Danielle Hultenius Moore


San Diego Office

(858) 597-9600 phone
(858) 597-9601 fax



  • George Washington University Law School, Washington, DC
    J.D. 2004
  • University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
    B.A. 2000, with honors

Danielle Moore is a partner in the San Diego office and co-chairs Fisher & Phillips’s 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 College. Danielle also serves on the Board of Directors for the PHCC Academy and well as Lawyers Club of San Diego. Danielle also serves as President of Lawyers Club’s North County Chapter.

Danielle is "AV" Peer Review Rated Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell and was recently named one of San Diego’s 2014 and 2015 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 started her career working on the United States Senate Judiciary Committee for Senator Charles Grassley in Washington D.C.

Representative Work

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.

Fisher & Phillips Attorneys Win Major Victory In California

Bar Admissions

  • California

Court Admissions

Supreme Court of California
U.S. Court of Federal Claims
U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California

Professional Activities

  • San Diego State University, College of Extended Studies
  • Human Resources Advisory Board Member
  • Instructor, Human Resources Management & the Law
  • Lawyers Club (advances women in the law and society)              
  • North County Chapter President; Board Member
  • San Diego Chamber of Commerce – Legislative/Small Business Advocacy   


Fisher & Phillips Recognized as a "Champion of Women" by Connected Women of Influence
March 18, 2016

San Diego Business Journal, March 2015, June 2014
“2014 Best of the Bar” – Labor & Employment

San Diego Magazine, March 2015, March 2014
“2014 Top Lawyers”- Labor and 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


How a Typo Can Be Costly
March 1, 2016

The Union Tribune, Source and Profile
How Women Can Close the Wage Gap, May, 2015

The Daily Transcript, Source, June, 2014
Commentary on e-cigarettes in the work place    

The Daily Transcript, Source, June 26, 2013
“Gay marriage gains momentum with high court rulings”    

The Daily Transcript, Source, March 1, 2013
“Paycheck Fairness Act seeks to end gender gap”    

San Diego Business Journal, Source, January 28, 2013
“The Business of Law”

The Daily Transcript, Source, January 22, 2013
“Influx of New Labor Laws to Keep Employers Busy”

Quotes and Soundbites

Employment Firms Remain Tops For Female Attorneys
April 19, 2016

5 Things About Obama's New Pay Mandate that All Businesses Should Know
February 1, 2016

Paid Sick Leave: Newest Wrinkle In Coordinating Leave
August 25, 2014

E-cigarette Smoking In The Workplace
May 28, 2014

Supreme Court's Gay Marriage Rulings Will Have An Impact on Employers
June 26, 2013

Influx Of New Labor Laws To Keep Employers Busy
January 23, 2013

Newsletter Articles

A Typo In Your Paystubs Could Cost You Millions
April 5, 2016

Employment Law Update – Are You Ready for 2016?
November, 2015

BLR Masters Class – Managing Leaves of Absences in California
October, 2015

Joint Employment and Third Party Risk
Women of Influence & Power in the Law Conference – Washington, D.C.
September, 2015

Have You Checked Your Paystubs Lately? -  How a Typo Can Cost You Millions
August, 2015

Employee Policies & Handbooks Under Attack – The Do’s, Don’ts, & Maybes
July, 2015

New Sick Leave Laws & CFRA Regulations:  Coming July 1, 2015
May and June, 2015

Bring Your Own Devices – Just Don’t Bring Me A Lawsuit!
April, 2015

Breaking Bad Behavior: Drugs, Background Checks, Tattoos, and More
Temecula SHRM, February 2015

Top Ten Legal Misconceptions That Get Employers Sued
Top Ten Ways to Protect Your Business From Your Employees
Speaker, Pest Control Operators of California (PCOC)
Sonoma, Los Angeles, San Diego
November, 2014


  • 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.


  • George Washington University Law School, Washington, DC
    J.D. 2004
  • University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
    B.A. 2000, with honors

Bar Admissions

  • California