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Hanson Bridgett Adds Experienced Labor and Employment Partner in Los Angeles

May 22, 2023 (Los Angeles, CA) - Hanson Bridgett LLP is pleased to announce that Sonia Salinas has joined the firm's Los Angeles office as a partner in the Labor & Employment Practice. Most recently a partner at Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo, Salinas represents clients in a in a wide range of labor and employment matters, including litigation of wrongful discharge; race, gender, and disability discrimination/harassment; retaliation; wage and hour claims (including class actions and FLSA collective actions); and claims involving non-compete agreements. Salinas also provides advice and counsel to clients on employee discipline, leaves of absence, and employee handbooks and personnel policies.

"Sonia is an outstanding addition to our team," said Alfonso Estrada, Co-Chair of Hanson Bridgett's Labor & Employment Practice. "Her many years of on-point experience will be of great benefit to our clients and her focus and expertise on associate mentoring and training is a perfect fit for our outstanding group of associates in Los Angeles."

Commenting on Salinas' joining and the continued growth of the firm in Los Angeles and in California, Hanson Bridgett Managing Partner Kristina Lawson said, "We're thrilled that Sonia is joining us in Los Angeles. We are focused on adding top-notch talent in Los Angeles and across the state. In the last year alone, almost 40 attorneys have joined us."

Salinas has a diverse client base, including public entities, multi-national corporations, hospital systems, health care providers, nonprofit entities, small businesses and individuals. Over the course of her 17-year career, she has successfully litigated a variety of complex employment matters in venues across California. Salinas is a member of the Latina Lawyers Bar Association (where she was a former Board Member and President) and is also a member of the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, the Mexican American Bar Association and the Hispanic National Bar Association. She received her B.S., with honors, from the University of California, Riverside and her J.D., cum laude and Order of the Coif, from Loyola Law School.  Following law school, Salinas served as a Law Clerk for then-Magistrate Judge Suzanne H. Segal, United States District Court, Central District of California. Prior to her legal career, she was a Children’s Social Worker and Dependency Investigator for the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services.

About Hanson Bridgett

Hanson Bridgett LLP is a full service AmLaw 200 law firm with more than 200 attorneys across California. Creating a diverse workforce by fostering an atmosphere of belonging and intentional support has been a priority at Hanson Bridgett since its founding in 1958. We are dedicated to creating an environment that provides opportunities for people with varied backgrounds, both for attorneys and administrative professionals. As the first law firm recognized as a certified B Corp, we are committed to the communities where our employees live and work and consider it part of our professional obligation to serve justice by encouraging and supporting pro bono and social impact work.

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