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Samuel P. Nielson

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment & Labor 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 Rising Stars: 2013 - 2021
Licensed in California Since: 2010
Practice Areas: Employment & Labor: Employee (70%), Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (20%), Civil Rights (10%)
Languages Spoken: English, French
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Attorney Profile

Attorney Samuel P. Nielson is a partner with Sessions & Kimball LLP in Mission Viejo, California. Nationally recognized for his legal work, Mr. Nielson has more than 10 years of experience in employment law, and he provides unmatched representation for clients throughout Orange County and beyond who have claims involving any of the following:

  • Labor and employment law
  • Sexual harassment
  • Workplace discrimination
  • Wrongful termination
  • Other work-related grievances

Over the course of his legal career, Mr. Nielson has gained a reputation as a staunch advocate for employee rights, and he has achieved remarkable success advocating on behalf of his clients. He started his career practicing employment law defense, which helps him devise the most effective strategies possible for those he serves. His clients come from all walks of life, and he has extensive experience with single-plaintiff cases as well as class actions.

A leader in his legal community, Mr. Nielson is the current International Section chair for the J. Reuben Clark Law Society’s Employment and Labor Section, and he serves on the Orange County Bar Association’s Education Committee. He was also a member of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society’s board of directors, and he is highly active with the Orange County Bar Association Labor and Employment Section’s executive committee.

Honored for his outstanding professionalism and service, Mr. Nielson is Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished* peer-review rated and was given a Top 40 Under 40 ranking from the National Advocates, a companion organization to the National Trial Lawyers. He has also received many other accolades and endorsements from his peers, including the Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Services from The State Bar of California.

A 2007 graduate of Brigham Young University, Mr. Nielson obtained his Juris Doctor from the University of Iowa College of Law in 2010. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Northern, Southern and Central Districts of California, and he has written extensively and conducted many lectures and seminars on a variety of legal topics.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 70%Employment & Labor: Employee
  • 20%Employment Litigation: Plaintiff
  • 10%Civil Rights
Focus Areas

Employment Law - Employee, Wage & Hour Laws, Whistleblower, Sexual Harassment, Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Retaliation, Americans with Disabilities Act, Race Discrimination, Disability, Discrimination

Selections

9 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2013 - 2021

Articles about Samuel P. Nielson appearing in Super Lawyers

About Samuel P. Nielson

First Admitted: 2010, California

Professional Webpage: https://www.job-law.com/samuel-p-nielson/

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Writer – Iowa Law Review
  • Served as a speaker presenting the plaintiff perspective on key 2020 developments in California employment law, Speaker, 2020 in Review: Key Employment Law Developments, Orange County Bar Association, 2021
  • Organized and moderated a CLE presentation concerning FEHA claims when employees have union membership, Organizer and Moderator, FEHA and Labor Law: When Worlds Collide, Orange County Bar Association, Legal, 2021
  • Organized and served as a featured panelist regarding employment settlement agreements at the Orange County Bar Association Labor & Employment Section's monthly MCLE lunch, Organizer and Speaker, Carefully Considering FEHA Disability Cases Post Covid-19, Orange County Bar Association, Legal, 2020
  • Authored an article examining the message of belonging conveyed to Muslims in France through legal and political pronouncements regarding burkini bans that surfaced in France shortly after a terror attack , Author, Beaches and Muslim belonging in France: liberty, equality, but not the burkini!, cultural geographies, 2020
  • The article provides guidance in crafting settlement agreements to make them readily acceptable to all sides, Author, Making the Most of Your Settlement Agreements, Advocate Magazine, Legal, 2019
  • Organized and served as a featured panelist regarding employment settlement agreements at the Orange County Bar Association Labor & Employment Section's monthly MCLE lunch, Organizer and Panelist, Employment Case Settlement Agreements: The Tail Wagging the Dog, Orange County Bar Association, 2019
  • Invited speaker at the First Tuesday Club of the Midlands in Columbia, South Carolina, regarding gerrymandering and the US Supreme Court, Presenter, Gerrymandering and the Supreme Court, First Tuesday Club of the Midlands, 2019
  • This article provides ten cogent tips on working with the court as gleaned from working in Judge Guilford's chambers, appearing in front of him and other judges as an attorney, and then securing Judge Guilford's perspective on these perceptions, Author, Courting the Court: Ten Tips for Improving Your Relationship with Justice, OC Lawyer Magazine, Legal, 2018
  • Invited speaker at the American Association of Geographers' Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana, regarding court cases and gerrymandering, Presenter, Gerrymandering: Mapping Its Legal Progression, American Association of Geographers, American Association Of Geographers, 2018
  • Served as a featured panelist regarding employment arbitration agreements at the Orange County Bar Association's annual Employment Law Symposium, Panelist, Attacking and Drafting Effective Arbitration Contracts: Pitfalls and Protocols, Orange County Bar Association, Legal, 2017
  • The New York Times, The Gender Gap in the Tech World, 2017
  • Invited panelist to discuss legal implication for undocumented migrant workers from Latin America under the Trump administration at the American Association of Geographer's Annual Conference in Boston, Massachusetts, Panelist, Implications of the Trump Administration for Latin American Geography, American Association Of Geographers, 2017
  • Presented developments in California employment law from the year 2015, Current Developments in California Employment Law, OCBA Last Dash, Orange County Bar Association, 2016
  • Served as a featured presenter at an international conference regarding employees' religious rights in the workplace, Presenter, Religion and the Workplace: Workers' Rights and Accommodations, 2017
  • Served as program chair for the Orange County Bar Association's Annual Tribute to a Legal Giant for the third year in a row, Program Chair, The Journey and Jurisprudence of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Orange County Bar Association, 2016
  • Served as program chair for the Orange County Bar Association's Annual Tribute to a Legal Giant for the second year in a row, Program Chair, OCBA Annual Tribute to a Legal Giant: Justice Antonin Scalia, Orange County Bar Association, 2015
  • Served as one of two panelists discussing developments in California employment law from the year 2014, Panelist, Current Developments in Employment Law, OCBA Last Dash, Orange County Bar Association, 2015
  • Served as program chair for the Orange County Bar Association's Annual Tribute to a Legal Giant program, Program Chair, OCBA Annual Tribute to a Legal Giant: Chief Justice Earl Warren, Orange County Bar Association, 2014
  • Served as one of two panelists discussing Cochran v. Schwan's, a seminal California court case, and a new sick leave law affecting California employers.  The presentation occurred to approximately 120 attorneys, Panelist, Cochran v. Schwan and Mandatory Paid Sick Time (AB 1522) - Troubles and Opportunities for California Employers, Orange County Bar Association, 2014
  • Co-authored an article providing an overview of the primary areas of litigation under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act through an analysis of judicial decisions invoking the statute in 2011.  Journal article citation is: 19 Law & Bus. Rev. Am. 139, Co-Author, The Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act: 2011 Year in Review, Law and Business Review of the Americas, 2013

Pro bono/Community Service

  • J. Reuben Clark Law Society
  • Volunteer, Supervisor, and Trainer for an international non-governmental organization in Belgium and France
  • Executive Committee Member – Orange County Bar Association Labor & Employment Section (2012-2016; 2019 to present)
  • Education Committee Co-Chair – Orange County Bar Association (2015 to 2016)
  • Board of Directors – J. Rueben Clark Law Society (Orange County Chapter) (2015 to 2016)
  • Chair, International Employment and Labor Law Section – J. Rueben Clark Law Society (2016 to present)
  • Mentor, University of California, Irvine School of Law (2011 to 2013)
  • Counselor, Boy Scouts of America (2013 to 2019)
  • Pro Bono Attorney, Public Law Center of Orange County (2011 to 2013) 
  • Volunteer for local Cub Scouts den (2018 to 2019)

Bar/Professional Activity

  • California state courts
  • Labor & Employment Section of the Orange County Bar Association
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • Committee Member, Orange County Bar Association Education Committee, 2020 - 2021
  • Co-chair, Education Committee, Orange County Bar Association (2015 to 2016)
  • Secretary, Education Committee, Orange County Bar Association (2013 to 2015)
  • Executive Committee Member, Orange County Bar Association Labor & Employment Section, 2012 - 2016, 2019 - 2021
  • Member, J. Rueben Clark Law Society (2013 to present)
  • Member, Association of Business Trial Lawyers (2011 to 2013)

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., University of South Carolina
  • Brigham Young University, B.S., magna cum laude with University Honors

Videos

Verdicts/Settlements

  • Secured a $350,000 single-plaintiff settlement for whistleblower retaliation, 2021
  • Rosenberg v. Montage Mortgage (Orange County Superior Court Case No. 30-2016-00873169-CU-CO-CJC), Secured a $445,731 judgment against plaintiff's former employer for various claims including fraud, unpaid wages, false light., 2021
  • Secured a $275,000 single-plaintiff settlement concerning race discrimination under California's Fair Employment and Housing Act, 2021
  • Secured a $125,000 single-plaintiff settlement in a misclassification and discrimination case, 2021
  • Secured a $117,000 single-plaintiff settlement in an overtime misclassification case, 2021
  • Secured a $100,000 single-plaintiff settlement concerning age discrimination under California's Fair Employment and Housing Act, 2021
  • Secured a $385,000 single-plaintiff settlement for associational discrimination and misclassification, 2020
  • Secured a $225,000 pre-litigation settlement for sexual harassment, 2019
  • Rosenberg v. Montage Mortgage et al, Case No. G054886 Successfully opposed motion to compel arbitration subsequently affirmed on appeal. Court opinion, 2018
  • Secured a $162,000 pre-litigation settlement for retaliation and unpaid overtime claims, 2018
  • Secured a $115,000 settlement for claims based on age discrimination, 2018
  • Secured a $600,000 settlement for a single-plaintiff case based on retaliation and race and gender discrimination, 2017
  • Secured a $475,000 confidential settlement for a single-plaintiff, wrongful termination/retaliation claim, 2016
  • Secured a $300,000 settlement for a single-plaintiff case based on disability discrimination and failure to engage in the interactive process, 2016
  • Secured a $125,000 settlement for a single-plaintiff, overtime misclassificaiton case, 2016
  • Secured a $325,000 settlement in an age discrimination case, 2015
  • Kelly v. Rowland Unified School District (LA Superior Court Case No. KC065425) - Secured a $225,000 settlement in a disability discrimination case two weeks before trial was set to begin, 2014
  • Secured a $590,000 settlement in a claim for unpaid commissions, 2013
  • Prevailed on claims for illegal record keeping against an employer following a two-week jury trial in Los Angeles Superior Court.  Case number is BC483425, 2013

Honors/Awards

  • Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2021
  • Perfect 10/10 rating, Avvo
  • Recognized, Employment Law360
  • Top 40 Under 40 Lawyers, The National Advocates (2015)
  • BV-Distinguished, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Wiley W. Manuel Award, Pro Bono Legal Services, California State Bar (2013)
  • Southern California Rising Star, Labor and Employment Law, Super Lawyers Magazine (2013 to 2020)
  • Up-and-Coming 25, Orange County Rising Stars, Super Lawyers Magazine (2019, 2020)
  • Up-and-Coming 100, Southern California Rising Stars, Super Lawyers Magazine (2019, 2020)
  • Terry G. Jordan-Bychkov (Ph.D.) Paper Award, American Association of Geographers, 2020
  • Paul E. Lovingood Award, University of South Carolina, Department of Geography, 2020
  • First Place, Graduate Student Paper, Eurasian Specialty Group, American Association of Geographers, 2020
  • Secured a fellowship for international research regarding migrants and refugees., Donald J. Puchula Fellowship in International Affairs, Walker Institute at USC, 2018
  • Secured a fellowship for completing dissertation regarding migrants and refugees., Bilinksi Fellowship, Russel J. and Dorothy S. Bilinski Education Foundation, 2018
  • Named one of California's "Top 40 Under 40" by The National Advocates (a companion organization to The National Trial Lawyers)., Top 40 Under 40, The National Advocates, 2016
  • BV-Distinguished, Martindale-Hubbel, 2016
  • Named by The National Advocates (a companion organization to The National Trial Lawyers) as one of the "Top 40 Under 40" attorneys in California., Top 40 Under 40, The National Advocates, 2015
  • Named after Justice Wiley Manuel who became the first African American Justice of the California Supreme Court in 1977, the Wiley Manuel Award is given by the State Bar of California to recognize attorneys who have provided significant pro bono services.  The award recipient’s efforts to provide legal services to the poor honor the memory of Justice Manuel., Wiley Manuel Pro Bono Award, California State Bar, 2013
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Office Location for Samuel P. Nielson

23456 Madero
Suite 170
Mission Viejo, CA 92691

Phone: 949-380-0900

Fax: 949-380-8283

Last Updated: 10/11/2021

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