Daniel J. O’Neil-Ortiz
Westlake Village Office
fax: +1 844 910 1850
Mr. O’Neil-Ortiz, Associate Attorney, represents employers in various employment matters, including FEHA and PAGA actions, wrongful termination, wage-and-hour and class actions. He also counsels employers on issues related to COVID-19 in the workplace. He excels at communicating with clients as well as opposing counsel to facilitate swift resolution of disputes.
Before joining Michael Sullivan & Associates, Mr. O’Neil-Ortiz was an Associate Attorney with LightGabler in Camarillo, also representing businesses against class and PAGA representative claims of Labor Code violations, and against individual FEHA claims. As a Senior Associate Attorney at Friedenthal, Heffernan & Brown in Pasadena, Mr. O’Neil-Ortiz defended employers against alleged wrongful termination and FEHA matters. As an Associate Attorney at Hunt Ortmann Palffy Nieves Darling & Mah in Pasadena, he represented employers in class, PAGA and FEHA litigation, and in proceedings before the DIR. He was also instrumental in producing the employee handbook and other employment policies.
As Managing Attorney at the Law Office of Daniel J. O’Neil-Ortiz, he was a general employment law practitioner, litigating claims on behalf of his employer clients in state and federal courts. As Associate Attorney at the Law Offices of Thomas W. Falvey in Pasadena, Mr. O’Neil-Ortiz represented parties in complex class-action and employment litigation. In one case, he obtained a $7 million class-action settlement. He first sampled the legal waters as a Law Clerk for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Los Angeles, participating in depositions, interviewing claimants and drafting memoranda about liability in third-party contractual relationship.
Mr. O’Neil-Ortiz received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, and holds a Master of Public Policy degree from UCLA. He was Editor of the Pacific Basin Law Journal. He received his undergraduate degree from Boston University, where he received the Director’s Prize for Analysis of Local Government Reforms and interned with both the U.S. Congress and the Local Government Association in London, England.
Mr. O’Neil-Ortiz speaks conversational Spanish.