CDF Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers in America® Ones to Watch List for 2021
Aug 26, 2020

IRVINE, Calif., August 26, 2020 Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP (CDF) proudly congratulates three of its attorneys who were recently selected in the inaugural edition of the Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch for their work in employment law defense.  Alison O. Chua, Brian E. Cole II, and Alessandra C. Whipple were named to this list for 2021.

Recognition is awarded to attorneys who are in the earlier stages of their careers and have achieved outstanding professional excellence in private practice.  According to Best Lawyers, recognition by Ones to Watch is based entirely on peer review and employs the same methodology that has made Best Lawyers the gold standard for legal rankings worldwide.

“CDF congratulates the attorneys recognized for demonstrating professional excellence early in their legal careers based on Best Lawyers’ highly selective peer review,” said Marie DiSante.  “Alessandra, Allison and Brian all are devoted to the firm’s clients and are without question ‘Ones to Watch’ as they continue to advance as accomplished advocates for our clients.”

CDF’s Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch (in alphabetical order):

Allison O. Chua (Litigation - Labor and Employment, Los Angeles, CA).  Allison represents and advises employers in all areas of labor and employment law.  In particular, she has extensive experience defending employers against claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, and wage and hour disputes in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies.  Moreover, Chua has experience litigating cases involving misappropriation of trade secrets and unfair competition.

Brian E. Cole II (Labor and Employment Law – Management, Irvine, CA).  Brian has extensive experience with employment litigation involving claims of wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, breach of contract, unfair competition, and wage and hour violations.  He also has experience in defending companies of all sizes against class and PAGA actions.  In addition, he has significant experience representing businesses against website accessibility claims, brought under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and California's Unruh Civil Rights Act. 

Alessandra C. Whipple (Labor and Employment Law – Management, Irvine, CA).  Alessandra is experienced in advising and defending various employment disputes involving claims of wrongful termination, harassment, discrimination and retaliation, breach of contract, unfair competition, trade secrets, and whistleblower claims.  Her practice includes providing significant pragmatic day-to-day advice and counseling to companies on how to navigate California’s ever-changing labor and employment law landscape.

About Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP

For over 25 years, Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP has distinguished itself as one of the top labor, employment and 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.  For access to timely alerts on the latest California labor and employment law developments, sign-up for the firm’s blog by visiting:


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