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Rafael Nendel-Flores

725 S. Figueroa Street
Suite 350
Los Angeles, California 90017
Phone:  213.337.3219


Rafael serves as Co-Leader of LeClairRyan’s national Labor and Employment Practice Team. He represents employers in complex employment matters, including wage and hour class actions, employment tax litigation/audits, and appellate litigation. Rafael also defends employers against discrimination, wrongful termination, harassment and retaliation claims. He has particular experience with California wage-hour compliance, independent contractor issues, drafting and enforcing arbitration agreements, and Federal-WARN Act and California-WARN Act compliance. His client base includes professional employer organizations, staffing companies, gig economy companies, manufacturing companies, and transportation companies.

Additionally, Rafael counsels employers on day-to-day workplace compliance issues, workplace investigations, employee discipline, reasonable accommodation/leave issues, and wage and hour compliance issues.

Legal Experience

  • LeClairRyan, Los Angeles, California, 2018 - present
  • Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak, & Steward, P.C, Costa Mesa, California, 2012 - 2018
  • Fisher & Phillips LLP, Irvine, California, 2005 - 2012
  • Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP, San Diego, California, 2004 - 2005
  • Fisher & Phillips LLP, Irvine, California, 2002 - 2004

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Orange County Hispanic Bar Association (President 2015)
  • Hispanic National Bar Association
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Federalist Society
  • American Bar Association


  • Best Lawyers in America (2015 - present)
  • AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Star (2011 - 2015)
  • Southern California Super Lawyer (2016)


  • B.A., Political Science, Stanford University, 1998
  • J.D., George Washington University Law School, 2002

Bar Admissions

  • California