Daniel H. Galindo

Daniel is the son of Mexican immigrants and received his calling to become an attorney at a young age having witnessed firsthand injustices experienced by minorities in the United States. Daniel recalls standing up for his rights in school when he was just eleven or twelve years old. A teacher had sternly approached him and a classmate and instructed them not to speak Spanish in the classroom. Daniel’s automatic response in defiance was simply to note to the teacher, “it sounds like you want to get sued.” Thereafter the teacher never again dared to infringe on Daniel’s rights to speak his native language. From there on Daniel realized the power of the law and that he needed to learn his rights to protect them. Later in life Daniel went on to be a community organizer and activist at the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California. There he travelled throughout Northern California and the Central Valley giving “Know Your Rights” presentations in libraries, community centers, and churches. Daniel started out empowering LGBTQI+ youth to stand up for their rights against harassment and discrimination in schools. He then shifted his focus to empowering Spanish-speaking immigrants to protect their rights when encountering law enforcement, especially when pulled over while undocumented. While obtaining a juris doctorate, Daniel discovered his passion for law in the context of employment. He was especially drawn to the opportunity to advocate for individuals’ civil rights in the workplace and the opportunity to create balance in bargaining power between the employer and the employee. Since he began practicing law, Daniel has represented employees facing discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and unlawful termination; enforced California labor law through collective actions; and counseled executives regarding compensation and severance negotiations and in workplace investigations.

Prior to practicing, Daniel clerked at the renowned law firm of Rosen, Bien, Galvan & Grunfeld LLP and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights in San Francisco.  He received his Juris Doctorate degree from the U.C. Hastings Law, where he was named a Tony Patiño Fellow.  During law school, Daniel held multiple leadership roles including serving as Founding Chair of the Hastings American Constitution Society and holding roles in OUTLAW and Hastings Students for Immigrants’ Rights. Daniel also participated in UC Hastings’ nationally recognized moot court program as a competitor, coach, board member, and teaching assistant and took a case on appeal to the Ninth Circuit through the Hastings Appellate Project. Daniel was also an editor of the Hastings Law Journal.

He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and International Studies and minor in French literature from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.  His focus on international relations and the Middle East took him abroad to Amman, Jordan where he studied Arabic and diplomacy at the University of Jordan.

Daniel currently serves on the Board of Directors of the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California and previously served two terms on the Board of Directors of the Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom, the nation’s oldest LGBT bar association.

Daniel is licensed to practice in all courts of the State of California, the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Northern District of California, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.



Class of 2018