Quynh L. Nguyen

Quynh L. Nguyen

Oakland, California

Quynh Nguyen graduated as a double major from U.C. Berkeley in 1980 in English and Rhetoric. She attended Berkeley's Boalt Hall and earned a J.D.

After graduation, Quynh took a sabbatical from law and temporarily pursued other interests.  During that time, Quynh performed community work by serving on the Community Services Committee for the San Francisco Asian American Bar Association, the Board of the San Francisco Neighborhood Legal Assistance Foundation, and the Board of the Asian Law Caucus. For a time, she also participated in a pro bono legal clinic operated from San Francisco's Chinatown.

In the early 1990's, Quynh worked in the Southern Pacific legal department and was primarily assigned to defense-side discovery and motion work under the Federal Employers Liability Act (“FELA”).  She left the "darkside" in 1997 when she joined the law firm of Hildebrand, McLeod & Nelson, where she works today as an enlightened attorney representing deserving FELA plaintiffs. Quynh is a member of the State Bar in California and the Federal District Court in California for the Northern, Eastern, Southern and Central Districts.  Quynh's areas of practice include Civil Litigation; F.E.L.A.; and Railroad Law.

Quynh is also a member of ARLA, the Academy of Rail Labor Attorneys. ARLA is a professional association of attorneys representing injured railroad workers or their families. ARLA represents injured workers in their efforts to be compensated fairly for their injuries and promote rail safety and safe working conditions for all railroad employees. ARLA upholds the right to a jury trial for the injured worker and provides continuing legal education through seminars and other educational programs. ARLA also actively participates in protecting the rights of injured railroad workers and their families by participating in critical cases throughout the Courts of Appeal and United States Supreme Court.


Areas of Practice

  • FELA Injury Claims
  • Passenger Rail: Collisions & Accidents
  • Railroad Whistleblower & Retaliation

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1989
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California


  • University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, Berkeley, California
    • J.D.
  • University of California-Berkeley, Berkeley, California
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Major: English
    • Major: Rhetoric

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • ARLA (Academy of Rail Labor Attorneys), Member