Kirby Fernando Cañon focuses his practice solely on protecting workers who are wrongfully terminated or experience harassment, discrimination, or retaliation. He is bilingual in English and Spanish. Mr. Cañon represents workers against large, private, and public employers in both state and federal courts.
Mr. Cañon is a member of the California Employment Lawyers Association ("CELA"), the National Employers Lawyers Association ("NELA") and the Fresno County Bar Association. In CELA, he is the Co-Chair of the Immigrant Employee Rights. He is also a member of the Legislative and Worker Outreach Committees. He attended UCLA after earning a full academic scholarship and holds a B.A. in Political Science and International Development Studies. He graduated with a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law with Outstanding Achievement for his Pro Bono work. During his time as a student at UCLA and UC Hastings, Mr. Cañon advocated for student rights, educational opportunity and access for low-income and traditionally underrepresented minorities. He focused his time as a student mentor for Students Heightening Academic Performance through Education; the Political Chair for the La Raza Law Students Association; a student representative for the Associated Students of Hastings and Staff and Community Outreach Editor for the Hastings Race and Poverty Law Journal. He also worked as a student clinician in the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies. He also clerked for the Honorable Maria Elena James, Chief Magistrate Judge, United States District Court, Northern District of California.
Mr. Cañon was named a Super Lawyer Rising Star since 2018. Each year no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.
Mr. Cañon is the proud son of a dedicated single-mother and was born in the beautiful San Andres Islas in Colombia. He came to United States in 1997. In his spare time, he is an avid soccer fan who enjoys cooking traditional dishes from around the world and keeping up with current events.
Areas Of Practice
- Wrongful Termination
- Mental and Physical Disabilities
- Medical Leaves
- First Amendment, 18 U.S.C. 1983
- Sexual Harassment
- USERRA / Military Leaves
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of California
- U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
- University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, California
- Inter-American Court of Human Rights
- University of California Los Angeles, UCLA
Honors and Awards
- Southern California Rising Stars, 2018, 2020
- Outstanding Achievement in Pro Bono, June 2010
- Bill Gates Millennium Scholar, June 2001 – June 2006
- Selected to Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2022
Professional Associations and Memberships
- California Employment Lawyers Association, Member
- CELA’s Immigrant Employment Rights Committee, Co-Chair
- National Employment Lawyers Association, Member