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Harvey Sohnen

About me

Harvey Sohnen graduated from Columbia University, and then earned a Master’s Degree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After his initial training in math and science, Harvey decided to apply his skills as an advocate and attended law school at the University of California at Berkeley.


His initial work as a lawyer was in the field of public interest law, as a legal services attorney. During these years, he was significantly involved in class actions concerning employment law and constitutional law.


25 Years Experience as a Civil Litigator in Contra Costa County


After his legal services experience, Harvey established his law practice in California’s Contra Costa County where he has been located since 1985. Harvey’s particular field of interest in law practice during this period has been civil litigation, with an emphasis on employment law and commercial law.  His practice includes handling class actions and complex litigation.


Harvey has been a frequent writer on legal topics.  He has served as the principal editor of the Contra Costa County Bar Association’s monthly magazine, the Contra Costa Lawyer. He has been quoted in a front page article on employment law in the Wall Street Journal and has been a frequent speaker at continuing education programs.  His professional memberships include the State Bar of California, California Employment Lawyers Associations and the Contra Costa County Bar Association.


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Practice areas


  1. Employment: 80%
  2. Business: 20%


Payment types:

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  • Aryeh Leichter

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    Aryeh Leichter Wrongful termination Attorney
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  • Michael Lee Carver

    I endorse this lawyer. I have had the pleasure of working with him on a large class action employment law case. He is very experienced and knowledgeable, tenacious and ethical. If he represents you, you are in good hands.


    Michael Carver Employment and labor Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Sohnen Law Offices

2 Theatre Square
Suite 230
Orinda, CA, 94563


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Northern California Super LawyerAmerican Lawyer Magazine2016
Northern California Super LawyerAmerican Lawyer Magazine2015
Northern California Super LawyerAmerican Lawyer Magazine2014
AV RatedMartindale-HubbellN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalSohnen Law Offices1998 - Present
PartnerPage & Sohnen1986 - 1998
AssociateSpanos & Wassell1985 - 1986
AssociateLerner & Veit1982 - 1985
Staff AttorneyLegal Aid Society of Alameda County1977 - 1982
Association namePosition nameDuration
Contra Costa County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Contra Costa LawyerEditor2013 - 2015
Contra Costa LawyerMember, Editorial Board2002 - 2015
California Employment Lawyers AssociationMember1998 - 2015
Robert G. McGrath American Inn of CourtMaster1998 - 2008
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Escandon v. Northbay CorporationClass action settlement
Eva v. Registry of Physician SpecialistsFavorable appellate decision
Brooks v U.S. BankClass action settlement involving 2500 people
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Publication nameTitleDate
Contra Costa LawyerWhy Make Employees Stand All Day?2015
California, Contra Costa LawyerAdded Penalties Privatize Wage and Hour Law Enforcement2004
CAAAmentsThe Rights of Applicants Under Fair Employment Laws2004
The Contra Costa LawyerCompliance with Disability Discrimination Laws2003
San Francisco AttorneyCalifornia Overtime Law: Law Firms are Not Exempt2002
The Contra Costa LawyerEmployees now have a right not to live in Modesto (among many other new rights enacted into law in California this year)2000
The Contra Costa LawyerShould You Be Paying Overtime?1997
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1974
Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyN/AMS - Master of Science1969
Columbia UniversityMathematicsBA - Bachelor of Arts1968
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Employment SectionEmployee and Employers Disability Tricks and Traps2010
Annual CLE ProgramDisability Discrimination Law2004
Employment SectionEthical Issues in Employment Law2002
Employment SectionImpact of the Hill vs. N.C.A.A. decision on the right of privacy under the California Constitution1994
Employer Advisory CouncilEmployee Privacy Rights vs. Employer Interests1994
League of California CitiesWrongful Termination Law1987