- J.D., University of San Diego, 2013; Chief Executive Editor, San Diego International Law Journal; Semi-Finalist, Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition; CALI Award for Excellence in Constitutional Law
- B.A., University of Arizona, 2010, cum laude, Dean's List with Distinction
Daniel De La Cruz is an associate in the Labor and Employment Practice Group in the firm's San Diego office.
Areas of Practice
Daniel handles various types of employment litigation, including wage and hour class actions; discrimination, wrongful termination, retaliation, and harassment lawsuits; and administrative litigation, collective bargaining, and general labor relations matters.
Daniel also proactively advises employers on compliance with labor laws in order to avoid litigation. He regularly advises management on wage-and-hour issues, leave laws, workplace violence prevention, the disability accommodation process, and the discipline and termination processes. He also regularly reviews and prepares employee handbooks and other employment-related documents, and conducts comprehensive audits to identify potential violations. Daniel has also advocated for his clients' interests by submitting amicus curiae briefs to the California Supreme Court in cases that could have far-reaching effects on workplace practices.
In his previous work, Daniel assisted in conducting workplace investigations for government employers faced with claims of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation.
- San Diego Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2018-2019
Labor & Employment Law Blog Posts
- "Enactment of Los Angeles and San Diego Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Leave Ordinances Requires Employers to Reassess Their Policies," June 20, 2016
- "Ninth Circuit Blesses Iskanian," October 1, 2015
Cannabis Law Blog Posts
- Speaker, Workplace 2019: "Empowered Employees: New Laws that Give Greater Rights to the Workforce," SDEAC, October 18, 2018
- Speaker, Workplace 2017: "San Diego Proposition I and its Impact on Business," SDEAC, October 26, 2016
- Member, Labor and Employment Section, State Bar of California
- Member, Labor and Employment Section, San Diego County Bar Association
- Member, Tom Homann Law Association