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Pamela Yvette Price

Civil rights Attorney at Oakland, CA

4.6   9 reviews
  • Licensed for 40 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1983
    Active No misconduct found

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About Pamela

Learn Pamela’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Civil rights
    Holding police accountable for misconduct has been my special mission since 1991 and still sorely needed today. I also handle First Amendment retaliation cases, and education cases protecting the civil rights of young people and their parents.

    32 years

  2. Discrimination
    As a Black woman, I know firsthand the pain of race and gender discrimination, a denial of pregnancy, family or medical leave and disability discrimination. My mission is to fight "the good fight" to right the wrongs of injustice for everyday people.

    32 years

  3. Sexual harassment
    In 1977, I joined the landmark case of Alexander (Price) v. Yale, the first sexual harassment case brought under Title IX. Since then, I have been “living my making" and winning millions of dollars for my clients while fighting sexual harassment.

    32 years

  4. Wrongful termination
    I have been honored to fight for employees only in and out of the courtroom and have successfully litigated and resolved cases against major corporations and government agencies. I can help you win the battle for justice!

    32 years

  5. Contracts and agreements
    Before you sign your rights away, talk with an experienced attorney specializing in Employment Law. I can review your severance or settlement agreement, answer any questions, and protect you from “overreaching” by your employer.

    32 years

  6. Employment and labor
    In 2002, I was the California Lawyer Attorney of the Year in Employment. I have represented victims of discrimination and retaliation in difficult cases for decades, holding major employers like, Tesla and Bank of America accountable.

Ms. Price is respected nationally as a tenacious and principled advocate. A former foster kid, she graduated from Yale College and earned her Master's and J.D. from UC Berkeley. She founded her own law firm in 1991. She is one of a handful of Black women to argue a case in the US Supreme Court and she won the case. In 2004, she was recognized as one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in Northern California. She received the 2002 CLAY Award for Employment Law from California Lawyer magazine. In 1993 and again in 2001, she received the Charles Houston Bar Association's Clinton W. White Trial Advocacy Award. To schedule an appointment, send an e-mail to or call me at.

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Attorney Pamela Price has been recognized as a California Super Lawyer in Northern California since 2004.
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Pamela Y. Price
P.O. Box 5843
Oakland, CA, 94605

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Posted by Jaime | October 1, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank you Ms. Price!
Ms. Pamela Price provided me with clear guidelines about how to proceed with my situation. She kept me in the loop and continuously checked on me and follow up thoroughly from the beginning to the end. She is an amazing human being, I highly recommend her!
Posted by anonymous | May 20, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Great experience
Honesty, trust and non-stop hard work is what attorney Price will give you. She worked so hard on my case I honestly didn’t think this woman slept. I have and will continue to refer family and friends to attorney Price for legal matters.
Posted by Art | April 23, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fearless Fighting Attorney!
I met Ms. Price about 3 plus years ago through my Attorneys. To this day, Ms. Price has been a beacon of light for me and to me. Please allow me to explain! As one of my Attorneys, she helped me find and get justice against a multi billion dollar company, a multi million dollar company and a government agency. Her outside the box thinking and Extremely knowledgeable legal skills WON my case. Ms. Price is FEARLESS and fights for the underdog(s). I would recommend, support, vote for, vote with, follow, etc Ms. Price on ALL that she endeavors to do! Thank You again Ms. Price for getting me justice and your continued fight for Social Justice and Civil Rights! Doug Blacksher April 20, 2020
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Response from Pamela Price April 24, 2020
Thank you Doug. I appreciate your courage in standing up for what is right, even when you felt like you were standing alone. "One man with courage makes a majority."
Posted by Areda | April 22, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Employment related case..
I contacted Ms. Price and her assistant scheduled an appointment for me within 48 hours to have a consultation regarding my case. Ms. Price was very professional, very responsive and showed compassion to my situation. She listened and asked questions of me in a sensitive manner to make sure she understood the case. She worked very hard and thoroughly to get the results that I wanted. I was very impressed on how swiftly she worked and how dedicated she was. I could not have asked for a better experience under the circumstances. I received everything that I asked for in this case and more. I HIGHLY recommend Ms. Price and her staff. I would also use her services again in the future if needed.
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Response from Pamela Price April 24, 2020
Thank you Areda. I'm glad that we were able to bring you through a difficult situation. Best wishes for your success in the future. You are an awesome asset to our community. "Keep on keeping on!"
Posted by Gloria | April 22, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
An attorney that fights for and defends your rights
Pamela Price took a case for me that involved getting hurt in a major chain retail store. I found Pamela to be transparent, authentic, and honest. She didn't "blow up" what I would be able to get in compensation for my injury but she did explain how my settlement claim would be looked at. She explained in detail what we could reasonably ask for. However, she did push the envelope asking for much more than the company wanted to pay. Bottom line, we came out with much more than I thought we would get. I appreciated Pamela's constant communication and updates regarding my case. I tried to negotiate a settlement on my own but once I got Pamela involved, she negotiated twice the amount the company said they would pay. If you are looking for someone that can play "hardball" with the best of them, then I highly and respectfully recommend Pamela Price. I honestly felt like she was looking out for me (her client) and not for the money that she could get. I found her easy to work with. She is extremely knowledgable and kind, but she can be a piranha when she needs to be. I highly recommend Ms. Pamela for her professionalism, knowledge, business acumen, and work ethics.
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Response from Pamela Price April 24, 2020
Thank you Gloria for your kind words and vote of confidence. I appreciate your trust and confidence in my commitment to provide excellent representation. Stay safe and well in this season.
Posted by Brian | April 12, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
My case involved Unfair Hiring Practices, during the time period of 2015. When attempts to resolve the matter through Human Resources (HR) failed, my last resort was to file a compliant with an outside agency. It wasn't until I began searching the internet, more specifically, the Super Attorney's website, when I came across Ms. Pamela Y. Price, Attorney at Law's Profile. I read her accomplishments, credentials and was very impressed. I submitted a brief overview of my case to her and without hesitation, she accepted my case. Within days, she filed the necessary court documents prior to the Statue of Limitations running out. Ultimately, all of our hard work and efforts were rewarded. Thank you Ms. Pamela Y. Price for your help and knowledge; you are a life saver.
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Response from Pamela Price April 15, 2020
Thank you Brian for allowing me to represent you. Thank you for your courage and tenacity in holding your employer accountable.
Posted by Rashidah | August 1, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Pamela Price is dedicated to her clients
Pamela Price is dedicated to her clients and is committed to using her legal talents to address injustice. She has utilized her knowledge as an attorney not only to the benefit of her clients but also to advance racial equity in our community by working pro bono to advance the goals of organizations who are striving to address systemic racism and injustice.
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Posted by DavidAK | February 23, 2017
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| Consulted Attorney
A very patient and caring
I met Ms. Price and left just about 30 minutes ago but not going to wait to write the review. She was the only lawyer considered to talk in person about my issues and she was very caring and kind. I was trying find an attorney to represent me to file a case and most attorneys don't even bother to talk nor ask what is the reason. I am satisfy with her treatment and the way I was treated. I was initially told for one hour but went over longer and close to 2 hours and I felt so ad for wasting her time. I asked her if she could help me in some other way if she doesn't represent me, she gave me a bright light with her respond. "I will get you one even if I cannot take your case. There are so many people I know will be furious if they find out what happened". I am fighting an uphill battle and I get negative opinions to walk away but if one don't stand up for the right thing, the issue will continue to happen to others. I You will not regret nor feel like you were just trashed once you see her. She will give you positive views and what to considered. So, if you have any civil/constitutional cases or discrimination or others in her practise area, don't waste your time with others. See her first and get the help.
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Posted by Fed up Oakland resident | February 1, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
A disgrace
She is an absolute abomination as an attorney and needs to step down or be recalled as the DA before we all go down. She was elected via rank choice voting. It doesn’t get worse than this woman.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Staff Attorney
  • Bayview Hunter's Point Community Defender
  • 1983 - 1984
  • Legal Intern
  • California Supreme Court
  • 1979 - 1980


  • University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1982
  • University of California - Berkeley
  • MA - Masters
  • 1982
  • Yale University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1978

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Berndt v. California Dept. of Corrections
  • Settlements: $2,673,000
  • Sanchez v. California Dept. of Corrections
  • Verdict/Judgment: $565,000; Post-trial Settlement: $750,000
  • Davis v. PHS
  • Verdict/Judgment: $528,957; Post-trial Settlement: $1,325,000
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  • Alameda-Contra Costa Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1983 - Present
  • National Conference of Black Lawyers
  • Member
  • 1979 - 1984
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Pauli Murray Trailblazer Award
  • African-American Policy Forum
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Woman of the Year Assembly District 18
  • California State Legislature
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Champion of Justice
  • National Lawyers Guild Bay Area Chapter
  • 2016
  • Heman Marion Sweatt Award
  • National Bar Association
  • 2011
  • Arthur A. Fletcher Award of Achievement
  • California Association of Equal Rights Professionals
  • 2010
  • Living the Dream Award
  • S.F. Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights
  • 2010
  • Community Service Award-Excellence in Law
  • Gamma Phi Delta Sorority
  • 2005
  • Ten Women Campaign Award
  • Flyaway Productions
  • 2003
  • Founders Award of Achievement
  • California Association of Equal Rights Professionals
  • 2003
  • California Lawyer Attorney of the Year in Employment
  • California Lawyer Magazine
  • 2002
  • Clinton W. White Trial Advocacy Award
  • Charles Houston Bar Association
  • 2001
  • Clinton W. White Trial Advocacy Award
  • Charles Houston Bar Association
  • 1993
  • Maria Miller Stewart Award
  • Connecticut Women's Education and Legal Fund
  • 1992
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  • Practice Guide (The Rutter Group)
  • Contributing Editor, Employment Litigation, Chapter 10, Harassment
  • 2006
  • Yale Press
  • Eradicating Sexual Harassment in Education, MacKinnon & Siegel (Eds.), New Directions in Sexual Harassment Law
  • 2004

Speaking Engagements

  • SOAR Winter Academy
  • The Journey from Foster Care to the US Supreme Court
  • 2020
  • College & Career Day
  • My Career as A Lawyer
  • 2020
  • Berkeley Law School Class
  • #METOO and Alexander v. Yale
  • 2020
  • #OBAL Beyond Barriers
  • Voter Awareness and Empowerment
  • 2020
  • The Worldwide #METOO Movement: Global Resistance to Sexual Harassment
  • Looking at Harassment Through Multiple Lenses - Intersectional Issues with Race
  • 2019
  • College of Trial Arts: Donald L. Galine Hawaii Travel Seminar
  • Lessons from A Black Woman-Owned Trial Law Firm
  • 2019
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Attorney endorsements

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Endorse Pamela
Civil rights Attorney | Jun 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Ms. Price is an outstanding lawyer and a fierce fighter for social justice. I've been lucky to work with her for police accountability and look forward to doing more together in the future."
Discrimination Attorney | Jul 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She is one of the top discrimination lawyers in America. Her case before the United States Supreme Court, opened the door and paved the way for hostile working environment cases. She is a zealous advocate."
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