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Dustin S. Dodgin

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Dustin Dodgin is a partner in the firm's Business and Commercial Litigation Department and Labor & Employment Department. His multi-disciplinary practice covers business and employment litigation, corporate and real estate transactions, business counseling, construction and real estate litigation, energy law, and government relations. Dustin was selected as a 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020 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, hospitality, security services, 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.

Honors and Awards

BV® Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Southern California Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2014 – 2020


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

  • Bachelor of Arts University of California - University Santa Barbara, CA 2003
  • Juris Doctor | Civil Practicum: CALI Award (2006) | San Diego Law Review, Lead Editor and Symposium Coordinator University of San Diego School of Law - Graduate School San Diego, CA 2006
  • State Bar of California 2006
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California 2006
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California 2010
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit 2010
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California 2012
Community Involvement

Boards and Committees

Kern County Employees’ Retirement Association, Board of Trustees, 2014 - Present

- Vice Chairman, 2016, 2020

- Chairman, 2017 - 2018

- Investment Committee Chairman, 2019-2020

Kern County Bar Association, Judicial Application Evaluation Committee, 2013 - 2014

Bakersfield Planning Commission, 2013 - 2015

- Chairman, 2014 - 2015

Goodwill Industries of South Central California, Board of Directors, 2009 - 2015

- Chairman, 2011 - 2014 

- Vice Chairman, 2010 - 2011, 2015

Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Bakersfield, Advisory Council

- Chairman, 2014 - 2015 

- Vice Chair, 2013 - 2014

- Project Chair, 2012 - 2013

- Team Advisor, 2009 - 2010

Other Community Involvement

Bakersfield College, 2007 - 2019

- Adjunct Professor

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, Centennial High School, 2006 - 2008

- Attorney Coach, Centennial High, 2008 - 2011

- National History Day: Judge, 2007 - 2013

"We the People...the Citizen and the Constitution": Judge, 2009 - Present

American Youth Soccer Organization, Coach, 2016 - Present

Bakersfield Southwest Baseball, Coach, 2019

Sigma Phi Epsilon, Cal Beta Beta Chapter, Resident Scholar, 2004 - 2005


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