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Dayna L. Chmelka

Dayna L. Chmelka

San Diego, California

Ms. Chmelka specializes in advising and representing employers in all aspects of labor and employment law, including harassment, discrimination, retaliation, wage and hour, and breach of contract litigation and counseling. Ms. Chmelka represents employers in state and federal court as well as matters before administrative agencies, such as the California Labor Commissioner, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Ms. Chmelka is admitted to practice before all California state and federal courts. Ms. Chmelka also provides counseling to employers which includes advice regarding wage and hour issues and compliance; development, drafting and review of personnel policies and handbooks; personnel decisions such as hiring/firing and performance-related personnel actions; comprehensive diversity management; and harassment training.

In addition to her employment and labor practice, Ms. Chmelka also represents contractor clients in construction defect / property damage disputes, contract negotiations and liens, and environmental / mold litigation. Prior to joining Gates, O'Doherty, Gonter & Guy, LLP in February 2010, Ms. Chmelka was a shareholder at Klinedinst PC, where she practiced since 1997.

Areas of Practice

  • Employment/Labor
  • Construction/Real Property
  • Custody & Visitation
  • Mesothelioma & Asbestos

Litigation Percentage

  • 75% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1997
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 1997


  • California Western School of Law, San Diego, California
    • J.D., With Honors
  • University of San Diego, San Diego, California
    • B.A., English, Cum Laude, 1990
    • Honors: Dean's List

Honors and Awards

  • Martindale-Hubbard AV Peer Rating

Past Employment Positions

  • Klinedinst, P.C., Attorney/Shareholder, 1997 - 2010
Our Firm Locations

Gates, O'Doherty, Gonter & Guy LLP


Office Managing Partner:
K. Robert Gonter, Jr.
E-mail the Firm | Irvine Law Office

Gates, O'Doherty, Gonter & Guy, L.L.P
38 Discovery, Suite 200
Irvine, CA 92618

Phone: 949-753-0255
Fax: 949-753-0265

San Diego Office

Office Managing Partner:
Douglas D. Guy
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Gates, O'Doherty, Gonter & Guy, L.L.P
15373 Innovation Drive, Suite 170
San Diego, CA 92128

Phone: 858-676-8600
Fax: 858-676-8601

Los Angeles office

Office Managing Partner:
Matthew M. Proudfoot
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355 S. Grand Ave, Suite 2450
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Phone: 949-753-0255
Fax: 949-753-0265

Ontario Office

Office Managing Partner:
Sean O'Doherty
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Gates, O'Doherty, Gonter & Guy, L.L.P
3350 Shelby St., Suite 200
Ontario, CA 91764

Phone: 949-753-0255
Fax: 949-753-0265