A talented associate attorney in our Oakland office, Mari Bandoma Callado represents employees in wrongful termination, harassment, and retaliation cases. She also represents individuals injured and families of loved ones who have died due to the fault of others, including in elder abuse and neglect lawsuits. In 2017, Super Lawyers recognized Mari as a Rising Star among Northern California attorneys.
At the Dolan Law Firm, Mari assists courageous employees in safeguarding their rights and has achieved remarkable success in cases involving:
- Age Discrimination
- Disability Discrimination
- Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) violations
- Ethnicity and National Origin Discrimination
- Gender and Sex Discrimination
- Race Discrimination
- Retaliation and Wrongful Termination
- Sexual Harassment
- Sexual Orientation Discrimination
- Wage & Hour violations including failure to pay overtime, break time or vacation time
“While important, for most employees we represent it’s not just about recovering monetary damages,” Mari explains. “They have been treated unfairly and suffered significant emotional distress. Justice demands that their rights be vindicated and wrongdoers be held accountable.”
From writing complaints, discovery requests, settlement demand letters and mediation briefs to and writing and arguing substantive motions and preparing case for trial, Mari’s possesses extensive litigation experience. “I know that litigation can be confusing and emotionally exhausting for many individuals, particularly if they were subjected to harassment and discrimination from their employers,” states Mari. “My role is to make the process as smooth as possible and alleviate their stress. One way I accomplish this is by regularly updating our clients as to what’s going on in their cases and informing them of the next steps.”
Prior to joining the Dolan Law Firm, Mari represented employees in significant class action lawsuits involving minimum wage pay violations, improper denial of overtime pay and meal and rest breaks, and misclassification of employees as exempt and non-exempt. She also worked as a research attorney for the Honorable Judge Stuart Hing in the Superior Court of California, County of Alameda.
A graduate of the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, Mari was recognized for her Pro Bono work and served on the Hastings Race and Poverty Law Journal. During law school, Mari interned with administrative law judges at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Merit Systems Protection Board and the U.S. Department of Labor. She also volunteered at the Legal Aid Society – Employment Law Center’s Workers’ Rights Clinic and was President of the Employment and Labor Law Students Association and the Filipino American Law Society.
A member of the Board of the Filipino Bar Association of Northern California since 2013, Mari serves as its Secretary for 2016-2017. She is fluent in Tagalog.