Manuel began his career defending employers while still attending law school in Clovis, California. As a law clerk for a small Fresno law office, Manuel worked extensively on wage and hour class action law suits and harassment claims. After law school, he expanded his practice to include all aspects of labor and employment law, with a focus on agricultural labor and employment issues. He has represented both large and small employers throughout California in labor disputes, organizing campaigns and Unfair Labor Practice litigation. He has lectured on various subjects including wage and hour compliance and the prevention of sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace.
Manuel’s experience also includes debt collection, enforcement of judgments and two years at a premiere Workers’ Compensation defense firm in San Francisco prior to joining Dowling Aaron. He brings this diverse background to bear when tackling the various legal issues faced by today’s employers. Currently, Manuel defends employers in both state and federal court as well as in all types of administrative agency actions. He also advises employers on the myriad labor and employment law issues that California businesses face on a daily basis.
Manuel was born and raised on the Big Island of Hawaii. If not visiting friends and family in the Islands, he and his wife spend their free time looking for live music or new hiking trails to explore.
- University of Hawaii at Hilo, B.A. Political Science
- San Joaquin College of Law J.D.
Professional Associations and Awards
- State Bar of California (2011 to present)
- United States District Court for the Eastern District of California (2012 to present)
- United States District Court for the Central District of California (2013 to present)