Glenn Danas

Glenn Danas, Partner

1875 Century Park East, Suite 1000
Los Angeles, CA 90067

P: 310.556.6826 | F: 310.943.0396

Glenn Danas is a partner with Capstone Law. He manages the briefing and litigation strategy for the firm’s major motions, appeals, writs, and settlement approvals. Glenn has argued over 30 appeals in California’s Court of Appeal, in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and in the California Supreme Court, and has briefed dozens more. Glenn has also won a number of professional awards, including a 2015 California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (CLAY) Award for his work on Iskanian v. CLS Transportation Los Angeles, 59 Cal. 4th 348 (2014), and was named one of the Top 100 Attorneys in California in 2017 by the Daily Journal. He was also named to the Daily Journal’s list of California’s Top 75 Labor and Employment Attorneys for 2015, 2016, and 2017; was selected by the Daily Journal as one of California’s Top 20 Lawyers Under 40 for 2013; and was named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers in 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018. Glenn is currently lead counsel for the plaintiff in Gerard v. Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center, S241655 (rev. granted July 12, 2017), pending in the California Supreme Court. Glenn is a frequent speaker on various topics including appellate litigation and employment law.

Glenn’s team of attorneys at Capstone has been instrumental in some of the most significant California cases involving employees’ and consumers’ rights over the past several years, including:

  • Williams v. Marshalls of CA, LLC, 3 Cal.5th 531 (2017), in which the California Supreme Court unanimously held that a plaintiff bringing an action under the California Labor Code’s Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) is entitled to the names and contact information of other potentially aggrieved employees at the outset of the case, without having to satisfy a series of preliminary evidentiary hurdles.
  • McGill v. Citibank, N.A., 2 Cal.5th 945 (2017), in which the California Supreme Court unanimously held that claims for public injunctive relief brought under California’s consumer protection statutes may not be waived by mandatory arbitration agreements.
  • Iskanian v. CLS Transportation Los Angeles, 59 Cal. 4th 348 (2014), in which the California Supreme Court unanimously held that employees may not be forced to waive their right to bring actions under the California Labor Code’s PAGA. Glenn was lead counsel and argued the matter before the California Supreme Court, and then led the effort to preserve the employees’ victory in Iskanian by defeating petitions for certiorari filed in the United States Supreme Court both in Iskanian and in Bridgestone Retail Operations, LLC v. Brown, 135 S. Ct. 2377 (June 1, 2015).
  • Baumann v. Chase Investment Services Corp., 747 F.3d 1117 (9th Cir. 2014), in which the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the district court and held that PAGA suits may not be removed under the Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA) or under traditional diversity jurisdiction, remanding Mr. Baumann’s suit to state court.
  • Vitolo v. Bloomingdale’s, 669 Fed. Appx. 890 (9th Cir. Oct. 24, 2016), cert. denied, 2017 WL 1001331 (June 19, 2017), applying the Iskanian rule to a case having arisen in federal court.
  • Chavarria v. Ralphs Grocery Co., 733 F.3d 916 (9th Cir. 2013), in which the Ninth Circuit unanimously held that Ralphs’ arbitration agreement was unfair in numerous respects, rejected Ralphs’ arguments in favor of Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) preemption, and sent the case back to the district court to resume litigation.

Prior to joining Capstone, Glenn successfully briefed and argued the precedent-setting appeal in Brown v. Ralphs Grocery Co., 197 Cal. App. 4th 489 (2011), regarding the unenforceability of PAGA waivers. Glenn also successfully prevailed on an appeal concerning an issue of first impression under CAFA’s “local controversy exception” in Coleman v. Estes Express Lines, Inc., 631 F.3d 1010 (9th Cir. 2011), creating new law in the process. Glenn began his career and received his training at Shearman & Sterling LLP in New York City, NY, where he primarily focused on antitrust and securities litigation. Glenn graduated from Emory University School of Law, where he was a board member of the Emory Law Journal and graduated with honors. After law school, he clerked for the Honorable U.W. Clemon, Chief U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Alabama. He received his undergraduate degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University, where he was a member of the mock trial team and editor of the Cornell Political Forum.

Glenn is admitted to practice law in California and before the United States District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, Central, and Southern Districts of California; the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the Eighth Circuit, and the Third Circuit; and the United States Supreme Court. He is involved with several animal rescue organizations, including Pugs ‘N Pals of Southern California and the Bassett Rescue Network.