After my first year in law school, I clerked for an employment lawyer and worked intensively on a pregnancy discrimination case for a terminated factory worker. That was more than 20 years ago and ever since I have focused my practice on representing workers from executives to rank and file in claims against their employers.
I maintain a limited case load to make sure each case gets the attention it deserves and I am highly specialized, so you can be sure you have the right lawyer to take on your civil employment dispute for settlement or trial. I try to make a real and positive difference for each client by honest advice and throwing myself vigorously on your side.
Although my family in the Bay Area goes back four generations, I was born in Brussels, Belgium. My father is a San Francisco native who grew up in a family of union workers in Daly City. He graduated from Lick-Wilmerding High School and the University of California, Berkeley before joining the U.S. State Department. As a result of my father's diplomatic career, I traveled frequently as a child and lived in several countries.
On the hand, my mother immigrated from Buenos Aires, Argentina in her twenties. Her father was a lawyer and professor of maritime law. His example inspired me to law from an early age and to keep up my Spanish skills.
At 18, I returned to the Bay Area to attend the University of California, Berkeley and then, UC Hastings College of the Law.
When not at work or in court, I spend most of my free time with my wife and kids. I have managed several soccer teams at Claire Lilienthal public elementary school in San Francisco. And, I also enjoy bicycling, politics, restaurants, and travel (but only for vacation).
Languages spoken: Spanish
Hourly ($275-650/hour), contingent (25-45%), Free consultation (30 minutes)
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I have known Richard for well over a decade. We confer with each other about cases, and I have referred him clients. I have seen him at meetings for the California Employment Lawyer Association, and in 2011, we co-counseled a 3 day arbitration for the same client. Having seen his work up close and from afar, I believe Richard is an excellent lawyer of high integrity and thus I endorse him.
Matthew Kaufman Employment and labor Attorney
Relationship: Worked together on matter
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2016|
|Certificate of Merit||AIDS Legal Referral Panel||2005|
|Best Program of the Year||McFetridge Inn of Court||2002|
|Best Program of the Year||McFetridge Inn of Court||2001|
|Principal||Law Office of Richard Vaznaugh||1997 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|California Employment Lawyers Association||Member; Federal Rules Task Force||2013 - Present|
|California Employment Lawyers Association||Member; Legislative Committee||2000 - Present|
|California Employment Lawyers Association||Nominating Committee for Board of DIrectors||2009 - 2011|
|Garcia v. EISB||Judgment $928,000. Settled confidentially.|
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|Hastings International and Comparative Law Review||Extraterritorial Jurisdiction - NAFTA||1994|
|University of California, Hastings College of the Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1994|
|University of California - Berkeley||N/A||Other - Bachelors||1989|
|California Employment Lawyers Association Annual Conference||How Cultural Differences Affect Perceptions At Work and In Court||2008|