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Daniel Joseph Kolodziej

Education Attorney at Los Angeles, CA

5.0   18 reviews
Free consultation Virtual consultation available
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  • State Years
    Nevada - NV 3 years
    California - CA 30 years
  • Licensed for 3 years
    State NV
    Acquired 2020
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 30 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1994
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Daniel

Learn Daniel’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Education
    30%
    Teacher dismissals, discipline and credentials

    19 years, 200 cases

  2. Employment and labor
    25%
    wrongful termination, discrimination, breach of employment contract, disability and family leave rights

    29 years, 150 cases

  3. Child abuse
    15%
    Criminal defense, domestic abuse, professional employment and child care, litigation defense

    19 years, 150 cases

  4. Business
    10%
    Litigation, transactions, distribution agreements, business entity formation and counseling, employment consulting, trademark and intellectual property rights registration and enforcement

    29 years, 100 cases

  5. Criminal defense
    10%
    misdemeanors and felonies, including shoplifting/petty theft, DUI, possession of controlled substance, child annoyance, child molestation, child pornography, child neglect, child abuse, domestic violence, assault, battery, statutory rape, unlawful sex with a minor, embezzlement, indecent exposure, grand theft, larceny, burglary, assault with a deadly weapon

    19 years, 150 cases

  6. Trademark application
    10%
    US and International trademark application/registration, prosecution, enforcement and litigation

    24 years, 100 cases

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A  lawyer for over 25 years, my experience includes representing Fortune 500 companies and other businesses, Director of Business & Legal Affairs for a major motion picture company and General Counsel for a major personal care products company.  I have applied my understanding of the "management side" to achieve favorable results for individuals whose rights have been diminished, including numerous trial victories in civil, administrative and criminal courts.  My primary clients are teachers and other educators, as well as business owners and corporate executives.  My experience with business transactions, employment agreements and trademark and copyright law also provides solid insight to guide clients through other complex legal situations.  

I have substantial litigation and trial experience in State and Federal courts throughout Southern California. I have also argued appellate cases before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and California Court of Appeals. I have obtained indvidual verdicts and settlements for clients in excess of $1 Million in value.  I also represent international companies in trademark registration and enforcement and am General Counsel for a large cosmetics manufacturing company with sales worldwide. Entertainment work includes representation of producers, actors, and writers in connection with film, television and new media productions and copyright and right of publicity matters.

 

Education: University of Michigan, B.A.; UCLA School of Law, J.D., Moot Court Honors and Executive Board Member

My primary practice areas include:  Education Law • Employment Law • Trademark and Copyright Law • Real Estate and Estate Planning • Personal Injury • Business Transactions and Counseling • Criminal Law

Awards

Silver Client Champion
Client's Choice 2016
Client's Choice
2016

Location

Trygstad, Schwab & Trygstad
6300 Wilshire Blvd.
Suite 810
Los Angeles, CA, 90048

Reviews

5.0 / 5.0
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Client's Choice 2016
Client's Choice
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Posted by Ken | June 9, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
An Outstanding Experienced Attorney
Daniel Kolodziej were great at representing my interests in a legal matter with my current employee. Daniel was a very down-to-earth attorney who had the sophistication of knowing the in’s and out’s of public sector HR law but also knew how to explain it in simple terms to me. Daniel had a lot of patience in listening to my concerns and thoughts and I felt that he respected me and my opinions. There were multiple times where he would fight for me more than I would fight for myself! Daniel also responded quickly to my phone calls, emails and messages to get me the answers I felt I needed and let me know about the latest news as it happened. I felt that I always knew what was going on. Their costs and fees were very clear and I was not surprised in the bill by any additional fees or unexpected upcharges.
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Posted by Mary | December 11, 2023
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| Consulted Attorney
Extremely knowledgeable and professionnal.
I have very complicated work issues and Daniel has been very helpful. He is very knowledgeable, professional, and right to the point. I highly recommend him if any employment issues as he knows what he's talking about. Thanks, Daniel.
Posted by anonymous | March 12, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Grateful!
Mr. Kolodziej came to my rescue as a new teacher with little knowledge on contracts. He helped me get out of a difficult situation with success. Throughout the process, he guided me and answered any questions I had. He helped me understand what I could anticipate during the time frame and prepared me for any situation that could occur. I would highly recommend him, I will be forever grateful to him for his support!
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Posted by raymond | September 23, 2020
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great guy
Thank you, Mr. Kolodziej, for excellent service. You were able to dismiss my brother-in law's criminal charges. He was seriously accused of a felony, for threatening an individual at a public place. He had a lot to lose. He was starting a promising business and has a family, and his precious freedom. Thank you for your experience, support, and dedication to resolve the matter.
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Posted by andrea | August 27, 2020
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legal issues regarding work
I hired Daniel Kolodziej to represent me because I had a problem involving my work. He gave me courteous and prompt service and he and he handled my case in a professional manner. I felt reassured because I had his support. I would recommend him to anyone who needed legal services. He is a competent and experienced lawyer who delivers excellent legal advice.
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Posted by K. | May 13, 2020
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Unparalleled Attorney
My family and I have an immense amount of gratitude to Daniel for his help most recently with an employment law case involving workplace harassment and wrongful termination. I have been a client of Daniel for almost 20 years and I always know I can count on him, not only for his unrivaled professional knowledge and experience, but because I know that he truly cared about my well-being. Facing a legal matter is an extremely stressful ordeal, but despite this I always felt a sense of inner peace knowing that Daniel was on my side and would fight for my best interest in seeking a just, fair, and successful resolution. My case against my former employer felt like an uphill battle, but Daniel took my concerns seriously and always was invested in working towards a successful resolution for my situation. Throughout this process he was extremely dedicated and at every step of the way, explained my options to me in detail to make sure I understood all of the necessary information in order to make an informed decision. All of Daniel’s guidance is honest, straightforward, and based on his years of success. Daniel stepped in when I really needed my rights protected. For the first time in over a year, I feel like a cloud has been lifted…and I can finally think about moving forward with my life. For this I will always be grateful to Daniel for his sincere compassion and for going above and beyond a normal call of duty. Daniel is an unparalleled attorney and I would wholeheartedly recommend him.
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Posted by Javier | March 3, 2020
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Great Lawyer
Daniel Kolodziej was a beacon of hope to me at a time when my options appeared limited and the likelihood of a satisfactory resolution seemed almost impossible. Not only was he able to defend me, but his calm and empathetic demeanor offered emotional support. I am eternally grateful for their help and support. I hereby recommend Daniel Kolodziej without reservation.
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Posted by Tedric | April 29, 2019
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Teacher
Daniel did an outstanding job representing me in a case against my employer. He is extremely knowledgeable and provided me with critical insight during every phase of the judicial process.
Posted by Margaret | October 31, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Retired
Mr. Kolodziej, handeled a matter for me with care, insight, professionalism and intelligence. He represented me and took my issue in the right direction with his wealth of experience! I am so grateful to have found him in my corner.,
Posted by Michael C | June 26, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best of the Best in Education Law
Daniel Kolodziej was my attorney for an arduous 6 year battle with the Los Angeles Unified School District. During this time he was dedicated, motivated, and in full command. It was at trial and on appeal that his true gifts became fully apparent. For Education Law there simply is no better Education Trial Lawyer. Buttressed by the experienced and competent Trygstad, Schwab, Trygstad law firm, the qualities of ethics, honesty and truth pervaded Daniel's representation of my case. At trial and again at appeal, the truth was elicited and illuminated and in both instances Daniel prevailed. It is with full confidence and assurance that I recommend him to any teacher who has been falsely accused or wrongly scapegoated by a school district. When you need the Best, Daniel is the Best of the Best.
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Posted by Amy | May 16, 2017
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Daniel Kolodziej is the man you want fighting for you
Mine was an uphill battle. And Daniel was not afraid to fight that fight. He is who you want and need by your side when the going will not be easy. As a veteran teacher, I first sought Daniel's counsel when something horrible had happened to me at my school site. He did his best to try to make it right. When things did not go as they should have, he counseled me, encouraged me, and stood by me, ultimately helping me bring a successful case. In the over three years that he fought for me, he was always insightful, diligent, available (an incredibly rare quality from what I hear), and spot-on with his advice. Daniel helped me get justice. While that may sound cliché, it's true. Without him, justice would not have been achievable. With him, it was. I can't recommend Daniel highly enough.
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Posted by anonymous | May 11, 2016
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A 21st Century Atticus Finch
Daniel Kolodziej, as my attorney, helped me retain my teaching position with LAUSD. After my union, UTLA, abandoned me at the last moment (after 38 years of paying dues no less), I was so fortunate to find Daniel. He is not only an honest, no b.s. person but a formidable lawyer. He took the administrators to task for ousting me on trumped up charges and secured my return to the classroom. He is a 'warrior' for the underdog- an amazing alliance in the field of law.
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Posted by anonymous | May 9, 2016
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Spectacular Lawyer
Teachers who have been told that there is no hope for their case or felt like there was no way to stop the school system from miscarrying justice should turn to lawyer who is not only well qualified but understanding of the emotional roller coaster this process causes. I was falsely accused and my professional character was called into question. I was removed roughly from the school where I last taught I was put into “Teacher Jail!” I was distraught and met other teachers who were put there for a variety of trivial reasons. As time progressed, my emotions regarding these false accusations continued to be those of despair and anger. It seemed to me that I was being “rubber stamped!” These were the words that my representative told me one day after a “hearing.” I consulted other lawyers who bluntly told me that I had no case inferring that my case, complete with 11 “charges”, was completely unwinnable and to just accept the inevitable that was going to happen to me and my career. There didn’t seem to be any light at the end of the tunnel for me until I met and signed up with Daniel Kolodziej to be my lawyer from the Trygstad Schwab and Trygstad Law Firm. After meeting with Daniel Kolodziej I immediately felt confident and hopeful because of the authoritative and intelligent manner in which he spoke. Never once did he express anything less than confidence in me, my innocence, and in my case. Mr. Daniel Kolodziej used every single resource available to him to investigate the outrageous claims including numerous interviews and still kept my updated on the progress of my case. His expertise in educational law was often very apparent in conversation and in his professional manner. He is very thorough, pays close attention to details and knows how to draw out the facts. He understood what an emotional time it was for me and was understanding of my frequent emails and never once was harsh to me. In court he was able to expose how the charges against me were inflated and essentially false and without merit. His demeanor is very professional and respectful towards the panel of Judges and opposing counsel. The points he made caused the district to see how wrong they essentially were in how they treated me. His expert skill and presentation was able to break through the misinformation fed by the school district and led the panel of diverse judges to reach a wise and unanimous decision. Mr. Daniel Kolodziej won my case against a school district. I am so grateful for his expertise, caring, insightful and encouraging “pep talks” to fight for my innocence and career. I am extremely appreciative that Trygstad, Schwab & Trygstad accepted my case and believed in me! In my eyes, Mr. Kolodziej is a man of strong ethics and dedication to his client. I will be eternally grateful for not only clearing my name, but most importantly for allowing me to feel vindicated and attempt to move on to a peaceful life after a torturous ordeal.
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Posted by Michael | April 18, 2016
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Highly recommended
As an owner of an industry-leading company that distributes its products internationally, having insightful, creative and, when necessary, aggressive attorneys is an essential part of our company’s success. For over ten years, our company has relied on the services of Trygstad Schwab & Trygstad and, in particular, Daniel Kolodziej to ensure that our company complies with complex laws and to safeguard our intellectual property and business interests from assault by potential competitors. As our company has risen to the top of a very competitive industry, with the legal challenges that comes with that growth, Trygstad, Schwab & Trygstad has kept us protected. I recommend them unequivocally for anyone looking for sound advice and unrelenting legal protection, including for employment, trademark and other business concerns.
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Posted by anonymous | April 18, 2016
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Honest & Trustable Lawyer
Trygstad Schwab & Trygstad, including Lawrence Trygstad, Daniel Kolodziej, and Shanon Trygstad, have been the rock my husband and I have leaned on when our legal rights have been threatened. Time and time again, TST has challenged those who have sought to take advantage of us and/or have violated our contractual or other legal rights. They have protected us from a variety of unscrupulous characters – including charitable groups, contractors, homeowners’ associations, tenants, business competitors, employees, airlines, car dealers, dentists, doctors, and travel agents. As a result of their efforts, they have repeatedly restored our lost money, obtained additional damages and attorney fees and, most importantly, upheld our personal principles to ensure justice is done and we are treated fairly. In sum, TST has always been there for us without hesitation and with excellent results.
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Posted by Eric | March 30, 2016
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Excellent Attorney
I hope to inspire others in similar circumstances to not give up their careers and to stop school districts from abusing their powers. Knowing the facts of my own situation, I felt the district investigation would work out for the best and trusted that the process would work in my favor. My “teacher jail” situation proceeded with union representation, which was terribly inept. All of the thousands of dollars I paid in dues were returned with a revolving door of union volunteers that held my hand through the process with no action on my behalf. Nothing came from the procedural meetings with the district, except for stepping closer to an inevitable teacher dismissal. I then sought legal representation outside of the district. I interviewed and consulted with over 20 law firms, all coming to the same conclusion - the work required on their end would not match their potential financial investment. I then tried to take the matter into my own hands, representing myself with the assistance and support of my wife and other housed teachers. This process was exhausting, lasting over a year, resulting in me just wanting to move forward for the sake of my family and mental health. District representatives repeatedly suggested, at my dismissal meetings, that I resign, essentially offering nothing in exchange for a complete exoneration of the school district. I would never be able to hold them accountable for obliterating my career with their misactions, adding yet another blow to my weary optimism. The district is well versed to add insult to injury, wearing most teachers down who are too financially exhausted and besieged to continue to an OAH hearing. Once dismissed, there is no income, state unemployment denied, leaving many to give up at this point. But I chose to escalate my defense and appeal my case to an OAH hearing. And the district scaled up their attorneys - 3 of them at this point. I have to say that an OAH hearing is just like any other trial with loads of paperwork, deadlines, legal vocabulary, and submissions. My wife and I were in over our heads. As the trial date loomed closer, we realized that we would go down in flames not because my dismissal was merited, but because I lacked legal expertise. I chose to try once more to find an attorney who would listen to the details of my case in hopes of getting the representation I truly deserved, or simply go ahead with the resignation. I made an appointment with Dan Kolodziej, at Trygstad, Schwab & Trygstad. Finally, I encountered a professional with the skill and aptitude to quickly internalize the facts and subtle idiosyncrasies of my case. I left him boxes of paperwork, relevant to my case, to review. My determination would soon be rewarded by his years of legal experience. During the hearing, Mr. Kolodziej quickly established a positive rapport with the presiding judge, while tactfully marginalizing the opposing counsel’s endeavors. He was truly masterful at dissecting the opposition’s witnesses with precision and foresight, most of whom stood little chance when faced with his revealing and relentless questioning. The increasing number of charges against me didn’t give me hope that my case would ever see the light of day. However, Mr. Kolodziej clearly was wise to the district’s strategies and knew how to prepare and mitigate any damages. We spent many hours over many days preparing for the hearing, and long hours at the courthouse. Over the 13 day hearing, Dan was on his game - professional and considerate of my needs as a client as well as the concerns of my wife. I am eternally grateful to Mr. Kolodziej and his firm for fiercely defending my rights in and out of the courtroom. Because of him, I am able to bring closure to an especially painful chapter of my life. I unequivocally recommend anyone considering legal representation to consult him first because of his profound knowledge regarding employment and education related law.
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Posted by anonymous | March 24, 2016
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Great Skill and Attention to Detail
My family had a very sensitive matter that required great trial skills and attention to details. Daniel is a first rate lawyer with excellent trial skills. He also attends to all the details. I would highly recommend this attorney to anyone looking for advocacy in any court or administrative hearing. In my opinion, it would be hard to find anyone superior.
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Posted by Melanie | March 23, 2016
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Attorney Dan is the Man!
I was exceptionally represented by Attorney Daniel Kolodziej. He went to bat for me concerning a work related matter with potential career altering implications . Per his know-how, care, concern, and due diligence, the matter was favorably resolved. Attorney Dan is an experienced attorney who also exhibits extreme humility. I am appreciative of his expertise and am grateful for his fortitude.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 295-750 per hour
  • Contingency 33%-45%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 7.6 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Partner/Member
  • Trygstad Schwab & Trygstad
  • 2005 - Present
  • General Counsel
  • Trigg Laboratories, Inc.
  • 2003 - Present

Education

  • University of California at Los Angeles School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1993
  • University of Michigan
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1990

Associations

  • Beverly Hills Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • French
  • German
  • English
  • Spanish
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Honors and Awards

  • Top-Rated (Client Reviews, 5-stars)
  • Martindale-Hubbell® (AVVO.COM)
  • 2019
  • Top-Rated (Client Reviews, 5-stars)
  • Martindale-Hubbell® (AVVO.COM)
  • 2018
  • Top-Rated (Client Reviews 5-stars) (FIRST YEAR OF RATING)
  • Martindale-Hubbell® (AVVO.COM)
  • 2017

Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • California Teachers Association Group Legal Conference
  • Current Education and Employment Law Issues
  • 2011

Attorney endorsements

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Unknown Attorney | Dec 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I had the opportunity to observe Mr. Kolodziej's legal work in a complicated case. Mr. Kolodziej is very precise, detail-oriented, and comprehensive in his legal work. He leaves no stone unturned in support of his clients and is truly a zealous advocate. I certainly recommend Mr. Kolodziej and his firm for any complex legal matters that require zealous advocacy."
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Los Angeles Education Lawyer Daniel Joseph Kolodziej
Daniel Joseph Kolodziej
Education Attorney
Los Angeles, CA
Licensed for 30 years
Free Consultation
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