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Arcelia N. Magaña

San Diego

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


Arcelia N. Magaña


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/as/xs 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

  • California Super Lawyers, “Rising Stars” (2020)
  • Legal Aid Society of San Diego, Inc., Outstanding Service Award (2015)
  • San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association, President’s Award (2019)
  • Wiley W. Manuel Certificate for Pro Bono Legal Service (2015, 2016)


Professional Associations and Activities

  • Lawyer’s Club of San Diego, Member
  • San Diego County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section, New Lawyer Member At-Large 
  • San Diego County Bar Association, Member
  • San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association Scholarship Fund, Board Member
  • San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association, Member and Former Board Member

Pro Bono and Community Involvement

  • California Western Community Law Project, Volunteer Attorney
  • Casa Cornelia, Volunteer Attorney
  • City of Escondido – Personnel Board of Review, Former Board Member
  • City of Berkeley – Personnel Board, Former Board Member
  • San Diego Volunteer Lawyers Program, Volunteer Attorney
  • Sweetwater Authority’s Citizen Advisory Committee, Board Member
  • 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]


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