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William Ira Corman

William Ira Corman

Practice areas:

Wrongful Termination, Employment & Labor, Discrimination, Sexual Harassment

About Me

I graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1973 and the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 1978.  Previously to helping found Bogatin, Corman & Gold in 1994, I was staff counsel
to the National Treasury Employees Union and subsequently staff counsel to the
California School Employees Association.  In 1992, I was honored as CSEA’s Employee of the Year for my representation of
public sector employee plaintiffs in litigation affecting the pension rights of
California public employees.  My current practice emphasizes the representation of individuals in all forms of employment and discrimination related matters.  I also work with non-profit and small business organizations in formulating personnel policies and handbooks.  I formerly served as a judicial arbitrator for
the Alameda County Superior Court and currently work as an advisor and
hearing officer in California merit system school district employee
disciplinary cases.  In 1996, I
was the legal advisor and editorial consultant for the publication California Assembly of Local Arts Agencies
Personnel Handbook
for California
.  In 2010, I co-authored
the publication California Employment Law
Issues in a Down Economy
.  (Aspatore Publications.)  That writing is now included in California Employment Issues in an Economic Downturn, (West Publications Group).  My interests include non-fiction reading and analysis, music and baseball.


Practice Areas

Licensed since 1979

  1. Wrongful Termination: 35%
    36 years, 500 cases
  2. Employment & Labor: 30%
    36 years, 500 cases
  3. Discrimination: 25%
    36 years, 250 cases
  4. Sexual Harassment: 10%
    36 years, 100 cases



Hourly ($350-450/hour), Contingent (35-40%), Free Consultation (30 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

2 total 

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  • David Nathan Iancu

    Based on Mr. Corman's many insightful responses and posts on avvo, I would recommend him to anyone in need of a lawyer practicing in his areas of practice. Mr. Corman demonstrates the highest level of legal knowledge and professionalism.


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    Relationship: Other

Contact Info

1330 Broadway.
Suite 800
Oakland, CA, 94612




Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Employee of the YearCalifornia School Employees Association1992


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Bay Area Community Law FoundatonCEO/President of the Board1997 - Present
San Francisco Neighborhood Legal Assistance FoundationBoard of Directors1985 - 2000
National Lawyers Guild (San Francisco chapter)Board Member1978 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Evenson et al. v. Verizon Wireless, Case No. BC 291600, Los Angeles Superior CourtA settlement for $7.5 million was reached in this action in November 2006.
Presley v. Carter Hawley Hale Profit Sharing Plan, Case No. C-97-04316 SC, Federal Court for the Northern District of California$36 million settlement for class.
Claypool v. Wilson (1992) 4 Cal.App.4th 646State Court of Appeal ruled in favor of State.

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Publication NameTitleDate
Aspatore PublicationsCalifornia Employment Law Issues in a Down Economy2010
West Group publicationCalifornia Employment Issues in an Economic Downturn2010
The Diamond AngleDejaVu All Over Again2001
California Assembly of Local Arts AgenciesCalifornia Assembly of Local Arts Agencies Personnel Handbook for California Nonprofits1996


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
UC Hastings COLLawJD - Juris Doctor1978
University of Wisconsin, MadisonHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1973

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
WebinarCurrent and Continuing Legal Issues in Public Education Employment Law2010
National Business Institute SeminarFundamental Issues in California Human Resources Law2002
State Bar of California, Labor and Employment Law Section Public Sector Labor & Employment ProgramFrom Negotiations to Arbitrations: Problems and Solutions.1999
Public Administrative ForumEEO Complaints Involving Disciplinary Actions:Unique Aspects of Proof.1987