Job Announcement: Office Administrator/Litigation Assistant

Baltodano & Baltodano LLP is dedicated to cutting-edge complex employment litigation in state and federal court. Located in San Luis Obispo with a satellite office in Los Angeles, Baltodano & Baltodano LLP is a highly regarded and thriving plaintiff-side employment practice that handles cases throughout California. We seek a sophisticated and experienced Office Administrator/Litigation Assistant with a desire to provide administrative and litigation support in a face-paced, but congenial, small firm setting. Visit to learn more about our firm.

Job Duties:
-Prepare and file legal documents at local courthouse and electronically;
-Prepare Tables of Contents & Tables of Authorities for legal documents;
-Manage electronically-received legal pleadings and document production, including medical authorizations and medical record production;
-Manage event planning, marketing, and large-scale mailings in collaboration with Managing Partner;
-Manage intakes and conduct follow up phone calls with potential clients in collaboration with Paralegal;
-Calendar legal deadlines and attorney appointments;
-Make travel, deposition, process service, and similar arrangements;
-Maintain system of client codes and cost-tracking for photocopier and postage accounts;
-Manage and prepare closed-cased files for off-site storage;
-Limited data entry of attorney time records;
-Attend and participate in bi-weekly litigation and staff meetings;
-Oversee office equipment service and maintenance;
-Meet and greet clients and office visitors; and
-Supervise Law Clerk.

-4-year degree and office administration experience;
-Experience supervising administrative staff;
-Exceptionally organized and focused with utmost attention to detail;
-Superb written and oral communication skills;
-Experience and comfort with MS Word, MS Excel, and Adobe/PDF files.
-Ability to prioritize and multi-task; and
-Highly motivated to play a key supportive role, including some basic administrative tasks, in a social justice-driven law firm.

Preferred But Not Required:
-Experience working in a law firm helpful, but not required;
-Bilingual English-Spanish written & oral fluency highly desired.

Salary & Benefits:
Competitive compensation commensurate with experience; medical benefits; 401(k) & profit sharing; vacation and sick pay; and potential for merit-based bonuses.

To Apply:
Submit a cover letter, résumé, and recent salary history to Erica Flores Baltodano, Managing Partner. No phone calls or emails please. Baltodano & Baltodano LLP is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

Published by: admin on February 18th, 2016 | Filed under Uncategorized
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Lauren Teukolsky Moderatng Panel at Employment Law Conference in Los Angeles

Bridgeport Continuing Education, which provides professional continuing education programs for attorneys, is hosting its annual statewide Wage & Hour Litigation and Management Conference on Friday, December 11, 2015, at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles.  Baltodano & Baltodano LLP attorney Lauren Teukolsky, who recently joined the firm as Partner, will serve as the moderator of a panel addressing the characteristics of strong wage and hour cases from the plaintiff’s perspective.

For information about Bridgeport Continuing Education, click here.




Published by: admin on December 8th, 2015 | Filed under Uncategorized
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Seasoned Employment Law Attorney Lauren Teukolsky Joins Baltodano & Baltodano LLP as Partner

Baltodano & Baltodano LLP is pleased to announce that Lauren Teukolsky has joined the firm as Partner.

For the last four years, Ms. Teukolsky was a Partner at Traber & Voorhees in Pasadena. Before that, she served as the Pro Bono Director at Bet Tzedek Legal Services and spent eight years as an associate at Hadsell Stormer & Renick LLP in Pasadena.  A graduate of Harvard College and UCLA School of Law, Ms. Teukolsky clerked for the Honorable Harry Pregerson on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Honorable A. Howard Matz at the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California before embarking on a career dedicated to public interest law and social justice.

Hernaldo J. Baltodano worked with Ms. Teukolsky when they were both associates at Hadsell & Stormer, Inc.  More recently, Ms. Teukolsky has served as co-counsel in two high-profile employment cases with Erica Flores Baltodano and Hernaldo J. Baltodano. Ms. Teukolsky’s impeccable credentials and commitment to employee rights make for an ideal partnership with Baltodano & Baltodnao LLP.  Visit Our Professionals page for Ms. Teukolsky’s full biography.

Ms. Teukolsky will lead a new Los Angeles office of Baltodano & Baltodano LLP, located in Old Town Pasadena.

Published by: admin on December 3rd, 2015 | Filed under Uncategorized
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Museum Artists Find Permanent Home at Baltodano & Baltodano LLP

Baltodano & Baltodano LLP has been a proud supporter of Art About Town, a unique partnership between San Luis Obispo County businesses and Central Coast artists, whereby local artists display their works in public buildings and private offices, since 2012.  Most recently, our office hosted the artwork of Melvin and Patricia Dorin, married photographers who, in their retirement, have exhibited nationally and at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, where they recently earned Best of Show for one of their images of Moonstone Beach in Cambria. 

Our staff and clients enjoyed the Dorins’ photographs so much we decided to keep them—they have a permanent home in our Downtown San Luis Obispo office and are also featured throughout our website.

Mr. and Mrs. Dorin frequently visit local beaches where their fading footprints follow them along the water’s edge.  They photograph the things they encounter that have been delivered by the waves and the receding tide—driftwood, seawed, and other living matter that wash up on the shore.  According to the artists, their photographs “are records of history.   The subjects exist for the briefest of moments, only until the next tide, or the next winter storm.  Like ours, their footprints fade away and then are gone.”

We are honored to showcase the intricate and colorful collection of photographs by Melvin and Patrcia Dorin at our office and on our website.   The photographs are intriguingly complex, but peacefully simple.  The artists consider their photographs “a celebration of the beauty and fragility of life and an appreciation of the journeys we make from here to who knows where.”  We couldn’t agree more.

Published by: admin on October 6th, 2015 | Filed under Uncategorized
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New Office, Same Commitment

Baltodano & Baltodano LLP has recently moved to larger office space in downtown San Luis Obispo, but our mission hasn’t changed.  We take our professional responsibilities seriously, pride ourselves in exceeding the expectations of our clients, and remain committed to enriching the communities in which we practice law through education and civic service.

Suite 110 Doors

In the first half of 2015, Baltodano & Baltodano LLP has proudly supported the following organizations:

  • Transitions-Mental Health Association
  • Latino Outreach Council
  • Cal Poly Athletic Advancement
  • San Luis Obispo Museum of Art
  • SLO County High School & Middle School Mock Trial
  • The City Project
  • San Luis Obispo County Bar Association
  • Girls on the Run of Los Angeles County
  • Pacheco Elementary School PTA
  • L. Smith Elementary School PTA
  • United Methodist Children’s Center
  • KCBX FM Public Radio
  • Goodwill Industries of Santa Cruz, Monterey & San Luis Obispo Counties, Inc.
  • Melanoma Research Foundation
  • Heifer International
  • Anonymous local families with medical emergencies

It is our great honor to support the art, education, culture, and community-building efforts of these impressive organizations.

BandB Reception Sign 3 with Orange


Published by: admin on May 29th, 2015 | Filed under Uncategorized
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Baltodano & Baltodano LLP Relocating to Larger Office Space in Downtown SLO

On May 1, 2015, we will begin our move to larger office space at 733 Marsh Street, Suite 110 in downtown San Luis Obispo between Broad St. and Garden Street in the Forum Building.  We are expanding to better serve our growing clientele and staff.

Baltodano & Baltodano LLP will continue to provide the highest quality employment litigation, class action, and counseling services to individuals and organizations on the Central Coast and throughout California.

Thank you for your patience during the move.  Our phone numbers, email addresses, and website will remain the same.  Our new address is as follows:

733 Marsh Street, Suite 110 || San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Phone: (805) 322-3412 || Fax: (805) 322-3413 || Toll-Free: (888) 503-5517

For general questions and inquiries, please call or send us an email:

Published by: admin on May 1st, 2015 | Filed under Uncategorized
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Nurses Sue Twin Cities Community Hospital for Breaks & Wage Theft

On March 30, 2015, eight nurses filed a lawsuit in San Luis Obispo Superior Court against Twin Cities Community Hospital for rampant wage-and-hour violations, including wage theft and an across-the-board failure to provide breaks. The Hospital is a 122-bed acute care facility located in Templeton. It has an emergency room and provides a broad array of medical, surgical and outpatient services. The Hospital is owned by Tenet, the second-largest employer in San Luis Obispo County. The nurses allege that the Hospital failed to provide them with meal and rest breaks mandated under California law, failed to calculate their pay correctly, and required them to perform overtime work after their 12-hour shifts were completed.  Click the link for the complete story: PRESS ADVISORY Nurses Sue Twin Cities March 30, 2015

Published by: admin on March 30th, 2015 | Filed under Uncategorized
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On Display Now: See the World Through the Creative Eyes of Photographer Cat Evans

What began as way to record images of her children and moments with her family has turned into a serious hobby we can all appreciate and enjoy. Baltodano & Baltodano LLP is currently hosting the artwork of photographer Catherine “Cat” Evans as part of the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art’s Art About Town program.

From One Perspective

Ms. Evans says “Over the years I began to notice the details in the world around me and my photographic eye was, and continues to be, inspired.”  The Central Coast of California has been a place of inspiration for Ms. Evans that lends itself to photography and it has been her pleasure for years to document beauty in the local landscape, as well as those magical places she visits on her many travels abroad.

Soft Colors of SunsetSoftly Goes the Day

Baltodano & Baltodano LLP has proudly supported Art About Town, a unique partnership between San Luis Obispo County businesses and Central Coast artists, whereby local artists display their works in public buildings and private offices, since 2012. This unique exhibit “Thru Catz Eyes” is on display in our San Luis Obispo office now through June 2015.

Waterdrop Ferris WheelSpiralling Polkas
For more about Cat Evans and to see more of her collection, visit or find her on  For more information about SLOMA’s Art About Town, visit

Under the Pier in Cayucos

Published by: admin on February 26th, 2015 | Filed under Uncategorized
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The Magic of Light: The Stunning Work of Award-Winning Photographer Cheryl Strahl on Display now at Baltodano & Baltodano LLP

Baltodano & Baltodano LLP has proudly supported the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art (SLOMA) since 2012 when we began participating in Art About Town, a unique partnership between San Luis Obispo County businesses and Central Coast artists, whereby local artists display their works in public buildings and private offices.  Today, we are thrilled to host the stunning work of award-winning photographer Cheryl Strahl.

After a career in software  engineering, Ms. Strahl turned to her passion for capturing and processing photographs that reflect the beauty she sees in the world.  “Light is my guide.  Where it leads, I follow—camera in hand—as it paints color and shadow, emphasizes lines and shapes, shifting its magic from moment to moment,” explains Ms. Strahl.  Her work reflects her travels, both locally in San Luis Obispo County and Yosemite National Park, and further afar in colorful places like Costa Rica and Alaska.  Images from Ms. Strahl’s striking collection are on display and available for sale in our San Luis Obispo office now through February, 13 2015.

For more about Cheryl Strahl and to see more of her collection, visit

For more information about SLOMA’s Art About Town, visit

Published by: admin on October 9th, 2014 | Filed under Uncategorized
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UPDATED: In A Published Opinion CA Court of Appeal Issues Favorable Decision Benefiting California Nursing Assistants: Baltodano & Baltodano LLP Lawsuit to Move Forward in SLO County Court

In August 2011, John Castañeda, a certified nursing assistant, sued his former employer, The Ensign Group, Inc., for wages he never received while working at Bella Vista Transitional Care Center (formerly Cabrillo Rehabilitation and Care Center) in San Luis Obispo, California.  The Ensign Group, Inc. operates various cluster companies and subsidiaries, which, in turn, operate skilled nursing facilities throughout California.  Mr. Castañeda brought a state-wide class action lawsuit to recover unpaid wages on behalf of thousands of certified nursing assistants who work at defendants’ skilled nursing facilities across California.

After the San Luis Obispo Superior Court threw out Mr. Castañeda’s case on the ground that The Ensign Group is not an “employer” and, therefore, not liable for unpaid wages, Baltodano & Baltodano LLP, working with appellate attorney Allison Ehlert from Ehlert Appeals, appealed the ruling.  “We intend to challenge The Ensign Group’s business model.  A large corporation simply cannot cheat workers out of wages and evade liability by hiding behind other companies and subsidiaries it owns,” said attorney Hernaldo J. Baltodano.

On August 7, 2014, the California Court of Appeal reversed the trial court’s ruling, holding that triable issues of material fact exist as to whether The Ensign Group is an employer and liable for the unpaid wages.  The decision succinctly elaborates on the definition of “employer” set forth in the California Supreme Court’s seminal decision in Martinez v. Combs.  Ms. Ehlert said, “The appellate decision is unequivocal.  We amassed a huge amount of evidence showing The Ensign Group was Mr. Castañeda’s employer, we met our burden on appeal, and now Mr. Castañeda will have his day in court.”

UPDATE: On September 15, 2014, the Court of Appeal certified its opinion in the Ensign case for publication, making it a permanent part of California’s body of employment law that can be cited by other attorneys in future cases.  Baltodano & Baltodano LLP and several California plaintiff-side law firms recommended publication because of the impact the decision will have on similar wage and hour lawsuits and the clarity it brings to an otherwise little discussed aspect of employment law post-Martinez v. Combs.

Castañeda v. The Ensign Group now returns to San Luis Obispo Country Superior Court.  We look forward to moving for class certification and trial in the months ahead.  To read the full opinion by the California Court of Appeal, which has now been certified for publication, please click here.

Published by: admin on August 8th, 2014 | Filed under Uncategorized
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