Meet Our Team

We are a boutique law firm specializing in all aspects of employment law. We have successfully represented clients in all types of employment law cases, including claims for unemployment compensation, wrongful termination, unpaid wages, unpaid overtime, unpaid minimum wage, sexual harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and missed meal and rest breaks. We primarily represent employees on a contingent fee basis, but also represent employers in defending any types of employment claims and in creating employment policies that comply with California employment laws.

Christian J. Petronelli

Portrait of Christian Petronelli | Founder of Petronelli Law Group

Christian grew up in Ohio where he learned the value of hard work and discipline. His blue-collar upbringing shapes who he is today and how he stands up to employers big and small. Christian understands the importance of treating each and every client like an individual. He is uncompromising in his personal convictions and he approaches each case with that same conviction.

Christian has extensive litigation experience both at the state and federal levels. Christian focuses his practice exclusively in the area of employee rights, including cases involving workplace harassment, discrimination, unpaid wages, retaliation, and wrongful termination.

  • Juris Doctor, Akron School of Law (Magna Cum Laude)
  • Bachelor of Arts, Kent State University (Summa Cum Laude) 

Prior to opening the firm, Christian represented employee rights at a prominent Orange County law firm and then as managing partner of his law practice. Prior to focusing his practice in labor and employment law, Christian litigated claims ranging from simple breach of contract to complex commercial issues in both state and federal courts.

Dayna C. Carter


Ms. Carter joined Petronelli Law Group, P.C. in November 2018. Her legal experience encompasses employment law, complex business litigation, wage and hour class action, landlord-tenant disputes, criminal defense, personal injury and consumer protection.  Ms. Carter has over 10 years of experience litigating employment law cases based on violations of California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act and the California Labor Code.

In 2007, Ms. Carter received her Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Whittier Law School, with a Certificate in International and Comparative Law and a Concentration in Criminal Law. While attending Whittier, she received the Dean's Merit Scholarship award.  Ms. Carter was also the Associate Juvenile Justice for Whittier's Moot Court Honors Board and a senior member of Whittier's Journal for Family and Child Advocacy. In addition, Ms. Carter is an active member in Whittier Law School's Center for International and Comparative Law. Ms. Carter received a Bachelor in Science degree in Justice Studies with a minor in Communications from Arizona State University in 2002.


  • Supreme Court of California, December 2007
  • Supreme Court of Arizona, November 2013
  • United States Court of Appeal – 9th Circuit
  • United States District Court - Eastern District of California
  • United States District Court - Central District of California
  • United States District Court - Southern District of California
  • United States Bankruptcy Court – Central District of California
  • United States Bankruptcy Court – Southern District of California

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