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Yecenia Vargas


Orange County

t: (949) 223-1170

d: (949) 250-5437


Yecenia Vargas is an associate in the Irvine office. Ms. Vargas assists the firm with a broad range of legal matters, focusing her practice on labor & employment, code enforcement, contracts, litigation, and water. Ms. Vargas represents and advises various cities and special districts.

While attending law school, Ms. Vargas gained broad legal experience working a variety of externships. She served as an extern for the Orange County District Attorney's Office, and also externed with an employment litigation firm and a finance corporation's in-house legal department. During law school, Ms. Vargas also competed as a member of Chapman's Alternate Dispute Resolution Team, served as Treasurer of the Chapman Women Lawyers Association, and a served as a mentor in the First Generation Scholars Program.

• Assistant City Attorney, Perris

• Assistant City Attorney, Cypress

• Assistant General Counsel, Palmdale Water District

• State Bar of California

• U.S. District Court, Central District

• Hispanic National Bar Association Vision-in-Action Scholar

• Chapman Law Excellence Awards in Client Counseling and Negotiations

• CALI Awards in Trial Practice and Practice Foundation Transactions

  • Orange County City Attorneys Association June 2022 Monthly Meeting – “Telecommuting Agreements, Records Retention, COVID-19 and More: Hot Labor & Employment Issues You Should Know”
  • 2022 CALPELRA Annual Conference – “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger: Best Practices for Employee Performance and Minimizing Liability When Letting Employees Go”
  • 2022 CALPELRA Annual Conference -- “Every Breath You Take: What You Should Know About Employee Surveillance”
  • 2023 League of California Cities Spring City Attorneys Conference – “DEIB, Microaggressions, and Decentering: A Path to Cultural Shift in Organizations”

• Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law, JD, 2020

• Chapman University, BA & BS, 2016