Allison L. Cardenas

Partner

Allison L. Cardenas is a partner in the San Francisco office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Labor & Employment Practice. Her practice focuses on defending employers against claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, failure to accommodate and engage in the interactive process, wrongful termination, breach of contract, and wage and hour violations in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies. Mrs. Cardenas aggressively defends her clients in all stages of litigation, and thoroughly advises her clients throughout the process, offering unique defense strategies in order to achieve the best results.

Recently, Mrs. Cardenas second-chaired a five-day trial and successfully defended her client against claims of sexual harassment, racial harassment, sex discrimination and race discrimination. 

She also advises employers on a variety of labor and employment issues including state and federal leave statutes and wage and hour laws. Mrs. Cardenas also guides her clients on the interactive process, reasonable accommodations, and terminations. She also works with employers in reviewing, drafting, and updating their employee handbooks and personnel policies to ensure compliance with California’s labor and employment laws. 

Mrs. Cardenas is also a licensed real estate agent. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, cooking, and hiking. 

Admissions

  • State Bar Admissions
    • California
  • United States District Courts
    • United States District Court for the Central District of California
    • United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
    • United States District Court for the Northern District of California
    • United States District Court for the Southern District of California
  • United States Courts of Appeals
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Admissions

California

United States District Court, Southern District of California

United States District Court, Northern District of California

United States District Court, Eastern District of California

United States District Court, Central District of California

United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Associations

The Bar Association of San Francisco

Awards & Honors

  • Magna Cum Laude
  • Order of the Coif
  • Thurston Society
  • CALI Excellence for the Future Award (Torts I, Torts II, Civil Procedure, and Personal Injury Litigation)

Education

University of California, Hastings College of the Law

Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, 2010

University of Arizona

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, cum laude, 2007

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