As the chair of CDF’s Healthcare Practice Group, Dawn M. Irizarry has substantial experience representing employers throughout the healthcare industry, including hospitals, medical technology companies, physician groups, and urgent care centers. Her experience includes providing daily advice to hospitals and medical groups on how to stay in compliance with California’s complex employment laws, as well as defending employment litigation in court as well as in arbitration and before administrative agencies. With the fluctuating state of healthcare in America today, Dawn remains current on applicable laws, court decisions and emerging legal trends affecting her clients.
She also has experience representing clients in the retail and gig economy as they face uncertainty in wage and hour and classification lawsuits in the state. Her employment law experience extends to assisting 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. 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.
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.
Areas of Practice
Wrongful Termination and Workplace Tort Litigation
Wage and Hour Issues
Workplace Solutions, Advice and Training
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
“Compliance Tips for Healthcare Employers Utilizing AI in the Recruitment Process,” Co-Author, Healthcare Business Today, May 2021
"The Legal Interplay Between Peer Review and Discipline of Physician-Employee," Co-Author, Healthcare Business Today, October 2021
"What Healthcare Organizations Can Do to Stay Compliant in the Era of Marijuana Legalization," Co-Author, Health Care Compliance Association, Compliance Today, October Issue
"Healthcare's Hurdles in 2020 Employment Law," Co-Author, HR Legal and Compliance Excellence, March 2020
"Transgender Employee Sues Barnes & Noble for Discrimination," California Employment Law Letter, June 2015
"Top Two Employment Law Issues Healthcare Employers Should Know NOW," Southern California Hospital Association's Annual Meeting, April 2021
“#MeToo - How to Make Sure It’s Not #YouToo,” Panelist, Cedars-Sinai’s 17th Annual Emergency Medicine Symposium, December 2019
"Marijuana in the Workplace - What California Employers Need to Know," The Valley Industry Association (VIA), September 2019
"New California Labor and Employment 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
Listed, Top Health Care Lawyers, Daily Journal, 2020
Member, California Hospital Association, 2018 – present
Southern California Super Lawyer, Rising Star, 2007
National Institute for Trial Advocacy's Building Trial Skills Program, Participant
Dawn has represented Salvadorian nationals seeking political asylum before the Los Angeles Immigration Court.