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Daniel Lyman's legal practice is devoted to the counseling and representation of employers with respect to issues related to labor and employment arising under both state and federal law. 

Daniel counsels clients in a broad range of labor and employment law matters, with an initial goal of avoiding litigation whenever possible through preventive measures. When litigation is unavoidable, Daniel represents employers before federal and state courts, as well as administrative agencies in all manner of employment law claims. 

From small, family-run businesses to national and international corporations, Daniel works closely with clients to identify their needs and develop creative and effective strategies to resolve legal issues facing them, be it through defense in litigation or advice and counsel on the development and implementation of new workplace policies.  Daniel has represented clients in a host of industries, including retail, hospitality and restaurants, security, beverage and beverage distribution, media, and agriculture.   

Daniel has experience defending a broad array of litigation claims arising under both California and federal law, including single and multi-plaintiff charges of discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, retaliation, failure to provide reasonable accommodations, and violations of state and federal wage and hour statutes.  A substantial portion of Daniels practice focuses on the defense of employers in wage and hour class action lawsuits and lawsuits brought under California’s Private Attorneys General Act.  In addition, Daniel has effectively represented employers in disputes arising under collective bargaining agreements.  

Prior to joining FordHarrison, Daniel worked as an associate in the general liability practice of a large national general practice firm. Daniel also brings judicial experience to bolster his representation of his clients, having previously served as judicial extern both for Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye of the Supreme Court of California and for the Presiding Judge and Appellate Division of the San Francisco Superior Court, as well as working as a legal research attorney for the San Francisco Superior Court.

While in law school, Daniel was awarded the CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Evidence and in Legal Research, Writing & Analysis I and II.  

Representative Experience
  • Prevailed on motion for summary judgment in breach of contract and intentional tort action against large daily newspaper company relating to disability benefits under The Employee Retirement Income Security Act (“ERISA”).
  • In action under California’s Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) against medium-sized car dealership, assisted in preparation of court-requested supplemental briefing on defendant’s motion for summary judgment to address issues related to the recent decision in Kim v. Reins International California, Inc. (2020) 9 Cal.5th 73 and the application of Chindarah v. Pick Up Stix, Inc. (2009) 171 Cal.App.4th 796 as grounds for granting summary judgment in favor of an employer in a PAGA action, which motion was granted in favor of employer/client disposing of entire action.
  • In wage and hour class action against large international restaurant chain, prevailed on motion to strike defeating all class-wide claims.
  • Represented national retailer in and effectively reached early resolutions on numerous single plaintiff matters alleging discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, and failure to accommodate disabilities. 
  • Represented storage facility company in United States District Court in connection with claims of civil rights violations, fraud, and breach of contract. Obtained favorable judgment following motion to dismiss.
  • Represented global data center company in connection with claims of fraud, discrimination, and breach of contract. Obtained favorable judgment on motion to dismiss.