyen has earned top rankings and endorsements from her peers along with many testimonials and referrals from her satisfied clients.

A 2003 graduate of Western Washington University, Ms. Nguyen was also a member of the University of Southern California's Resident Honors and Thematic Option Honors programs. She obtained her Juris Doctor degree from Columbia University School of Law in 2006, and she is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Ms. Nguyen is an active member of the State Bar of California and the Orange County Bar Association as well as its Employment Labor Law Section.

Practice Areas
  • 100%Employment Litigation: Plaintiff
Focus Areas

Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Retaliation

Selections

4 Years Super Lawyers
3 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2022
  • Rising Stars: 2015 - 2017

About Nicole Nguyen

First Admitted: 2007, California

Professional Webpage: https://www.job-law.com/nicole-a-nguyen/

Educational Background

  • Columbia Law School, 2006
  • Western Washington University, 2003

Honors/Awards

  • Recognized for court award in 2017 for Sarkissian v. Parkview, RIC 1503346, Top 100 Court Awards in California, Top Verdict, 2017

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Author in Advocate Magazine's August 2020 issue, devoted to ADR, concerning failed mediations: "Three reasons mediations fail and three ways to move forward", 2020
  • Coordinator and organizer for annual employment law symposium focused on the lifecycle of an employment case: https://www.ocbar.org/Calendar/Event-Detail/sessionaltcd/LABSEPT2021, 2021
  • Coordinator and speaker: Coordinated and spoke at a CLE event presenting plaintiff and defense perspectives on common myths in employment litigation that still trip up advanced practitioners: Myths That Advanced Practitioners Still Fall For, 2021
  • Author of cover story in OC Lawyer magazine's November 2020 issue, devoted to COVID-19, "Seven Illegal Situations Employees Should Recognize", 2020
  • Coordinator and moderator: Coordinated the content and moderated a panel providing judicial perspectives from all six judges on the Orange County Superior Court complex panel concerning PAGA and class action lawsuits, "Insights From Orange County Superior Court's Complex Court Regarding Wage and Hour and PAGA", 2021
  • Coordinator and moderator: Coordinated the content and moderated a panel providing plaintiff and defense perspectives on overtime calculations, "Getting the Numbers Right: Calculating Wages, Overtime, Reporting Pay, Premiums, Penalties, and PAGA", 2021
  • Chair-Elect: Elected to leadership in the OCBA Labor and Employment Section. Assumed duties starting January 2020., 2020
  • Coordinator and moderator: Coordinated the content and moderated a panel providing plaintiff and defense perspectives on the case law highlights of 2020 and the new statutes effective in 2021, "2020 In Review: Key Employment Law Developments", 2021
  • Planning Committee Member: Collaborated to plan the OCBA Labor and Employment section's annual summer symposium., 2021
  • Chair: Elected to leadership in the OCBA Labor and Employment Section. Assumed duties starting January 2021., 2021
  • Planning Committee Member: Collaborated to plan the OCBA Labor and Employment section's annual summer symposium., 2020
  • Drafter and responsible floor delegate for legislative resolution 8-03-2019, advocating a change in FEHA to include parental and familial status as protected classes. The resolution was debated, voted upon, and passed, at the 2019 Conference of California Bar Associations. It was then submitted in 2019 to legislative counsel, unbacked, by Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva., 2019
  • Speaker: Presented the plaintiff's perspective on strategies to trigger and maximize EPLI coverage in tripartite mediations, "Tripartite Mediation: EPLI Tips and Strategies from the Perspective of Mediator, Plaintiff’s Counsel, and Defense Counsel .", 2019
  • Secretary/Treasurer: Elected to leadership in the OCBA Labor and Employment Section. Assumed duties starting January 2019., 2019
  • Speaker: Presented the plaintiff's perspective on strategies to navigate the intersection of FEHA rights with workers' compensation issues, "What to Do When FEHA and Workers’ Compensation Intersect.", 2019
  • Parliamentarian: Appointed to leadership of Orange OCBA Legislative Resolutions Committee, 2019
  • Planning Committee Member: Collaborated to plan the OCBA Labor and Employment section's annual summer symposium., 2019
  • Speaker: Presented the plaintiff's perspective on strategies to trigger insurance coverage and increase insurance valuation in a joint seminar with the OCBA Labor and Employment Section and the OCBA Insurance Law section, "Advanced EPLI Litigation Strategies: Perspectives from the Plaintiff and Defense Bar.", 2018
  • Executive Committee Member: Collaborated with others in the OCBA Labor and Employment Section planning of the year's speaking engagements, charitable contributions, and community and industry presence., 2018
  • Speaker: Presented the plaintiff's perspective on strategies to ethically seek and use testimony from special status witnesses, in the OCBA Labor and Employment Section lunch seminar, "Whose Line Is It Anyway? Strategies Related To Control Group Employees, Ex-Employees, and Third Party Witnesses, 2017
  • Executive Committee Member: Collaborated with others in the OCBA Labor and Employment Section planning of the year's speaking engagements, charitable contributions, and community and industry presence., 2017
  • Planning Committee Member: Collaborated to plan the OCBA Labor and Employment section's annual summer symposium., 2017
  • Speaker: Presented the plaintiff's perspective on strategies to demand, preserve, and utilize electronically stored information in the OCBA Labor and Employment Section lunch seminar, "Everything You Wanted To Know About ESI But Were Afraid To Ask". , 2016
  • Executive Committee Member: Collaborated with others in the OCBA Labor and Employment Section planning of the year's speaking engagements, charitable contributions, and community and industry presence., 2016
  • Planning Committee Member: Collaborated to plan the OCBA Labor and Employment section's annual summer symposium., 2016
  • Coordinator and Moderator: Coordinated, moderated, and spoke at the OCBA Labor and Employment Section symposium panel on how to identify, defuse, and litigate workplace violence incidents, "From Fighting Words to Fisticuffs: What To Do About Violence in the Workplace"., 2016
  • Speaker: Represented the plaintiff's perspective on discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and other claims in the CEB's "The Basics Conference", 2016
  • Speaker: Presented the plaintiff's perspective on developing and streamlining discovery plans in the Orange County Paralegal Litigation Section's monthly seminar, "The devil is in the details: using discovery to separate fact from fiction, 2016
  • Speaker: Presented the plaintiff's perspective on strategies to signal valuation and prompt appropriate settlement authority in the OCBA Labor and Employment Section lunch seminar, "Pre-Mediation Strategies: How To Make Your Mediation Successful"., 2015

Verdicts/Settlements

  • $130,000 confidential settlement for racial harassment, wrongful termination, and wage and hour claims, 2021
  • $700,000 confidential settlement for harassment and retaliation claims., 2020
  • $200,000 confidential settlement for two plaintiffs' racial harassment and wrongful termination claims, 2021
  • $140,000 confidential settlement for unpaid wage claim., 2019
  • $100,000 confidential settlement for wrongful termination and wage and hour claims., 2019
  • $210,000+ awarded in attorney's fees for single plaintiff misclassification case before Judge Ottolia, RIC 1503347., 2018
  • $200,000 confidential settlement for sexual harassment claim, 2018
  • $100,000 confidential settlement for wrongful termination claim, 2018
  • $620,000+ confidential settlement for wrongful termination claim, 2017
  • $275,000 awarded for single plaintiff misclassification case in bench trial before Judge Ottolia, RIC 1503347., 2017
  • $145,000+ confidential settlement for single plaintiff misclassification claim, 2017
  • $140,000 confidential settlement for wrongful termination claim, 2017
  • $115,000 confidential settlement for wrongful termination claim, 2017
  • $325,000 confidential settlement for sexual harassment claim, 2016
  • $140,000 confidential settlement for sexual harassment claim, 2016
  • $500,000 confidential settlement for sexual harassment claim, 2015
  • $600,000 confidential settlement for sexual harassment claim, 2014
  • $360,000+ confidential settlement for sexual harassment claim, 2014
  • $170,000+ confidential settlement for wrongful termination claim, 2014
  • $95,000+ confidential settlement for single plaintiff misclassification case, 2014
  • $550,000 confidential settlement for wrongful termination, 2013
  • $500,000 confidential settlement for wrongful termination, 2013
  • $225,000 confidential settlement for wrongful termination, 2013
  • $150,000 confidential settlement for wrongful termination, 2013
  • $150,000 confidential settlement for wrongful termination, 2013
  • $140,000 confidential settlement for wrongful termination, 2013
  • $135,000 confidential settlement for wrongful termination, 2013
  • $135,000 confidential settlement for wrongful termination, 2013
  • $250,000 confidential settlement for wrongful termination, 2012
  • $180,000 confidential settlement for wrongful termination claim, 2012
  • $165,000 confidential settlement for wrongful termination claim, 2012
  • $135,000 confidential settlement for racial and national origin discrimination, 2012
  • $130,000+ confidential settlement for wrongful termination claim, 2012
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Office Location for Nicole Nguyen

23456 Madero
Suite 170
Mission Viejo, CA 92691

Phone: 949-380-0900

Fax: 949-380-8283

Last Updated: 8/27/2021

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