Monica Guizar


Telephone: (213) 380-2344

Loyola Law School Los Angeles, J.D.
University of California, Irvine, B.A.

Monica Guizar rejoined Weinberg, Roger & Rosenfeld in January of 2011.  She received her undergraduate degrees in Spanish Literature and Criminology, Law and Society from the University of California at Irvine in 1995, and is a graduate of Loyola Law School Los Angeles where she received her Juris Doctor  in 1998.  Ms. Guizar represents labor unions, workers, labor-management trust funds, and non-profits.  Her practice areas with the firm include traditional labor law, employment law and immigration law.

Ms. Guizar first worked at our firm from 2000 to 2005, representing labor unions, workers and labor-management trust funds.  She handled labor arbitrations, appeared before the National Labor Relations Board, the Superior Court, the California Court of Appeal, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.  She also gained extensive experience dealing first-hand with issues that impact low-wage immigrant workers and union organizing campaigns, including worksite immigration enforcement issues such as I-9 audits, reverification and social security number no-match.  Prior to rejoining the firm, Ms. Guizar was in a private law partnership whose practice areas included employment, labor, civil rights and immigration law.  She also served as a consultant to labor unions and non-profit organizations on the intersection of labor/employment and immigration enforcement issues.  Before that, Ms. Guizar was the Employment Policy Attorney with the National Immigration Law Center (NILC).  While at NILC, Ms. Guizar provided technical assistance, created educational material and conducted training to labor and employment attorneys, international and local labor unions, immigrant rights advocates, worker centers, and non-profit legal service providers on issues ranging from Social Security Administration No-Match Letters, employer retaliation against immigrant workers by contacting immigration authorities or by using immigration status, interference by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in labor disputes, rights and remedies for immigrant workers under labor and employment laws, electronic employment eligibility verification systems, and the anti-discrimination provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).  She filed an amicus brief in Aramark Facility Services v. SEIU Local 1877, 530 F.3d 817 (9th Cir. 2008) –Ms. Guizar represented the Union in the underlying arbitration that was the subject of this case.  She also engaged in impact litigation while at NILC.  Prior to first joining our firm in 2000, Ms. Guizar worked as an associate attorney with the Law Office of Enrique Arevalo, an immigration law practice, where she focused on immigration removal/deportation defense and appellate work before the Board of Immigration Appeals and the 9th Circuit.

Contributing Author:  Raids on Workers, Destroying Our Rights: A comprehensive Analysis and Investigation of ICE Raids and Their Ramifications, A report by the National Commission On ICE Misconduct and Violations of 4th Amendment Rights (2009).

Volunteer Work:

  • Working Hands Legal Clinic, Chicago, IL: Ms. Guizar currently serves as Secretary of the WHLC Board of Directors.
  • L.A. Raids Response Network: Ms. Guizar serves as a volunteer attorney with the L.A. Raids Response Network.  A network that was created in response to an immigration enforcement raid conducted at a printer company in Van Nuys, CA in 2007. 
  • Latina Lawyers Bar Association: Ms. Guizar served on the Board of Directors of LLBA for 6 years. During that time Ms. Guizar served as Secretary, Treasurer, Vice-President (2 terms) and President of the organization. 2000 - 2006
  • Mexican American Bar Association: Ms. Guizar served as an officer and trustee of MABA for 3 years. 2000 - 2002
  • National Lawyers Guild - Los Angeles Chapter: Ms. Guizar served on the Executive Board of the NLG – LA Chapter in January 2009 through December 2009.
  • Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County: Ms. Guizar served on the Board of Directors of NLS for three years. 2005 - January 2009
  • Union election: Ms. Guizar was appointed by the President of a local union representing janitors and building service workers as Chair of the election committee for the union’s internal elections.  July - October 2007.

Panel and Speaking Engagements:
Ms. Guizar also has served as a panelist or sole presenter on numerous continuing legal education panels for attorneys, including the American Bar Association, the Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA) Labor & Employment Section, the Service Employees International Union Lawyers Conference, the National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA) Conference, the Orange County Industrial Relations Research Association, and the AFL-CIO LCC Union Lawyers Conference.

Practice Areas:
Labor Arbitrations and Collective Bargaining Negotiations
Class Action and Wage and Hour Litigation
Employment Discrimination
Public Sector
Nonprofit Organizations and Political Action Committees