Nancy N. (“Niki”) Lubrano

Partner & Co-Chair of CDF's Class Action Defense Litigation Practice Group
Orange County Office
(949) 622-1661, ext 1443
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Favorite Quote: "Don't worry, Scout, it ain't time to worry yet" --To Kill a Mockingbird

Was a legal assistant at CDF for years before putting herself through law school

Best Advice: Never say “I can’t”

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Experienced in defending against all types of employment claims through trial on behalf of employers of all sizes.  Lubrano takes an aggressive defense approach whether the case involves a single plaintiff alleging wrongful termination, harassment and/or discrimination, or if it is a multiparty, class action matter.  Lubrano has extensive experience defending against wage and hour class action claims and is one of the few attorneys who has litigated PAGA claims through trial.  As the laws that affect employers continue to evolve, Lubrano facilitates creative litigation strategies to achieve client goals efficiently.

Lubrano’s practice strengths include navigating her clients through the many employee-friendly laws that make doing business in California difficult for employers.  She engages in immediate fact investigation in all types of cases to achieve early case assessment and to position clients for the best possible result in every case. 

As part of her client counsel, Lubrano also regularly advises executives and human resources personnel on preventive measures to avoid litigation.  Lubrano assists her clients in developing and implementing employment policies and practices to ensure compliance with state and federal workplace laws and regulations.

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California Western School of Law, J.D., 2009

  • Dean’s list, 2009  

California State University, Fullerton, B.A., English, cum laude, 2006


"Navigating Through California’s Wage And Hour Laws - What Employers Should Know,", March 2022

"Biden's Repeal of Trump-Era Gig Worker Rule Restores Multi-Factor Test," Co-Author, Bloomberg Law, June 2021

Don’t Let the Name Fool You. The ABC Test Is Anything But Simple," Co-Author, Staffing Industry Analysts, February 2020

"Court Not So SLAPP Happy Over Hospitals' Action Against Doctor," California Employment Law Letter, August 14, 2017

"Managing Independent Contractor Class Action Is All About Right To Control," California Employment Law Letter, August 11, 2014

Workplace Violence - Do As I Do, Not As I Say,” California Employment Law Letter, July 15, 2013

“Employee’s Self-Diagnosis Insufficient to Save His Medical Leave Claims,” California Employment Law Letter, April 9, 2012

“A Little Sexual Harassment Isn't Enough,” California Employment Law Letter, November 7, 2011

"Truth or Consequence," California Employment Law Letter, July 11, 2011

"Armedariz Decision Protects Independent Contractors’ FEHA Rights, Too," California Employment Law Letter, March 28, 2011

Written Opinions

Nixon v. AmeriHome Mortgage Company, LLC, 67 Cal. App. 5th 934 (2021)

Levanoff v. Dragas, 65 Cal. App. 5th 1079 (2021), rehearing denied (July 14, 2021)

Professional Affiliations/Leadership/Awards

Listed, Southern California Super Lawyers - Rising Stars, 2015 - 2019

Member, Association of Business Trial Lawyers, Orange County Chapter, 2017 - 2018

Member, Lex Romana

Member, Italian American Lawyers Association

CDF Labor Law LLP

  • Co-Chair, CDF's Class Action Defense Litigation Practice Group, 2022 - present

Related News

Navigating Through California's Wage and Hour Laws - What Employers Should Know

March 31, 2022

CDF Prevents Employee From Pursuing Class Claims For Unpaid Wages

August 17, 2021

CDF Secures Victory For Employers In PAGA Claim

July 1, 2021

Biden's Repeal of Trump-Era Gig Worker Rule Restores Multi-Factor Test

June 1, 2021

Don’t Let The Name Fool You.  The “ABC” Test Is Anything But Simple

February 25, 2020

Six CDF Attorneys Named 2019 Southern California Rising Stars by Super Lawyers

June 19, 2019

Seven CDF Attorneys Recognized as 2019 Southern California Super Lawyers Honorees

March 7, 2019

CDF is Proud to Sponsor the 2019 Annual Gala for the Alliance for Children's Rights

March 4, 2019

CDF Expands Firm Leadership Adding Four Partners Statewide

January 15, 2019

Attorney Nancy Lubrano Authors Article "Managing Independent Contractor Class Action Is All About…

August 11, 2014

Nancy Lubrano Authors Article on "Do As I Say, Not As I Do," Regarding Workplace Violence

July 15, 2013


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