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Richard J Vaznaugh

Employment and labor Attorney at San Francisco, CA

5.0   19 reviews
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  • Licensed for 29 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1994
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Richard

Learn Richard’s areas of practice.

24 PRACTICE YEARS DEDICATED TO THE RIGHTS OF WORKERS.

For the last 27 years ago I have focused my practice on representing workers from executives to rank and file in claims against their former and current employers.

I maintain a limited case load to make sure each case gets the attention it deserves and I am highly experienced, so you can be sure you have the right lawyer to take on your civil employment dispute. I try to make a real and positive difference for each client by honest advice and advocating vigorously and ethically for you. 

 Personal:

I was born a Californian in Brussels, Belgium. My father, a San Francisco native, retained his California residence during his Diplomatic career with the U.S. State Department. At the time of my birth, he was stationed at the US Embassy in Brussels. As part of the diplomatic mission, I was born American, in Brussels. After living in several countries and several states, at 18, I returned permanently to the Bay Area and attended the University of California, Berkeley and then, UC Hastings College of the Law. Thanks to my mother, who was a native Argentine, I speak fluent Spanish and I have travelled extensively in Latin America.

When not at work, I spend most of my free time with my wife and kids. I also enjoy bicycling, politics, restaurants, and travel (but only for vacation).

Awards

Client's Choice 2021
Client's Choice
2021

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Location

Law Office of Richard Vaznaugh
505 Sansome Street, Suite 850
San Francisco, CA, 94111

Reviews

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Client's Choice 2021
Client's Choice
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Posted by anonymous | July 19, 2012
The best choice of attorney I could have made
I found Mr. Vaznaugh on the Internet. I posted my case and Mr. Vaznaugh responded to me. I used to work for 18 years as an assistant manager for a large retail corporation. I became partially disabled and my employer wrongfully terminated my employment. After numerous rejections from other attorneys who were unwilling to take on such a powerful opponent, Richard Vaznaugh exhibited firm confidence in my case from the beginning. Not once I had a feeling of insecurity about my choice of attorney. He guided me through the many steps of this legal dispute with a clear vision, always having the right move ready to counter the legal moves of my employer's legal team. He kept me informed, never sparing time to explain our course of actions. He possesses formidable legal acumen allowing him to be determined to go all the way even with a large case like mine. Eager to take my case to trial, he pushed my employer to the point where they ultimately succumbed and agreed to my demands of the settlement. Not only was I extremely satisfied with Mr. Vaznaugh's legal services, he helped me through a very difficult time of my life.
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Posted by anonymous | February 13, 2011
Trustworthy, Helpful & Very Experienced
I found Richard through Legal Match. He contacted me the same day I sent the request for assistance. He was very helpful and put me at ease immediately. He advised me through each step of the process and made me feel like I was an important and integral part of the case, not just another client or number. With his skill, we won the case during mediation and avoided a long, drawn out case. I was very satisfied with his services. Director in San Francisco
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Posted by anonymous | April 14, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Top-notch attorney for employees to go to - he is on our side!
I needed to consult with an attorney regarding a situation I was having with my work: I was returning to work after having been on disability leave for about five months. I was very concerned about my company’s inquiries and documentation requirements for my return to work because I had good reason to believe they were infringing on my right to privacy of my Protected Health Information as a currently disabled person and also that they were discriminating against me. It was so incredibly hard to find an attorney who was willing to take my case and consult with me. I called around for many hours with zero luck. And then I found Richard!! He was willing to help me and I was so relieved to finally have found someone who will be on my side. He had excellent suggestions and advice, and reminded me of the privacy and confidentiality I have with him via attorney-client privilege. I felt safe discussing very sensitive matters with him and he really went above and beyond in helping me. It was obvious to me that he is very knowledgeable about employment law. He presented multiple scenarios to me of how my situation might play out and that is why I felt more than prepared when I had to speak with HR again. I am happy to say I am back at work now with all HR and privacy matters having been resolved. If I ever need legal advice on a future employment situation, I know I will be calling Richard again. He was also always prompt at responding to my emails, which was great, because I had certain deadlines to make in regards to my return to work. I cannot thank you enough, Richard.
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Posted by anonymous | October 13, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Strongly recommended by an attorney
I got connected to Rich through one of his attorney relationships, and I am so glad I did! I am also an attorney with general knowledge of employment law, and Rich quickly earned my confidence and respect. Rich is both experienced and compassionate - I always felt my stress reduce after we chatted - and he kept me on track/focused on the end goal. With Rich's counsel, I got the exact result I wanted in every sense of the word: I am receiving ALL payments (without even having to provide standard additional documentation) while keeping relationships intact. He skillfully reined me in when I was irritated, which I believe was critical to achieving these results. Rich was exceptionally generous with his time. He knew I didn't want to litigate - my case did not have the potential to involve much money for him - yet he frequently gave me additional time when he did not have to. It is clear to me that Rich genuinely cares about his clients. Highly, highly recommended!!
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Posted by Cici | November 27, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Best!!!
I still cannot believe my luck to have found Attorney Vaznaugh… I met him due to the sexual harassment and retaliatory firing I suffered from a certain company. Since my case was more unusual than a straightforward situation, I wouldn’t have never hopped to find such powerful and devoted legal representation. Not only did Mr. Vaznaugh believed me, he also fought for me to get justice for almost three years!… On top of his very considerate and heartfelt support, he got me a settlement considerably bigger than I ever dreamed of. I highly recommend him to anyone because he doesn’t stop until justice is done!!!…
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Posted by anonymous | October 21, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Top Notch
Mr. Vaznaugh is a top notch employment attorney who cares more about his clients and the law over anything else. His expertise is invaluable and choosing him to represent me was one of the best decisions I ever made. Do yourself a favor and reach out to him if you need help with an employment legal matter. You will not regret it!
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Posted by Y | June 14, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Professional, Experienced and Supportive.
I feel I am so lucky to have Dr.Vaznaugh as my lawyer. He offered me the first consultation for free and provided me very timely response in every follow-ups. He is very experienced in California Employment law, and very supportive in my case, for every single question/concern I raised, he always offered me accurate answers and functioned as my backbone. Though I was in hourly consultation, he cared about my severance package and helped negotiate the payment, which increased the total payment by ~50%. Truly THANKS to him and in my case, I also learned a lot from him.
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Posted by anonymous | May 22, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great to work with, efficient, helpful.
I had a great experience working with Richard. I was pretty scared going into a lawsuit with a multinational company and was not even really aware of my rights until I spoke with him. The process was painless and I am very glad that I had him as an advocate for me! He helped me a lot and I am grateful for him. He is an honest good person and I am very glad that I had him as my lawyer.
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Posted by anonymous | April 14, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer in town
Richard j Vaznaugh did an outstanding job from the day I walked in his office he took care of my case he worked so hard and did everything in his power. Made everything happen he is very understanding and will work with you with anything you need to get done he is an amazing lawyer, I’m so thankful that I choose good lawyer like him he fought for my case , He will Communicate with you so well. Always makes sure that he talks to you first before he makes any Decisions and so truthful and he has never let me down . If I ever go thru anything in life I know Richard will take care of me. I can’t thank him enough for all his hard work he has done and I’m greatful for him Thank you once again! I will Highly recommend him!
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Posted by Sandra | April 14, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional, articulate, strategic, and effective
I take this opportunity to highlight my recent and extremely positive experience working with Mr. Richard Vaznaugh as my attorney in an employment-related matter. Mr. Vaznaugh absolutely exceeded my hopes by providing a strategic approach which efficiently and successfully enabled reaching a timely settlement and thereby obviating the need to proceed to mediation or further legal action. Additionally, Mr. Vazaugh was laser-focused and assertive advocate for my case as well as steadfast in ensuring my understanding of the negotiation process and associated timelines whilst providing comprehensive recommendations. I can and do enthusiastically and strongly recommend working with Mr. Vaznaugh as a consummate professional and extremely talented attorney.
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Posted by TR, a very happy client | January 13, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Look no further! Excellent Attorney
It is not every day most people look for a lawyer, but if you are looking for one I have found the BEST! Richard Vaznaugh has been absolutely amazing to work with. From the initial consultation to the end result. Richard is professional, articulate, knowledgeable and extremely effective. Richard took my case during a time that I was fighting for my life against cancer. He always was considerate to my health and what I could handle mentally and physically. I strongly believe that no other attorney could have successfully achieved the outcome I was looking for like Richard did. He is absolutely the best and did an amazing job. I highly recommend Richard Vaznaugh.
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Posted by anonymous | May 14, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Attention to details, methodical, strategic, experienced
I was represented in an employment litigation case by Richard, and his firm. Richard and his team handled by case as if it were their own. They spend a lot of time doing research and learning about the nuances of my industry. The firm's experience is evident in how all the details are handled, & strategies to overcome anticipated defense. Overall, an excellent experience, with really knowledgeable people, culturally aware team!
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Posted by TA | November 12, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A listening Ear
Richard has listening ears and he will work you through the legal process so you can appreciate his thought process. Richard would respond to your concerns either by calling you in person or he would send you an email. He is always responsive to my concerns busy and hectic as his practice demands of his time. I will not hesitate to hire Richard again if I need a lawyer in the Bay area, he has a great practice and he is a great guy.
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Posted by C.L. | September 9, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommended
Richard provided excellent and trustworthy representation in my employment matter. He fought to get me what I believe to be the best possible outcome in my settlement. He made sure that I was comfortable with every step of the negotiation, explaining everything very clearly, and offering sound recommendations. Even in the aftermath of settlement, Richard was very caring and thorough in making sure no final details were overlooked. I highly recommend him and am very satisfied with my experience.
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Posted by Stephanie | April 17, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Wonderful Experience
This was my first time seeking professional legal experience and as such, I wasn't sure what to expect. Richard was extremely professional, very welcoming and did a terrific job providing legal expertise to my particular situation. He was always available to answer my questions and exceeded my expectations in outcome. It was an overwhelmingly positive experience and I would recommend Richard and his team to anyone that finds themselves in need of guidance. He's fair, an expert in his field, compassionate and understanding.
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Posted by D | September 20, 2014
When you decide to hire him, you win 50% already.
I actually met Richard nine years ago, when I file a case of discrimination of disability and language. The employers' attitude was stubborn and arrogant. I was concerned how I could find a good contingency attorney, because I was 3000 miles away from home, and handling the case myself. Then Richard came in. He reviewed my case, and he told me steady that I had a strong case ! He suggested me not to settle down the case immediately. He told me his estimation of what was going to happen, and he gave me a lot of confidence. The following happening proved he was right. He changed the tide, and he continued to challenge the employer, put them on hot plates. He handled everything, and I did not have to concern anything, and he was more ambitious than I was. We finally settle the case, but I would call it a big win. When you meet a good attorney, you already win 50%.
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Posted by Production Manager, San Francisco | February 17, 2014
Simply the best....I could not have been in better hands...
Faced with the distress and humiliation of losing my job due to disability discrimination from my former employer of over 13 years, I was referred to Richard by a friend. From my our first meeting, I knew I did not need to look further. During our first consultation, Richard spent nearly two hours discussing high-level details surrounding my case, asking thoughtful questions and providing insight as to points to consider if I chose to pursue a legal matter with my former employer. He carefully vets each case before deciding to represent clients so that he provide the utmost attention, focus and investment to ensure a successful outcome. Believe me, this is no legal "chop shop", and I am very thankful for the unparalleled quality and service he and his team provided. The process Richard and I followed was an interactive one. He constantly kept me informed as to progression of the case, educated me on steps I needed to take and more than adequately prepared me in achieving milestones such as completing paperwork, organizing documentation for his review, etc. He provided clear explanation of complex legal processes, terms, etc so that I was more than ready for the twists and turns my former employer presented. He and his more than capable staff invested countless hours day and night meticulously poring over documents, communication, facts and figures surrounding my case in building a solid, firm foundation. This process resulted in my presenting a solid argument against my former employer. Ultimately, his patient support and collaboration helped to reduce uncertainty and ensured I was more confident and clear-headed during the deposition process. Mr. Vaznaugh was also incredibly compassionate and showed a genuine concern for my well being. He indulged my panicked, anxiety-laden emotions with calm, strength and encouragement, refocusing me on the facts and building my confidence when I needed it most. I cannot thank him enough for showing this truly authentic and "human" side. It was invaluable to me. Ultimately, after a year and a half process, Richard was instrumental in negotiating a very favorable settlement to my case without my having to weather the traumatic experience of trial. While he felt confident we would prevail, he unflinchingly supported my decision to settle. If you are fortunate enough to work with Mr Vaznaugh in managing your legal needs and representation, I am certain you will be more than satisfied as I was.
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Posted by Jennifer | July 11, 2013
Great advocate
Richard was efficient, hard-working and very responsive. He does not posture but relates in a compassionate and conscientious way. He has a great sense of humor which diffuses tense situations. I had an extremely complicated case - my boss had stolen money from me and from the company. Subsequently, I got sick on the job and was put on unpaid personal leave and as retaliation to my whistle blowing was forced out. Richard worked out a fair settlement, he made sure every "t" was crossed and "i" was dotted. He calmly cut through all the smug obfuscations, mean-spirited bluster and outright lies lobbed by the other side. I would certainly recommend him and use his services again.
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Posted by anonymous | November 18, 2009
Very experienced and helpful
I met Mr. Vaznaugh through a friend's referral. He was his former client and was very satisfied with his service. I had two prior attorneys, one was not helpful, the other did not want to file my case in court. I hired Mr. Vaznaugh after my first consultation. He understood my needs. My discriminatory layoff and overtime case lasted more than a year, and during the period, Mr. Vaznaugh always gave me prompt and clear reply whenever I had questions for him. He is very experienced and knowledgeable in his legal area, and guided me well in the whole process. At the final stage of my case, i.e., the most important negotiation between the two sides, he penetrated my employer’s lay-off defense and played a big role in obtaining a good compensation for me which was considerably more than I expected. I could not thank him more for his great job. For those who struggled with workplace discrimination, I would highly recommend Mr. Vaznaugh. Software Product Manager, Cupertino
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 375-750 per hour
  • Contingency 25%-45%
Payment methods
Cash, Check

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • Law Office of Richard Vaznaugh
  • 1997 - Present

Education

  • UC Hastings COL
  • law
  • 1994
  • Univ of California Berkeley
  • undergraduate
  • 1989

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Garcia v. EISB
  • Judgment $928,000. Settled confidentially.

Associations

  • California Employment Lawyers Association
  • Member; Legislative Committee
  • 2000 - Present
  • California Employment Lawyers Association
  • Member; Federal Rules Task Force
  • 2013 - 2014
  • California Employment Lawyers Association
  • Nominating Committee for Board of DIrectors
  • 2009 - 2011

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • 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
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Publications

  • Hastings International and Comparative Law Review
  • Extraterritorial Jurisdiction - NAFTA
  • 1994

Speaking Engagements

  • California Employment Lawyers Association Annual Conference
  • How Cultural Differences Affect Perceptions At Work and In Court
  • 2008

Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (5)
Endorse Richard
Employment and labor Attorney | Nov 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Richard is exceptional and professional. He stands out amongst a sea of mediocrity."
Employment and labor Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Dec 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"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."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jan 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. His skills and expertise are outstanding. Workers who's rights have been violated will be in excellent hands should Mr. Vaznaugh represent them."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jan 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Richard and can attest to its high quality, his conscientious representation of clients, his fair and objective perspective, and his great sense of humor."
Employment and labor Attorney | Dec 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Richard because he is a top-notch employment attorney in the Bay Area."
Employment and labor Attorney | May 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Richard is a fabulous attorney. We worked on a case together and he represented our client in the employment matter. Client had not been compensated appropriately during his career with a large corporation and Richard expertly prosecuted the case so that client was paid what was rightfully his. I recommend Richard for all employment cases."
Employment and labor Attorney | May 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Richard is a great lawyer. We have shared office space in the past and worked together on cases, and I have seen the wonderful results he gets for his clients through hard work and determination. He is extremely well respected among the employment bar, as well."
Employment and labor Attorney | May 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Vaznaugh assisted my firm in a very complicated disability discrimination matter. His expertise played a large role in getting the case resolved. After working with Mr. Vaznaugh, it is easy to see why he is such a highly regarded plaintiff's employment law attorney."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jul 02
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Richard Vaznaugh is a top notch litigator. I highly recommend him for any wage and hour, discrimination, or wrongful termination case."
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