Daniel F. Fears

Daniel F. Fears, Managing Partner.
Daniel F. Fears, Managing Partner

Daniel F. Fears

Managing Partner

Payne & Fears LLP

Daniel F. Fears

Jamboree Center
4 Park Plaza, Suite 1100
Irvine, CA 92614
T: 949.797.1222
F: 949.851.1212
Email: dff [at] paynefears.com

Attorney Tabs

Practice Areas

Industry Experience

Bar Admissions
  • State of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern, Southern, Central and Eastern Districts of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • Litigated cases in California, New York, Illinois, Florida, Washington, and Utah
Professional Memberships and Activities
  • Founding Circle of Justice Member, Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAAJ) - Orange County
  • Founding Member of the Society of Fellows, Orange County Bar Foundation (now Project Youth OCBF)
  • Member, Orange County Bar Association, Labor and Employment and Litigation Sections
  • American Bar Association
  • Former Board Member, Orange County Labor and Employment Relations Research Association
  • Former Board Member, Orange County Bar Foundation (now Project Youth OCBF)
  • Former Chairman, Orange County Bar Association, Employment & Labor Law Section
  • Past Delegate, California State Bar Association Convention
Professional Awards and Recognitions
  • Named Top 100 Most Powerful Employment Lawyers in the U.S., Human Resource Magazine.
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers of America as "Lawyer of the Year" in 2016 and 2019 for Litigation- Labor and Employment in Orange County and in 2014 for Employment Law- Management in Orange County. 
  • Named to the OC 500 by Orange County Business Journal (OCBJ) in 2017.
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the fields of Employment Law- Management, Labor Law- Management and Litigation- Labor and Employment, 2008-2021
  • Named to Southern California Super Lawyers, 2004-2022, and as a Top 50 Lawyer in Orange County.
  • J.D., magna cum laude, University of San Diego School of Law, 1983
    • Research Editor, San Diego Law Review
    • Staff Writer, Public Interest Law Journal
  • B.A., California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, 1979