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Maria Cristina Molteni

Employment and labor Attorney at San Francisco, CA

5.0   11 reviews

also known as Cristina Molteni

  • Licensed for 17 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2006
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Cristina focuses her practice on representing clients in employment and international employment law matters—including litigating wage and hour claims, class action employment cases, wrongful termination, harassment, retaliation, and discrimination law— and providing advice on prevailing wage and public works law, severance agreements, employee privacy, and workplace issues. Cristina conducts training seminars and presentations in Spanish and Portuguese on a broad range of employment law topics.

Cristina has worked in the labor and employment law fields since the early days of her legal career. Before moving to California, she was a law clerk in the National Labor Court in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and a tenured professor of Labor and Employment Law and Private International Law in Universidade Cândido Mendes, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Before starting her firm, Cristina worked in other labor and employment firms in the San Francisco Bay Area, handling numerous wage and hour class action cases and securing millions of dollars in settlements as well as injunctive relief for workers in California.

In her free time, Cristina enjoys taking long walks with her family, discussing books with her school-age kids, and planning her next vacation. She also likes to compete in conformation shows with her family dog.


Molteni Employment Law
100 Pine Street
Suite 1250
San Francisco, CA, 94111

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Posted by Edson | May 17, 2024
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Professional, Responsive, Dedicated.
Cristina represented me and several former co-workers against our employer, who was not paying us our correct wages. She was diligent and persistent and stayed in contact with me throughout they very lengthy process. I was delighted with the results. I highly recommend her.
Posted by Shankar | February 23, 2023
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You have a winner in Cristina!
I have never seen any lawyer, ler alone someone in another profession, as dedicated and persevering as Cristina. Her knowledge of the employment/labor laws is commendable, and often I thought she was educating her counterpart.
Posted by Jorge | July 16, 2022
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Honest and Dedicated
Maria Cristina Molteni have an impeccable compromise and professional knowledge of employment Law. I am so greatful for the impressive advice was given. Mrs Molteni, is an authentic and highly qualified Lawyer.
Posted by Sarah | September 4, 2021
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A melhor employment lawyer
Maria Cristina foi sem dúvida, a melhor advogada da área com quem trabalhei. Excelente profissional, foi dedicada e cuidadosa comigo e com a situação, me auxiliou em cada etapa que passei na causa, e foi muito eficiente. Desde o primeiro atendimento, muito prestativa e ágil.
Posted by Kristina | April 9, 2021
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Advocacy, Intelligence, Creativity, Compassion!
Cristina has diligently represented me a variety of different work roles over the years, and I have referred her to numerous delighted colleagues as well. One of the most compelling elements of her style and respresentation (and there are many!) is her ability to anticipate the moves of the other side! She is a brilliant chess master.
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Posted by Lais | October 22, 2020
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Melhor Advogada!
A melhor advogada que você vai encontrar! Estava com muitas dúvidas e passando por um momento muito complicado na California. Cheguei a entrar em contato com vários advogados esperando respostas e ajuda sem sucesso. A primeira vez que entrei em contato com a Cristina, tive todas as minhas perguntas respondidas cuidadosamente, conselhos de ouro e alguém que estava disposta a lutar pelos meus direitos! Há anos procurei por um advogado confiável aqui nos Estados Unidos e a Cristina foi a primeira e única que encontrei. São inúmeras as vezes que precisei tirar dúvidas ou alguém lutar pelo que acredito e ela fez um trabalho impecável! Ela está sempre a frente do direito do cliente e é verdadeira - não é igual outros advogados que só querem o seu dinheiro. Sou muito grata de ter encontrado alguém como a Cristina!
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Posted by Diniz Andres | August 5, 2020
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Extraordinary job
I hired her for a work related lawsuit and her excellent work and determination she was able to us more money that we expected. I highly recommend hiring her.
Posted by Elisama | May 1, 2020
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Contratamos a Maria Cristina e ela foi super atenciosa ao nosso caso, detalhista, nos ajudou bastante e resolveu o nosso caso.
Posted by J.R. | June 5, 2018
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Cristina will fight for you
Over more than 30 years, I have sought legal counsel from more than a dozen attorneys in a variety of practice areas, including three in employment law, and Cristina Molteni was by far the best of them all. She provided insightful analysis of the opposing party and their bargaining positions, expert knowledge of this area of law, sharp negotiating power, passionate advocacy, and wise strategic guidance. She is also a wonderful human being. With Cristina on my side, I felt totally supported, secure, and calm; I know I had the better attorney; and I got the best deal possible with the least stress.
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Posted by Christina | April 16, 2015
Highly Recommended!
Cristina Molteni was very personable and a pleasure to work with. She made me feel comfortable and at ease with her mannerisms, her expertise, and her attention to my case. She was very responsive and provided a thorough, professional, and honest assessment of the matter I was going through. I would strongly recommend her to even my closest friends and family.
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Posted by Michael | March 27, 2015
Outstanding legal support
Christina Molteni listened carefully to the issue I was suddenly facing with my employer and promptly laid out the constructive courses of action that were available to me. Her caring demeanor and obvious command of the legalities empowered me and gave me confidence to take action during a critically important moment in my career. Thanks to her orientation I was fully informed of what I could and not do, knew the extent of my legal rights as she helped me to move forward to a very satisfactory conclusion to the issue.
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Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Molteni Employment Law
  • 2015 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Albert G. Stoll, Jr. | A Law Corporation
  • 2013 - 2015
  • Attorney
  • Rukin Hyland Doria & Tindall LLP
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Attorney
  • Law Offices of Ellyn Moscowitz, P.C.
  • 2008 - 2012
  • Assistant Professor
  • Universidade Candido Mendes - Centro (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
  • 1999 - 2001
  • Law Clerk
  • Camara Nacional de Apelaciones del Trabajo (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
  • 1989 - 1993
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  • Golden Gate University School of Law
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 2007
  • EMATRA/RJ - Escola da Magistratura do Trabalho/Rio de Janeiro
  • Posgraduacao Lato Senso
  • 2001
  • Universidade de Sao Paulo - Faculdade de Direito
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 1998
  • Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina - Facultad de Derecho
  • Abogada
  • 1992
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Sample of Legal Cases

  • Cinema West, LLC v. Baker et al.
  • Court of Appeal affirmed trial court decision, as requested


  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Brazilian Bar Association (OAB/RJ)
  • Member
  • 1998 - 2020
  • Colegio de Abogados de la Ciudad Autonoma de Buenos Aires (Argentina)
  • Member
  • 1993 - 2020
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • Portuguese
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2023
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2022
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Honored Professor
  • Faculdade de Direito - Universidade Candido Mendes - Rio de Janeiro
  • 2000
  • Programa de Estudante Convenio - Pos-graduacao (PEC/PG)
  • CAPES Foundation
  • 1993
  • Scholarship for postgraduate studies (LL.M.)
  • Camara Nacional de Apelaciones del Trabajo - Argentina
  • 1993
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San Francisco Employment and labor Lawyer Maria Cristina Molteni
Maria Cristina Molteni
Employment and labor Attorney
San Francisco, CA
Licensed for 17 years