Lawyers are helpers. I take a hands-on approach. In order to be an effective helper, you have to get your hands dirty and truly understand the corporate culture of your clients. You can’t bark orders from an ivory tower.

Daniel H. Handman, a partner in the firm’s Los Angeles office, could spend hours talking about his impressive roster of litigation victories. These include successfully taking more than a dozen cases to trial, numerous favorable summary judgment rulings, and many arbitration successes. Dan’s areas of expertise include discrimination/harassment cases, wage & hour, and employee theft/trade secret litigation. His many clients range from Fortune 500 employers to sophisticated, complex companies with under 50 employees in the food and beverage, apparel, construction, and entertainment industries, among others.

The topic Dan would rather discuss, however, is his philosophy as a pragmatist: “My passion is finding solutions. Problems exist to be fixed. While sometimes problems are solved through litigation, most of the time, issues are resolved by being proactive and finding creative ways to help clients solve problems long before they rise to the level of litigation.”

Dan relishes taking a personal, laser-focused approach with his clients. “For example, some extroverts at parties will talk to 25 people in an hour. But I focus on fewer people and get to know them really well,” he says. Dan’s credo is to understand his clients’ corporate culture intrinsically and fundamentally, including spending time with clients on site, touring workplaces and educating himself about manufacturing and work processes and procedures: “You have to put yourself into the mindset of the people who work there in order to understand the client’s culture.”

In addition to litigation, Dan spends substantial time in the traditional labor law space, including union elections, unfair labor practices and collective bargaining. He also takes significant time advising and counseling clients, conducting investigations, and leading employee training.

Among Dan’s many pro bono representations is Los Angeles-based Beauty Bus Foundation, whose mission is to deliver at-home beauty and grooming services to chronically and terminally ill men, women, children, and their caregivers to preserve dignity and hope. “Even for a small organization, they have 30 times the number of volunteers as paid employees,” he says. “There are a tremendous number of employment law issues with volunteers, interns, paid employees, as well as liability issues.”

Dan is a prolific writer on developments in employment law. His articles have appeared in Bloomberg Law, The Daily Journal, and Law360. Dan established, and is the editor of, The California Workplace Advisor, Hirschfeld Kraemer’s noteworthy industry blog for California employers. He also is a busy lecturer, and gives numerous webinars and speeches, including at Professionals in Human Resources Association (PIHRA) and National Human Resources Association (NHRA) conferences and meetings.

An enthusiastic Los Angeles transplant from his native Southern New Jersey, Dan still follows his beloved Philadelphia sports teams. When he’s not working, Dan enjoys hiking and outdoor activities with his family. He and one of his two sons are amateur bird watchers.

2014 through 2020: Named by fellow members of the State Bar as a Southern California Super Lawyer in Labor & Employment; 2009 through 2012: named a Super Lawyer Rising Star

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Webinar: The ABC’s of A.B. 5: Get Ready For The New Independent Contractor Law, October 17, 2019

Dan Handman Speaks at NHRA Meeting on the Impact of the Presidential Election

Webinar: The Defend Trade Secrets Act: New Rights and Obligations for U.S. Employers

Webinar: LGBT Issues and U.S. Employment Law: What Employers Need to Know

Webinar: The Biggest Signs Union Activity is Afoot: What Should You Do About It?

California and Nevada: Labor and Employment Law Roundup

Dan Handman and Glen Kraemer present “Social Media in the Workplace: Harnessing the Power While Avoiding the Pitfalls”

Dan Handman presents “The Workplace Social Media Policy” at GLA ALA

Reducing Employee Hours: What Your Need To Know,” The California Workplace Advisor (Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP blog), March 18, 2020

Managing Remote-Working Employees During the Coronavirus Pandemic,” The California Workplace Advisor (Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP blog), March 16, 2020

Guidance For Employers To Protect Against Coronavirus (COVID-19),” The California Workplace Advisor (Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP blog), February 19, 2020

Time Spent By Employees For Bag and Product Searches Is Compensable,” The California Workplace Advisor (Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP blog), February 16, 2020

Dan Handman Weighs In on Uber to Wall Street Journal, Wall Street Journal, January 21, 2020

Handman Quoted in Bloomberg Law on A.B. 5 Challenges by Trucking Industry, Bloomberg Law Daily Labor Report, January 13, 2020

Dan Handman Quoted in Daily Journal on Anti-A.B. 25 Ballot Measure, January 7, 2020

Dan Handman Quoted in Daily Journal re: New Arbitration Laws, October 24, 2019

California’s A.B. 5 Poised to Change Independent Contractor Law Permanently,” The California Workplace Advisor (Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP blog), September 12, 2019

Dan Handman Comments to Daily Journal on Uber, Lyft Seeking Union Input, July 3, 2019

Top 10 Employment Law Developments of 2018: #1 – Dynamex Turns The World Of Independent Contractor Law Upside Down,” The California Workplace Advisor (Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP blog), January 2, 2019

Sweeping Changes to Sexual Harassment and Corporate Laws in California,” The California Workplace Advisor (Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP blog), October 1, 2018

Daniel Handman Quoted in San Francisco Chronicle on Uber’s Recent Win on Driver Status, September 26, 2018

Daniel Handman Comments to Daily Journal on Novel Approach of New Uber Lawsuit, September 13, 2018

Dan Handman Quoted in The Hollywood Reporter Regarding Oscar Best Picture Snafu and Potential Lawsuit

Daniel Handman Speaks to the Los Angeles Times About Uber’s Recent Rough Ride

Dan Handman Considers Possible Labor and Employment Changes Under Trump

Dan Handman Speaks to TechRepublic on the Need For a Company Social Media Policy

Dan Handman Comments to Law360 on Five Uber-Taxi Turf Wars to Watch

Steve Hirschfeld and Dan Handman Quoted in San Francisco Business Times Regarding Uber Settlement

Dan Handman Speaks to the Daily Journal About Uber Settlement and Arbitration Contract

Dan Handman Tell The Recorder That the Uber Settlement is Just the Tip of the Iceberg

Dan Handman Tells Law360 That Uber Settlement is Not The Last Word On the Matter

HK’s Dan Handman Explores the McDonald’s NLRB “Joint-Employer” Case on QSRweb.com

Dan Handman Speaks to the Daily Journal on the Subject of “What Is An Employee?”

Dan Handman Tells Law360 That the Sharing Economy Should Fear California’s Ruling on Uber Driver

“Welcome To The “Wild West” Of California Class Actions Uber”

Dan Handman Speaks to the Daily Journal About Minimum Wage Increases on the Horizon

Dan Handman Tells the Daily Journal Whether or Not Employers Can Require Their Employees To Be Vaccinated

Workplace Law Has Come a Long Way, Baby!

Social Media Policies in the Workplace: It’s All About Respect

Guns On Campus: Navigating the Legal Maze

Will Obama Tackle Guns in the Workplace?

Obtained summary judgment on behalf of Fortune 500 employer in disability discrimination case and also an order of sanctions against the plaintiff and his counsel for attorney’s fees and costs

Successfully enforced arbitration agreements in trial and appellate courts for several clients in employment discrimination cases

Tried cases involving allegations of wrongful termination, wage-hour violations, race, gender and disability discrimination to defense verdicts


J.D., The George Washington University Law School, 1997

B.A., Cornell University, 1994




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