Corey J. Cabral

Partner & Chair of CDF’s PAGA Litigation Practice Group
Sacramento Office
(916) 361-0991, ext 1111
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Corey J. Cabral represents local, regional and national employers in all aspects of California labor and employment law and related litigation.  With a practice emphasis on wage and hour class action and Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) lawsuits, Cabral frequently manages and defends sophisticated and complex employment litigation matters.  He also has extensive experience with litigation involving claims of individual wage and hour violations, gender, disability and age discrimination, retaliation, harassment, defamation and wrongful termination. Cabral’s labor experience includes representing and defending California employers in dealings with union locals, collective bargaining negotiations, grievance proceedings and proceedings before the NLRB concerning unfair labor practice charges and Board complaints.

Additionally, Cabral’s practice also has a significant focus on claims prevention.  His defense in high-stakes wage and hour litigation and PAGA actions affords him the intricate knowledge of the nuances of timekeeping and payroll compliance laws.  As such, Cabral frequently assists California employers with developing, implementing, and auditing their employment policies and practices, and provides invaluable strategic recommendations for risk avoidance.  He also provides ongoing advice, counsel and training to ensure his clients maintain policies, practices and procedures in compliance with applicable statutes and regulations.  His clients operate in various distinct industries, including retail, financial services, emergency medical services, restaurant, transportation, trucking, and manufacturing.

Before representing California employers, Cabral served as a judicial law clerk in the United States District Courts, Eastern and Northern Districts of California, and Complex Civil Litigation Division of the San Francisco Superior Court.

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University of San Francisco School of Law, J.D., 2012

  • Intellectual Property & Technology Law Certificate with Honors
  • Intellectual Property Law Journal, Managing Editor
  • CALI Award for Excellence in Administrative Law

San Jose State University, B.S., Business Administration, Minor, Philosophy, 2007

  • Gary J. Sabona Honor Business Program, Marketing Practicum
  • Western Athletic Conference ("WAC") Stan Bates Award, Top Male Scholar-Athlete, 2007
  • WAC Men's Baseball Academic All-Conference Team, 2003, 2004 & 2007


"Despite Latest Blow, Battle Over California's App-Based Driver Law Far From Over," Quoted, HR Dive, August 2021

"Expense Reimbursement Guidelines in California Have Acquired an Infection," OC Lawyer Magazine, August 2021

"Calif. Attys Hopeful About Little-Known Labor Chief Nominee," Quoted, Law360 Employment Authority, July 2021

"Ruling Threatens Independent Trucker Business Model in California," Society for Human Resources Professionals (SHRM), June 2021

"Ominous Rulings in California: Employment Laws Governing the California Trucking Industry Remain Uncertain Heading Into 2020," Fleet Owner Magazine, January 2020

"More California Employers Are Getting Hit with PAGA Claim," Society for Human Resources Professionals (SHRM), March 2019

How to Confront PAGA Actions in California,” Quoted,, March 2019

"Governor Brown's Budget Proposal Targets Misguided and Inefficient PAGA Litigation," California Employment Law Letter, March 14, 2016

Written Opinions

Medic Ambulance Service, 370 NLRB No. 65 (2021)


"Employment Claims Under the Labor Code Private Attorneys General Act: Representative Actions, Penalties, and Arbitration,” Co-Presenter, Stafford Publications, October 2022

"Setting Sail for PAGA Litigation After Viking River," Co-Presenter, CDF Webinar, July 2022

"Trouble in Paradise? Challenges to the PAGA Paradigm and What They Mean for California Employers," Co-Presenter, CDF Webinar, April 2022

"Is There a Solution for the PAGA Problem in California?" in Collaboration with the California Chamber of Commerce, CDF Webinar Series, December 2021

"Preparing for PAGA: Mitigating Risk and Combatting the Rise of Wage & Hour Litigation in California," California Ambulance Association, Annual Convention, October 2021

"Combatting the Rise in Wage & Hour and PAGA Litigation in the Healthcare Industry," Panelist, CDF Healthcare Education Webinar Series, October 2021

"The 'Golden State' of PAGA: Status and Trends of CA Wage and Hour Litigation," Co-Presenter, CDF Webinar Series, August 2021

"Employment Claims Under Private Attorneys General Act: Standing, Representative Actions, Penalties," Co-Presenter, Stafford Publication, June 2021

"Recent Developments in California Employment Arbitration Law," Co-Presenter, Sacramento County Bar Association, November 2020

"Legal Updates and Strategies For Defending Wage & Hour Class Actions and PAGA Lawsuits,” Co-Presenter, CDF Webinar Series, October 2019

"Complying with Prop 11 - Managing and Preventing Workplace Violence and Disability-Related Issues," Co-Presenter, California Ambulance Association (CAA), 2019 Annual Convention, September 2019

"Complying with Prop 11 - Managing and Preventing Staffing Level, Meal Period and Rest Break Issues," Co-Presenter, California Ambulance Association (CAA), 2019 Annual Convention, September 2019

"Epic Systems, PAGA and the Future of Employment Arbitration in California," Sacramento County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section, September 2018

“Managing Employees – Make The Law Work For You,” California Craft Brewers Association (CCBA) Spring Conference, San Diego, April 2018

“How To Protect Against The Top 10 Employment Risks To Your Business,” California Craft Brewery Association, March 2017

“Employee Termination & Resignation: Managing Final Pay Issues and Knowing Employers’ Rights and Obligations When the Employment Relationship Ends,” BLR, February 2016

"New Laws for 2016," Sacramento Hotel Association, January 2016

Professional Affiliations/Leadership/Awards

Listed, Best Lawyers® Ones to Watch, Labor and Employment Law - Management, Sacramento, 2023

Listed, Best Lawyers® Ones to Watch, Litigation, Labor and Employment Law, Sacramento, 2023

Listed, Top Lawyers, Sacramento Magazine, 2023

Listed, Super Lawyers® Northern California Rising Star, 2020 - 2022

Wage and Hour Defense Institute (WHDI), Northern California Representative, 2022

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August 26, 2021

Expense Reimbursement Guidelines in California Have Acquired an Infection

August 10, 2021

Calif. Atttorneys Hopeful About Little-Known Labor Chief Nominee

July 20, 2021

Ruling Threatens Independent Trucker Business Model In California

June 3, 2021

CDF Announces Two New Practice Group Chairs

February 16, 2021

CDF Attorneys Selected to 2020 Northern California Super Lawyers® and Rising Stars Lists

July 24, 2020

CDF Expands Firm Leadership, Adds Four Partners Statewide

January 7, 2020

How to Confront PAGA Actions in California - Examining the Employment Policies and Practices

March 28, 2019

More California Employers Are Getting Hit with PAGA Claims - Corey Cabral

March 26, 2019

CDF Expands Firm Leadership Adding Four Partners Statewide

January 15, 2019

Corey Cabral Authors Article on Governor Brown's Budget Proposal for PAGA Litigation for California…

March 14, 2016

Blog Entries

Stayin’ Alive: California Supreme Court Holds that PAGA Representative Claims Can Remain in State Court…

July 19, 2023

Appellate Court Holds That Percentage Bonuses Can Be Calculated Using FLSA Method 

January 12, 2023

US Supreme Court Raids California’s PAGA Jurisprudence in Viking River

June 16, 2022

Ninth Circuit Allows CA to Enforce Its Latest Anti-Arbitration Law

September 16, 2021

Employers Gain Defense Against Unmanageable PAGA Claims

September 13, 2021

New Opinion Would Greatly Expand PAGA Litigation - But Will It Stand?

July 30, 2021

CA Supreme Court Interprets Break Premium Pay Requirement To Give Employees Higher Pay

July 19, 2021

Ninth Circuit Offers Glimmer of Hope for Employers Against PAGA Suits

June 8, 2021

CA Appellate Court Invites PAGA Plaintiffs to Go Forum Shopping

February 26, 2021

9th Circuit Confirms Limited Application of Heightened Penalties for “Subsequent” Labor Code Violations

February 24, 2021

9th Circuit Decision Requires Employers to Reevaluate Expense Reimbursement Procedures

February 12, 2021

Ninth Circuit Green-Light’s FMCSA Decision to Preempt California Break Rules

January 21, 2021

Governor Brown’s Budget Proposal Targets Misguided and Inefficient PAGA Litigation

March 14, 2016


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