Employment Law, 80%. Overwhelmingly represent plaintiffs in employment cases:
Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)
Compensation and Benefits
Equal Pay Act (EPA)
Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)
Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
Medical Condition Discrimination
Medical Condition Harassment Occupational Safety & Health Act (OSHA)
Older Workers Benefit Protection Act (OWBPA)
Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA)
Race Discrimination Racial Harassment
Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
Section 1981 of the Civil Rights Act of 1866
Sexual Orientation Discrimination
Sexual Orientation Harassment Termination & Wrongful Termination
Uniformed Services Employment & Reemployment Rights Act
Wage & Hour Laws
Worker Adjustment & Retraining Notification (WARN)
I also represent some employers in transactional matters, advising on policies, procedures, investigations and preventing lawsuits.
Of the non-employment cases, I mostly represent policyholders in disputes with their insurers.
Established in 1999, after I left Fireman's Fund Insurance Company. It is a solo practice in Berkeley.
Medical Condition Discrimination case in which an executive with cancer was terminated. Achieved a settlement.
Racial Harassment case, in which worker was fired after being called race-baiting names. Achieved a settlement.
2041 Bancroft Way
Berkeley CA 94704
No, but if I don't take the matter, I don't charge. If I do take the case the consultation fee, if any, is rolled into the total fee, or negated by a contingent fee arrangement.
$350 per hour
My hourly rate is $350 per hour. I will discount that, or take cases on a contingency or a hybrid because I realize that people who are terminated from employment cannot afford a straight fee.
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
I like employment law because I am interested in how people work. I find that as an employment attorney I am learning the basics of the jobs that everyone I represent does. One may re manufacture torque converters another may teach at a college. I can't think of anything more interesting than that.
I am in favor of it. I often point clients to reference works where they can learn about their situations and encourage them to go to small claims court, the Labor Commissioner, or the Department of Fair Employment and Housing.
I always review documents prepared by clients.
Sometimes it isn't a good idea to represent oneself. If I determine, after consulting with the client that their best remedy might be in small claims court or before the Labor Commissioner, I will coach them on how to present themselves and their case to maximum effect. As a small claims court judge pro tem, I have first hand knowledge of the capabilities and limitations of that forum.
Fireman's Fund Insurance Company, General Counsel's Office, doing Corporate Litigation including a large number of employment cases for 15 years.
I was a journalist for several years. I also find that involvement in my community and volunteer experience in the profession helps make me a better attorney.
The most important quality in an ideal client is complete honesty. I will not represent someone who I feel is being deceptive to me, the courts, or their opponents.Personal interests:
I like physical exercise, sports, swimming, books, and traveling.
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