UCLA School of Law, J.D., 2003
University of Southern California, B.A., Political Science, 2000
Honors: Magna Cum Laude
Labor & Employment, Class Actions, Consumer Protection, Civil Litigation
Admitted: State Bar of California; Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals; U.S. District Courts for the Central, Eastern, Northern and Southern Districts of California.
During her fifteen years of practice, Abigail has focused extensively on labor and employment matters. She has successfully represented individuals and businesses in matters involving wage-and-hour issues, discrimination, harassment, and wrongful termination. Abigail’s experience includes, without limitation, issues under the California Labor Code, Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA), Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), Federal Family Leave Act (FMLA), and California Family Rights Act (CFRA), among other types of claims.
Throughout her career, Abigail has been appointed as class counsel in over forty settled class actions, recovering millions on behalf of employees, including those in the motion-picture, security, healthcare, food, retail, and banking industries, as well as on behalf of the State of California Labor and Workforce Development Agency. She is well-versed in matters involving unpaid wages, unpaid overtime, missed meal and rest breaks, improper pay stubs, misclassification issues, harassment, discrimination, and wrongful termination.
In addition to her labor and employment practice, Abigail practices general civil litigation. Recent successes include first-chairing a bench trial on behalf of a real-estate investment company for breach-of-contract and fraud claims. Not only did she obtain a judgment in favor of her clients, but she also successfully petitioned for an award of attorneys’ fees and costs on their behalf. Likewise, in another recent matter, Abigail co-chaired a trial resulting in a victory on behalf of her client in a defamation lawsuit.
Abigail has been selected as a Southern California Super Lawyer for 2019—an honor given to only 5% of attorneys in California. For the six previous years—2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018—she was recognized as a Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Star. Each year, no more than 2.5% of the lawyers in California are selected to receive this distinction. Abigail was also recognized as a Top Attorney by Pasadena Magazine in 2014 and 2015.
Abigail earned her J.D. at the UCLA School of Law. During law school, she interned in the Office of Business Affairs of Television, Acquisitions, Home Video, and Film Music at Miramax Films, as well as in the Office of the Chief Trial Counsel at the State Bar of California and in the Enforcement Division of the Commodities Futures Trading Commission. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Southern California, magna cum laude, with a B.A. in Political Science and academic minors in Business Administration and Law & Society.
Believing the importance of community involvement, Abigail is a current Board Member of the non-profit organization Search to Involve Philipino Americans, which provides various services to youths, seniors, and small-business owners in the Los Angeles community. She was the past Vice President of the Board of the Filipino American Library and Filipino American Heritage Institute, where she dedicated over seven years of community service. Since November 2016, Abigail has served on the Board of Governors of the Philippine American Bar Association.
Civically engaged, in October 2012, Abigail was elected by Los Angeles City residents to the Governing Board of the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council, where she served her term through April 2014.