Dan M. Forman

Office Managing Partner & Chair of CDF's Unfair Competition & Trade Secret Practice Group
Los Angeles Office
(213) 612-6300, ext 1612
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What was your first job? Toughest job? Newspaper carrier

Favorite quote or best advice received? "You miss 100% of the shots that you don't take." - Wayne Gretzky

If I wasn't a lawyer, I'd be a: Professional scuba diver

Born in Copenhagen, Denmark

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As Chair of the Unfair Competition & Trade Secret Practice Group, Dan M. Forman’s knowledge expands beyond employment law to the prosecution and defense of complex matters arising from the protection of trade secrets, and determinations of whether contracts are enforceable or unenforceable covenants not to compete.  Client theft and employee poaching are central issues to these cases.  This work expands into the area of anti-trust and claims of stifling competition for employment.

Forman’s vast litigation experience, including bench and jury trials, allows him to adeptly 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 Commission and similar agencies.

Forman counsels high tech companies, insurance agencies, security businesses, manufacturers, financial institutions, charter schools, service providers, health and medical industry clients to protect their bottom line, including privacy issues, cyber security and against data breach.  He drafts wage and hour policies, employment and severance agreements, arbitration agreements, trade secret confidentiality agreements, and advises on covenants-not-to-compete, collective bargaining and WARN Act compliance to ensure peace of mind.

Forman frequently speaks at industry seminars, webinars, is quoted in the press and writes blog postings and articles to help employers and business executives stay ahead of emerging legal issues surrounding privacy, employee retention, non-compete and confidentiality agreements.

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Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., cum laude, 1991

University of Wisconsin, Graduate studies in French literature, 1988

Indiana University, B.A., Deans’ list, 1986


"Cannabis and Craft Beer: Insulated From Tariff Wars, Still Protect Trade Secrets," Daily Journal, October 2019

"Varsity Blues: Lessons for California Employers," Daily Journal, July 2019

"Keeping Trade Secrets Secret to Improve Profitability in the Cannabis Industry," Cannabis Business Times, June 2019

"Employer Investigations Can Help Can Help Avoid the Varsity Blues," HR.com, June 2019

Courts Help Brewers Protect Their Recipes & Techniques From Employee Theft,” Craft Brewing Business, April 2019

"Recent Activity on the Franchise ‘No-Poach’ Agreement Front," Modern Restaurant Magazine, April 2019

Equal Pay Day & The US Pay Equity Landscape,” Law360, Expert Analysis, April 2019

"California Court Voids Nonsolicit Agreement With Recruiters & Defeats Trade Secret Claims," Recruiting Daily, December 2018

"No-Poaching Agreements: Do Not Pass Go, Do Not Collect $200, Go Directly to Jail," ERE Recruiting Intelligence, May 2018

"Ending 'No-Poaching' Deals," HR Executive, April 2018

“Employee Disability Accommodation: To Grant Leave or Not – That is the Question,” HR Pulse, February 2018

"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

Written Opinions

Angelica Textile Services, Inc. v. Park et al., D062405, 4th App. Dist. (2013)


"The Harsh Truths About the CCPA - Compliance Obligations for Companies with California Customers or Employees; Update On AG Enforcement Actions & CPRA On November Ballot," Co-Presenter, CDF Webinar Series, September 2020

"Protecting Your Intellectual Property: Copyrights and Trade Secrets," Los Angeles County Law Library, Business Series, October 2019

"Top 2019 Trade Secrets & Related Developments That Every California Employers Should Know About," CDF Webinar Series, September 2019

“Return to the Workplace in the Age of COVID-19,” Co-Presenter, Sage Executive Group, May 2020 

"Protecting Your Intellectual Property: Copyrights and Trade Secrets," Los Angeles County Law Library, Business Series, April 2019

“Trends in the Enforcement of Federal Immigration Law in the Workplace,” Co-Presenter, PIHRA 2019 Legal Update, January 2019

“Is It The End Of The Gig Economy As We Know It? Independent Contractors,” PIHRA, December 2018

"Business Series: Protecting Your Intellectual Property:  Copyrights and Trade Secrets," Los Angeles Law Library, November 2018

"Protecting Against Poachers: Updates on the Trade Secret, Anti-Trust and NDA Front," CDF Webinar Series, October 2018

"Protecting Your Business Advantages: Trade Secrets and Nondisclosure Agreements,” Los Angeles 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

Professional Affiliations/Leadership/Awards

Listed, Top Trade Secrets Lawyer, Daily Journal, 2019

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

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

Civic Activities

Pacific Coast Soccer Club

Pro Bono

Los Angeles County Superior Court, Judge Pro Tem

FEHA Mediator

Chair, CDF Pro Bono Programming

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