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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

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Practice areas


  1. Discrimination: 30%
    22 years
  2. Wrongful Termination: 30%
    22 years
  3. Employment: 30%
    22 years, 200 cases
  4. Sexual Harassment: 10%
    22 years



Hourly ($275-650/hour), contingent (25-45%), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

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  • Stephen R Jaffe

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    Stephen Jaffe Employment and labor Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Matthew A Kaufman

    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

Contact info

Law Office of Richard Vaznaugh

1388 Sutter Street, Suite 1000
San Francisco, CA, 94109


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2016
Certificate of MeritAIDS Legal Referral Panel2005
Best Program of the YearMcFetridge Inn of Court2002
Best Program of the YearMcFetridge Inn of Court2001
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalLaw Office of Richard Vaznaugh1997 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
California Employment Lawyers AssociationMember; Federal Rules Task Force2013 - Present
California Employment Lawyers AssociationMember; Legislative Committee2000 - Present
California Employment Lawyers AssociationNominating Committee for Board of DIrectors2009 - 2011
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Garcia v. EISBJudgment $928,000. Settled confidentially.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Hastings International and Comparative Law ReviewExtraterritorial Jurisdiction - NAFTA1994
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California, Hastings College of the LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1994
University of California - BerkeleyN/AOther - Bachelors1989
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
California Employment Lawyers Association Annual ConferenceHow Cultural Differences Affect Perceptions At Work and In Court2008