Dan M. Forman

Office Managing Partner & Chair of CDF's Unfair Competition & Trade Secret Practice Group, Los Angeles
(213) 612-6300
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Loves about CA: Watching his son and daughter play soccer, basketball and lacrosse, and then swim in the ocean, all on the same day

What was your first job? Toughest job? I worked my way through college as a referee in Indiana University's intramural sports program.

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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.

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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


No-poaching Agreements: Do Not Pass Go, Do Not Collect $200, Go Directly to Jail,” ERE Recruiting Intelligence, May 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)


“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

Professional Affiliations/Leadership/Awards

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

Pro Bono

Los Angeles County Superior Court, Judge Pro Tem

Blog Entries


July 5, 2018

Department of Justice Prosecuting…

April 4, 2018

Judge Flattens Tires on Uber…

May 16, 2017

Update: Defend Trade Secrets Act…

May 12, 2016

Near-Unanimous Congress Federalizes…

April 28, 2016

Arbitrator’s Decision Enforcing…

November 2, 2015

Ninth Circuit Decision Challenges…

April 10, 2015

Employer Sues to Stop Overly…

August 12, 2013

Make Way for Ducklings (and other…

May 30, 2013


October 9, 2012

Another Arbitration Agreement Found…

October 23, 2010

New Attack on Non-Solicitation…

October 15, 2010

Homeland Security and ICE Announce…

October 7, 2010

Class Certified in Independent…

October 6, 2010

Hurd and Hewlett-Packard Settle

September 21, 2010

Companies May Be Liable for Honoring…

August 3, 2010

Ninth Circuit Delivers Blow to…

July 14, 2010

California Supreme Court To Review…

April 26, 2010

Ninth Circuit Refuses to Enforce…

April 23, 2010

Employers May Deduct From Exempt…

April 14, 2010

Employers Beware--IRS Study Is Underway

April 9, 2010

Seller of Trade Secrets May Still Sue…

January 5, 2010


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