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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

Philosophy

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.

Biography

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.

Education

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

Experience

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.

Julia M. Damron

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Philosophy

Problems at work can invade every corner of an employee’s life, including their interactions with family, time off, finances, sleep, and more. Julia challenges employers to do right by their employees so that everyone can get things done during their time on the clock and rest easy when not working.

Biography

Julia represents California employees in wage and hour, discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, and retaliation disputes. She has litigated plaintiffs’ cases in state and federal courts. Outside work, Julia is an avid classical musician.

Education

  • Juris Doctor, University of Southern California
  • Bachelor of Music, University of California, Irvine
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of California, Irvine

Experience

Prior to joining Petronelli Law Group, Julia practiced at a local law firm representing clients in a diverse variety of civil and criminal matters. She has experience in discovery, law and motion work, trial preparation, appellate argument, and contract drafting and interpretation.

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