Dustin S. Dodgin

Dustin S. Dodgin

Bakersfield, California
(661) 395-1000
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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, corporate and real estate transactions, and business counseling. Dustin was selected as a 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 Southern California Rising Star by the Super Lawyers magazine.

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

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 PAGA claims, misclassification, overtime, meal period, and rest break claims, among others. He handles class action lawsuits, single-plaintiff discrimination, harassment, retaliation and wrongful termination actions, and he represents employers in employee embezzlement, trade secret misappropriation, and workplace violence cases.

Practice Focus

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

Bar Admissions

  • State Bar of California, (2006)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, (2010)
  • 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)


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


  • Bakersfield College, Adjunct Professor, 2007 - Present

Boards and Committees

  • Kern County Employees’ Retirement Association, Board of Trustees (2014-present)
    • - Vice Chairman (2016)
    • - Chairman (2017-present)
  • Kern County Bar Association, Judicial Application Evaluation Committee (2013-2014)
  • Bakersfield Planning Commission (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)

Other Community Involvement

  • Bakersfield College, Adjunct Professor (2007-present)
  • Center for Civic Education, "We the People...the Citizen and the Constitution": National Competition Judge (2012)
  • Kern County Superintendent of Schools 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)
  • American Youth Soccer Organization, Coach (2016-present)
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon, Cal Beta Beta Chapter, Resident Scholar (2004-05)

Professional Experience

  • Klein DeNatale Goldner, 2006 - present
  • Extern, U.S. District Court, Southern District of California, Hon. Barry Ted Moskowitz, 2005
  • Law Clerk, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Southern District of California, 2005


  • Sigma Phi Epsilon