Doug M. Larsen



  • Doug was one of the founding partners of Fishman, Larsen & Callister in 2000.

    Doug’s background experience also includes having been a partner with the law firm of Baker, Manock & Jensen, where he practiced in the area of business litigation and developed that firm’s employment law practice.

    Doug has been very involved with the Human Resource industry in Central California. He has served as an officer on boards of multiple HR organizations. He also brought local HR groups together and established the annual Central Valley HR & Safety Conference in 2000. Today it is the largest HR conference held in the Central Valley. 

Practice Areas

  • Doug Larsen provides practical advice for employers on avoiding litigation with workers, improving employee relations and complying with California’s complex system of workplace laws.

    Areas of Representation

    Doug represents employers in cases alleging unlawful discrimination, wrongful termination, harassment, retaliation, wage and hour violations, trade secret violations and unfair business practices.

    Other representation includes working on behalf of employers and other defendants in claims involving the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (“ERISA”) and the False Claims Act.

    Developing & Implementation of Policies

    Doug develops policies and practices that actually work in the workplace, and that can be implemented, without undue time or expense to a business.

    At the end of each year, Doug provides clients with a “Year in Review” course discussing the major cases, legislation and regulations affecting California employers.

    As part of his presentation, Doug updates and drafts employee handbooks that accurately reflect those changes in California law.

    In-House Human Resource Training

    Doug also provides monthly in-house training courses for senior managers, human resource professionals, and various human resource organizations in the Central Valley on best practices and workplace management.

    Topics of these training sessions have included: Handling DFEH or EEOC investigations; maintaining at-will employment; handling the interactive process with disabled employees; disciplining employees for the use of social media; protecting trade secrets and confidential information; employee privacy rights; handling employee substance abuse issues; avoiding wage and hour mistakes.

Professional Associations

    • San Joaquin Chapter of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society – a society to promote fairness and virtue, founded upon the rule of law through public service and professional excellence – chair
    • Central Valley HR & Safety Conference – chairman, 13 years
    • Central California Society for Human Resource Management – vice president (current), president (2000)
    • Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM)
    • Central Valley Safety Society – founder and board of directors
    • Leadership Fresno – Alumnus
    • Valley Business Conference – steering committee, 3 years
    • The State Bar of California

Bar and Court Admissions

    • California State Bar, 1989
    • United States District Court, Eastern District of California, 1989
    • United States District Court, Central District of California, 2004
    • United States District Court, Northern District of California, 1999

Reported Cases

  • • Martinez v. John A. Barker & Associates, 2008 WL 2683242

    • United States ex rel. Sequoia Orange Co. v. Baird-Neece Packing Corp., 151 F.3d 1139 (9th Cir. 1998)

    • United States ex rel. Sequoia Orange Co. v. Sunland Packing House, 912 F.Supp. 1325 (E.D. Cal. 1995)

    • United States v. Sunny Cove Citrus Ass’n, 854 F.Supp. 669 (E.D. Cal. 1994)


  • Doug has written several articles on employee relations and has been a contributing editor for Employment Discrimination Law, published by the American Bar Association. He also published an article, “Give Him a Gold Watch, But Take Away His Pharmacy Card: Reducing Health Care Benefits to Retired Employees,” in the Detroit College of Law Review.


    • J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University
      Provo, Utah

      J.D. (Cum Laude) - 1989
      Order of the Coif

    • Brigham Young University
      Provo, Utah
      B.A. Political Science - 1986

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