Named California Lawyer Attorney of the Year for her extraordinary achievement in 2013 in Disability Rights, Linda M. Dardarian joined Goldstein, Borgen, Dardarian & Ho as an associate in 1991 and has been a partner since 1998. Ms. Dardarian has extensive experience in litigating class action employment discrimination, disability access, and wage and hour cases. She was one of the lead negotiators of the largest-ever disability access class action settlement, Willits v. City of Los Angeles, valued in excess of $1.4 billion. Ms. Dardarian has also been lead counsel in employment class actions that resulted in tens of millions of dollars in payments to wronged employees, and has litigated landmark citizen suits brought to enforce the Clean Water Act and California’s Proposition 65. She leads the firm’s disability rights practice, and also leads cases involving environmental enforcement and wage and hour class and collective actions. She is a frequent lecturer and panelist on subjects relating to disability rights, litigation practice and procedure, and attorney’s fees recovery. In addition to her CLAY award, each year since 2005 to the present, Ms. Dardarian has been named a northern California “Super Lawyer” practicing employment law, and was named one of the Top 50 Women Super Lawyers in 2009. She is also regularly listed as one of “The Best Lawyers in America” and is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell.
- J.D., Berkeley Law (formerly Boalt Hall School of Law), University of California at Berkeley (1987)
- B.A., magna cum laude and with highest honors, California State University, Chico (1983)
Bar and Court Admissions
United States Supreme Court, 1992
United States District Courts for the Northern, Central and Eastern Districts of California and the District of Minnesota
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth, Ninth, and Eleventh Circuits
California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (“CLAY Award”) for extraordinary achievement in Disability Rights, awarded 2014
“The Best Lawyers in America, Litigation: Labor & Employment” 2010-2015
Law & Politics Magazine, “Top 50 Women Super Lawyers” for Northern California, August 2009
Law & Politics Magazine, “Northern California Super Lawyer” award, August 2005-2015
2007 Achievement Award, American Council of the Blind, for excellence in representing blind and visually impaired persons in obtaining access to technology
2008 Access Award, American Foundation for the Blind, for representing blind and visually impaired persons in obtaining independent access to information through talking ATMs, tactile point of sale machines, alternative formats for printed materials, and accessible pedestrian signals
Noted in California Lawyer Magazine, December 2000, listing of Lawyers of the Year
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Board of Directors of the Legal Aid Society of San Francisco (June 1999 to present)
- Board of Directors of Disability Rights Advocates (October 2007 to present)
- Board of Directors of World Institute on Disability (January 2008 to present)
- Executive Committee, Disability Rights Bar Association (January 2013 to present)
- Duane, Lyman & Seltzer, Berkeley, CA, 1988–1991; Associate
- Carroll, Burdick & McDonough, San Francisco, CA, 1987–1988; Associate
Structured Negotiations: Ms. Dardarian has worked extensively with co-counsel Lainey Feingold over the past 20 years, representing the American Council of the Blind, various state affiliates, the American Foundation for the Blind, and many individuals with visual impairments nationwide, reaching more than 40 non-litigated settlements with some of the country’s largest financial institutions to ensure that persons with visual impairments have systemic access to automated teller machines, websites, mobile applications and printed materials including bank statements and credit file disclosures. She has also negotiated settlements with some of the nation’s largest retailers to make their point of sale machines, websites and mobile applications accessible to persons with visual impairments, with Major League Baseball to ensure their people with vision or hearing disabilities have access to MLB.com and all 30 club websites, with Cinemark Theaters to ensure that blind patrons have access to audio description of visual movie images, and with national retail pharmacy chains to provide talking pill bottles to customers with visual impairments.
Litigation: Willits v. City of Los Angeles, No. CV 10-05782 CBM (C.D. Cal.) (class action on behalf of all persons with mobility disabilities who have been denied access to the pedestrian right of way in the City of Los Angeles due to the City’s failure to install accessible curb ramps and maintain sidewalks in a condition that is useable by class members who rely on wheelchairs, scooters, and other assistive devices).
Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness, Inc., et al. v. Cable News Network, Inc., CV-11-3458 LB (N.D. Cal.) (class action on behalf of all persons in California who are deaf or hard of hearing and have been denied access to video content on CNN.com because of CNN’s failure to provide captioning); see 2012 WL 99647 (N.D. Cal. Mar. 23, 2012).
Bautista-Perez, et al. v. Holder, et al., No. C 07-4192 TEH (N.D. Cal.) (certified class action on behalf of 400,000 immigrants from El Salvador, Nicaragua and Honduras who have been overcharged by the U.S. Government for registration or re-registration for Temporary Protected Status); see 2009 WL 2031759 (N.D. Cal. July 9, 2009), 2009 WL 1202261 (N.D. Cal. May 1, 2009).
Center for Self-Improvement and Community Development v. Lennar Corporation, et al., No. CGC07-465738 (San Francisco Cnty. Super. Ct.) (Proposition 65 citizen suit and tort claims against Lennar Corporation and related entities for generating dust containing asbestos, hexavalent chromium, and other hazardous materials during construction of housing in Bayview Hunters Point).
Olson, et al. v. Sutter Health, No. RG06-302354 (Alameda Cnty. Super. Ct.) (class action under the ADA and California disability access laws requiring Sutter Health to remediate architectural barriers, install accessible medical equipment, and enhance policies and procedures to ensure accessible services for persons with mobility, visual, hearing, or speech disabilities at all of its hospitals throughout Northern California).
Lane v. Tennessee, No. 3:98-0731 (M.D. Tenn.) (Americans with Disabilities Act case against State of Tennessee and various Tennessee counties for denying constitutionally guaranteed access to court proceedings to citizens with mobility impairments); see 541 U.S. 509 (2004).
Butler v. Countrywide Home Loans, Inc., No. BC 268250 (Los Angeles Cnty. Super. Ct.) ($30 million class action under California wage and hour laws on behalf of “account executives” seeking overtime, meal period compensation, and reimbursement of unlawfully deducted wages).
Lin v. Siebel Software Systems, Inc., No. CIV 435601 (San Mateo Cnty. Super. Ct.) ($27.5 million class action under California wage and hour laws on behalf of software engineers, seeking unpaid overtime wages).
Lieber, et al. v. Macy’s West, Inc., No. C96-02955 MHP and Camalo, et al. v. Macy’s West, Inc., No. C98-2350 MHP (California statewide class actions under the Americans with Disabilities Act and California law on behalf of persons with mobility disabilities, resulting in systemic injunctive relief requiring removal of architectural barriers at all Macy’s stores in California and a monetary class fund; see 80 F. Supp. 2d 1065 (N.D. Cal. 1999).
Communities for a Better Environment v. Union Oil Co., No. C-94-0712 TEH (N.D. Cal.). See 861 F. Supp. 889 (N.D. Cal. 1994), aff’d, 83 F.3d 1111 (9th Cir. 1996), cert. denied, 519 U.S. 1101 (1997); 996 F. Supp. 934 (N.D. Cal. 1997) (citizens suit under the Clean Water Act to limit refinery discharges of selenium into San Francisco Bay). Listed as one of the year’s top 10 environmental cases, California Lawyer Magazine, Dec. 1995.
Executive Co-Editor, Lindemann & Grossman, Employment Discrimination Law, 2008 Supplement (BNA) (4th Ed.)
Executive Co-Editor, Lindemann & Grossman, Employment Discrimination Law (BNA) (4th Ed. 2007)
Talking ATMs speak to the Power of the ADA and California Disability Rights Laws, The Verdict (Summer 2004)
Executive Co-Editor, Lindemann & Grossman, Employment Discrimination Law, 2002 Supplement (BNA) (4th Ed.)
Representative Speaking Engagements
Litigation Strategy in Disability Rights Actions, Disability Rights Bar Association Annual Conference, April 2014
Digital Accessibility Annual Legal Update, California State University, Northridge Center on Disabilities’ 29th Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference, March 2014
Structured Negotiations, A Winning Strategy for Technology and Information Access, 2014 Impact Fund Class Action Conference, February 2014
Structured Negotiations: Strategy for Access, California State University, Northridge, Center on Disabilities’ 28th Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference, Mar. 2013
Web Accessibility: Annual Legal Update, California State University, Northridge, Center on Disabilities’ 28th Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference, Feb. 2013
Structured Negotiations: An Alternative to Litigation to Achieve Systemic Changes Related to Assisstive Technology, Neighborhood Legal Services’ 16th Annual Bridges to Better Advocacy Conference, Oct. 2012
Disability Rights Class Actions after Dukes v. Walmart, Disability Rights Bar Association Annual Conference, April 2012
Web Accessibility: the Role of Law, California State University, Northridge, Center on Disabilities’ Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference, Mar. 2012
Web Accessibility Under the ADA, Law Seminars International, Jan. 2012
Retainer Agreements and Attorney’s Fees Recovery, Berkeley Law, Oct. 2010
Trial Advocacy Workshop, Stanford Law School, Sept. 2010
New ADA Regulations for Public Accommodations, Law Seminars International, Sept. 2010
Effective Direct Examination Skills, Disability Rights California 2008 All Staff Training, Sept. 2008
How to Assist Our Clients and Still Get Paid, a Re-Examination, California Applicants’ Attorneys Association Annual Convention, June 2007
Subjective Decisionmaking: Proper or Problematic? American Bar Association EEO Committee Mid-winter Meeting, Mar. 2006
Of Course My Opinion Matters-I’m an Expert!, American Bar Association Annual Meeting, Section of Labor & Employment Law, Aug. 2005
Curveballs in EEO Litigation, American Bar Association EEO Committee Mid-winter Meeting, Apr. 2005
Techniques for Effective Taking and Defending Depositions, Bar Association of San Francisco Litigation Section Skills Seminar, Feb. 2004