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About Us - John Fagerholm


Our One and Only Mission?

To Protect and Defend You and Your Business From California’s Unfair Labor Laws!


Hi, my name is John Fagerholm and I have a couple of quick questions for you.

  • Are you absolutely, positively fed up with having to deal with employee problems when your just trying to do your best to run a successful business?
  • Are you frustrated because it seems likes there is no one out there looking out for your best interest?
  • Do you feel like California labor laws are stacked against you the employer?
  • Do you fear that an employee claim or lawsuit could not only cost you thousands but maybe your business?
  • Are you scared that everything you have worked so hard for is being threatened by someone you gave a job to?


How do I know exactly how you are feeling?



Before I became a lawyer and decided to dedicate my practice solely to protecting and defending California employers, I was an entrepreneur and business owner just like YOU.

My Story

Long before I became an attorney and opened my own practice, I was an entrepreneur and business owner. From running my first lemonade stand when I was 8 years old, to a car buying business and kick boxing studio opened in my late teens and early twenties, I have always been bitten by the entrepreneurial bug.


I won’t bore you with all the details, but I quickly found out that although it’s great to be the boss and own your own business, there are some extreme risks. One of these risks can come from your employees. I had false claims filed against my most successful business by an employee. Because I was not prepared for this, I lost this claim that had very little merit.


I was going through a time where business was growing… I ran the company myself… and I had NO IDEA how to mitigate my risk against these types of claims. I did not get the services of an attorney because I thought I could handle it myself but the situation did not work out in my favor.


Eventually it got to be too much and I lost this business, which at the time was my most successful one. One night I was talking to one of my best friends, and I said “I am going to make sure that never happens to one of my businesses again, no matter what it takes”!


Well, many years later after finishing law school and opening my own practice, I can say that I have kept my promise to myself and made sure I did everything in my power to protect all my companies and business ventures from employee related claims.


Law Career

My law firm since its inception primarily dealt with employers, business owners, and entrepreneurs. We mostly focused on legal contracts and business formations. Over the years I would see that some of these business owners were dealing with the same risks from employee related claims that I had many years earlier.


That’s when it hit me!


The more I saw the risks to my clients business from employee related claims the more I realized that I needed to help protect their interests using the same methods I use to protect my own multiple business interests!


To make a long story short, I made a pivot in my practice and started to focus ONLY on helping business owners and employers with employee claims against their business.


I quickly found that there are very few law practices that specialize in helping the California business owner and most lawyers will only represent the employee side of things.


Why is that? Well for one, these lawyers think that’s where the easy money is.


Because California Labor Laws are designed to be advantageous to employees and are so one-sided against Employers, these attorneys think they can bully you into forking over your hard earned profits from your business.


Yes, the laws are stacked against you. Yes, their are greedy employee side lawyers who will use any tactic possible to attack you and your business.


But I want you to know this. You are not alone!

We see how unfair this system is against employers. And that is why we decided to be different.


Our Law Practice is dedicated entirely to just one thing:

Representing, Protecting and Defending California Employers!

This is important because since we have narrowed our focus to just one mission we have experience in this area that you are not going to find anywhere else. We deal with these issues every single day and we have seen and experienced every dirty tactic that employee side attorneys can come up with.

All this experience has allowed us to develop our own strategies and tactics that benefit you the employer.

No, we will not be able to win every case but we will make sure that you get the best legal advice available in this area of law to minimize the loss and risk to your business, given whatever the specific circumstances of the case are.


Why Should You Believe That We Can Help You?

As you already know quite well, there are a lot of attorneys in California and some might even try to guarantee you a favorable outcome.


Well, unfortunately for you, we cannot guarantee you a favorable outcome. Every case is different and some are going to be more favorable and some are not.


However we GUARANTEE that we only represent California employers and business owners and we will do EVERYTHING in our power to minimize risk to your business given the circumstances of your particular situation.


If you should settle we are going to advise you settle and not drag out the case, costing you money. If you have a favorable chance of winning then we will advise accordingly.


The question you’re probably asking is “Why should I believe what John Fagerholm says?”

And my answer to you is that you SHOULDN’T just blindly believe anybody you don’t know.


That is why we offer a free 15 minute no obligation chat with me personally to see if we are a good fit for each other. I recommend you contact us today and schedule your 15 minute Consultation to discuss your case. If the case is not a good fit for us, we will let you know right then so there is no wasted commitment of time or money on your part.


Know that if you are our client, myself and my experienced team will be fighting for a favorable outcome for you every step of the way. Everyone on my staff has a long history of employee related claims and extremely impressive records of success.


Remember, I was once in your position. I know what it’s like to have your business and everything you have worked so hard for put at risk from legal action.

Don’t hesitate like I did, which cost me one of my most successful business ventures.


Look forward to meeting you.

John W. Fagerholm


employer defense attorneyHi I’m John Fagerholm, the founding partner of DefendMyBiz. My

mission is to defend employers like you from California’s unfair labor laws.

Book a FREE 15 Minute Consultation with me today so I can listen to your story and tell you exactly what you need to do to get rid of your employee problems.



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Licensed in California

DefendMyBiz employs only reputable California labor lawyers with good standing with the California State board

For English Call: 323-285-0916

Convenient Location

We are located in the heart of LA in Mid Wilshire. Easy access to our office in the Penthouse suite of the SAG building.

5757 Wilshire Blvd P3, Los Angeles, CA

We speak Spanish!

If you prefer to work with a Spanish speaking attorney we have you covered! Some of our top attorneys are native Spanish speakers.

Para llamada en español: 323-746-9622

Always Confidential

We go through great care to make sure any information you share with us about your case is kept safe and confidential.

These guys are excellent Attorneys that have won three out of three cases for my Company. They have a strong expertise in labor and employment law and I would strongly recommend John and his group for any business owner with employee problems. We have been through complicated battles together and have won every time.

Bob, Los Angeles CA

We had a frivolous suit filed and our employer attorneys fought for us every step of the way! They were very personable and really went the extra mile to make sure that we were aware of what was going on with our case and what our options were. But best of all we won the settlement and they saved us thousands!

Kevin, Glendale

Strong, assertive and decisive action is how I would describe the defense my Attorneys provided me! We had a very difficult case but they took an outside the box solution to make sure we came out on top. If you want someone who is going to truly fight for you go with them.

Roxy, North Hollywood

I had a difficult time finding an attorney who actually defended the employer. Boy was I glad I found them! They did so well on my case that at the end the opposing counsels clients asked if they could hire them for their next case!

Joel, Granada Hills