BakerHostetler Snags Business and Employment Litigator in California

Daniel F. Lula adds extensive trial lawyer and leadership experience to the firm's roster

Press Releases / January 14, 2019

Costa Mesa, CA— Jan. 14, 2019 — BakerHostetler announced today the addition of a seasoned business and employment litigation attorney as a partner in its Costa Mesa office. Daniel F. Lula joins the firm from Payne & Fears LLP.

Throughout his nearly 20-year career, Lula has focused his practice on commercial and employment litigation. He has successfully represented a wide range of clients, including military contractors, financial services companies and nonprofits. His practice spans a number of different types of matters, ranging from contract, trade secret disputes and corporate governance issues on the business side to discrimination, harassment, and wrongful termination complaints as part of his employment practice.

Prior to joining BakerHostetler, Lula held significant leadership positions at Payne & Fears. In addition to his business and employment litigation practices, Lula served as chair of the billing and collections team and chair of the Business Litigation Group.

“Joining BakerHostetler feels like a return to my roots,” Lula said. “The firm culture, commitment to growth and truly national presence makes it a perfect place for my clients and myself to thrive and continue to grow.”

Lula earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School and his B.A. from Yale University.

“Daniel brings to BakerHostetler almost two decades of knowledge in managing high profile commercial litigation matters,” said W. Ray Whitman, chair of the firm’s national Litigation Group. “His diverse client base and wide-ranging matter experience will truly complement our national multidisciplinary Litigation Group.”

BakerHostetler has more than 360 litigators in its 14 offices across the nation. Composed of former prosecutors, veteran civil trial lawyers and former enforcement officials from both state and federal agencies, the firm’s decorated national Litigation Group has for decades successfully represented clients in matters ranging from massive class action lawsuits, to white collar and corporate investigations, to complex energy matters and beyond.


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Recognized as one of the top firms for client service, BakerHostetler is a leading national law firm that helps clients around the world address their most complex and critical business and regulatory issues. With five core national practice groups — Business, Employment, Intellectual Property, Litigation and Tax – the firm has more than 960 lawyers located in 14 offices coast to coast. BakerHostetler is widely regarded as having one of the country’s top 10 tax practices, a nationally recognized litigation practice, an award-winning data privacy practice and an industry-leading business practice. The firm is also recognized internationally for its groundbreaking work recovering more than $13 billion in the Madoff Recovery Initiative, representing the SIPA Trustee for the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC. Visit


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