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I represent employees who've been wrongfully fired because the loss of income only one part of their damages.  When we introduce ourselves, we say things like, "Hi, I'm Joan.  I'm a lawyer" or "Hi, I'm Joe, I'm a carpenter."  Our jobs are part of our identity, so when an employer fires an employee, the employee's sense of self is also lost.




Practice areas


  1. Employment: 90%
  2. Civil Rights: 5%
  3. Mediation: 5%



Contingent (40%), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

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Contact info

Bay Area Employment Law Office

5032 Woodminster Lane
Oakland, CA, 94602-2614


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
NorCal SuperLawyer 2009SuperLawyers2009
NorCal SuperLawyer 2008SuperLawyers2008
NorCal SuperLawyer 2007SuperLawyers2007
NorCal SuperLawyer 2006SuperLawyers2006
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerBay Are Employment Law Office2013 - Present
Adminstrative Law JudgeOffice of Administrative Hearings2012 - 2012
Administrative Law JudgeFair Employment and Housing Commission2010 - 2012
Managing PartnerBay Area Employment Law Office1996 - 2010
Association namePosition nameDuration
California Employment Lawyers AssociationMember: Board Nominating Committee2014 - 2014
California Employment Lawyers AssociationWriter for VOICE2013 - Present
California Employment Lawyers AssociationMember2000 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Jadwin v County of KernUnanimous jury verdict on all counts, $500,000+
Cropsey v. Ensign Montgomery, LLC$257.510 for plaintiff; fees pending
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Publication nameTitleDate
American Lung SocietyDisability Discrimination Practice Guide2005
Public Health InstituteYour Right to a Smoke-Free Workplace2004
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Golden Gate University School of LawN/AJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Annual ConferenceDisability 1012014
California Regional ConferenceWhistleblower Retaliation2008
Disability Discrimination SeminarDeposing the HR Director2007
State Bar RoadshowWorkers with Disabilities and Illnesses2005
Annual ConferenceEnforcing a Smoke-Free Workplace2004
Annual ConferenceSexual Harassment2003