Burton Employment Law

Firm Overview

Burton Employment Law is a San Francisco Bay Area law firm which provides employment counseling and litigation services. Whether the issue is sexual harassment, overtime, wrongful termination, discrimination or a severance agreement, Burton Employment Law can help you. Burton Employment Law provides legal services to clients in all bay area cities and counties including San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, Solano, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Marin, Fremont, Hayward, Oakland, Antioch, Pittsburg, Richmond, San Jose, Vallejo and Palo Alto.

Example cases

I am currently handling a wage and hour matter against a local restaurant.

I am currently handling a wrongful termination case (age, disability and retaliation for filing a workers' compensation claim) on behalf of client who was terminated after working for the defendant for 32 years.

Main Office
1939 Harrison Street
Suite 924
Oakland  CA  94612
  • (510) 350-7025
  • (510) 473-3672


Free Initial Consultation?
No. I charge $250 for an initial consultation.
Services Offered For Fixed Fees?
Hourly Rates
Varies, depending upon the case.

Office Information

Office Hours
Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Emergency After Hours

Is your firm willing to help a client with one discrete part of a case, without taking on the whole case?

In limited circumstances.

What are your policies about dividing work within the firm to make the process most cost-effective for the client?

Although work may be divided among other attorneys and support staff, I take a hands on approach to all of the cases.

How frequently does your firm use mediation, arbitration, or collaborative law to resolve cases?

Nationwide, approximately 2-3 % of civil disputes actually go to trial. The remaining 97-98% are usually settled via mediation, arbitration or independently by the parties. Many employers require employees to sign agreements dictating that all disputes must be arbitrated. When an employee has signed such an agreement, the dispute will be arbitrated unless the agreement is unconscionable. Most cases that don't involve arbitration agreements are usually mediated, either before the EEOC or in court sponsored mediations.

Does your firm provide pro bono legal services or otherwise participate in your community?

I volunteer at the Workers' Rights Clinic of the The Legal Aid Society of San Francisco, Employment Law Center.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

I have litigated cases for both employees and employers. Therefore, I can anticipate issues early in the cases and I can be honest with you about what to expect and the real strengths and weaknesses of your claims. In addition, I have litigated in both state courts and federal courts and I am comfortable in both venues. Further, I have handled cases involving both public and private employees.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

I believe that clients should educate themselves about legal issues. On my website, I have posted links to several resources that potential clients can use to obtain information about employment law. Unfortunately in employment law, people often believe that have been wrongfully terminated or harassed and they don't realize that those terms may have a more narrow meaning when they seek legal recourse. To the extent that potential clients seek information in advance, they will have a better idea of the strengths and weaknesses of their claims.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?


Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

In limited circumstances.

Jocelyn Burton

Burton Employment Law was established in January 2011. Although the office is located in Oakland, CA, I represent clients throughout the Bay Area.

Although work may be divided among other attorneys and support staff, I take a hands on approach to all of the cases.

  • Bar Number: 135879
    California , 1988

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