Dan M. Forman’s knowledge expands beyond traditional employment law to the expanding field of trade secret litigation where he has successfully prosecuted and defended complicated cases.
Forman’s vast litigation experience, including bench and jury trials, also allows him to adeptly utilize alternative dispute resolution techniques to achieve efficient and expedited results in cases with high financial exposure. His experience extends throughout state and federal courts, as well as alternative dispute resolution venues. Forman represents clients before a wide range of regulatory agencies, including California’s Labor Commissioner, the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, Employment Development Department, Equal Employment Opportunity and similar agencies.
In addition to achieving favorable results in litigation, Forman advises California clients on the full gamut of employment topics in an effort to avoid claims.
Forman counsels service providers, high tech companies, insurance agencies, security businesses, manufacturers, financial institutions, health and medical industry clients. He drafts wage and hour policies, employment and severance agreements, covenants-not-to-compete and trade secret confidentiality agreements, and advises on collective bargaining and WARN Act compliance.
To help employers and business executives stay ahead of emerging legal issues, such as social media, employee retention and non-compete and confidentiality agreements, Forman frequently provides employers and clients updates by his participation in various industry webinars and presentations.
"California's Patchwork of Local Minimum Wages a 'Minefield' for Employers," The Recorder, March 2017
“Employers Beware a Patchwork of California Minimum Wage Laws,” Co-Author, Law360, October 6, 2016
"Make Way For Ducklings (and Other Assistive Animals) in the California Workplace, LexisNexis Labor & Employment Law Community, June 2013
"The World's Foremost Authorities on Employment Law," Kindle Edition, ExecSense, June 21, 2012
“Adding Value in ADR,” Inside the Minds: Preparing for Alternative Dispute Resolution Cases, Aspatore Books, 2007
“Alternative Dispute Resolution: Prepare for Resolution Through Arbitration or Mediation,” Inside the Minds: Mediation and Arbitration Best Practices, Aspatore Books, 2007
"Protecting Your Business Advantages: Trade Secrets and Nondisclosure Agreements,” LA Law Library, October 2017
"Happy Anniversary to the DTSA: Federal Trade Secret Laws Impact on California’s Employers," CDF Webinar Series, June 2017
“The Federalization of Trade Secrets Law - A Discussion about the Defend Trade Secrets Act,” Bridgeport's Conference on Trade Secret and Employee Mobility, May 2017
"Podcast: Protecting Trade Secrets Before It's Too Late," XpertHR and LexisNexis, April 2017
"Everything California Employers Need To Know About The New Federal Defend Trade Secrets Act Of 2016," CDF Webinar Series, June 2016
"CDF Advanced Webinar Series: 5 Top Tips to Protect Your Trade Secrets," CDF Webinar Series, August 2015
"Rewarding Employees & Protecting Your Assets: Recent Trends & Strategies In Compensation & Update On Covenants-Not-To-Compete & Trade Secrets," CDF Webinar Series, March 2014
"14 Tips for HR Success in 2014," 8th Annual California Employment Law Update 2013, hosted by California Employment Resources®, October 2013
"Crafting Enforceable Agreements to Prevent Unfair Competition and Loss of Confidential Information," CDF Webinar Series, July 2013
"Case Scheduling & Case Management Conference - What To Expect & What To Do," 9th Annual Federal Court Boot Camp, Pincus Professional Educational, May 2013
"Termination Workshop," 17th Annual Advanced Employment Issues Symposium, Las Vegas, Nevada, November 2012
"ADA Compliance Master Class: Overcoming New Workplace Accommodation and Administration Challenges," Sponsored by BLR and HR Hero, October, 2012
"Social Media In Your Workplace: Here To Stay, So What Are You Doing About It," Association of Corporate Counsel, Southern California Chapter, February 2012
“Blogging and Tweets: Social Networking in the Workplace”, LexVid Webinars, January 2011
"Covenants Not To Compete, Trade Secrets and Non-Solicitation Agreements - What Exactly is Allowed in California," CDF Webinar Series, June 2011
“What Labor/Employment Lawyers Need to Know About the Impact of Lopez v. Pacific Maritime,” ExecSense Webinars, May 2011
“Keeping Star Employees,” Employer Resource Institute’s National Employment Law Update, Las Vegas, Nevada, October 2010
“Keeping Star Employees,” Employer Resource Institute’s California Employment Law Update, San Francisco, November 2010
“Updating, Drafting and Negotiating Employment Agreements for Labor and Employment Clients in 2011 - Tips and Best Practices,” ExecSense Webinars, December 2010
“How Labor/Employment Lawyers Can Help Their Clients Legally Monitor Employee E-Mails,” ExecSense Webinars, January 2010
Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent™ Rating
Los Angeles Office Managing Partner, 2016 - Present
Chair of CDF's Unfair Competition and Trade Secret Practice Group, 2015 - Present
American Registry’s Award for America’s Most Honored Professionals, 2016
Pacific Coast Soccer Club
Topic Advisor to ExecSense's Editor-In-Chief
Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition, Employment and Labor Law, 2010
Southern California Super Lawyers
- Employment and Labor Law, 2007, 2009 - 2010, and 2015 - 2017
Red Cross of Southern California, Director