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Alan Adelman

Employment and labor Attorney at San Francisco, CA

5.0   34 reviews
  • Licensed for 29 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1994
    Status
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About Alan

Learn Alan’s areas of practice.

2
Practice areas
  1. Employment and labor
    50%
    I exclusively represent employees in a wide range of employment matters, including wrongful termination, unpaid wages, discrimination, harassment, retaliation/whistleblowing, breach of contract and severance enhancements. In addition to representing employees in State and Federal litigation and trial, I also provide consultation and negotiation services out of court.

    29 years, 250 cases

  2. Wrongful termination
    50%

    29 years, 250 cases

For over twenty years I have focused my entire legal practice on exclusively representing employees in a wide variety of employment matters, including wrongful terminations, unpaid wages, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, defamation and severance negotiations.  I handle all lawsuits on a contingency fee basis, meaning that I do not charge a fee in a litigation if I do not secure a recovery on behalf of my client.  I have advocated on behalf of several hundred employees in State and Federal Court and have completed nearly twenty trials.  I have secured well over one hundred six figure recoveries, as well as a seven figure resolution.  With regards to my personal interests, I enjoy spending time with my wife and two sons.  I also enjoy such activities as hiking, camping, reading, bowling, softball, golf, basketball and coaching youth sports.  

 

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Location

Law Offices of Alan Adelman
39 Mesa Street, Suite 209
San Francisco, CA, 94129

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Reviews

5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by anonymous | December 31, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best employment attorney in San Francisco is Alan Adelman
Alan helped me to obtain a six-figure settlement. Alan was fair and he was a straight shooter the entire time. I highly recommend Alan to anyone dealing with an employment law matter. Alan Adelman is the best employment attorney in San Francisco.
Posted by Anonymous | October 25, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Alan is an excellent lawyer, don't hesitate to hire him if you have a chance
Alan has been the most important factor of our satisfactory results. He is highly reputable, sharp and asked most brilliant questions to construct the case. Even more importantly, he is deeply passionate about his profession. I would highly recommend Alan to any prospect client.
Posted by Eloe | May 15, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Busy but Helpful
I contacted Alan Adelman in concern to a workplace scenario that I was interested in how to prepare myself as a consumer in the workplace. And he was able to inform me of different resources and steps to take for further assistance in my effort.
Posted by anonymous | January 1, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Give Alan a Call Today, I promise you will be happy you did
Alan was super helpful from our initial conversation. I would highly recommend Alan for any of your employment law problems. One of the best client-focused lawyers that I have had the privilege to work with. Continue the great work Alan.
Posted by Kathie | October 7, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent, Friendly, Professional and Honorable
Mr. Alan Adelman is incredibly patient and understanding when it comes to handling my case. He was incredibly thorough in terms of making sure all parties were informed of all matters. His response time is very quick with every emails or calls. He truly cares about his clients, beside as a professional attorney, and he looks like your friend. He definitely goes above and beyond and puts in the time and effort into achieving the best results! I would like to refer him to any of my friends in need of legal help.
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Posted by Michael | August 18, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Knowlegable, Practical, Very Compassionate
I decided to write this review to help others out there who may at some point need to seek legal help with employer related dispute. For two years I was involved in such a dispute arising from a hostile work environment. I never thought I would find myself in such circumstances and did not understand the complexities involved in such matters. As a result, I initially relied on legal assistance from Attorneys that ended costing me money and time expended with no results. It was a difficult and stressful time that disrupted our family emotionally. If you are in this situation what you need is an employment lawyer that has dedicated their practice to serving employees and genuinely cares about your case. Alan Adelman was not recommended to me, I was desperate and searched and reviewed over 25 Attorneys online and spoke with a few before deciding to go with Alan. It is one of the best decisions I have made this year. I found him to be honest, practical, kind, compassionate and very knowledgeable. His advice helped me understand the pro and cons of all the potential outcomes and made me appreciate that in the end the best outcome may be different from what I had in mind. After 3 months of working with him my case was resolved and I could move on with my life. I highly recommend you consider him.
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Posted by Davin | March 31, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Employment Case
Mr.Adelman handled my case like the professional he is.He listens and investigates all claims thoroughly.He got me results in a timely matter.My family and I are grateful for everything Alan Adelman has done for us.Alan is the man for the job!
Posted by abbas | December 2, 2014
Alan handled my Employment / Labor matter.
Alan is very knowledgeable when it comes to employment law. His sincere compassion for his client and their needs come first. He was adept at understanding the technical aspects of my case (employment overtime), Alan Adelman provided everything I hoped to find in an attorney: He always returned every call and e-mail immediately, and was generous with his time .
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Posted by anonymous | November 28, 2014
Alan Adelman is your lawyer
Alan Adelman is a consummate professional. Both proactive and responsive, and a great communicator that provides excellent service to his clients--you will know from Day 1 that you are being well represented. I give him the highest recommendation.
Posted by Matt | November 25, 2014
Alan Adelman is an Exceptional Attorney
I would highly recommend Alan to anyone in need of legal help. Alan is not only an exceptional attorney, he is a good person. He listened to my situation and treated me with empathy. Thanks to Alan, I received a fair outcome in my legal dispute.
Posted by anonymous | November 22, 2014
The best there is!
About 2 years ago, I took step that I never would have contemplated - - seeking restitution from my employer. This was an agonizing decision. I had worked in the corporate world, for two sizable companies, over a 30 year period. I had been the type of person who generally loved my job, my employer, and life in general. I had heard of employees suing their employers, but honestly had always viewed those stories with some suspicion. And then I found myself thrown, against my will, into a situation where I was humbled by that suspicion. It's different when it happens to you. When I called Alan, I told him that I wanted to be only absolutely honest. Not sure of how the process works and unsure of attorneys in general, I didn't want to ever be pressured to say or 'not say' anything in order to sway the view of my case. I told him that it was critical to me that my case be 'Blessed by God.' It turned out that I needed not say any such thing to Alan. I don't remember exactly what I had been expecting, but now I cannot imagine an attorney with more integrity. First of all, Alan spent quite some time with me going over the situation and a lot of details before deciding to take on the case. He was alway extremely honest and up front with me. He encouraged me to be truthful always. He worked very very hard. He and I, over the 2-year period, spoke often, met often, and communicated openly. I can't recall one time where I felt out of the loop. He held me to a very high level of work and responsiveness, and he held up his end well. We were truly a team, guided by common principles, and completely in sync every step of the way. Alan also served as a wonderful support when my spirits were down. This was an agonizing experience for me and a very difficult 2 years. Whenever I felt defeated or exhausted, he was there to remind me of what this was about - to encourage me personally. I told him at least once that, win or lose, I truly felt that he was a blessing to me. I would absolutely recommend Alan to anyone going through a tough and difficult employer lawsuit. He has such integrity that, if he choses to take the case, you can know that he believes in you. But be ready to be absolutely truthful, to work hard, to meet all deadlines, and to be present from beginning to end. It will work out!
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Posted by John | April 14, 2014
Mr. Alan Adelman . . . an impressive lawyer.
Mr. Adelman is the consummate professional. My questions and concerns regarding Employment law were always responded to in a very timely manner. Because of Mr. Adelman's knowledge , integrity, experience and dedication, my case saw a positive, fair and prompt outcome.
Posted by Laura | November 13, 2013
Looking for a lawyer full of integrity? Look no further...
Mr. Adelman is full of integrity. He keeps his word and goes above and beyond the call of duty to ensure his clients receive high-quality legal advice. He is great at explaining the law to a non-attorney and will fight for his clients. I highly recommend hiring Mr. Adelman for any work related issues. I hope I don't need his services again, but if I do, he will be my first call. He is an amazing attorney who truly cares about his clients.
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Posted by Minoo | April 22, 2013
Alan= Pice of mind.
Alan, gread with Client, Exlant attorney, Very Professional, Very supportive. I will approve and hiar him anytime. Alan, a good freind, and great lawer. Thank you for every thing you down for me.
Posted by Chris | April 16, 2013
Quick resolution in my favor - thanks to Alan.
Very quick resolution in my favor. Minimal costs.
Posted by Michael | February 5, 2012
Reasonable Accomodation Help
Mr. Adelman assisted me with problems I was having getting a Reasonable Accomodation (RA) from my employer. I had been fighting with my employer for almost 6 months and had no success even though I had provided all the supporting documentation, including letter from my Dr indicating I needed RA due to my spinal cord injury. A little over a month after contacting Mr. Adelman he had successfully convinced my employer to change their position and I was given the RA I requested (telecommuting). He accomplished this by writing the Director of my organization and talking to their legal counsel. While I had been working my way UP the ladder to try and get some help, he worked his way DOWN the ladder and was very successful in convincing them to give me some assistance! His empathy for the plight of injured/disabled people was so refreshing and it came thru very clearly that he wanted to help. He continually kept me informed on what was going on and in the end he accomplished what I had been unable to do for almost 6 months. I have nothing but good things to say about Mr. Adelman and most importantly I want to say that without his assistance I don't know where I would be today. I had all but given up hope that I would ever be able to work again but his assistance turned things around and I really don't know what kind of life I would have today without his help. I HIGHLY, HIGHLY recommend Mr. Adelman. He CARES, which is more than I can say about my employer. I think it would be very hard to find another attorney (for employment issues) who would do a better job than Mr. Adelman. Oh yeah! In addition his rates were extremely reasonable. Really don't think one could do better.
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Posted by Thomas | February 4, 2012
Best employment lawyer in San Francisco Bay Area
Alan is a very honorable, ethical, straight to the facts lawyer. He is very personable and able to dig deep into the facts at hand quickly. He honestly scored all 5 stars in each category above. We worked as a team. Open and honest. He fights very hard for his clients. He's the loudest one in the room, except for when he respectfully speaks with the judge. I like that. He doesn't back down; but only fights hard when he truly believes in something. He will not bend or misrepresent any facts and has challenged me on many of my facts. I appreciate that. This is true integrity - this is what a great lawyer is made of.
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Posted by anonymous | February 4, 2012
Knowledgeable, honest, efficient and fair.
Prior to initially seeing Alan, I had read a few reviews, was extremely encouraged by them, and hoped that reality was as good. It is! Alan is a great lawyer!! He helped me through a very trying and stressful time in my professional career. I did not have a lot of familiarity with the law and was quite intimidated by it. Alan's knowledge, understanding, and willingness to explain were invaluable. He is responsive, caring and takes time to understand his clients. He is analytical and detailed, and able to communicate effectively to lay persons. At all times he was honest and fair. I was informed through all negotiations, and in a timely, efficient manner. I highly recommend Alan.
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Posted by Robert | February 4, 2012
Thanks Alan, you did a great job on my case! Highly recommended!!
Alan is very knowledgeable when it comes to employment law. He was on top of everything, kept me informed and spent a lot of time discussing my case with me. Alan was really fighting for my case, and thank you, I got my recovery at a satisfactory level!!
Posted by Shawn | February 4, 2012
A True professional who cares about his client!!!
Alan was honest and more than fair in the dealings of my case. He has a sense of pride and integrity in his law practice; which allows him to achieve favorable results in short order. His sincere compassion for his client and their needs come first. Alan does not force or persway his client to accept offers but merely advises his legal advice weighing the pro's and con's laid out on the table. I would highly recommend Alan to any potential client and quite please to have him in more corner!!! A+++
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 15 minutes
  • Contingency 25%-40%
Payment methods
Cash, Check

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Offices of Alan Adelman
  • 2004 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Law Offices of Lucius A. Cooper
  • 1996 - 2004
  • Attorney
  • Alameda County Bar Association
  • 1995 - 1995
  • Attorney
  • City Attorney of San Francisco
  • 1994 - 1994
  • Law Clerk
  • Santa Cruz County Superior Court
  • 1992 - 1993
  • Law Clerk
  • Legal Aid Society of Alameda County
  • 1992 - 1993
  • Law Clerk
  • Legal Aid Society of Santa Cruz County
  • 1991 - 1991
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Education

  • Golden Gate University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1994
  • University of California, Santa Cruz
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1987
  • University of New Hampshire
  • Exchange Program
  • 1986

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Confidential
  • Six Figure Settlement
  • Confidential
  • Seven Figure Settlement
  • Confidential
  • Six Figure Settlement
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Associations

  • The National Advocates: Top 100 Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Super Lawyers
  • Northern California Super Lawyer
  • 2014 - Present
  • Alameda County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • State Bar of California Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Employment Law Center - Workers Rights Clinic
  • Supervising Attorney
  • 2006 - Present
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • California Employment Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of California
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • National Employment Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1997 - 2003
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Selected to list of Northern California Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Selected to The National Advocates: Top 100 Lawyers
  • The National Advocates: Top 100 Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Selected to list of Northern California Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Selected to The National Advocates: Top 100 Lawyers
  • The National Advocates: Top 100 Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Selected to list of Northern California Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Public Interest Law Service Award
  • Public Interest Law Foundation
  • 2005
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Publications

  • Bender's California Labor & Employment Bulletin
  • Case Notes
  • 2005

Speaking Engagements

  • Workers' Rights Clinic
  • Employment Discrimination and Harassment
  • 2016
  • Workers' Rights Clinic
  • Employment Discrimination and Harassment
  • 2015
  • Workers' Rights Clinic
  • Employment Discrimination and Harassment
  • 2014
  • Workers' Rights Clinic
  • Employment Discrimination and Harassment
  • 2013
  • Workers' Rights Clinic
  • Family and Medical Leave
  • 2012
  • Workers' Rights Clinic
  • Disability Discrimination
  • 2012
  • Workers' Rights Clinic
  • Employment Discrimination and Harassment
  • 2012
  • Workers' Rights Clinic
  • Disability Discrimination
  • 2011
  • Workers' Rights Clinic
  • Employment Discrimination and Harassment
  • 2011
  • Workers' Rights Clinic
  • Family and Medical Leave Workers' Rights Clinic
  • 2011
  • Workers' Rights Clinic
  • Employment Discrimination and Harassment
  • 2010
  • Workers' Rights Clinic
  • Disability Discrimination
  • 2010
  • Workers' Rights Clinic
  • Family and Medical Leave
  • 2010
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Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (8)
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Employment and labor Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Adelman is an exceptional lawyer. He produces strong results for his client by virtue of his hard work and legally superior reasoning and tactics. Mr. Adelman is exactly the advocate someone who has a employment/labor claim would want to have represent them."
Employment and labor Attorney | Mar 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have referred clients to Mr. Adelman because he is an ethical and effective employment attorney. He is a strong advocate for his clients and has obtained very impressive results. Mr. Adelman is someone you want on your team."
Employment and labor Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Adelman is a tireless advocate for his clients and excellent litigator."
Employment and labor Attorney | Mar 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Mr. Adelman for more than 10 years and can vouch for his tireless advocacy, passion and commitment to those in the work force who have suffered injustice or discrimination. He is honest, hardworking and fearless in his quest to right wrongs perpetrated against his clients and I endore his legal representation without reservation."
Government Attorney | Mar 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Adelman is a diligent, hard working, and focused advocate who produces the best results for his clients."
Employment and labor Attorney | Mar 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Mar 08
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer, who has the highest integrity, passion for this area of the law, and professionalism."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known Alan for almost 15 years and I count him among the most committed employment attorneys I know in San Francisco. He is what every client with a legitimate claim needs and deserves -- a tenacious litigator and a reasonable negotiator completely committed to the representation of workers. I recommend Alan without reservation."
Employment and labor Attorney | Aug 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Alan has extensive experience in employment litigation and has been generous enough to provide me with valuable insight and guidance in growing my own practice."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jul 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. First-rate trial lawyer. Lots of experience and excellent skills."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jul 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have co-counseled employment litigation cases with Mr. Adelman for more than ten years. I continue to be impressed with Mr. Adelman's legal skill and the passion he brings to every case. We have been very successful in litigating against some of the largest companies and employment defense firms in the country because of Mr. Adelman's legal acumen and his complete focus in finding solutions in employee rights issues."
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San Francisco Employment and labor Lawyer Alan Adelman
Alan Adelman
Employment and labor Attorney
San Francisco, CA
Licensed for 29 years
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