Mr. Mallison received his Bachelor of Art degrees in Philosophy and Political Science from the California Polytechnic University at Pomona, California in 1990, graduating at the top of his class for both departments. He earned his Masters in Economics from the University of California at Riverside, in 1993, and earned his law degree from Stanford University in 1996 graduating with honors. During law school, Mr. Mallison externed with the National Labor Relations Board both at the Division of Judges as well at the D.C. Headquarters working under the supervision of Chairman of the NLRB, William B. Gould.
Between 1996-and 1998, Mr. Mallison worked for the law firm of Van Bourg, Weinberg Roger and Rosenfeld, the largest union-side labor law firm in the country. Mr. Mallison’s work at the firm consisted solely of labor and employment law including extensive litigation and appellate work.
From 1998 to 2004 Mr. Mallison worked for Milberg Weiss Bershad Hynes & Lerach (“Milberg”) and joined Lerach Coughlin Stoia & Robbins (“Lerach”) when the Milberg firm divided in 2004. The Milberg and Lerach firms represent the largest and second largest class action firms in the country. Mr. Mallison’s work at these firms consisted solely of class action work and included work on some of the most complex cases ever litigated including: the Enron Securities Litigation (settlements currently totaling over $7 billion), Mariana Island Garment workers cases (a $20 million wage and hour settlement on behalf of 20,000 migrant workers on the island of Saipan), the 3Com securities class action (settlement of $259 million), a Federal Court challenge to the sufficiency of Federal Department of Transportation’s NAFTA Truck safety regulations, a Federal Court challenge to President Bush’s Executive Order re: Project Labor Agreements, In re Pemstar Securities (settlement of $12 million), Cisneros v. Yahoo (representing a purported class of million of consumers), Retailers National Bank v. Harding (representing millions of credit card holders), Block v. Ebay (representing millions of defrauded Ebay users), and dozens of other cases.
Mr. Hector R. Martinez
Mr. Martinez received his Political Science Bachelor of Art degree in 1993 from the University of California, at Davis. Mr. Martinez grew up in a social conscious farmworker community and, as a result, has motivated Mr. Martinez to work for the benefit of low-wage workers. Mr. Martinez has conduct extensive research regarding the agricultural industry while at the California Institute for Rural Studies during the mid-nineties. Mr. Martinez then earned his law degree from the Golden Gate University School of Law in 1998. During his law studies, we worked as a law clerk with Van Bourg, Weinberg, Roger and Rosenfeld, the largest union-side labor law firm in the country, working under the direct supervision of named partner David Rosenfeld. From 1999 to 2004, Mr. Martinez worked at California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. ("CRLA"), the largest non-profit law firm dedicated to farmworker issues in the country. His work at CLRA included private attorney general actions under California’s Unfair Business Practice statute, Business & Professions Code Section 17200, on behalf of thousands of agricultural employees and the general public. During his time with CRLA, Mr. Martinez was nominated for and received a fellowship with the California Wellness Foundation Violence Prevention Initiative for his work with farmworker youth.
In 2004, Mr. Martinez worked with the class action firm Carter & Garay where he initiated litigated wage and hour California class actions against DHL, Big Lots, Marie Callender’s, El Torito and Alcapulco Restaurants, among many others. On June 1, 2005, Mr. Martinez joined Stan Mallison to form the law firm of Mallison & Martinez where Mr. Martinez is currently litigating several farmer worker related wage and hour class actions, consumer class actions such as Palza v. Palm, Inc., and an ERISA class action.
Marco A. Palau
Marco is an associate with the firm, representing workers in wage and hour class actions and employment discrimination. Prior to joining the Law Offices of Mallison & Martinez, Marco was a Staff Attorney with California Rural Legal Assistance, where he handled civil rights matters ranging from Social Security disability appeals to eviction defense in federally subsidized housing. Marco received his law degree from Columbia University in New York, where he was an editor of the Columbia Human Rights Law Review and Co-Managing Editor of the Jailhouse Lawyer's Manual (Spanish Ed.). He is a native of Mexico and fluent in Spanish.