The Law Office of N. William Metke

Bay Area Advocate for Your Workplace Rights

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Firm Overview

I founded my solo law practice in 2011. My firm specializes in the enforcement of civil rights in the workplace. I am an employment law litigator, representing plaintiffs in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Example cases

I have successfully represented disabled individuals whose employers failed to provide reasonable accommodation as required by law.

I have represented victims of sexual harassment in the workplace.

I have represented individuals whose jobs were wrongfully terminated after they spoke out against harassment.

I have represented individuals who experienced discrimination on the basis of age, race, national origin, gender, or disability.

Main Office

Main
One Sansome Street
Suite 3500
San Francisco  CA  94104

Phone
  • (415) 572-9556
Fax
  • (415) 520-9302

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

Yes. My clients are never charged for their initial consultation with me.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

My litigation practice operates primarily on a contingent-fee basis, meaning that my fee is a percentage of any judgment or settlement obtained on behalf of the client.

For non-litigation matters such as review of a severance agreement or employment contract, I typically assign a fixed fee depending on the anticipated scope of work.

I strive to ensure transparency in my billing arrangements and practices. My clients are encouraged to communicate with me directly whenever they have questions or concerns.

Hourly Rates

Any work performed by me on an hourly basis is billed at $375 per hour. This rate is reconsidered semi-annually.

Office Information

Office Hours

My regular hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. However, I often make myself available to clients outside of those hours when necessary.

Emergency After Hours

Yes

Languages Spoken

I am reasonably conversant in French.

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

Employment law is a fascinating and dynamic field. My clients come to me for assistance with a great variety of problems. From a manager's bullying, to needing time off for pregnancy, to collecting earned overtime wages, far too many things can go wrong in the workplace. But at the end of the day, every one of my clients is a hardworking individual who has been treated unfairly in their job. Advocating for my clients' rights is enormously satisfying.

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

Much of my work is spent helping individual workers to educate themselves about their basic rights. A well-informed employee is often his or her own best advocate in the workplace.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

A client's own written documentation of workplace wrongs can often be a useful and effective tool.

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

On occasion, I will provide advice to an individual who is negotiating informally with an employer. However, my practice is primarily focused on litigation. I do not provide coaching or advice to individuals representing themselves in litigation.

N. William Metke

Before launching my own firm, I practiced law for nearly ten years at four different Bay Area law firms. Nearly all of my practice has consisted of employment law litigation. I have successfully represented both plaintiffs and defendants in the California and Federal courts, before state administrative bodies, and in private arbitration.

In addition, my employment law practice is often informed by my own diverse professional background. Prior to becoming an attorney in 2002, I worked in a variety of fields including finance, education, retail commerce, and the arts.

Before becoming an attorney, my past work experience was unusually diverse. I have worked in professional, "white collar" fields such as investment banking and higher education. I have also performed manual labor, and have worked in retail stores and in restaurants, among other things.

My clients come from all walks of life, and from a great variety of jobs. I hope that the diversity of my working background helps me to connect with people in ways that are both meaningful and useful.

I value professional courtesy very highly. Litigation consists of doing battle with other attorneys, and I can certainly be tenacious and aggressive when necessary. My preference, however, is to be cordial in all situations. There is no legitimate place for bullies in the legal profession, or elsewhere.

Personal interests:

I spend as much time as possible with my family and friends. I'm passionate about music, art, and baseball. I see the Giants play as often as possible.

License
  • Bar Number: 223885
    California , 2002
Education
  • University of San Francisco School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 2002
    San Francisco, CA
    • Intensive Program in Trial Advocacy
    • Certification in Public Interest Law
    • Clerkships at Bay Area Legal Aid, Marin Legal Aid, and the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center
    • Public Interest Law Foundation grant recipient
    • Americorps participant
  • Nazareth College of Rochester
    Bachelor of Arts , 1985
    Rochester, NY

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