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I have been married for 28 years.  We have seven children and two grandchildren.  Life is good in the Larsen home! 

I have been engaged in employment law for over 20 years now.  However, I learned early on that I could provide a greater value to clients by helping them prevent lawsuits.  I also learned that employers needed help with quality HR professionals. 

In 2001 I started Sierra HR Partners, Inc., a separate but ancillary company to my law firm.  Sierra HR is staffed with certified HR professionals who help my clients comply with the law.  The HR professionals are trained to identify issues that could create legal complications.  When that happens, I step in.  It has been a great partnership among my law firm, Sierra HR and our clients.  We can provide a better service at a good price, and make the workplace better for employees.  Everyone wins. 



Languages spoken: French

Practice areas


  1. Employment: 70%
    7 years
  2. Discrimination: 20%
  3. Civil Rights: 5%
  4. Employee Benefits: 5%


Payment types:

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  • Paul Maxwell Smith II

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Contact info

Fishman, Larsen, Goldring & Zeitler

7112 North Fresno Street.
Suite 450
Fresno, CA, 93720


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Order of the CoifBrigham Young Univ. Chapter1989
American Jurisprudence, PropertyBancroft-Whitney1986
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerFishman, Larsen, Goldring & Zeitler2000 - Present
Adjunct ProfessorCalifornia State Univ., Fresno2002 - 2002
OwnerBaker, Manock & Jensen1989 - 2000
Association namePosition nameDuration
J. Reuben Clark Law Society (San Joaquin Valley Chapter)Chair2008 - Present
United States District Court for the Central District of CaliforniaAdmitted2004 - Present
Central Valley HR & Safety ConferenceChair2001 - Present
United States District Court for the Northern District of CaliforniaAdmitted1999 - Present
Society for Human Resource ManagementMember1999 - Present
Human Resource Association of Central CaliforniaPast President1999 - Present
Central Valley Safety SocietyBoard Member1994 - Present
United States District Court for the Eastern District of CaliforniaAdmitted1989 - Present
Federal Bar AssociationMember1989 - Present
State Bar of California, Labor and Employment Law SectionMember1989 - Present
Valley Business ConferenceCommittee member2000 - 2004
Leadership FresnoMember1999 - 2000
American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law SectionMember1989 - 2006
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Martinez v. John A. Barker & Assocs.Order dismising the action with prejudice affirmed
United States ex rel. Sequoia Orange Co. v. Sunland Packing House Co.Dismissal of the action
United States ex rel. Sequoia Orange Co. v. Baird-Neece Packing Corp.Court affirmed the decision dismissing action
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Publication nameTitleDate
California HRMisclassifying Independent Contractors2014
California HRPutting Your Head in the Sand Does Not Eliminate the Problem2014
California HRAre You Really Ready for A Minimum Wage Increase2014
California HRFighting Words but not Firing Words2014
California HRNothing Fails Like Workplace Romances2014
California HRAre Employers Prohibited from Barring ersonal Use of Their Electronic Systems2014
California HRFlagged Hours, Piece Rate and Wage Violations2014
California BlogspotCalling The Boss An "F-ing Crook" -- Is This Language Protected By Law So Long As You Don't Hit Him?2012
Employment Discrimination Law 3d ed. (BNA)Chapter 23, Employment Agencies1998
Detroit College of Law Review 1435Give Him a Gold Watch But Take Away His Pharmacy Card: Reducing Health Care Benefits to Retired Employees1989
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Brigham Young University - J. Reuben Clark Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1989
Brigham Young UniversityPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1986
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Raisin Administrative CommitteeCivil Rights Updates 20132013
CSU FresnoLabor Issues That Can Sink Your Business2013
Chick-fil-A California OperationsCalifornia Operations Employment Law and HR Practices2013
Small Business UniversityThe Top 10 Workplace Mistakes2012
Palm Medical Group, Inc.Legal Aspects of Drug Testing and Developing Your Drug Testing Program2012
Legal Basis of Drug Testing in the WorkplaceLegal Basis of Drug Testing in the Workplace2012
Central California Association of Health Care RecruitersHow Criminal Background Reports Are Developed2012
Visalia County Employer Advisory Council2011 Employment Law Update2011
Workplace 2010 Business ConferenceHow to Prepare and Train for an Investigation2010
Visalia County Employer Advisory CouncilTop Reasons Employers Get into Trouble2010
Employer and Employee Recognition LuncheonThe Value of One2010
Central California Association of Health Care RecruitersEmployment Law Update2010
Advanced Employment Law: Working Through Common ProblemsWage & Hour Update; Coordinating Leaves of Absences2009
2009 Employment Law Update for California BusinessesEmployment Law Update2009
Understanding Wage & Hour Laws in CaliforniaThe Real Cost of a Wage Claim: California's New Billion Dollar Industry2008
Human Resource Association of Central CaliforniaHow to Avoid a $19 Million Verdict: Recent Observations on Trials in Fresno County and How HR Can Help2008
Discovering Business AdvantagesLabor Laws You Need to Know2007
California State Conference & Workplace ExpositionCompeting Responsibilities Under Leave of Absence Laws2007
California State Championship HR GamesBecoming a "C" Student & Successful HR Professional2007
Visalia Employer Advisory CouncilAvoiding Liability When Taking Personnel Action2006
Fresno County Employer Advisory CouncilLeaves of Absence Available in California2006
Workplace 2005Employee Handbook Updates2005
Supervisory and staff trainingPreventing Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation in Health Care2005
Small Business Success WorkshopsThe Top 10 Things You Must Know As An Employer2005
Fresno County Employer Advisory CouncilTermination, Discrimination & Retaliation2005
Cal State Univ., Fresno SHRM ChapterMy Thoughts for Future HR Leaders2005
Sequoia Community Health FoundationManagers' Duties & Obligations2004
PridestaffDiscrimination & Harassment Law for Supervisors2004
Human Resource Association of Central California MeetingSurviving Bad HR Decisions2004
Fresno County Employer Advisory CouncilEmployee Handbooks: Policy Updates That Protect Your Business2004
Fresno County Economic Opportunities CommissionSexual Harassment, A Costly Proposition2003
Time & LaborManagementLegal Issues for HR Management in California2002
HR RoundtableBecoming a Better Supervisor2002
Fresno County Economic Opportunities CommissionIt's Your Job: Discrimination & Harassment for Supervisors2002
St. Agnes Medical CenterWage & Hour Law 1012001