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Alexei Kuchinsky

Employment and labor Attorney at San Francisco, CA

5.0   2 reviews
  • Licensed for 12 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2011
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About Alexei

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Practice area
  1. Employment and labor
    A substantial part of his practice is focused on employment law, including minimum wage and overtime claims, wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment and retaliation. Mr. Kuchinsky represents both employees and employers.

Alexei Kuchinsky is an attorney who specializes in Employment Law. The Kuchinsky Law Office represents both employees and employers providing counsel and litigation services. Mr. Kuchinsky is committed to representing employees of all professions, in all industries, and at different employment levels. He has the knowledge, skills, and experience to take on employers of different sizes. Whether it is a small local business or a national corporation, he has a proven track record of getting employees the fairness they deserve.

Resolution of Employment Disputes in Court
Mr. Kuchinsky works closely with clients to develop an effective legal strategy that meets each client’s goal and budget. Mr. Kuchinsky’s litigation work includes the initial client interview, investigation, legal research, discovery, motions, hearings, alternative dispute resolutions, and trial. Mr. Kuchinsky is dedicated to providing superior legal representation services.

Employment Compliance and Counseling
In addition to litigation, Mr. Kuchinsky regularly counsels San Francisco employers on a variety of employment law issues such as reductions in force, severance settlements, employee handbooks, personnel policies, and internal investigations. Mr. Kuchinsky provides employers with comprehensive compliance solutions designed to identify and address employment law problems before a lawsuit or administrative claim is filed, ensuring employers maintain maximum flexibility to resolve issues without disruption to business operations.

Throughout his carrier, Mr. Kuchinsky has handled over one hundred and fifty employment cases, including multi-plaintiff, class, and representative actions. His knowledge of the applicable wage-and-hour laws is evidenced by his representation of thousands of employees, as well as numerous employers, in litigation in California and federal courts.

For example, Mr. Kuchinsky has been appointed and finally approved as class and PAGA counsel in the following cases:

Mobile Examiners vs. National Health Company, No. 17CVxxxxxx (Cal. Super. Ct., Cty. of Santa Clara, Jan. 2020) (a Class and PAGA action on behalf of 454 mobile examiners for failure to pay wages);

Military Role Players v. Government Contractor, 3:18-cv-xxxxx (S.D. Cal. Aug. 20, 2019) (class counsel in a collective FLSA and class action on behalf of 450 employees for failure to pay wages);

Military Role Players v. Government Contractors and Subcontractor, No. 5:14-CV-xxxxx (C.D. Cal. Aug. 22, 2017) (class counsel in a class action on behalf of 1,930 employees for failure to pay wages);

Military Role Players v. Government Contractor, No. 5:16-cv-xxxxx, (C.D. Cal. Oct. 12, 2017) (class counsel in a collective FLSA and class action for failure to pay wages on behalf of 190 employees);

Mobile Examiner v. National Health Company, No. RGxxxxxxxx (Cal. Super. Ct., Cty. of Alameda, Feb. 2018) (a representative PAGA action on behalf of 100 mobile examiners for failure to pay wages);

Deliver Driver v. National Online Retailer, No. RGxxxxxxxx (Cal. Super. Ct., Cty. of Alameda, May 2018) (a representative PAGA action on behalf of 64 delivery drivers for failure to pay wages); and

Front-of-House Employee v. SF Restaurant, No. CGC-14-xxxxxx (Cal. Super. Ct., Cty. of San Francisco, July 2015) (a representative PAGA action on behalf of 180 restaurant workers).

Mr. Kuchinsky’s litigation experience extends to trials. He has successfully prosecuted and defended the following employment cases:

Massage Therapist v. SF Massage Salon, CGC-16-xxxxxx, (Cal. Super. Ct., Cty. of San Francisco, Feb. 2014). Obtained a judgment through a bench trial in favor of his client massage therapist against all defendants, including one corporate and two individual defendants. The Court found that the defendants unlawfully misclassified Mr. Kuchinsky’s client as an independent contractor and unlawfully terminated her for complaining about Defendant’s unlawful deductions. The Court also found that the defendants failed to pay her overtime, premiums for missed meal and rest periods, and failed to provide accurate wage statements. When Defendants filed an appeal, Mr. Kuchinsky obtained a dismissal of the defendants’ appeal as untimely.

Plumber v. SF Plumbing Company. CGC-12-xxxxxx, (Cal. Super. Ct., Cty. of San Francisco, Feb. 2014). Obtained a judgment through a bench trial in favor of an individual defendant, who was sued personally for the Labor Code violations committed by the corporation he owned and operated. This was a wage-and-hour trial and Mr. Kuchinsky was a second chair counsel. The plaintiff claimed that he was owed unpaid overtime, the minimum wage for standby time, premiums for missed meal and rest breaks, and other related statutory penalties. The court found that despite the corporation was wholly owned and managed by the individual defendant, the employee failed to prove that the individual was an “employer” under California law; (2) that he was an alter ego of the corporation; or that (3) he was liable under “the common law theory of active participation for his own tortious conduct.

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Kuchinsky Law Office
220 Montgomery Street, Suite 2100
San Francisco, CA, 94104


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Posted by anonymous | March 11, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
******6 stars for Alexei!
I was very happy working with Alexei on a case a few years ago. He was extremely knowledgeable and thorough on the labor code. He knew about things I hadn't even heard of. I've consulted with him many times afterwards on possible workplace violations. He explained the labor law in detail and whether it applied to my inquiry. He was thorough and concise In addition to knowing employment law inside and out, Alexei is also personable. I always felt comfortable talking to him. I can't recommend Alexei enough for anyone needing an employment lawyer.
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Posted by Jennifer | November 2, 2013
Incredibly impressive attorney
I own a restaurant and called Mr. Kuchinsky to be sure we were in compliance with labor laws for our staff. He spoke with me for 10-15 minutes on the phone thoughtfully answering all the questions I had and put my worries to rest that, in fact, we were in full compliance. I asked him at the end of the conversation if he could please bill me for his time and he said that wasn't necessary, he was happy to help and that he hopes he doesn't hear back from me in the future needing legal assistance. I was incredibly impressed by his knowledge and kindness. Should we need any legal help in the future, he will be the first person I contact!
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Work Experience

  • Law Clerk
  • Waters & Kraus, LLP
  • 2010 - 2010
  • Law Clerk
  • Law Offices of Ellyn Moscowitz
  • 2009 - 2009
  • Legal Extern
  • San Francisco Superior Court Law & Motion
  • 2006 - 2006
  • Volunteer
  • San Francisco Superior Court - ACCESS
  • 2006 - 2006
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  • UC Davis SOL King Hall
  • N/A
  • San Francisco State Unv
  • N/A


  • State Bar of California, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • 2011 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • 2011 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • Russian

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
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  • 2023
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2022
  • Rising Star
  • California Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Rising Star
  • "Superlawyers"
  • 2020
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2015
  • Public Interest Certificate
  • UC Davis School of Law
  • 2011
  • Witkin Award for Academic Exellellence
  • Witkin Legal Institute
  • 2011
  • Moot Court Board - Board Member
  • UC Davis School of Law
  • 2010
  • Committee Member
  • UC Davis Asylum & Refugee Law National Moot Court Competition
  • 2010
  • Top Oralist Award
  • UC Davis School of Law - Moot Court
  • 2009
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (6)
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Employment and labor Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Alexei is one of my go-to-attorneys for any employment-related issues that I identify in my work comp cases. He is responsive, he listens, and he is an excellent attorney. I absolutely recommend Alexei as an attorney."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Alexei Kuchinsky is a great attorney with solid reputation in the community. Natalia Malyshkina"
Unknown Attorney | Dec 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Alexei is an extremely knowledgeable attorney and a man of true integrity. My professional experience with Alexei has always been very pleasant. I feel extremely comfortable referring my clients to Alexei for all employment-related matters."
Employment and labor Attorney | Dec 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend Alexei. He is an excellent attorney, who truly cares about his clients and doing great work. He's my go to person when it comes to tough wage and hour questions!"
Unknown Attorney | Nov 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Alexei is an intelligent and dedicated attorney. He is well spoken and hard working."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Alexei is a smart and talented attorney who impresses with creative and practical approaches in litigating his cases. He is truly passionate about his work and I received a highly positive feedback about Alexei's professional work from his clients in employment law cases. I personally received a top quality legal advice from him that was both effective and practical. I highly recommend Alexei as an employment law attorney."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jul 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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