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Primarily advising and representing clients in employment matters, and representing businesses in commercial disputes.


Previously, management employment lawyer representing public and private sector clients, for fourteen years.


Tribunals appeared in include state and federal trial and appellate courts, arbitrations, meditations, State Personnel Board, California Labor Commissioner, U.S. Department of Labor, EEOC, and California Department of Fair Employment and Housing. 


Substantive matters handled include representing employees in wage and hour class actions, involving meal period laws, overtime pay, unreimbursed expenses and other issues, negotiating severance agreements and representation regarding statutory discrimination, wrongful terminations, lay offs, transfers, promotions, wage discrepancies, denial of bonuses, suspensions and other disciplinary actions.



Practice areas


  1. Employment & Labor: 75%
  2. Litigation: 25%


Payment types:

Check, Credit card

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  • Aryeh Leichter

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    Aryeh Leichter Wrongful Termination Attorney
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  • John Scott Isherwood

    Pat is a very experienced and respected attorney in the East Bay. I have known her for several years. She has a deep understanding of legal issues and is perceptive in her analyses. She has my endorsement.


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Contact info

Law Offices of Sohnen & Kelly

2 Theatre Square
Suite 230
Orinda, CA, 94563


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyLaw Offices of Sohnen & Kelly1996 - Present
AttorneyCorbett & Kane1986 - 1996
AttorneyVan Voorhis & Skaggs1984 - 1985
AttorneyLittler Mendelson Fastiff Tichy & Mathiason1981 - 1984
Association namePosition nameDuration
Robert G. McGrath American Inn of CourtBoard Member2010 - Present
Contra Costa LawyerMember, Editorial Board2009 - Present
Robert G. McGrath American Inn of CourtMaster2007 - Present
Contra Costa County Bar Association Women's SectionPresident2005 - 2005
California Employment Lawyers AssociationMember2005 - Present
Contra Costa County Bar Association Women's SectionBoard of Director2001 - Present
Contra Costa County Bar Association, Employment SectionMember1995 - Present
Queen's Bench Bar AssociationBoard of Directors1992 - 1995
Publication nameTitleDate
Contra Costa LawyerThe Difference Between Representing Employees and Employers2005
Queen's Bench Bar AssociationAll in a Day's Work1994
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Stanford Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1981
University of Illinois, Urbana-ChampaignPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1978
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Television ProgramOn the Record2000
Women in the Law ConferenceWomen in the Law1995