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Bryan Schwartz is an Oakland, California-based attorney dedicated to helping employees protect their rights in the workplace. He has fought prohibited discrimination, retaliation, and harassment,  obtained reasonable accommodations for disabled employees, vindicated whistleblowers’ rights, and ensured that corporations pay workers all wages they are owed. He has successfully litigated individual and class action complaints nationwide, helping to recover millions of dollars for thousands of employees, forcing corporations and Government agencies to change their practices and punish wrongdoers.

Bryan Schwartz is also one of the few Bay Area-based attorneys with extensive experience representing Federal employees in their unique Merit Systems Protection Board and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaints.

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Languages spoken: Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Employment: 100%



Hourly ($425/hour), contingent (33-40%), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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    I endorse this lawyer. Bryan is well known as a leading employment lawyer in the Bay Area. I highly recommend him..


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Contact info

Bryan Schwartz Law

1330 Broadway
Suite 1630
Oakland, CA, 94612

Bryan Schwartz Law

180 Grand Avenue
Suite 1550
Oakland, CA, 94612



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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyBryan Schwartz Law2009 - Present
Managing Attorney, San Francisco OfficeNichols Kaster, LLP2006 - 2008
AssociatePassman & Kaplan, PC2003 - 2006
Law ClerkHon. Franklin Van Antwerpen2001 - 2002
Association namePosition nameDuration
California Employment Lawyers AssociationDiversity Committee2006 - Present
California Bar Labor and Employment SectionN/A2006 - Present
National Employment Lawyers AssociationN/A2003 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Bhat v. DC Water & Sewer AuthorityEnvironmental whistleblower fully vindicated
Cross v. SmithsonianFederal whistleblower vindicated
Nigam v. US Dept of Housing and Urban DevelopmentBush Cabinet Secretary found to have discriminated
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Publication nameTitleDate
The Labor Lawyer, published by the American Bar Association.“In the Name of Security, Insecurity: The Trend to Diminish Employee Rights”2005
Federal Employees Legal Survival Guide, 2d EditionNew Chapter2005
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Cornell UniversityN/AOther - BachelorsN/A
University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of LawN/AJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
2009 UC Hastings Women’s Law Journal SymposiumOngoing Struggles for Economic Equality: Challenges Faced by Women and Marginalized Communities, “Low-Wage Workers in the Economic Crisis”2009
2008 National Employment Lawyers Association Convention“Advanced Strategic Thinking in Whistleblower Cases”2008
2007 National Employment Lawyers Association ConferenceRepresenting Workers in Individual and Collective Actions Under the FLSA, "Encouraging Wage & Hour Actions Against State & Local Public Employers"2007