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Associate Tara Hattendorf focuses her practice in employment litigation.

Ms. Hattendorf defends clients against claims of harassment, retaliation matters, and alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) including those based on race, national origin, sex, religion, and disability discrimination. Additionally, she represents a variety of businesses against wage-and-hour violations including unpaid leave, retaliation, and work time breaks. Ms. Hattendorf represents clients in matters before the California Labor Code and Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), before federal and state courts, and administrative agencies including the California Civil Rights Division (formerly the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH)), Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR).

Prior to joining Kaufman Dolowich, she was an associate at two local law firms handling plaintiff-side civil and employment matters and jury trials. During law school, she served as a law clerk at the Center for Veterans’ Advancement and as an intern at the California Office of the Attorney General, Civil Rights Enforcement Section.


  • California
  • U.S. District Court
    • Central District of California
    • Northern District of California
    • Eastern District of California 


  • University of Southern California Gould School of Law, J.D.
  • Pacific Union College, B.S., summa cum laude

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