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Stan S. 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 and at the D.C. Headquarters, working under the supervision of the 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.

In 2005 Mr. Mallison joined with Hector Martinez to open Mallison & Martinez where he has continued to litigate on behalf of worker and consumer rights.

Education & Admissions

  • Juris Doctorate, Stanford School of Law
  • M.A., University of  California, Riverside
  • B.A., California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
  • Admitted to: State Bar of California

Memberships & Professional Accomplishments

American Immigration Lawyers Association

Hector R. Martinez grew up in a socially conscious farm-worker community. His upbringing and experience inspired and motivated him to work for the benefit of low-wage workers.  He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of California at Davis in 1993.  From there Mr. Martinez conducted extensive research of the agricultural industry at the California Institute for Rural Studies. He went on to earn his law degree from the Golden Gate University School of Law in 1998.  While in law school, Mr. Martinez worked as a law clerk with Van Bourg, Weinberg, Roger and Rosenfeld, the largest union-side labor law firm in the country, under the direct supervision of 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 and 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 and 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 he litigates wage and hour and consumer class actions, discrimination, sexual harassment and other employment-related actions.

Education & Admissions

  • Juris Doctorate, Golden Gate University School of Law
  • B.A., University of California, Davis
  • Admitted to: State Bar of California

A Central Valley native, Liliana owes a large part of her success to her family back home in Los Baños, who have effortlessly supported her aspirations. She is the daughter of Mexican immigrants, who ventured from their hometowns in Zacatecas, Mexico to seek opportunity in the United States. Growing up, Liliana witnessed her parents’ passion and sacrifice, which have guided her path to achieving her dreams.

Liliana graduated as Valedictorian of her high school class, and went on to complete a Bachelor’s of Art degree in Sociology at the University of California, Santa Cruz in only 3 years. Eager to lend her experiences and skills to aid low-income communities of color in their quest for equality and social justice, Liliana decided to go to law school. As a law student at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, Liliana filled her academic experience with meaningful work. She participated as a Clinic Counselor for the Workers’ Rights Clinic at the Employment Law Center-Legal Aid Society (now, Legal At Work); interned for Catholic Charities of the Central Coast in their Immigration and Citizenship Program, providing services to individuals in Watsonville and Salinas; translated legal materials for the Legal Aid Association of California; and interned for the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California in their Legal-Policy Department, working on issues related to immigrants’ rights, criminal justice reform, and access to resources.

After graduating from law school, Liliana began her legal career at California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA) in Watsonville, California—the largest provider of legal services to farmworkers in the United States. While at CRLA, Liliana represented numerous low-income tenants against unlawful evictions, illegal rent increases, and assisted tenants in exercising their rights to safe and inhabitable housing. Liliana also successfully represented workers before the Labor Commissioner’s Office and helped workers obtain unpaid wages, rest and meal period premiums, and civil penalties.

Now, Liliana is an associate at Mallison & Martinez and is admitted to practice before the California State Courts, as well as the United States District Court for Northern California and the United States District Court for Eastern California. Her practice is focused on employment litigation, including wage and hour class actions, as well as individual sexual harassment and discrimination matters. Liliana sees her role in advocating for immigrant and low-wage workers as fulfilling her civic duty to ensure that all individuals have an equal opportunity to pursue their “American dream.”

Staci L. Schoff received her Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Arizona in 1992.  She earned her Masters degree in Political Science from Portland State University in 2013.  Her main graduate school interest was Social Justice Theory and her Masters Thesis explored the troubling impact of economic inequality on the American ideals of political equality and equality of opportunity.  Upon completing her Masters coursework she came to work at Mallison & Martinez as a Paralegal and took advantage of the California State Bar’s 4-Year Law Office Study program.  She was admitted to the California Bar on June 1, 2018.  She has since been an Associate at Mallison & Martinez where she litigates on behalf of workers in their claims of wage theft, sexual harassment, discrimination and other employment-related actions.

Natalia Ramírez Lee received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Pace University, graduating with honors. Natalia went on to coordinate and then direct HIV prevention programs for immigrant women in New York City at the Dominican Women’s Development Center and the Latino Commission on AIDS. Natalia moved to Colombia in 2010, where she became Director of HR (Human Resources) and HSEQ (Health, Security, Environment and Quality) for an environmental consulting company in Bogotá. In her role as Director of HR and HSEQ, she ensured the company’s compliance with Colombian employment law and implemented the company’s industrial security, environment and quality program, among other responsibilities.

During law school, Natalia cultivated her interest in using the law as a tool to combat discrimination. Natalia interned at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights where she contributed to the drafting of the sentence of I.V. vs. Bolivia, a landmark case where the Court found that the State of Bolivia discriminated a woman on the basis of her gender when she was involuntary sterilized at a public hospital. She also interned at the Center of Justice and Accountability (CJA), where she worked on a case where CJA represented a victim in a tort suit against a former Colombian paramilitary member. Natalia externed at the ACLU’s National Immigrants’ Rights Project and was a researcher at the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, where she contributed to a report and database on discriminatory Anti-Muslim legislation in the U.S. She also served as the Speakers Editor for the Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law (BJELL) and Managing Editor of the Berkeley Journal for African American Law and Policy (BJAALP).

Natalia is passionate about advocating for workers in regards to their wage and hour, discrimination, harassment or other claims. She believes that each worker deserves to be paid a living wage and to be treated with humanity and equity in their places of employment. She aims to pursue clients’ claims diligently and to treat each client with consideration and respect.

Education & Admissions

  • Juris Doctorate, U.C. Berkeley School of Law
  • B.A., Pace University, Magna Cum Laude
  • Admitted to: State Bar of California

Memberships & Accomplishments

  • California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA)
  • Coblentz Civil Rights Fellowship, U.C. Berkeley School of Law
  • American Jurisprudence Award in Constitutional Law, U.C. Berkeley School of Law

Matt Turnbull is an associate at Mallison & Martinez.  He is from the Bay Area, and he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations with Interdisciplinary Honors in Education from Stanford University.  He worked as an investigator for five years before going to law school.  In 2015, he received his Juris Doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law.  Committed to defending the rights of low income, immigrant, and Latino communities, Matt worked as a legal services attorney for three organizations.  He specialized in eviction defense and most recently worked for Centro Legal de la Raza.
Leanna received her Bachelor of Arts in Hispanic Languages and Bilingual Issues at U.C. Berkeley in 2014, and her Juris Doctor from U.C. Hastings College of the Law in 2019. Leanna has significant experience advocating for indigenous Guatemalan clients, as well as other immigrant and refugee communities. She speaks fluent Spanish and Mam Maya.

Leanna worked for several years at East Bay Sanctuary Covenant (EBSC), a nonprofit organization representing low-income immigrants and refugees in asylum cases and other immigration matters, and she had government accreditation to represent EBSC clients in cases before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The majority of the EBSC clients that Leanna worked with were from minority groups in their home countries, and had experienced extreme persecution and trauma before coming to the United States. Most of these clients’ struggles did not end upon entering this country, where they often faced further marginalization, poverty, and family separation.

During law school, Leanna was an editor for the Hastings Race and Poverty Law Journal, she interned at the Guatemalan Consulate in San Francisco, and she participated in the Refugee and Human Rights Clinic. She also continued working part-time at EBSC. After graduation, Leanna joined Mallison and Martinez out of a desire to use her unique perspective from her immigration advocacy background to take part in the fight against exploitation, wage theft, and discrimination in our local communities.

Leanna lives in Alameda with her partner and her daughter. In her spare time, Leanna spends time with her family, sings karaoke, and plays dominoes.

Education & Admissions

  • Juris Doctorate, U.C. Hastings College of the Law
  • B.A., U.C. Berkeley
  • Admitted to: State Bar of California


Memberships & Accomplishments

  • Tony Patiño Fellowship

Juan Gamboa is an associate at Mallison & Martinez. Juan’s practice is focused on employment litigation, including wage and hour class actions, as well as discrimination matters. Juan received his Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from San Francisco State University and earned his Juris Doctor from the University of California, Davis, School of Law.
While in law school, Juan founded “La Raza Unidos,” an ambitious program that seeks to help undergraduate students of color navigate the law school application process. La Raza Unidos served over 50 undergraduate students in its first year, helping to cultivate the next generation of attorneys. During law school, Juan was a summer associate at Mallison & Martinez, where he assisted attorneys in various wage and hour matters, including alternative dispute resolution. Juan also worked in the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing Civil Rights Clinic, where he was responsible for investigating and resolving discrimination claims.
Juan is driven by his desire to help those who have been exploited in the workplace and is a passionate advocate for the clients he serves. Juan’s personal and professional experience informs his sense of justice and guides his motivation to continue to help those who have been disenfranchised and to prevent further injustice.

Education & Admissions

  • J.D., UC Davis School of Law
  • B.A., San Francisco State University
  • Admitted to: State Bar of California

Memberships & Accomplishments

  • California Employment Lawyers Association
  • 2018-2019 Jun Aoki Book Award Recipient, UC Davis School of Law
  • First Degree Black Belt in Judo
  • 2015 Judo National Champion (60kg)