Dawn M. Irizarry

Los Angeles Office
(213) 612-6300
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Did You Know: Dawn started a chocolate company at age thirteen

Most Proud Of: My daughter

Best Advice: Be true to yourself

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About Dawn

Dawn M. Irizarry has substantial experience representing management in all phases of civil litigation involving claims of sexual harassment, unlawful discrimination, hostile work environment, retaliation, wrongful discharge, defamation, failure to accommodate and other employment-related disputes before federal and state courts, the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and state civil rights enforcement agencies, as well as through private mediation and binding arbitration.  She currently assists clients ranging from mid-sized California business, to large, multi-national corporations. 

Irizarry has substantial experience representing employers in the healthcare industry, including hospitals, medical technology companies, physician specialty groups, and urgent care centers.  She also has experience representing clients in the retail and gig economy as they face uncertainty in wage and hour and classification laws in the state.

Irizarry has also represented a number of financial institutions before the National Association of Securities Dealers and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. In addition, she regularly counsels employers regarding personnel policies, employee discipline and terminations, employment contracts, pregnancy and other medial leaves of absence, separation agreements, employee benefits issues and internal employee complaints. 

In addition, she has significant experience conducting internal investigations that often involve sensitive issues related to allegations of sexual harassment that have arisen prior to and since the #metoo movement.  Irizarry counsels employers on the next steps based on the results of the investigation and makes recommendations based on her findings so that companies can mitigate risk and potential exposure.  She regularly assists employers with compliance audits and investigations conducted by state and federal agencies.

Irizarry has served as a guest speaker for large and small groups of employers and lectured on updates in employment law, the importance of drafting and maintaining employee handbooks, and how to stop sexual harassment before it begins. 

In 2009, Irizarry completed a nine-month secondment as the Senior Employment Law Attorney for BT Americas Inc., a subsidiary of British Telecommunications plc. In that role, she served as in-house counsel to the Fortune 200, multi-billion dollar telecommunications company, undertaking substantive and case-management oversight for all litigation and day-to-day advice and counsel on employment matters in the U.S. and Canada. In addition, she regularly advised the Global Legal Team and Global Human Resources Team on labor and employment issues with international implications.

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Southwestern University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2002

  • Extern, Honorable Arthur Alarcon, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, 2001
  • Southwestern Law Review, Associate Editor, 2000-2002
  • Southwestern Moot Court Honors Program, 2000

Florida International University, B.A., Human Resources Management, 1997


"New California Labor and Employments Laws Healthcare HR Professionals Need to Know," American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration (ASHHRA), March 2019

"Interplay Between the Various Leave Laws," PIHRA, Santa Clarita, August 2016

Professional Affiliations/Leadership/Awards

Member, California Hospital Association, 2018 – present

Southern California Super Lawyer, Rising Star, 2007

National Institute for Trial Advocacy's Building Trial Skills Program, Participant

Pro Bono

Dawn has represented Salvadorian nationals seeking political asylum before the Los Angeles Immigration Court.


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