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Neil Pedersen

Neil Pedersen

Practice areas:

Employment & Labor, Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, Wrongful Termination, Lawsuits & Disputes, Insurance

About Me

Neil is the principal of Pedersen McQueen, APLC, an employee rights law firm assisting employees throughout Southern California.

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Languages Spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1989

  1. Employment & Labor: 25%
  2. Wrongful Termination: 20%
  3. Sexual Harassment: 20%
  4. Discrimination: 20%
  5. Other: 15%
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Payment

Fees:

Contingent (40%)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check

Attorney Endorsements

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  • Adam A Studnicki

    Mr. Pedersen is a valuable asset to this community. His dedication to the law and his clients is admirable.

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Contact Info

Pedersen McQueen, APLC

17910 Sky Park Cir Ste 105
Irvine, CA, 92614-4458

Resume

License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
CAActive198905/25/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Southern California Top-Rated LawyerAmerican Lawyer Media2015
Southern California Super LawyerThomson Reuters2015
Southern California Top-Rated LawyerAmerican Lawyer Media2014
Wall of Justice HonoreeCalifornia Employment Lawyers Association2014
Top Attorneys in Orange CountyOC Metro Magazine2014
Southern California Top-Rated LawyerAmerican Lawyer Media2013
Top Attorneys in Orange CountyOC Metro Magazine2013
Southern California Top-Rated LawyerAmerican Lawyer Media2012
Special Appreciation AwardOrange County Bar Association Solo-Small Firm Section2010
Inducted into Alumni Hall of FameWestern State College of Law2010
"AV" RatingMartindale-Hubbell1995
Editor-in-Chief Law ReviewWestern State College of Law1988
Co-ValedictorianWestern State College of Law1988

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
PrincipalPedersen McQueen, APLC2011 - Present
Adjunct ProfessorWestern State College Of Law2011 - Present
PrincipalPedersen Law & Dispute Resolution Corp.2000 - 2011
General CounselQuantumLink Corporation1998 - 2000
PrincipalPedersen & Black1994 - 1998
AttorneyFord & Pedersen1990 - 1994
AttorneyWalker, Kendrick & Jackson1988 - 1990

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
State Bar of California, Law Practice Management and Technology SectionExecutive Committee2012 - Present
State Bar of California, Law Practice Management and Technology SectionMember2012 - Present
California Employment Lawyers Association Mentorship ProgramMentor2012 - Present
California Employment Lawyers Association, Summer Clerkship ProgramAttorney Supervisor2012 - 2012
Peter M. Elliott American Inn of CourtMaster2012 - 2012
ALM Publishing's SmartLitigator California WebsiteEditorial Board Member2011 - 2013
Orange County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law SectionMember2010 - Present
Orange County Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2008 - Present
Orange County Bar Association, Mentorship ProgramMentor2008 - Present
Orange County Bar Association, Solo Practitioner/Small Firm SectionChair2007 - 2007
California Employment Lawyers AssociationMember2007 - Present
Western State University Alumni AssociationBoard of Directors2006 - 2007
Orange County Bar Association, Solo Practitioner/Small Firm SectionProgram Chair2006 - 2006
Orange County Bar Association, Resolutions CommitteeMember2004 - 2004
Orange County Bar Association, Solo Practitioner/Small Firm SectionExecutive Committee2003 - 2009
Orange County Bar Association, Business Litigation SectionMember2000 - Present
State Bar of California, Litigation SectionN/A2000 - Present
Orange County Bar Association, Solo Practitioner/Small Firm SectionMember2000 - Present
Orange County Bar Association, Resolutions CommitteeMember1997 - 1997
Orange County Bar Association, Insurance Law SectionCo-chair1996 - 1996
Orange County Bar Association, Mandatory Fee Arbitration CommitteeMember1995 - Present
Orange County Bar Association, Insurance Law SectionProgram Chair1995 - 1995
William P. Gray Legion Lex American Inn of CourtBarrister1994 - 1998
Orange County Bar Association, Insurance Law SectionExecutive Committee1994 - 1998
Orange County Bar Association, Insurance Law SectionMember1993 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Bertrand v. County of RiversideSettlement in the amount of $1.05 million aggregrate
Employee vs. A California CityCase settled for $495,000
Avalos v. A-L Financial ServicesVerdict for plaintiff. Case settled after trial for $175,000

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Publications

Publication NameTitleDate
California State Bar Law Practice Management and Technology Section's E-News, March-April 2015Time Management Tip - Managing Predictable Interrupters2015
The Bottom Line (California Bar)Managing Client Expectations During the Attorney-Client Relationship2015
The Bottom Line (California Bar)Time Capture and Recordation2015
Newsletter of the California State Bar Solo and Small Firm SectionImproving and Maintaining Cash Flow for the Solo and Small Firm Practitioner2015
California State Bar Law Practice Management and Technology Section's E-News, January-February 2015Time Management Tips - Enforcing No Interruption Times2015
California State Bar Law Practice Management and Technology Section's E-News, September-October 2014Time Management - Let Technology Work For You, Not Against You2014
California State Bar Law Practice Management and Technology Section's E-News, July-August 2014Time Management - Managing Your Phone To Make Yourself More Efficient2014
California State Bar Law Practice Management and Technology Section's E-News, May-June 2014Time Management - Handling Paper Efficiently2014
California State Bar Law Practice Management and Technology Section's E-News, March-April 2014Time Management and Meetings2014
California State Bar Law Practice Management and Technology Section's E-News, January-February 2014Time Management - Efficient Use of Your Workspace to Save Time and Money2014
Orange County Lawyer MagazineSo You Don't Want Your Employer To Be Your Friend?2013
Worker's Compensation Quarterly (CBA)FEHA Red Flags: Common Employer Violations of California's Disability Discrimination Laws2013
The Bottom Line (California Bar)A Message from the Guest Editor2013
The Bottom Line (California Bar)MCLE Self-Study Article: The Attorney as Employer: The Law Regarding Employee Privacy in Social Media Posts2013
California State Bar Law Practice Management and Technology Section's E-News, November-December 2013Time Management Tip-Make a List, Work the List2013
Western State University Law ReviewAttorney Fee Awards in FEHA Claims2012
The Bottom Line (California Bar)Plugging the Leak: Employing Efficient Intake Practices to Avoid the Loss of Valuable Time2012
The GavelAttorney Fee Awards in FEHA Claims: The Lodestar Analysis2012
Big Meeting MagazineMaximizing Mediated Settlements2012
Inside the Minds: Establishing a Successful Solo PracticeOperating Successfully in a Solo or Small Firm Environment: What Lawyers Need to Know Before Striking Out on their Own2011
Orange County Lawyer MagazineBehind the Scenes: Solo & Small Firm Section2009
Orange County Lawyer MagazineStaying Competitive for the Solo and Small Firm: The Paperless Law Office2008
Orange County Lawyer MagazineRepresenting an Insured: Avoiding Insurer Reimbursement Actions1994
Western State University Law ReviewEffective Closing Argument1990

Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Western State University College of LawLawJuris Doctor of Law1988
Western State University, FullertonLawB.S. of Laws1986

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Western State College of LawHit the Ground Running: Practical Advice for Novice Attorneys2015
Webinar sponsored by the San Diego County Bar AssociationThe Attorney-Client Contract: The Intersection of Ethical Obligation, Risk Management and Client Retention Strategies2015
War Stories: Experienced Attorneys Recount Interesting and Inspriational Career EventsWar Stories2015
Loyola Legal Rights Disability CenterThe Paperless Office: Using Technology to Make Your Office More Efficient and Mobile2015
California State Bar Solo and Small Firm SummitThe Paperless Law Office: Using Technology to Maximize Efficiency and Profit2015
California State Bar Solo and Small Firm SummitTime Management for the Busy Attorney2015
California State Bar CYLA Practical Skills SymposiumMaking Good Client Choices2015
Western State College of LawHow To Hit the Ground Running: Practical Advice for New Attorneys2014
State Bar of California Solo and Small Firm SummitHoning Your Client Intake Skills to Avoid Practice Challenges2014
State Bar of California Solo and Small Firm SummitThe Paperless Office: Using Technology to Make Your Office More Efficient and Mobile2014
Western State College of LawTen Things You Should Know Before Opening Your Own Firm2013
Webinar sponsored by the San Diego County Bar AssociationIntake Practices: Efficient and Effective Methods to Identfy Keeper Clients2013
Orange County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law SectionThe Intersection of Workers Compensation and the Fair Employment and Housing Act2013
Orange County Bar Association, Insurance Law SectionTrying the Insurance Bad Faith Case: Creating and Developing Themes for the Case2013
Orange County Bar Association Bridging the GapEmployment Law2013
OCBA College of Trial AdvocacyWorkshop Judge - Closing Arguments2013
OCBA College of Trial AdvocacyWorkshop Judge - Opening Statements2013
Law Teaching for Adjunct Faculty ConferenceBecoming an Adjunct Law Professor2013
Labor & Employment Law Seminar Sponsored by The Seminar GroupDisability Discrimination Update2013
California State Bar Solo and Small Firm SummitPreparing for Your Client's Deposition2013
Webinar sponsored by State Bar Solo/Small Firm SectionYour Client’s Deposition: Preparation Tips and Strategies2012
September OCBA Labor & Employment Law Section monthly meetingEmployment Law Update2012
Orange County Bar Association, Solo Practitioner/Small Firm SectionBuilding a Successful Solo or Small Firm2012
Orange County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section Lunch MeetingRecent Developments In Employment Arbitration2012
November monthly meeting of the OCBA Solo Practitioner/Small Firm SectionBringing Your Firm Into the 21st Century: Using Technology to Maximize Efficiency and Profits2012
Life Cycle of an Employment CaseImpact of Employment Arbitration Agreements on Litigation Analysis2012
Bridging the GapVenturing Out2012
August OCBA Labor & Employment Law Section monthly meetingEmployment Law Update2012
Annual OCBA Solo and Small Firm Practitioner Section SeminarOpening and Maintaining Your Law Office2012
Western State College of LawPracticing Professionalism2011
September OCBA Labor and Employment Law Section lunch meetingEmployment Law Update2011
October OCBA Labor and Employment Law Section lunch meetingEmployment Law Update2011
OCBA College of Trial AdvocacyWorkshop Judge – Closing Arguments2011
Life Cycle of an Employment CaseImpact of Employment Arbitration Agreements on Litigation Analysis2011
DFEH/UCI Summer Employment ClinicRepresenting Employee Clients2011
April Orange County Employment Lawyers monthly meetingThe Mock Trial Experience2011
Western State College of LawMetters v. Ralphs Grocery: a case study2010
OCBA Solo & Small Firm Section March monthly meetingThe 21st Century Law Firm – Technology in the Law Office2010
Bridging the GapBusiness Law2010
Annual OCBA Solo & Small Firm Practitioner Section SeminarOpening Your Own Firm: Opening and Maintaining a Law Office2010
OCBA Solo & Small Firm Section August monthly meetingOrganizational Skills for the Solo and Small Firm Practitioner2009
Bridging the GapBusiness Law2009
Annual OCBA Solo & Small Firm Practitioner Section SeminarOpening Your Own Firm: Opening and Maintaining a Law Office2009
From J.D. to ESQ., Transitioning from Law Student to LawyerFrom J.D. to ESQ., Transitioning from Law Student to Lawyer2008
Bridging the GapBusiness Law2008
Annual OCBA Solo & Small Firm Practitioner Section SeminarOpening Your Own Firm: Opening and Maintaining a Law Office2008
Practice Area ForumEmployment Law2007
OCBA Mandatory Fee Arbitration Committee Brown Bag Lunch SeriesTime Management for the Busy Fee Arbitrator2007
Bridging the GapBusiness Law2007
Annual OCBA Solo & Small Firm Practitioner Section SeminarOpening Your Own Firm: Opening and Maintaining a Law Office2007
Western State University Business Law ForumFinding the Right Attorney Job2006
Practice Area ForumEmployment Law2006
OCBA Solo & Small Firm Practitioner Section monthly meetingTime Management for the Busy Lawyer2006
Insurance Bad FaithInsurance Bad Faith2006
OCBA Solo/Small Firm Section lunch meetingTechnology in the Law Office, a roundtable discussion2005
OCBA Solo and Small Firm Practitioner Section monthly meetingIdentifying and Dealing with Problem Clients2005
Insurance Bad FaithInsurance Bad Faith2005