A talented senior associate attorney in our Oakland office, Mari Bandoma Callado represents employees in wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, retaliation and human trafficking cases. She also represents injured individuals, and families of loved ones who have died due to the fault of others, including in elder abuse and neglect lawsuits. In 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020 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) and/or California Family Rights Act violations;
- Ethnicity and National Origin Discrimination;
- Gender and Sex Discrimination;
- Human Trafficking;
- Pregnancy 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; and
- Whistleblower Retaliation
“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.”
Mari also has successfully represented clients in a wide range of individual personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits including:
- Bicycle Accidents
- Car Accidents
- Hazardous Roadways
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Premises Liability (“Slip and Fall” cases)
- Bar Owner Liability
- Public Transportation Accidents
- Assault and Battery
- Hate Crime
- Elder Abuse
- Products liability
- Wrongful death
From writing complaints, discovery requests, settlement demand letters and mediation briefs to and writing and arguing substantive motions and preparing cases for trial, Mari 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 Pilipino American Law Society.
Mari has been an active member of several local and national bar associations. Mari has been a member of the Filipino Bar Association of Northern California since 2010 as a law student and has served on the FBANC board since 2013. She currently serves as FBANC’s President and chairs several committees. Mari also serves as the co-chair of the Asian American Bar Association’s Civil Rights Committee and as a co-chair of the Plaintiff’s Network of the National Filipino American Lawyers Association. She also serves on the California Employment Lawyers Association’s Education and Women’s Committees as well as the Consumer Attorneys of California’s Diversity Committee as its Education Chair. Mari regularly volunteers at Legal Aid at Work’s Workers’ Rights Clinic and the Alameda County Bar Association’s Lawyers in Library.
Mari is fluent in Tagalog.