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Yesi Lagunas

Associate
fax +1 213.488.1178

Representing a full range of companies, from small family-owned businesses to large enterprises involved in manufacturing, customer service, tech, and fabrication, Yesi Lagunas must be ready to provide advice and counsel on any number of issues within the employment practice. As a result, her work covers a range of matters before state and federal courts defending employers in matters involving single-plaintiff litigation, wage and hour class actions, prevailing wages, Private Attorney General Act (PAGA) claims, and discrimination and wrongful termination.

Aside from working hard to represent her clients in court, Yesi also advises and counsels employers on their employment policies and practices. The covers the full life cycle of an employee from hiring to termination. In order to ensure employers are compliant with both federal and state standard Yesi works to update their employee handbooks on an annual basis.

Yesi is bi-lingual, fluent in Spanish and English, and can facilitate communication in both languages between the employer and employees during internal investigations and other instances where clear understanding is crucial.

Before joining Clark Hill, Yesi worked at a national and union side firm in Los Angeles. While at UC Hastings, Yesi served as a law clerk for the Orange County Public Defender’s office, San Francisco City Attorney’s office, and the San Francisco Legal Aid Center. In 2015, Yesi was awarded the prestigious Peggy Browning Fund Fellowship and clerked at a union-side labor firm in New York City.

Education

B.A., magna cum laude, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California
J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, California, Mexican American Legal Defense Fund and Orange County Hispanic Bar Association scholarships; UC Hastings Pro Bono Society

Memberships

Latina Lawyers Bar Association

Los Angeles County Bar Association

Languages

Spanish

State Bar Licenses

California

Court Admissions

U.S. District Ct., C.D. of California
U.S. District Ct., S.D. of California
U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
Presentations
  • Presenter, “2020 California Employment Law Update,” Clark Hill Seminar, January 15, 2020