Derek Paradis is an experienced business litigation partner who regularly handles complex business disputes, wage and hour class actions, and employment discrimination cases.

Mr. Paradis has handled a variety of complex cases in federal and state courts. He has extensive experience litigating claims brought by individuals, and class plaintiffs involving:

  • Employment issues (wrongful termination, discrimination, retaliation, harassment, defamation, breach of employment contract, failure to pay wages, failure to provide meal and rest breaks, failure to provide accurate itemized wage statements, failure to pay overtime, failure to prevent discrimination or harassment, failure to reasonably accommodate an alleged disability, and failure to engage in the interactive process)
  • Business disputes (including unfair competition, breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing, fraud and contract-related claims);
  • Representative and class action suits concerning employment claims (including wage and hour and PAGA Claims).

In addition, Mr. Paradis provides compliance advice and counsel on all aspects of the employer-employee relationship to a number of clients which include hotels, restaurants, bars and nightclubs. He also regularly conducts anti-harassment and anti-bullying training and provides training on the recent changes in employment law.

Mr. Paradis was the valedictorian of his law school class, and he is often recognized for his savviness and perseverance. He was the recipient of the San Diego Daily Transcript’s “Young Attorneys” award in 2011, and in 2016, he was elected to the San Diego County Hotel-Motel Association Board, which supports the local tourism industry. In addition, he serves on the Board of the San Diego County Bar Foundation, the charitable arm of the San Diego County Bar Association.

Awards & Honors

  • “Young Attorneys,” San Diego Daily Transcript (2011)


  • State Bar of California
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • San Diego County Bar Foundation, Board of Directors
  • San Diego County Hotel-Motel Association, Board of Directors
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