Brian Hefelfinger was born and raised in Ventura, California. He attended St. Bonaventure High School, then received an undergraduate degree from Caltech. Brian went to law school at Pepperdine University, graduating with honors.

Brian has focused his practice on plaintiffs’ employment law and bankruptcy law. He is a skilled trial lawyer who is familiar with litigating matters in civil court, as well in bankruptcy court. Brian is admitted to practice in all California state and federal courts.

Brian’s employment law practice involves representing individuals in wage-and-hour cases, such as claims for unpaid overtime, denied meal periods, and unpaid expense reimbursements. He also represents individuals who have been wrongfully terminated or have suffered workplace discrimination. Brian regularly appears in civil courts throughout the state, and before the various district offices of the California Labor Commissioner.

With regard to his bankruptcy clients, Brian handles Chapter 7, Chapter 11, and Chapter 13 cases. Brian’s bankruptcy and debtor/creditor background also makes him a skilled collections attorney.

Brian is involved in the community as a member of the Ventura County Bar Association and has served on the Board for the Camarillo Chamber of Commerce. He also is involved in local youth soccer and is an active member of his church in Camarillo.

Prior to joining Strauss & Strauss, APC, Brian worked at Nordman Cormany Hair and Compton LLP in Oxnard, California. Before entering the practice of law, Brian worked in various engineering, sales, and management positions, giving him firsthand knowledge of the issues facing employees. When not working, Brian enjoys spending time with family, coaching soccer and working on old cars.

Representative Cases

  • Icard v. Ecolab – Class certification granted by San Francisco County Superior Court. Court appointed Brian and Strauss & Strauss, APC (then Palay Law Firm) as Class Counsel. Case involves misclassification of hundreds of dishwasher repairmen in California. Read more…
  • Monaghan v. Telecom Italia Sparkle of North America, Inc. – Federal jury trial of wrongful termination, independent contractor misclassification, and unpaid wages issues, resulting in verdict of over $1.2 million in damages and nearly $460,000 in attorney fees. Read more…


  • California
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals