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George Samuel Cleaver

Employment and labor Attorney at Los Angeles, CA

5.0   13 reviews

also known as Sam, Cleaver

  • Licensed for 17 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2006
    Active No misconduct found

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About George

Learn George’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Employment and labor
    I represent clients, who have not been paid for all hours worked, haven't received overtime, were paid their final wages late or not at all, were misclassified as independent contractors or have suffered other Labor Code violations.

    17 years

  2. Class action
    Employees have the right to be paid for ALL time they work. When a company takes small amounts of money or time from employees, a class action is often the best way to compensate workers for stolen wages and time.

    17 years

  3. Wrongful termination
    I represent clients who have been illegally fired for any reason including discrimination, whistleblowing, and just asking to get paid correctly.

    17 years

  4. Discrimination
    I represent clients who have suffered illegal discrimination or harassment because of their disability, gender, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, military or veteran status or other protected category.

    17 years

Sam Cleaver represents California employees in all aspects of employment law including, wrongful termination, discrimination and unpaid wages. Mr. Cleaver has tried multiple cases to verdict in state and federal court. Most recently he won a $6 million plus verdict on behalf of a group of employees forced to undergo off the clock security checks before leaving work for meal periods. Mr. Cleaver has also secured multiple seven figure and high six figure settlements in class actions and on behalf of individual clients.


Mr. Cleaver graduated from the University of Southern California Law School in 2006. Before attending law school, Mr. Cleaver worked as an ESL teacher in the Los Angeles County Unified School District. Mr. Cleaver has been voted a Super Lawyer by his peers in 2018 and 2019.


Law Offices of G. Samuel Cleaver
5670 Wilshire Blvd., 18th Floor
Los Angeles, CA, 90036
George Samuel Cleaver
11801 Pierce Str
Suite 200
Riverside, CA, 92505
George Samuel Cleaver
300 East Esplanade Drive, 9th Floor
Oxnard, CA, 93036
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Posted by Matt | December 8, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I would like to thank Mr. Cleaver for the genuine care and attention to my case. He took me in from the jump and exceeded my expectations as an attorney in getting me the outcome that I wanted. I would time and time again recommend Mr. Cleaver as i felt like he spent as much time on my case and fighting for me as he would a major case. That right there is the true difference maker! He gives you great work ethic as an attorney and even better results! A true honest individual, who believes in morals. Thanks again!
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Posted by anonymous | February 23, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Caring and Thorough
We are just in the consultation phase as he is digging into my material to see if there is a worthwhile case. However, I will say that he is the only attorney that responded to my inquiry. He was prompt with an email and a follow up phone call. He has been attentive through various follow up emails and texts. He appears to be knowledgeable and is asking a lot of questions to help him determine the best route for me. Regardless of which direction we decide to pursue I will say that I am very happy with his work ethic and his sincere concern up to now. I recommend him for labor dispute inquiries.
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Posted by Joel | January 12, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer and a good man
Mr Cleaver helped me when no one else would. If you need someone to stand up for you give him a call. He is a great lawyer and a good man
Posted by Stephane | February 2, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Top notch attorney !!!
Sam was referred to me by a lawyer friend of mine; well let me let you know that it was the best referral and advice my friend gave me to deal with my employer. Sam was very helpful , professional, easy to deal with but most important was able to achieve strong financial results for my case. He was straight forward on what the outcome could be and was in constant communication with me either by phone or email (very prompt on responding to my needs ). I am so glad I hired Sam . Thank you for your work !
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Posted by anonymous | November 30, 2016
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| Consulted Attorney
Mr. Cleaver (attorney)
I spoke with Mr cleaver on the phone regarding workplace harassment. He took the time and was very helpful talking to me. I would highly recommend this attorney.
Posted by Kimberly | October 3, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Very Competent and Personable
I have worked with Sam Cleaver for over 2 years on my lawsuit against a very despicable employer and he made the whole process very easy and "painless". I suffer from a anxiety disorder and suing someone was the last thing I ever saw myself do. But I felt very strongly that I had been treated illegally as well as less than a human because I was a women and choose to stand up for myself against intolerable treatment by a very unethical person. Sam guided me through the legal process with ease and a kind heart. I would recommend Sam and utilize his services should the need arise in the future!!!
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Posted by Jennifer | May 24, 2016
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Great legal advice from someone who really cares!
I was looking for an attorney to help me review my options after I was wrongfully terminated by my employer. Sam took my call right away, he spent several hours on the phone with me listening and asking questions. I could tell he really cared, which was really important. He gave me honest and realistic advice and helped me determine the appropriate course of action based on my uniques circumstances. I cannot recommend him enough! What a great guy! 5 stars for sure. Thank you Sam!
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Posted by Meesha | May 29, 2015
Very Optimistic
Wow...Don't know we're to start. Mr. Cleaver is the definition of a Attorney. Sam is very bright, dedicated, hopeful & positive. One thing I loved, I never felt like a client, because we was treated with attention & importance.. Thanks Sam Ur The Best!
Posted by Joe | February 8, 2015
Great Guy and Amazing Attorney
Sam is the absolute best. He handled a wage and hour case for me and got great results. Not only that, but I can tell he's one of those rare lawyers who is honest and really cares about his clients. I cannot recommend him highly enough. You'll have an arduous advocate and a friend if you have him handle your case or employment issues.
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Posted by Canizales Family | December 29, 2014
Your rights, your last attorney!
Mr Cleaver is by far the most comprehensive labor law attorney you can find. Not only is his professionalism praised, but his compassionate dedication brings you a sense of relief. I know for a fact whether my case was successfull or not, I can honestly say he placed every effort possible and reached and beyond every possible aspects to fight in the name of your rights. His sincerity has brought me and my family a very positive outcome. I've never experienced such service as if personally my case was his only one. You will agree as soon you experience it for yourself and mark my words, that that call from him in the late evening will be your guarantee that his services are working overtime for you! I intend to hire him again as I agree that Mr Sam Cleaver is my last labor attorney that I'll need included other resourceful legal avenues that can be obtain through his firm. Thank you Sam, from the bottom of my heart and my family to you and yours as well.
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Posted by Jessica | December 11, 2014
Excellent Attorney
If you are looking for a top notch, reputable, diligent, attorney that works hard on your case, hire Sam Cleaver. I was working with a law firm that was getting no where on my case until Sam Cleaver took it over. To be completely honest, Sam did more for me in 6 months, (including settling my case) than my other attorney did in 2 years. I highly recommend Sam to anyone looking for an exceptional, honest attorney. Jessica F.
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Posted by anonymous | April 22, 2014
Thank You Sam
I couldn't see a way out at the time. After speaking with Sam, he really put my mind at ease. I took his advice, and it turned out to be very useful. He worked diligently on my behalf, got a handle on the situation for me, and walked me through the entire process. Absolutely no games, Just Results. I'm so glad I called.
Posted by Travis | April 16, 2014
Highly recommending Sam.
Sam is a wonderful attorney who is clearly on your side whether he takes your case or not. He was of the utmost help in directing and advising me on my legal matter. If you happen to be considering Sam as your attorney, stop looking and hire him now. -Travis
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Offices of G. Samuel Cleaver
  • 2013 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • 2006 - 2013
  • Intern
  • U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • 2004 - 2004
  • ESL Instructor
  • Los Angeles Unified School District
  • 1998 - 2003
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  • University of Southern California Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2006
  • University of Virginia
  • MFA - Master of Fine Arts
  • 1997
  • University of Virginia
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1988


  • National Employment Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • California Employment Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
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  • Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • Make Room for Mommy
  • 2009
  • H.R. Advisor
  • Conducting Sexual Harassment Investigations
  • 2007

Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (5)
Endorse George
Employment and labor Attorney | Sep 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Sam on several cases over the years. He is an excellent and dedicated attorney."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jul 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I know Sam to be a skilled attorney who is determined and driven in his prosecution of cases for his clients. I strongly recommend him."
Employment and labor Attorney | Sep 12
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Mar 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. We've been colleagues for many years, and I've known him to be ethical, aggressive, and to know the law inside and out. I would hire him in a heartbeat."
Employment and labor Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Co-worker
"I've worked with Sam on many matters. He is a top-notch employment attorney. Sam is hard working, highly experienced, and responsive to all client needs. I recommend Sam without reservation."
Employment and labor Attorney | Mar 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Sam will take the time to listen to his clients and will find the best solution to their legal problems."
Employment and labor Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Friend
"George Samuel Cleaver is a great attorney and great guy. He is extremely knowledgeable and well credentialed in employment law. He is also very compassionate and driven. He is the type of attorney who will make you feel comfortable and he will stop at nothing to get his clients the best recovery possible. I cannot recommend him highly enough."
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