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Arcelia N. Magaña

San Diego

P 619-573-4900
F 619-573-4901


Arcelia N. Magaña is an Associate in the San Diego, California, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. Her practice focuses on representing and counseling employers in workplace law matters. She advises clients on ongoing labor and employment policy developments and prepares clients for compliance efforts. 

Ms. Magaña’s legal career has focused almost exclusively in labor and employment law. She has extensive experience in representing and advising clients in various labor and employment issues, including those within wage and hour, DFEH, and PAGA. 

Ms. Magaña dedicates much of her free time to advancing Latinos academically and professionally through her various organizational memberships. Ms. Magaña enjoys salsa dancing, running, reading, and spending time with her nieces and nephews. 

Honors and Recognitions

  • Legal Aid Society of San Diego, Inc., Outstanding Service Award (2015)
  • Wiley W. Manuel Certificate for Pro Bono Legal Service (2015, 2016)

Professional Associations and Activities

  • San Diego County Bar Association, Member
  • San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association, Board Member

Pro Bono and Community Involvement

  • California Western Community Law Project, Volunteer Attorney
  • City of Escondido – Personnel Board of Review, Former Board Member
  • San Diego Volunteer Lawyers Program, Volunteer Attorney
  • UC Berkeley Chicanx/Latinx Alumni Association of San Diego, Co-Chair
  • UC Berkeley Chicanx/Latinx Alumni Association (National), Board Member

Published Works

  • “Labor Trafficking, Immigration, and the Corporate Interest,” Trial Bar News (April 2018) [Author]
  • “DOE-Re-Mi: DOE Amendment Basics,” Trial Bar News (January 2018) [Author]
  • “Narrowing the Legal Loophole: California Labor Code Section 925,” Trial Bar News (October 2017) [Author]
  • “Private Prisons,” Trial Bar News (May 2017) [Author]
  • “‘I’ll see you in Court—Arbitration!’ Mandatory Employment Arbitration Agreements,” (February 2017) [Co-Author]

Speeches and Presentations

  • "Introduction to Labor and Employment Law Field," Employment and Labor Law Society (ELLS) - California Western School of Law (San Diego, CA, October 2019) (panelist)

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November 6, 2019
Jackson Lewis

Guillermo A. Escobedo and Arcelia N. Magaña Honored by San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association

November 6, 2019

SAN DIEGO, CA (November 5, 2019) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce attorneys Guillermo A. Escobedo and Arcelia N. Magaña have recently been honored by the San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association (SDLRLA) at its Scholarship Fund Annual Dinner and Gala. Mr. Escobedo was presented... Read More

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Disability Discrimination and Reasonable Accommodation under California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) [1]
March 18, 2019

If your business has five or more employees, your business is one of the millions in California that has a duty to provide reasonable accommodations for its employees with known disabilities. A duty to provide reasonable accommodation arises when the employer knows of the employee’s disability. Read More

Fishing for a Lawsuit: Tips and Tricks for Personnel Files and Pre-Litigation Records Requests
March 15, 2019

If you have ever received a pre-litigation records request, then you may already know that such a request tends to be a harbinger of a lawsuit on the horizon. Plaintiff’s lawyers regularly use Labor Code provisions to obtain pay and personnel records, before a lawsuit has been filed. Read More