HFM’s Associate Attorney Francisco Loayza is experienced with complex issues that clients face in employment, construction, and business disputes.  Mr. Loayza is hardworking and quickly gains the trust and admiration of clients for being “proactive” and “business-oriented,” with his representation described as “above and beyond.”

Prior to joining HFM, he was involved in defending engineers and architects in high-exposure litigation in both State and Federal courts against various claims such as breach of contract, indemnity, negligence, intentional misrepresentation, conversion, and breach of fiduciary duty.  He is well-versed in key issues such as damages or remedies including disgorgement of all compensation paid to unlicensed contractors.  Currently, Mr. Loayza is part of the Construction Law practice at HFM which represents owners, general contractors, subcontractors, developers, suppliers, and sureties (among others) in all matters including but not limited to mechanic’s liens and breach of contract via project abandonment.

In addition, Mr. Loayza is part of HFM’s Employment Law practice.  He is sophisticated in employment matters ranging from wage and hour issues, to sexual harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and wrongful termination.  Importantly, he has represented employers of all ranges from small businesses to major companies operating throughout California.  As a result, he has a track record of litigating and resolving disputes according to the needs of any particular client.

Mr. Loayza is originally from the Central Valley of California.  He is fluent in Spanish, which is often crucial in pre-filing investigations or even in the discovery phase of lawsuits.  He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California at Berkeley.  Following his undergraduate studies, he worked at the State Capitol for over a year prior to entering law school.  While working at the Capitol, he was able to gain valuable firsthand experience and knowledge of the state legislature and the formation of public policy.

Mr. Loayza graduated from California Western School of Law and earned his Juris Doctor with a concentration in Business Law.  During law school, he was the Editor-in-Chief of Law Review and interned for the Department of Business Oversight for the State of California.  His law review article, “The Remote Tippee Dilemma: Resolving Tippee Liability More Than Thirty Years After Dirks v. SEC” secured his induction into the National Order of Scribes for “Outstanding Legal Writing.”

Awards & Honors

  • Outstanding Legal Writing (National Order of Scribes - 2016)
  • The Diane Ethics Award (Cal Western School of Law)
  • The Public Service Honors Society Award (Cal Western School of Law)
  • The Cal Alumni Association Leadership Award (University of California, Berkeley)


  • State Bar of California
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association
  • San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association Scholarship Fund
  • San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association Public Benefit Fund
  • San Diego Chapter of UC Berkeley Chicanx/Latinx Alumni Association
  • Member of the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel
  • Louis M. Welsh American Inn of Court
  • Member of the San Diego Defense Lawyers
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