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Danielle Hultenius Moore

Partner, San Diego
San Diego
t: 858.597.9600
f: 858.597.9601


Danielle Moore is a partner in the firm's San Diego office, chairs the firm’s Development Committee and is a former co-chair of the Fisher Phillips firm-wide Women's Initiative and Leadership Council.

She represents and counsels employers in all aspects of labor and employment law, including employment discrimination, wrongful termination, harassment, retaliation, and wage-hour class action lawsuits, as well as employment handbook and personnel policy preparation, and general preventive advice including hiring, discipline and termination practices. Danielle has experience litigating matters in state and federal courts, state administrative tribunals, and in arbitration.

Danielle regularly conducts management training and lectures on employment issues. She also teaches an employment law course at San Diego State University and serves on the Human Resources Advisory Board for the University. Danielle also serves on the Board of Directors for the PHCC Academy and the Lawyers Club of San Diego. Danielle also serves as President of the Lawyers Club’s North County Chapter.

Danielle is "AV" Peer Review Rated Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell and was recently recognized in the 2020 edition of “Best Lawyers in America,” one of San Diego’s 2014, 2015, 2016,  and 2018 "Top Attorneys," one of 2014 and 2015’s "Best of the Bar," as well as one of the "Top 40 under 40 Best and Brightest Minds of San Diego." Danielle was also a 2016 finalist for San Diego Magazine’s “Woman of the Year."

Danielle started her career working on the United States Senate Judiciary Committee for Senator Charles Grassley in Washington D.C.



Danielle Moore recently obtained a major success on behalf of an insulation contractor against a local union. Danielle was lead defense counsel in a wage-hour class action against the contractor brought by the union to force unionization of the contractor’s workforce. The Plaintiff sought over $10 million in damages in the case. After a year of litigation, she was able to force the plaintiff (via the union) to dismiss the class action entirely and reached a settlement for $8,500 as to the individual.

Danielle Moore also won a major victory on behalf of client Drew Ford, Inc., an automotive dealership in the matter of Robert Gutierrez v. Drew Ford, Inc., et al. The former employee plaintiff was terminated after 32 years of employment following an altercation with his supervisor. As a result, he sued the dealership, its owner and two supervisors for breach of contract, wrongful termination, harassment based on race, national origin and ancestry, failure to prevent harassment, and intentional infliction of emotional distress. The claims proceeded in arbitration before the Hon. Robert E. May (Ret.). Judge May granted summary judgment on all claims on behalf of all defendants finding a complete failure by plaintiff to present admissible evidence to support any of his claims. Thereafter, they obtained an award of attorney fees and costs on behalf of Drew Ford in the total sum of $36,667.05. To do so, Amy and Danielle prevailed in establishing the very difficult standard that plaintiff’s Fair Employment and Housing Act claims were without foundation and unreasonably pursued. This outcome demonstrates to would-be plaintiffs everywhere, the very real and serious consequences of filing and prosecuting frivolous and baseless employment claims.

Danielle was also second chair in the trial of Frank Ornelaz v. San Marcos View Estates,et al. (SDSC Case No.37-2010-00062948-CU-BC-NC), with David Monks. The trial continued intermittently for four weeks before Hon. Robert P. Dahlquist. Together Danielle and David obtained a major victory on behalf of the client San Marcos View Estates and seven individual defendants. The case involved six claims including Breach of Contract, Breach of Fiduciary Duty and Fraud. Danielle and David obtained a complete defense verdict as to all claims and all defendants. Following the win, on May 31, 2013, they were able to obtain an award of attorney fees and costs on behalf of SMVE in the total sum of $412,775.65.

Honors & Leadership

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America (2020-2021)
  • San Diego Magazine, 2016 "Woman of the Year" - Finalist (honoring the dynamic women in San Diego committed to creating positive change)
  • San Diego Magazine, 2018, 2016, 2015 and 2014
    “Top Lawyers” – Labor & Employment
  • San Diego Business Journal, March 2015 & June 2014
    “Best of the Bar” – Labor & Employment
  • Daily Transcript, July 2014
    “2014 Top Attorneys” – Labor & Employment
  • SD Metro, September 2013
    “Top 40 Under 40” – Award Winner (honoring the best and brightest minds of San Diego County under the age of 40)
  • Martindale-Hubble, 2013
    AV Peer Review Rated Preeminent for Ethical Standards & Legal Ability

Professional Activities

  • Human Resources Advisory Board Member, San Diego State University College of Extended Studies
  • Instructor, Human Resources Management & the Law
  • President; Board Member, North County Chapter, Lawyers Club (advances women in the law and society)
  • Legislative/Small Business Advocacy, San Diego Chamber of Commerce
  • Member, American Employment Law Council
  • Member, The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation
  • Member, Associated General Contractors of California
  • Board of Directors, PHCC Academy of San Diego
  • Labor and Employment Law Council, Associated General Contractors of America

Community Activities

  • Women for Women (helping women survivors of war rebuild their lives)
  • Trojan League Associates of San Diego
  • Trojan Club of San Diego (USC Alumni)
  • Danielle is on the Human Resources Advisory Board for San Diego State University



Seminars & Speaking Engagements

  • How to Minimize Risk, Prevent Harassment and Investigate Complaints in the Era of the #MeToo Movement - AGC’s 2018 Construction HR & Training Professionals Conference
    10.10.2018 - 10.12.2018
  • Update with Commissioner Feldblum on EEOC Procedures and Priorities
  • If you thought you were done with new laws for 2016 ... April Fools! – Breakfast Briefing
  • Top 10 Mistakes Employers Make That Result in Lawsuits – Paychex Spring 2016 Session
  • Coordinating Leaves of Absence in California Master Class – Business and Legal Resources (BLR)
  • FLSA Regulations, Equal Pay, and Joint Employment ... Oh My! Are you Ready to Face the New Challenges and Regulations for 2016? – Breakfast Briefing
  • FMLA/CFRA Master Class – Business and Legal Resources (BLR)
  • Joint Employment and Third Party Risk – Women of Influence & Power in Law Conference
    (Washington, D.C.)
  • Have You Checked Your Paystubs Lately? How a Typo Can Cost You Millions – Breakfast Briefing
  • Employee Policies and Handbooks under Fire. The Do’s, Don’ts, and Maybes – Breakfast Briefing
  • Bring Your Own Devices – Just Don’t Bring Me A Lawsuit! – Breakfast Briefing
  • Breaking Bad Behavior: Drugs, Alcohol, Medical Marijuana and More – Temecula Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
  • The New California Sick Leave and How to Cure Legal Issues that Arise From Flu Season – Breakfast Briefing
  • Top Ten Legal Misconceptions That Get Employers Sued – Breakfast Briefing
  • Top Ten Ways to Protect Your Business from Your Employees – Speaker, Pest Control Operators of California (PCOC)


  • "How Women Can Close the Wage Gap"
    The Union Tribune, Source and Profile
  • "Commentary on E-cigarettes in the Workplace"
    The Daily Transcript, Source
  • “Gay Marriage Gains Momentum with High Court Rulings”  
    The Daily Transcript, Source
  • “Paycheck Fairness Act Seeks to End Gender Gap”   
    The Daily Transcript, Source
  • “The Business of Law”
    San Diego Business Journal, Source
  • “Influx of New Labor Laws to Keep Employers Busy”
    The Daily Transcript, Source


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