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Fernando A. Vicente

Fernando A. Vicente

Huntington Beach, California

Mr. Vicente’s practice focuses exclusively on the defense of employers in all facets of employment matters.  Specifically, Mr. Vicente’s defends public entity employers, including municipalities, school districts and college districts.  Mr. Vicente is proficient in the defense of all employment claims based on the Fair Employment and Housing Act, and Title VII, including claims of discrimination, retaliation and harassment.  Mr. Vicente is also proficient in the defense of all disability related claims, including failure to accommodate and failure to engage in the interactive process.  In addition, Mr. Vicente has defended against a variety of other statutory, common law, and contract claims.  Mr. Vicente is very experienced in defending against employment claims for deprivation of civil rights in the employment context under 42 U.S.C. Section 1983.  Mr. Vicente has litigated all these employment claims in both state and federal courts.

As a litigator, Mr. Vicente has a heavy law and motion practice, with a proven record of dismissing employment claims on demurrer and summary judgment.  Mr. Vicente has also represented employers as respondents in the Courts of Appeal on appeal of orders granting summary judgment.  In addition, Mr. Vicente is experienced in handling anti-SLAPP and Pitchess motions.  Mr. Vicente is proficient in all aspects of written discovery and depositions, and in trial preparation. Mr. Vicente has also represented employers in pre-litigation matters before the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the California Labor Commission. 

In his practice representing public employers, Mr. Vicente has represented the respondent employer on administrative writ petitions for judicial review of public agency decisions.  Mr. Vicente is very familiar with issues particular to public entity employment, including collective bargaining agreements and public employment due process rights.  In his practice representing public entities, Mr. Vicente has represented numerous public safety agencies, and is proficient in handling claims of public safety officer employment due process rights under the Peace Officers Bill of Rights, as well as issues of confidentiality of peace officer personnel files.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Vicente defended private employers in both single plaintiff employment claims and class actions.  Specifically, Mr. Vicente represented a major national restaurant chain in a federal class action law suit for wage and hour claims, and claims of misclassification of assistant managers.  Mr. Vicente has litigated class actions in both state and federal courts.

Mr. Vicente is a member of the Hispanic National Bar Association.  He a Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.  He has native fluency in Spanish.  Mr. Vicente enjoys international travel, history, and classical music.

Areas of Practice

  • Employment Defense
  • Insurance Defense
  • Civil Litigation
  • Employment Law
  • Public Entities

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • California, 2003
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California


  • Boston University School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts
    • J.D. - 2002
  • University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
    • B.A. - 1995
  • Maxwell School of Citizenship at Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York
    • Masters in International Relations - 1996

Honors and Awards

  • Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Association of Southern California Defense Counsel, Member
  • Hispanic National Bar Association, Member


  • English
  • Spanish

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