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Patricio T. D. Barrera

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Top Rated Employment Litigation Attorney in El Segundo, CA

Barrera & Associates, Attorneys
2298 E. Maple Avenue
El Segundo, CA 90245
Phone: 310-802-1500
Fax: 310-802-0500
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2022
Licensed in California Since: 1990
Practice Areas: Employment Litigation: Plaintiff, Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff
Languages Spoken: English, Spanish
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Attorney Profile

Attorney Pat Barrera is a trial lawyer who focuses his practice on employment law cases.  Pat has been selected to Super Lawyers for 19 consecutive years.  He is proud to devote his practice to obtaining justice for hardworking individuals by protecting his clients from wrongdoing. Between 2017 and the COVID-related Court Closures in 2020, Pat won four jury trials for his clients including three punitive damages verdicts.  He also prevailed in arbitration hearings for his clients.  Pat is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), which is by invitation only for attorneys who have tried a requisite number of civil cases to verdict, the National Trial Lawyers Top 100, California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA) and the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, having tried or settled cases resulting in multiple million-dollar recoveries for his plaintiff clients. By carefully screening his cases, Mr. Barrera ensures his ability to develop strong personal relationships with his clients as well as superior results in their cases.

Mr. Barrera received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law in 1990 and received extensive training with a major law firm before starting his own firm. He is licensed to practice law in California and Texas and the United States District Courts for the Central and Southern Districts of California. Mr. Barrera is a member of the State Bar of California and the State Bar of Texas.  Pat speaks English and Spanish.  Barrera & Associates has law offices in Los Angeles (El Segundo), California.  

Practice Areas
  • 80%Employment Litigation: Plaintiff
  • 20%Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff
Focus Areas

Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Retaliation, Employment Law - Employer, Class Actions


19 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2022

About Patricio T. D. Barrera

First Admitted: 1990, California

Professional Webpage:

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Guest Lecturer, Litigation Topics, University of West Los Angeles
  • Speaker, "Seeing is Believing," Demands for Site Inspections; Speaker, Lessons Learned, Trials & Tribulations, CELA Annual Conference, 2021 , Speaker, CELA Annual Conference, Legal, 2021
  • How a QSF helps your employment clients and your law firm survive in times of pandemics and disasters , Author, Settle Your Client's Employment Case, Spread Your Fees Over Several Years, CELA Newsletter, May 30, 2020, Plaintiff Employment Attorneys And Their Clients, 2020
  • On September 28, 2017, Pat Barrera spoke at a Bridgeport seminar entitled Mastering Depositions, on the topic of Deposing Expert Witnesses: Promoting Expertise and Limiting Exposure, Guest Speaker, Deposing Expert Witnesses, Promoting Expertise and Limiting Exposure, Bridgeport CLE, 2017

Bar/Professional Activity

  • United States District Courts for the Central District of California
  • Member, State Bar of Texas
  • Texas
  • Member, State Bar of California
  • Member, California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA) and National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) 
  • California
  • United States District Courts for the Southern District of California


  • AV-Rated
  • Mr. Barrera was inducted into the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) in July 2017.   Membership into ABOTA is limited to trial attorneys who have tried the requisite number of civil cases to verdict. , Inductee, American Board of Trial Advocates, 2017
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • Mr. Barrera has been listed in the National Trial Lawyers, Top 100, for the years 2014-2018 , Honoree, National Trial Lawyers, Top 100, 2018
  • Member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Board of Directors, California
  • Trustee, Phi Kappa Theta Foundation Board
  • School Board Member, Notre Dame Academy, Los Angeles, CA 
  • Volunteer Prosecutor L.A., County District Attorney's Office
  • Board of The Volunteer Center, South Bay-Harbor-Long Beach

Educational Background

  • Texas State University's School of Business, 1987


  • In November 2017, a Los Angeles jury unanimously awarded our client compensatory damages of $1.22 million in a whistleblower case after less than one hour of jury deliberations.  , 2017
  • In October 2016, Mr. Barrera prevailed in a wrongful termination and defamation case against a local auto dealership.  A unanimous jury awarded $360,000 to Mr. Barrera's client after just three hours of deliberations.   The case is Preciado v. Alfaqir, Inc., et al., 2016
  • On August 20, 2017, a San Bernardino jury awarded our client, a former T-Mobile store manager, $5,020,042, including $4 million in punitive damages in an employment retaliation case.   The jury reached a unanimous decision after 3.5 hours of deliberations.   The case is Colucci v. T-Mobile, Inc., CIVDS1502822.  , 2017
  • In April 2018, a downtown Los Angeles jury awarded damages for economic loss, emotional distress and punitive damages in a failure-to-hire age discrimination case. We represented a 54-year-old woman who was deemed qualified and recommneded for the job she was interviewing for by the interview team but she was bypassed by upper management for a substantially younger less qualified applicant.   The case is Hoffer v. Chevron USA, Inc., LASC BC637501., 2018
  • A Los Angeles jury returned a verdict in our client's favor in an employment retaliation case, in the sum of $1,583,544 on June 10, 2014. Abyane v. County of Los Angeles, LASC Case No. BC489359.     , 2014

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Nominated for Trial Attorney of the Year, CAALA, 2018

Industry Groups

  • All Industries


  • “Patricio Barrera is a kind, professional advocate who gets great results. I know my clients are in good hands with him.”

These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

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Office Location for Patricio T. D. Barrera

2298 E. Maple Avenue
El Segundo, CA 90245

Phone: 310-802-1500

Fax: 310-802-0500

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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