Dustin S. Dodgin

Dustin S. Dodgin

Bakersfield, California
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Dustin Dodgin is a partner in the firm's Business and Commercial Litigation Department and Labor & Employment Department. He practices in the areas of business and employment litigation, and business counseling. Dustin was selected as a 2014, 2015, and 2016 Southern California Rising Star by the Super Lawyers magazine.

In his employment practice, Dustin routinely represents employers in state and federal courts in California, in arbitrations, and before the DLSE, EDD, and the U.S. Department of Labor. He defends employers in private and law enforcement wage-and-hour litigation involving misclassification, overtime, meal period, and rest break claims, among others. He handles single-plaintiff discrimination, harassment, retaliation and wrongful termination actions, and he represents employers in employee embezzlement, trade secret misappropriation, and workplace violence cases.

Dustin also handles business litigation and general business matters for clients in the oil and gas, construction, real estate, healthcare, agriculture, transportation, equipment manufacturing and sales, and insurance industries.

Areas of Practice

  • Business and Commercial Litigation
  • Labor and Employment
  • Partnership and Corporate Law
  • Business and Real Estate Transactions

Bar Admissions

  • California, 2006
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 2006
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 2010
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 2012
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 2010


  • University of San Diego School of Law, San Diego, California
    • Juris Doctor - 2006
    • Honors: CALI Award, Civil Practicum, 2006
    • Law Review: San Diego Law Review, Lead Articles Editor & Symposium Coordinator, 2005 - 2006
  • University of California, Santa Barbara, California
    • Bachelor of Arts - 2003

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Kern County Bar Association, 2006 - Present
  • Bakersfield College, Adjunct Professor, 2007 - 2011
  • Association of Southern California Defense Counsel, 2010 - Present
  • Kern County Employees' Retirement Association, Board of Trustees, 2014-Present, Vice Chairman, 2016
  • Kern County Bar Association, Judicial Application Evaluation Committee, 2013 - Present
  • Bakersfield Planning Commission, Member 2013-15, Chairman, 2014-15
  • Goodwill Industries of South Central California, Board of Directors, 2009-15, Chairman, 2011-14, Vice Chairman 2010-11, 2015
  • Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Bakersfield, Advisory Council, Chairman, 2014-15, Vice Chair, 2013-14, Project Chair, 2012-13, Team Advisor, 2009-10
  • Kern County Superintendent of School Programs, Mock Trial Program: Judge, 2006-08, Attorney Coach, Centennial High, 2008-11, National History Day: Judge, 2007-13, "We the People...the Citizen and the Constitution": Judge, 2009-present
  • Center for Civic Education, "We the People...the Citizen and the Constitution": National Competition, Judge, 2012

Professional Experience

  • Klein, DeNatale, Goldner, Cooper, Rosenlieb & Kimball, LLP., 2005-Present
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California, The Honorable Barry Ted Moskowitz, Extern, 2005
  • U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of California, Law Clerk, 2005