2101 Rosecrans Avenue, Suite 4240, El Segundo, California 90245
Appleton Law Group, APC
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Over 20 years of legal practice focused exclusively on employment law, employment litigation and business litigation.

Making personal connections and getting to know our clients and their needs; finding creative solutions to unique situations.

A unique perspective gained from representing parties on both sides of employment-related legal issues helps us create the right solution for the client.

Experienced Employment Law Attorneys Devoted To the Highest Standard of Legal Representation

Wrongful Termination & Discrimination Attorneys Serving Southern California For More Than 20 Years

At Appleton Law Group, attorneys Heather Appleton and Cherryl F. Cercado are dedicated to providing high-quality, client-focused representation in a variety of California employment law matters. Their extensive experience extends to discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, wage & hours laws, and contract issues. Often, clients complain of wrongful termination or discipline by an employer, without realizing the employer's actions were the result of other problems, such as discrimination or harassment. Ms. Appleton and Ms. Cercado have the knowledge and experience to identify these issues and achieve the best possible results for each and every client. Whether your goal is to return to work or receive compensation, the attorneys at Appleton Law Group provide client-focused representation to find the solution that best suits each client's unique needs. Please learn more about our individual attorneys below:

Contact Effective Employment Law Attorneys Serving Southern California To Receive Personalized Representation

At Appleton Law Group, we are committed to providing the assistance you need to achieve the best possible results. Please call our office today at (888) 649-1874 or contact us online for a free initial consultation.

Heather Appleton

For more than twenty years, Ms. Appleton has focused her professional pursuits on California employment law issues. Ms. Appleton obtained her law degree from Loyola Law School, where she worked for the Western Law Center for Disability Rights to prepare discrimination cases for trial. After graduating from law school, Ms. Appleton developed her practice in the area of employment law, gaining experience through her practice at numerous employment law firms in the California area. A successful and experienced litigator, Ms. Appleton also has considerable experience in the practice of mediation and has assisted at all stages of the mediation process.

Practice Areas

  • Employment Law
  • Discrimination
  • Harassment
  • Wage & Hour Law
  • Contract Issues

Bar admissions

  • California, 1992
  • U.S. District Court, Northern, Eastern and Central Districts of California, 1993
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California, 1994
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1994


  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®


  • J.D., Loyola Law School,1992
    • Honors: Dean's List, 1991-1992
  • B.A., University of California at Davis, 1989

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Nuts & Bolts II Seminar: Disability/Reasonable Accommodation, January 29, 2011
  • Speaker, United Shoe Retailers Association, "HR: Tips to Avoid Employment Lawsuits and Prevent them From Destroying Your Business," May 2, 2011
  • Speaker, Orange County Bar Association, Life Cycle of an Employment Case, "Maintaining Positive Relationships Across the Bar During Discovery Disputes," June 4, 2011
  • Speaker, The Liberty Company Insurance Brokers, Seminar for Employers, Managers and Human Resources Professionals, "Human Resources and Employment Law: Tips to Avoid Employment Lawsuits and Prevent Them from Destroying Your Business," June 22, 2011
  • Speaker, Bridgeport Continuing Legal Education, Litigating Discrimination & Harassment Claims, "Motions for Summary Judgment & Other Dispositive Motions," May 11, 2012
  • Speaker, California Employment Lawyers Association, "Tales From the Dark Side," November 14, 2012
  • Speaker, Community Associations Institute, Community Association Law Seminar, "Employment Practices and Practicing Employment: Trends in Risk Management and Insurance," January 26, 2013

Cherryl F. Cercado

Like her colleague, Ms. Cercado has long maintained an interested in employment and labor issues in California. Before joining the Appleton Law Group, Ms. Cercado clerked at the Employee Rights' Center in San Diego, where she represented low and middle income employees in employment matters. While at the Center, she handled unemployment insurance appeals, wage and hour claims, and unfair labor practices cases. Ms. Cercado also gained extensive experience with trial litigation while a clerk at the Torrance City Attorney's Office.

Practice Areas

  • Employment Law
  • Discrimination
  • Harassment
  • Wage & Hour Law
  • Contract Issues

Bar Admissions

  • California, 2007


  • J.D., California Western School of Law, 2006
  • B.A., University of La Verne
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Appleton Law Group, APC
2101 Rosecrans Avenue, Suite 4240
El Segundo, California 90245
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Appleton Law Group, APC is located in El Segundo, California and serves clients in and around Woodland Hills, Wilmington, Harbor City, Carson, Torrance, San Pedro, Long Beach, Compton, Gardena and Los Angeles County.

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