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John Scott Bonagofsky

Employment and labor Attorney at San Ramon, CA

5.0   5 reviews
  • Licensed for 26 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1997
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About John

Learn John’s areas of practice.

Practice area
  1. Employment and labor

    26 years, 100 cases

I am an employment law attorney who represents employees in disputes with their current or former employers.  Our firm specializes in the representation of employees in high tech, biotech, and other sophisticated industries, and focuses on cases alleging harassment and discrimination (based on sex, race, national origin, religion, disability, and sexual orientation), "whistleblower" cases involving employees who complain about illegal conduct by their employers, retaliation cases, and unpaid wages. 


We are one of the few employee-side firms with lawyers who have worked at large law firms that represent employers.  That experience gives us invaluable and unusual insight into the manner in which employers' attorneys investigate, defend, and value cases for resolution.  


We are highly selective regarding the clients we choose to represent because we pride ourselves on investigating and preparing each case thoroughly.  Each case gets continuous, personal attention from each member of our trial team.  We do not farm out our clients' cases to other lawyers.  Our clients get the full benefit of the firm's resources and expertise.  We use cutting edge e-discovery and trial presentation technology in our practice, including Nextpoint, CaseMap, and Sanction II, which are software solutions used by many of the largest corporations in the world.  


Our clients have our cell phone numbers and know that they can contact us on an emergency basis when they require immediate legal assistance.  We take very seriously our duty of loyalty to our clients, and our clients know that this is not mere lip service from us.  When our clients need us, we are there. 


If you believe that you have a case that would benefit from our expertise, we encourage you to contact us for an immediate, free consultation to discuss your legal rights and options. 


Scott Bonagofsky

Bonagofsky & Weiss

1 Market Street

Steuart Tower, Suite 1600

San Francisco CA 94105

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Bonagofsky & Weiss
111 Deerwood Road
Suite 200
San Ramon, CA, 94583

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Posted by Ekaterina | April 19, 2013
It was a priviledge to have Scott Bonagofsky as my autorney
Scott Bonagofsky literally gave me my life back. I was discriminated and denied a job on the basis of an approved family leave taken in the past with another employer. From the moment I met Mr. Bonagofsky and he agreed to take my case, I knew that the stars were working for me. Mr. Bonagofsky won the case and I reclaimed my job. He also gave me back the trust in good people. Besides being a brilliant lawyer, Scot Bonagofsky is a wonderful human being too. I highly recommend him.
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Posted by Cody | August 3, 2011
Hired for an unpaid wages claim
Scott was honest, straightforward and professional from day 1 until the very end. Not only did he help me put together a great case, he also advised me along the way to make sure I didn't leave myself open at any point. He even worked with me to ensure that I paid a fair price and knew all the costs that were accruing. Definitely recommend!
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Posted by Tina | February 8, 2010
Represented me for wrongful termination, sexual harassment
Mr Bonagofsky represented me in an exceptionally complicated and emotional case. I cant say enough about his professionalism and compassion. He was always in my corner, I felt very prepared for my depositions and was so impressed with the way Mr Bonagofsky handled every aspect of my case form beginning to end. I would highly recommend him to anyone I care about.
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Posted by anonymous | March 1, 2009
Represented me for unpaid overtime, missing breaks and lunch breaks
Mr. Bonagofsky took my case in May 2008. My company did not pay me for overtime, missed breaks and lunches. It is now Feb. 2009, and the case is settled. Wow. He was recommended to me because of his diligence, hard work, and commitment to settle a case. Even though he is in San Francisco, and I am in Orange County, he did everything from there, thus saving me travel costs. If someone else down here needs a lawyer, I want you to know that I think he will do the best he can for your case.
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Posted by Brian | February 13, 2008
Client Review
Mr Bonagofsky handled my case with the upmost care and attention. I was impressed how informed he was with all aspects of my past employer and how thorough he was with his questions of both myself and the defense. I would highly recommend him for anyone needing an attorney.


  • Free Consultation 120 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 500-500 per hour
  • Contingency 33%-40%
Payment methods
Cash, Check


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • Bonagofsky & Weiss
  • 2008 - Present
  • Partner
  • Emison Hullverson Bonagofsky LLP
  • 2005 - 2008
  • Associate
  • Morgan Lewis & Bockius
  • 2003 - 2005
  • Associate
  • Brobeck Phleger & Harrison
  • 2000 - 2003
  • Associate
  • McKenna & Cuneo
  • 1999 - 2000
  • Law Clerk, then Associate
  • Dolan Law Firm
  • 1996 - 1999
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  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1997
  • California State University
  • BA
  • 1994

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Michael Ruhe and Vicente Catala v. Masimo Corporation
  • $5.4 million arbitration award
  • Pilar Ortiz-Buckley v. Town of Atherton
  • Settled prior to depositions for $230,000.00.
  • Confidential Plaintiff v. Confidential Defendant
  • Settled pre-trial for $1,750,000.00 and an apology
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  • American Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • National Employment Lawyers Association
  • Contributing Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • California Employment Lawyers Association
  • Member; Technology Committee Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
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Honors and Awards

  • Northern California Super Lawyer
  • Northern California Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Northern California Super Lawyer
  • Northern California Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Northern California Super Lawyer
  • Northern California Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Northern California Super Lawyers Rising Stars 2012
  • Northern California Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Northern California Super Lawyers Rising Stars 2011
  • Northern California Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Northern California Super Lawyers Rising Stars 2010
  • Northern California Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Northern California Super Lawyers Rising Stars 2009
  • Northern California Super Lawyers
  • 2009
  • Bar Association of San Francisco, Pro Bono Volunteer of the Year
  • Bar Association of San Francisco
  • 2002
  • American Jurisprudence Award - California Civil Procedure
  • Bancroft-Whitney
  • 1997
  • CALI Award for Excellence - Trial Advocacy I
  • CALI
  • 1997
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  • Tri-Valley Human Resources Association Bulletin
  • How to Handle Employee Requests for Leaves of Absence (co-author with Charles Thompson)
  • 2000
  • The Verdict
  • Childhood Sexual Abuse: Repressed Memories and the Statute of Limitation; a Need for Legislative Clarification (co-author with Christopher B. Dolan)
  • 1998

Speaking Engagements

  • National Symposium on Technology and Labor and Employment Law
  • Bring Your Own Disaster or Bring Your Own Device? The Latest on "Dual Device" Laws, Policies, and Practices
  • 2013
  • CELA Technology Committee Webinar
  • Getting Technologic Evidence Admitted
  • 2012
  • CELA Annual Convention 2012
  • Discovery in the Electronic Age
  • 2012
  • Guest Speaker, Mediation, Boalt Hall
  • Preparing Your Client for Mediation
  • 2010
  • CELA Annual Convention
  • Google Apps for Law Firms
  • 2010
  • CELA Annual Convention
  • Paperless law office
  • 2010
  • California Employment Lawyers Association Annual Convention
  • Federal Filings
  • 2010
  • Starting Your Own Law Practice
  • Starting your own law practice
  • 2006
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Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (12)
Endorse John
Discrimination Attorney | Mar 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Bonagofsky is creative, relentless, and the epitome of an attorney who will fight for his clients like they are his own family. I highly recommend Mr. Bonagofsky as an experienced trial lawyer in California."
Employment and labor Attorney | Oct 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Mar 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Scott and I are on the Technology Committee of California Employment Lawyers Association. I have observed Scott at numerous meetings and giving several well-received presentations to membership. In my opinion, Scott is sharp, capable, tenacious, and a real leader. That makes him a highly effective lawyer and I have no hesitation in endorsing him."
Employment and labor Attorney | Mar 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Employment and labor Attorney | Nov 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Employment and labor Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Wrongful termination Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Scott is an amazing attorney. He is very smart and takes his work, and professional ethics, seriously. He takes no short cuts. He is also a very nice guy and pleasant to be around."
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San Ramon Employment and labor Lawyer John Scott Bonagofsky
John Scott Bonagofsky
Employment and labor Attorney
San Ramon, CA
Licensed for 26 years
Free Consultation