Aiman-Smith & Marcy

Aiman-Smith & Marcy

At Aiman-Smith & Marcy, all of our attorneys collaborate on every aspect of your case, providing a multi-dimensional perspective to each case that other law firms rarely provide.

Firm Overview

At Aiman-Smith & Marcy, all of our attorneys collaborate on every aspect of your case, providing a multi-dimensional perspective to each case that other law firms rarely provide. We take an approach that is unusual for most law firms: We view each case as a partnership between ourselves and you, the client. We have recovered millions of dollars for our clients over the past decade, including multi-million-dollar settlements in class actions and individual cases of discrimination and unfair treatment.

Main Office

Main Office
7677 Oakport St.
#1150
Oakland CA 94577

Phone

(510) 817-2711

Fax

(510) 817-2711

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

At Aiman-Smith & Marcy, we work on a contingent fee basis – that means you pay nothing and incur no expenses unless we achieve a recovery on your behalf.

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday - Friday 9 AM - 6 PM

Office Manager

Marilee Strong

Emergency After Hours

No

Languages Spoken

English and French

Wrongful Termination

We offer high-quality legal assistance for individuals and businesses who have been treated unjustly by large companies. We are an employment law firm in California that focuses solely on addressing the unethical behavior of large corporations, and w

Aiman-Smith & Marcy is a high-performance, boutique law firm committed to eradicating unethical business practices that large corporations too often inflict on employees, consumers, and businesses. Our practice is dedicated to upholding your rights.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

At Aiman-Smith & Marcy, all of our attorneys collaborate on every aspect of your case, providing a multi-dimensional perspective to each case that other law firms rarely provide. We take an approach that is unusual for most law firms: We view each case as a partnership between ourselves and you, the client. We have recovered millions of dollars for our clients over the past decade, including multi-million-dollar settlements in class actions and individual cases of discrimination and unfair treatment.

Brent Robinson

Aiman-Smith & Marcy

Law school turned out to be an excellent decision, as I learned through experience that one of my strengths is making nuanced legal arguments both in written briefs and oral arguments. I graduated in the top-twentieth percentile of my class, and my work during law school garnered awards that include the CALI Award for Excellence in Legal Ethics, and the California Academy of Appellate Lawyers Award for outstanding appellate advocacy.

I have focused my practice on fighting for employees’ civil rights in the workplace. I spent the first four years of my career primarily representing low-income workers from marginalized communities throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. In that role, I handled my clients’ cases from intake through to settlement or judgment, including by prevailing at trial and in overcoming dispositive motions. I also litigated many complex and novel legal questions such as whether the California Private Attorneys General Act is an unconstitutional encroachment by the Legislature into the Executive Branch’s law-enforcement prerogatives.

That wealth of experience in building clients’ cases from the ground up is the foundation for my work at Aiman-Smith & Marcy, where I serve our clients by litigating the complex and novel legal disputes that arise in their cases.

License

Bar Number: 289373
California,

Education

University of San Francisco School of Law
Juris Doctor, 2012

Carey James

Aiman-Smith & Marcy

I am admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in California and have been admitted to practice pro hac vice in Texas and Ohio. I began working at Aiman-Smith & Marcy in 2011. Recognizing my interest in securities law, in 2014 the firm sponsored a sabbatical for my LL.M (Master of Laws) degree in securities regulation from UCLA School of Law, where I was a Dean’s Fellow and graduated in the top 10% of my class. Securities cases and complex employment cases pose challenging legal issues. I relish this complexity and especially enjoy using my advanced legal understanding to determine the best way to approach a case and achieve the greatest possible recovery for the firm’s clients.

License

Bar Number: 269270
California,

Education

UCLA School of Law
LL.M., 2014

Hastings College of the Law, University of California
Juris Doctor, 2009

Hallie Von Rock

Aiman-Smith & Marcy

I have 14 years of experience in civil litigation and class action cases, including conducting discovery and depositions, calculating damages analysis, preparing motions for certification, writing appellate documents, and overseeing claims administration. We have handled several class actions against retailers where plaintiffs claimed they were forced to purchase clothing to wear to work and were not compensated for these purchases, including against Abercrombie & Fitch, Hugo Boss, Armani Exchange, Uniqlo, Dollar Tree, and Ross. Recently, I was trial counsel in a defamation claim against Bank of America on behalf of a former employee who claimed the Bank blacklisted her with future employers. The jury found Bank of America liable, including for punitive damages.

License

Bar Number: 233152
California,

Education

Hastings College of the Law, University of California,
Juris Doctor, 2004

Joseph Clapp

Aiman-Smith & Marcy

After graduating from law school and getting my license in 1981, I began my career with the trial firm of Herron & Herron, and I continued practicing with that firm, happily, for decades. During that time, I litigated all aspects of the employment relationship. My cases included wrongful or discriminatory discharges, the failure to pay wages due (e.g., overtime, prevailing wages), substandard working conditions (e.g., meal and rest periods), and the failure to pay earned pensions (ERISA). I have litigated scores, if not hundreds, of individual cases, and I have litigated numerous class actions as the lead class counsel. As a result, I am comfortable litigating in arbitrations, state trial courts, state appellate courts, federal trial courts, and federal appellate courts. I have tried numerous cases to jury verdict, and I have prosecuted or defended numerous appeals. See, e.g., George v. California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board (2009) 179 Cal.App.4th 1475 (public employee’s retaliation lawsuit survives claim and issue preclusion defenses) and Walker v. Berkeley Housing Authority, 951 F.2d 182 (9th Cir. 1991) (biased decision-maker violates public employee’s Due Process rights).

I have won many, many cases, but I have also lost cases that will leave me scarred for life. As a result, I choose my cases very carefully. In 2012, I was fortunate to meet Randall, and Reed, and Hallie, who are all kindred spirits, and they offered to employ me as “of counsel” to their law firm. This opportunity has afforded me the luxury of being able to represent those, and only those, whose causes I believe in and whose characters I admire. I feel honored to represent these clients as zealously as I possibly can.

License

Bar Number: 99194
California,

Randall Aiman-Smith

Aiman-Smith & Marcy

I have been an attorney for 30 years. I have devoted my practice exclusively to representing employees, consumers, and investors in the state and federal trial courts and courts of appeal. I relish going to court for my clients and I have tried many jury cases in the state and federal courts.

Examples? In 2010, I was the lead attorney, along with the other attorneys in the firm, in Williams v. Union Pacific Railroad where, after four years of preparation, the firm obtained a jury verdict of $1,670,000 for an African-American female employee. In Rivero v. Surdyka, I was lead trial and appellate counsel in a civil rights case that lasted 15 years, including a full trial and three appeals to the Ninth Circuit, finally concluding in a judgment for plaintiffs of over $2,300,000. These cases illustrate the firm’s motto: commitment – results. You have to commit to a case, sometimes over a very long time, to get the result the client deserves.

We don’t always win in the trial court. When that happens, commitment means taking the case to the next level and appealing it. In the Rivero case, above, that’s what happened: the court dismissed the case – we had lost – but we appealed and achieved a victory for our clients which we kept through two more appeals. Since then, the firm has had many appellate victories that vindicate the rights of employees and consumers.

Over the years I have been counsel for plaintiffs in numerous individual cases and class actions. It may sound corny, or hard to believe, but after all this time, and after all the great experiences I have had, my favorite part of being a lawyer is when I get to give my client a check.

License

Bar Number: 124599
California,

Education

Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley
Juris Doctor, 1986

Reed Marcy

Aiman-Smith & Marcy

In 1994, I decided to attend law school at UC Hastings in San Francisco in 1994. This turned out to be the right decision. My first-year legal writing instructor was Randall Aiman-Smith. We hit it off immediately and we have been working together for the causes we believe in ever since.

I started working for Randall on a whistleblower retaliation case against the City and County of San Francisco. It turned out that case would last fifteen years. Our first class action case was filed in 1998; it is still ongoing today. That is a measure of our commitment.
I worked with Randall during my law school years, and upon graduation, became a full-time associate and later partner at McPhee & Aiman-Smith. We spent a lot of time thinking about our role in the legal work-place, what it meant to be an advocate, how the system worked to favor the interests of the powerful, how we might redefine our roles in order to more forcefully advocate for our clients.

Randall and I, along with Hallie Von Rock, formed Aiman-Smith & Marcy in 2006. Our shared vision for the firm has always been to provide the highest-caliber legal services possible by maintaining intellectual honesty, refusing to cut corners, and always putting the client’s interest first. This yields, we believe, the highest-quality written and oral advocacy possible. We want our clients to feel that they have the smartest, hardest-working, and most honest lawyers they could find. We maintain an unusually small case load so that we can focus intently on each client’s case and avoid stretching ourselves thin. We typically spend thousands of hours on a given case, and are always prepared to take each case through trial and appeal.

Over the years, my practice has come to focus primarily on two broad areas: individual workplace discrimination and wrongful termination – including sex discrimination, sex harassment, race discrimination, and retaliation – and class actions for unpaid wages – including failure to pay overtime, misclassification of employees as exempt or as independent contractors, failure to provide meal and rest breaks, and failure to reimburse expenses, such as uniforms. The firm’s no-compromise, never-quit approach has resulted in a number of cases having to go up on appeal (sometimes more than once), including two landmark wage and hour published opinions.

License

Bar Number: 191531
California,

Education

University of California, Hastings College of Law
Juris Doctor, 1997

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