CDF Announces New Orange County Location and a Trio of New Attorneys

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Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP Announces New Orange County Location and a Trio of New Attorneys

IRVINE, Calif. – October 15, 2018 – Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP (CDF), an award-winning employment, labor and business immigration law firm recognized for protecting employers with workforces in California for nearly 25 years, has relocated its Orange County office.  CDF’s new office space allows the firm to continue to thrive and maintain its standing as one of the top employment, labor and immigration law firms in California, now in a more modern setting. The new Orange County location, one of five offices throughout California, is at 18300 Von Karman Avenue – just a block away from its former office at 2600 Michelson Drive, where the firm was based for 21 years, and two blocks away from where the firm started 24 years ago.

“From the first days of CDF in 1994, Central Orange County has been our home – as well as the epicenter of our statewide employment law practice,” said Marie DiSante, CDF founding partner and firm managing partner.  “While our Irvine address may be new, our corporate backyard has not changed, and we look forward to celebrating a quarter-century in business next year in our new location.”

The Firm’s new Irvine location is home to newly hired Irvine attorneys Serafin H. Tagarao and Michael S. Armstrong.  Serafin H. Tagarao brings to the firm experience in defending companies of all sizes against class action claims, Fair Labor Standards Act collective actions and Private Attorneys General Act claims. He advises employers on how to manage employment risks and contributes to federal and state compliance policies, including employer handbooks. Tagarao is a graduate of Loyola Law School, where he was the Chief Production Editor of the International and Comparative Law Review.

A graduate of University of California, Irvine School of Law, Michael S. Armstrong defends California employers against class actions and allegations of wrongful termination, discrimination and wage issues. He has conducted extensive employment investigations and counseled employers on best practices in a variety of industries. During his time as a legal intern, Armstrong contributed to legal work performed in U.S. Marine Corps cases.

In addition to Armstrong and Tagarao, CDF also announced the addition of Candace R. DesBaillets, who joins the firm in its San Francisco office.  With an extensive background in critical gender studies, DesBaillets defends employers in individual and multi-plaintiff litigation matters, including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, contracts, employment-related torts and wage and hour claims. The University of California, Berkeley, School of Law graduate was the Managing Editor of the Berkeley Journal of Gender Law & Justice and Vice President of Animal Law Society.

About Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP

For close to 25 years, Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP has distinguished itself as one of the top employment, labor and business immigration law firms in California, representing employers in single-plaintiff and class action lawsuits and advising employers on related legal compliance and risk avoidance.  The firm has five offices throughout California – in Sacramento, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego.  For more information, visit: and find CDF on LinkedIn or Twitter to learn more about how the firm protects California employers.


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