Fernandez & Lauby LLP
Employment Attorney
About Us

As employment lawyers, Fernandez & Lauby LLP represents a wide variety of clients with diverse legal needs and issues. We serve those in and around Orange County, Riverside and San Bernardino, also known as The Inland Empire. We represent the individual employee as well as large numbers of workers in class action lawsuits. California and federal laws protect employees from discriminatory conduct and other forms of employer mistreatment. If you feel your rights were violated by your employer, we offer a complimentary consultation to discuss the options that may be available to you.


At Fernandez & Lauby LLP, we serve the legal needs of workers who have suffered the injustice of wage and hour violations, workplace discrimination, harassment, retaliation and violations of federal and state employment laws in Southern California. Our focus on building a team of trial attorneys with concrete experience and a commitment to providing quality service has given us a strong reputation throughout the region.


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Brian J. Mankin,
Attorney At Law

Location: Riverside, California

Phone: 951-320-1444 (Current Clients)
Fax: 951-320-1445

Brian Mankin is one of the more highly experienced employment law attorneys in Southern California, having received the distinction of “Super Lawyer” by his peers. He manages the firm’s employment and labor law practice, and as a member of the California Employment Lawyers Association, he and his team primarily represent employees who have been subjected to unfair treatment in the form of unpaid wages, denied meal and rest breaks, misclassification, wrongful termination, discrimination and harassment. Brian has tried cases in state and federal courts, and has never lost a trial to date. A large portion of his practice involves class action litigation where he has represented groups of employees in over 100 cases in federal and state courts. Having practiced for nearly 20 years, Mr. Mankin is approaching $100 million in damages recovered for his clients (who often work as nurses, ambulance drivers, technicians, warehouse workers, truck drivers, sales, professional occupations and countless other trades). In 2017 alone, he and his team recovered approximately $25 million for his clients, including the largest known settlement to date in California’s history for penalties under PAGA (the Private Attorney General Act of 2004) – an 8-figure award that paid significant damages to the State and the employees.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Brian completed his undergraduate degree in San Diego and law degree in Orange County while serving as a military police officer in the California Army National Guard. Brian originally joined the firm in 2003, and he is admitted to practice before Federal and California courts, and is a member of local bar associations.

In his time away from the office, Brian, his wife and two children spend much of their time engaged in competitive racing activities whether on the road, at the track, or on the water. Just like the man he was named after (Brian Piccolo, former running back for the Chicago Bears and subject of the movie Brian’s Song), for Brian, the desire to compete and win doesn’t stop at the courtroom.

Areas of Practice

  • Employment Disputes
  • Class Action
  • Mass Tort Litigation

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • California Employment Lawyers Association, Member


Misty Lauby,
Associate Attorney

Location: Riverside, California

Phone: 951-320-1444 (Current Clients)
Fax: 951-320-1445
In 1998, Ms. Lauby received her Bachelor of Science degree in Social Policy from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. As a student, Ms. Lauby interned at the Chicago Department of Human Services. There, she participated in various aspects of the policy making process including research and analysis regarding the local impact of the federal transition from Aid to Families with Dependent Children to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program.  In addition to her academic pursuits, she also pitched for the Wildcats’ Varsity Softball team.

After college, Ms. Lauby joined the Chicago office of the prestigious, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, as a case assistant on the tobacco litigation team.  There, she learned the ins and outs of complex litigation and traveled to Seattle, Washington and Kansas City, Missouri to provide trial support.

In 2000, Ms. Lauby returned to her native Southern California and transferred to the Kirkland & Ellis office in Los Angeles where she continued to work until 2003. While still at Kirkland, Ms. Lauby decided to take the next step in her legal career and simultaneously attended law school.

After moving to the Inland Empire, Ms. Lauby became a law clerk for Fernandez & Lauby, marking the beginning of her in-depth exposure to the practice of employment law.

Ms. Lauby received her Juris Doctor degree in 2005 from Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles, California. As a first year student she was recognized as a finalist in the Moot Court writing competition.

Areas of Practice

  • Employment Law


  • Southwestern University School of Law, Los Angeles, California
    • J.D. – 2005
    • Honors: Finalist, Moot Court Writing Competition
  • Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois
    • B.S. – 1998
    • Major: Social Policy

Past Employment Positions

  • Kirkland & Ellis LLP


Peter Carlson,
Attorney At Law

Location: Riverside, California

Phone: 951-320-1444 (Current Clients)
Fax: 951-320-1445
Peter Carlson is a member of the California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA) and dedicates the entirety of his practice to representing workers that have been subjected to illegal employment practices. In addition to individual actions, Peter also represents clients in class action lawsuits. Through these class action lawsuits, Peter seeks to fight for the rights of all individuals that were subjected to an employer’s unlawful practices in order to obtain unpaid wages and other compensation on their behalf.

During his time at Fernandez & Lauby LLP, Peter has litigated dozens of class action lawsuits representing a wide range of workers, including retail workers, warehouse workers, mechanics, commercial truck drivers, commission-based employees, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, among others. These cases were based on violations such as:

  • Unpaid Minimum Wages
  • Unpaid Overtime Wages
  • Unpaid Wages Under Piece-Rate / Flag-Rate Schemes
  • Denied Meal/Rest Breaks
  • Failure to Timely Pay Final Wages
  • Failure to Pay Accrued Vacation at Termination
  • Unlawful Deduction of Wages
  • Unreimbursed Business Expenses
  • Independent Contractor Misclassification

Peter received his undergraduate from the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business. He then received his law degree from the University of Oregon with a specialty in tax law. Prior to practicing as an attorney, Peter worked for a non-profit dedicated to protecting individuals from unlawful housing practices and discrimination.


Areas of Practice

Wage and hour, labor law disputes

  • Unpaid wages

  • Off the clock work

  • Failure to pay minimum wages

  • Failure to pay prevailing wages to construction workers

  • Unpaid overtime when working over 8 hours per day

  • Failure to provide 30 minute meal periods

  • Failure to provide 10 minute rest breaks

  • Failure to pay vacation time, tips and other wages

  • Withholding of a final paycheck

  • Failure to reimburse for business expenses/mileage

  • Failure to pay bonuses, commissions

  • Improper classification of exempt (salaried) workers

  • Common issues for California truck drivers

  • Auto mechanic / technician and Piece Rate claims

  • Breach of contract

  • Whistleblower retaliation for complaining about wage violations

  • And many other wage and hour violations

Workplace and hiring discrimination and harassment

  • Age discrimination

  • Sex discrimination

  • Pregnancy Discrimination

  • Sexual orientation discrimination

  • Race, religious, ethnic and cultural discrimination

  • Sexual harassment

  • Hostile work environment

  • Workplace Retaliation

  • Wrongful Termination


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