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Danielle Hultenius Moore

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


Danielle Moore has two primary objectives when counseling employers on labor and employment concerns: limiting financial impact on their business and getting ahead of litigation as early as possible. Whether defending accusations of employment discrimination, wrongful termination, harassment, or retaliation, or analyzing a complex workplace issue, Danielle works to understand her client’s goals and reach the best possible outcome. Especially amid threats of large-scale exposure — due to class action lawsuits or Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) actions — Danielle’s deep understanding of the Labor Code helps minimize liability and reduce future risk.

Danielle’s clients rely on her advice about day-to-day employment issues impacting their workplace. She guides employment handbook and personnel policy preparation and provides preventive counsel for hiring, discipline and termination best practices. Danielle frequently conducts management training, lectures on emerging employment topics and also teaches an employment law course at San Diego State University.

As a young partner, Danielle founded and co-chaired the Fisher Phillips Women’s Initiative and Leadership Council to mentor and support rising women attorneys. Today the program benefits attorneys across the firm’s 36 offices.



  • Significantly reduced the scope of a PAGA action and eliminated a class action for a restoration and reconstruction services company facing $10 million in claims. In a short time, Danielle limited the company’s potential exposure from more than 1,000 employees in eight offices to 100 employees in one office.
  • Defeated a wage and hour class action lawsuit for a large pulp and paper company after securing multiple summary judgments and uncovering critical evidence that essentially blocked the plaintiff’s ability to obtain mandatory penalties. Only the PAGA portion of a single claim remains. 
  • Cleared a major Southern California retail automotive sales and service client of liability in a $10 million Labor Code PAGA representation action. Through mediation and settlement negotiations, Danielle resolved possible exposure involving nearly 2,000 potentially aggrieved employees.

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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