Dustin Dodgin

Dustin Dodgin
Professional Title
Partner
Firm / Company Name
Klein, DeNatale, Goldner, Cooper, Rosenlieb & Kimball, LLP
Firm / Company Description

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, rest break claims, and prevailing wage
violations, 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 (2006) Southern (2010), and Central (2012) Districts of California

Education
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

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, Adjunct Professor, 2007-2019
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, 2006-2008 | 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

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

Address
10000 Stockdale Hwy
City
Bakersfield
State
California 
ZIP Code
93311
Phone
661-395-1000
Fax
661-326-0418
Website URL
www.kleinlaw.com

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