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Cary Seth Kletter

Employment and labor Attorney at San Mateo, CA

5.0   7 reviews
  • State Years
    California - CA 23 years
    New York - NY 27 years
  • Licensed for 23 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2000
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 27 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1996
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

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About Cary

Learn Cary’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Employment and labor
    Committed to strategic advocacy focused on achieving our clients' objectives while protecting their rights. We represent clients in employment disputes and real estate matters.

    23 years

  2. Litigation
    Business litigation practice encompasses contract disputes; partnership disputes, and co-founder conflicts. Sometimes a sensitive settlement strategy is crucial and at other times forceful litigation is necessary. Call for consultation today.

    18 years

  3. Real estate
    We handle real estate litigation including failure to disclose, actions in partition, financial elder abuse and related cases.

    28 years

  4. Discrimination
    An employer may not take action against an employee on the basis of a “protected category” such as age, race, gender, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or pregnancy.

  5. Lawsuits and disputes
    No two legal matters are exactly the same, every client is unique and all efforts are aimed at ultimate resolution. Call for consultation with our experienced attorneys.

  6. Wrongful termination
    Typically, a wrongful termination exists when an employer fires an employee for an unlawful purpose and which violates public policies or regulations. The laws concerning wrongful termination are very complex. Get help expert help in deciphering it.

Cary Kletter is an experienced trial attorney practicing in the areas of employment law, real estate, financial elder abuse, business litigation and civil rights, among others. Mr. Kletter, who has been working for law firms since 1993, was a general litigation associate with the Manhattan law firm Rosenberg & Estis prior to moving to the Bay Area in 2000. Mr. Kletter has represented corporate executives, businesses, classes of individuals, non-profit organizations and public entities in both Federal and State court as well as before administrative agencies such as the CA Labor Commissioner. Mr. Kletter has represented more than 10,000 litigants in California courts and in arbitrations.

Mr. Kletter has extensive alternative dispute resolution experience and has represented clients in numerous mediations and other ADR forums. He graduated from Brandeis University in June 1992, obtained a law degree from Hofstra Law School in May 1995 and also took classes at Harvard University and UCLA Online Extension. Mr. Kletter is licensed to practice law in the states of California and New York, and numerous federal districts including the Northern and Southern District Courts of California and the Southern and Eastern District Courts of New York.

Mr. Kletter was a member of the California Employment Lawyers Association and has received more than twenty awards for his work as an attorney. He is a member of the Million Dolar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Millon Dolar Advocates Forum. In October 2004, he was named Attorney of the Year by the AIDS Legal Referral Panel. He has also received comendations from the California Senate and the U.S. House of Representative. Mr. Kletter is also a California licensed real estate broker.

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1528 South El Camino Real, Suite 306
San Mateo, CA, 94402

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Posted by Darya | February 11, 2019
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| Consulted Attorney
Excellent and Experienced
Cary was an excellent attorney at all times while I worked with him. He is highly experienced, organized, and a zealous advocate! I referred him to my friends and friends of friends and they were happy I did.
Posted by Naglaa Peyton | June 18, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
An amazing Lawyer. Great settlement for employment case
I reached out to Cary’ office after wrongfully termintaed by my employer He was very knowledgeable about employment law and motivated for his work. He really gets very assertive when he negotiates settlements. Cary would always explain to me the possible outcomes for my case. He will fight to the end to get you the best settlement. Cary works from his heart and treats the case as if it is his personal case. He has very high work ethics and will work very hard for his clients. At some times, I was happy with the settlement and willing to accept, but he will discuss with me and go back to my employer’s lawyer and ask for more. Cary is very assertive in negotiating settlement and the results was more than what I was expecting. Cary knows the law very well and very experienced. He is the best. I am very pleased with the outcome.
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Posted by anonymous | January 26, 2018
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| Consulted Attorney
Fearless and Aggressive
Cary is a lawyer you want to have in your corner. He knows the law inside and out. He is fierce and he know how to try a case. I can't recommend him enough.
Posted by Richard | June 10, 2014
Mo Money? No Problem!
KLETTER LAW IS AMAZING. I have been at a loss to come up with a worthy review that would do justice (no pun intended) to the amazing job Cary Kletter and Chan Phan did in securing a huge settlement against a former employer. I was referred to Kletter Law by a different attorney who felt my case was out of his firm's scope of expertise. Best decision ever. As it turned out, unbeknownst to me, I was one of a long line of former employees who had, over the years, sued my former employer (David Sturman, owner of Bay Management, Sin City Video and associated companies under his umbrella going under a dozen or more fictitious business names). Few prevailed in COLLECTION because Sturman has everything hidden under names of companies of which he is only listed as 'General Manager', rather than owner (which he, and he exclusively, IS). During arbitration, Sturman and his long time attorney INSISTED that Sturman not be included by name as defendant, but Cary Kletter insisted on suing all associated companies, AND Sturman as well. They laughed at us and agreed, joking that we could get in a long line, and never collect a penny like the rest. A year later, we collected $140,000. Kletter Law found a building in San Mateo under Sturman's name, and using the Sheriff, forced sale of the building to satisfy the settlement, which brought Sturman to his knees, PERSONALLY delivering Cary the check to save his building. I owe Kletter a debt of gratitude that could never be paid, for doing what, realistically, none of us thought was going to happen at times, and what nobody has done before.
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Posted by anonymous | April 28, 2014
Resourceful and practical Lawyer
Cary was extremely helpful in listening to my issue, and in pointing me in the right direction. I appreciated his willingness to speak at short notice, and his resourcefulness.
Posted by anonymous | April 4, 2014
Excellent Employment Lawyer
I contacted Cary Kletter about an issue with my employer. I came in for a consultation and it was clear he knew all the ins and outs of employment law. He advised me very thoroughly about my situation and what kind of case I had. He was very frank, helping me to understand my options and he really cared about what was best for me, even if that meant not pursuing legal action. He has been advising me on my situation as needed since our initial meeting. He always answers calls and emails and is extremely thorough in explaining the law, and what are likely outcomes based on your options. He has a lot of integrity and I have a lot of respect for him. I highly recommend him if you are going through a legal issue.
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Posted by B. L. | March 2, 2014
Top Employment lawyer !
Cary came highly recommended to me and i was not disappointed. From my first call to him, Cary helped me navigate a labor issue at work. He knew the law inside out, always took the time and had the patience to explain it to me in a why i could understand. Which wasn't easy as i had no experience in these matters and would ask many questions. He spent hours with me on the phone helping me understand the law and my options. He insisted on seeing all the paperwork and actually read through all of it carefully and noticed many small nuances that i never would have noticed. Cary made a stressful situation much calmer and i felt confident with my case. Everytime i called him up he would always answer my calls and help me understand an issue i was struggling with. This gave me the confidence in resolving my dispute and i was very happy with the final outcome! I would recommend Cary to all my friends for all employment issues, he's the best!
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Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Kletter Law
  • 2009 - Present
  • Managing Partner
  • Kletter & Peretz
  • 2003 - 2009
  • Attorney
  • Wild, Carey & Fife
  • 2000 - 2002
  • Associate Attorney
  • Rosenberg & Estis
  • 1998 - 2000
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  • Hofstra University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1995
  • Brandeis University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1992
  • Harvard University
  • 1991

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Tran v. Dong
  • Verdict of $505,000 for client
  • Castro v. White Cap
  • More than $5,000,000


  • California Employment Lawyers Association
  • 2006 - Present
  • Bar Association of San Francisco
  • N/A
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • N/A
  • San Mateo County Bar Association
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • Vietnamese
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocate
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 2012
  • Million Dollar Advocate
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 2010
  • Attorney of the Year
  • AIDS Legal Referral Panel
  • 2004

Speaking Engagements

  • Employer Obligations in the Talmud and Today
  • Employer Obligations
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (4)
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Employment and labor Attorney | Feb 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Cary and I worked together on a class action employment matter. He was great to work with, personable, extremely knowledgeable on the class issues and a great and caring advocate for our clients. His specific experience in class actions made for a successful resolution of our case and a very happy client. He was a pleasure to work with and an excellent lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Cary is an excellent attorney. We worked together defending a wage and hour class-action. His skill set and professionalism played a vital role in the successful resolution of our case. I highly recommend Cary."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Cary Kletter is an excellent attorney in every way. He is a fierce litigator who is able to provide a level of compassion and care with his clients that many attorneys lack. If you have an employment law issue Cary is the man you want to talk to."
Employment and labor Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Cary is a strong and knowledgeable lawyer with the highest ethical standards. I feel comfortable consulting him on a wide array of employment law matters."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Employment and labor Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Cary Kletter is feared by his opposing counsels and it is good when he is on your side. He cares deeply about his clients. I highly recommend him for Employment litigation cases."
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San Mateo Employment and labor Lawyer Cary Seth Kletter
Cary Seth Kletter
Employment and labor Attorney
San Mateo, CA
Licensed for 27 years