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Joseph Steve Franco

Workers compensation Attorney at Oakland, CA

5.0   41 reviews

also known as Steve Franco, Steve

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  • Licensed for 15 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2009
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Joseph

Learn Joseph’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Workers compensation
    85%
    Represents union workers, police officers, firefighters, janitors, laborers, brain injuries, slip and falls, teachers, housekeepers, servers, food and restaurant workers, bus drivers, city workers, office workers, truck drivers, construction workers.

    14 years

  2. Personal injury
    5%

  3. Slip and fall accident
    5%

  4. Spinal cord injury
    5%

WE HAVE WON OVER $150,000,000 FOR INJURED WORKERS! CALL (510) 257-9629 TODAY!

Rated one of the BEST work comp lawyers by Super Lawyer Magazine, Represented Hundreds of Clients, Mr. Franco has obtained over $50 million in settlements for injured workers.  And he offers a free consultation. 

He received his law degree from the prestigious University of California, Hastings College of the Law and earned his college degree from UC Berkeley graduating with honors.  He has practiced workers' comp law for 7+ years.  

**SOME NOTABLE CASES**

*$570,000 Workers' Comp Settlement*:  Represented a client who was injured on the job while driving a truck. 

*$300,000 Workers' Comp Settlement*:  Represented driver in a workers' compensation case who was involved in a motor vehicle accident while working. 

*$350,000 Personal Injury Settlement*:  Represented a client in a personal injury premise liability claim.

*He has successfully handled and litigated 25+ trials. 

 

**PERSONAL**

Steve lives in Oakland. He represents workers' compensation and personal injury clients throughout California and the Bay Area counties of San Francisco, Marin, San Mateo, Alameda, Solano, Contra Costa, Santa Clara, Sonoma, Napa and Sacramento and the cities of San Francisco, Oakland,  Berkeley, Alameda, San Leandro, San Mateo, Santa Clara, San Jose,  Sausalito, Antioch, Concord, Daly City, Santa Rosa, South San Francisco, Redwood City, San Rafael, Stockton, Novato, Petaluma, Vallejo,  Hayward, Antioch, Fremont, Fairfield, Pleasanton, Walnut Creek, Richmond  and Sacramento.

 

Awards

Client's Choice 2021,2020,2017,2016
Client's Choice
2021 2020 2017 + 1 ...
Top Contributor 2017,2016
Top Contributor
2017 2016

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We have won over $40,000,000+ for injured workers. We have been voted among the Top 2.5% of lawyers in Northern California.  Let us represent you and obtain all the benefits you deserve.  We are aggressive lawyers that get results.

Location

Steve Franco
1720 Broadway
Suite 410
Oakland, CA, 94612
FRANCO MUÑOZ LAW FIRM
J Street
Sacramento, CA, 95814
FRANCO MUÑOZ LAW FIRM
Mission Street
San Francisco, CA, 94111
Franco Munoz Law Firm
1855 Gateway Blvd
Concord, CA, 94520
Franco Munoz Law Firm
75 E Santa Clara Street
San Jose, CA, 95113
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Reviews

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Client's Choice 2021
Client's Choice
Client's Choice is an Avvo award granted to attorneys with a significant number of client reviews over 4 stars in a given year.
Posted by Sam M | January 12, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Don't Waste Your Time Searching: A Stellar Workers' Comp Attorney in the Bay Area
If you're in search of a skilled workers' comp attorney in the Bay Area, your quest ends here. Steve Franco and his assistant, Cristina, boast a solid reputation in their field. Before turning to Steve, I had enlisted the services of another attorney from a well-known law firm, only to find the experience less than satisfactory. Following the signing of the retainer agreement, my inquiries and calls went unanswered, compelling me to seek alternative legal representation. Despite encountering challenges in securing representation, with many attorneys hesitating due to difficulties in obtaining my files from the previous law firm, Steve took up my case. In a comprehensive video call, he explained the entire process, simplifying it for my understanding. Steve also provided informative materials and guidelines, offering clarity on the intricacies of my case. Throughout the process, Steve's assistance was invaluable, with prompt responses to my queries, even during emergencies. Navigating my employer's insistence on my return to work was a challenge, but Steve expertly guided me to safeguard my rights. Despite health issues preventing my attendance at the AME appointment, he successfully rescheduled it. The case reached settlement in under a year, and I was thoroughly pleased with the outcome. Collaborating with Steve and his team brought a sense of security, given their unwavering support. Workers' comp procedures can be difficult, and having a knowledgeable attorney acquainted with healthcare providers in specific areas proves vital in securing optimal care. Notably, I retained my job post-settlement, a rare achievement in workers' comp cases where resignation is typically mandated. Steve skillfully negotiated with my insurance company to preserve my position. When recounting my experience with others who've undergone workers' comp processes, it's apparent that not many have encountered outcomes as seamless and straightforward as mine. Steve and his team undeniably merit a 5-plus star rating.
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Posted by Rosy | February 11, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Un Abogado Excelente!
El abogado Steve Franco me ayudó en mi caso laboral. Mi caso fue negado al principio del caso pero el me mandó a su doctor que escribió un reporte bueno. Al fin, conseguí una buena compensación de más de cien mil. Y gracias a Dio ahora estoy en un trabajo nuevo. Lo recomiendo.
Posted by anonymous | February 18, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Efficient lawyer
Steve did a great job without any lip service. I appreciate his efficiency and the successful outcome of the case. I was not even thinking about having a lawyer. Only when my employer denied me the right to see a doctor for my injury, a colleague suggested I should get a lawyer. Am I happy that I did! What a difference a good lawyer makes.
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Posted by Rosie | February 8, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A powerful attorney that gets the job done!
I called Steve a few months into my workers comp claim because I was feeling confused and overwhelmed dealing with my employer and workers comp insurance. He spent over an hour answering my questions, explaining to me my options and the workers comp process in a way that I was able to understand. Steve immediately took control of my case and made sure to get me the best medical care available to me. Steve Franco is a very knowledgeable and powerful attorney. I am so grateful to have had Steve and his team on my side throughout my case. I would highly recommend Steve Franco to anyone in need of a workers comp attorney.
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Posted by Lizeth | January 6, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Sunshine on a cloudy day
Dealing with WC had been a huge hassle, they were non-responsive, they wouldn't return my calls or emails. I was in terrible amount of pain and couldn't receive medical care for any of it. I finally decided to choose Mr Franco as my attorney and from the moment he took my case I saw nothing but action! His office set everything up. I got treatment and a wonderful settlement. The office staff was patient with me and we were able to deal with everything online or over the phone which is something I needed badly due to my injury. I hope to never have to be in this predicament again, but if ever I was, Mr Franco is who I would call again in a heartbeat!
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Posted by Eric | December 9, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great representation
I was injured at work and was having a hard time getting worker comp to do much besides shuffle me around from doctor to doctor with very little in the way of treatment. Steve explained to me how things worked within the system and the difficulties in really getting treatment. He helped push forward the process in terms of getting the doctors to help and in the end a settlement.
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Posted by Akram | November 29, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
Attorney Steve Franco is an excellent attorney. He helped me with my worker’s compensation case. He answered all my questions. Very professional & knowledgeable. Thank you so much!
Posted by Jan | November 29, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank you Steve Franco/ Agradecida Steve Franco!
I will like to thank Steve franco and his team for always being there for me when I had question about my case injury for Explaining my case with Every detail and Professional way. I highly recommend Steve franco! Quiero darle Las gracias a Steve Franco y su equipo muy buen equipo porsupuesto! ay ayuda en Español lo super recomiendo!
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Posted by Philip | November 26, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I Had a 100% GREAT Experience with Franco Muñoz Law
I unreservedly and enthusiastically endorse Franco Muñoz Law. Over years I've hired the services of various attorneys. But, working with Steve Franco and his team was a breath of fresh air. They were all ultra-professional, great listeners and more than cordial in their demeanor. I never felt put-off in any communication with them in the way you might sometimes feel with some professional people. They were always welcoming, attentive and returned my phone calls in record time. Steve returned my first call immediately. He wasted no time in ascertaining the key points in my workmen's comp. case, and then articulated a strategy for us to move forward. They never stopped working for the most advantageous outcome for my case until it was concluded. They all have my gratitude. Also, I give special thanks to Cristina and also a thank you to Adriana.
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Posted by anonymous | November 24, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Consistent and reliable
It was my first time going thru workers comp and from consultation thru handling my case, Steve and the rest of their team did a good job. They’ll talk to you step by step all the way. Thanks for everything!
Posted by Lashaun | April 28, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Steve is the man
He’s very understanding and wants to help you win your battle as much as possible . High recommend you pick him as your workers Comp lawyer very very worth it .
Posted by José | September 16, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Injury
Steve fue muy profesional y siempre estuvo muy pendiente de mi, me informo todo lo necesario, muy profesional lo recomiendo 100%
Posted by Janemary | September 16, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A lawyer who truly knows what he’s doing!
Steve always had an answer for every question I asked, so I knew exactly what was going on every step of my workers compensation case. He prioritizes communication with his clients and I respect that.
Posted by Maria | August 9, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Gracias Steve!
I'd like to thank Steve Franco and his workers' compensation law firm. He provided me with outstanding legal representation. Steve and his staff were very attentive and addressed all my concerns. Often, it may be intimidating to navigate a workers' compensation claim, I'm glad Steve was on my team. Steve is Bilingual. As a Spanish Speaker, it was easy to communicate with Steve. He did a great job at taking me step by step. Steve is a great negotiator. As a result, I was offered a higher settlement. I highly recommend Steve!
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Posted by SocorroMercado | June 25, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
*****Quality Free Consultation>>>Priceless*****
He responded in less than an hour & gave my fiancé a Free phone consult, where all questions/explanations were given. He gave us peace of mind. We look forward in him representing us>>soon! We could clearly see the VALUE in all of his advice. To be frank, his name says it all..honesty.>>>#FRANCO!
Posted by Kingston | June 17, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Workers comp success
Attorney Steve Franco is very informative, thorough, honest ,and patient. He Explained The whole process with me, this was my first situation with workers compensation I didn’t know how things work, after his explanation which was very clear and concise. I didn’t have many questions and if any questions did arise they were answered promptly He Is very knowledgeable with his experience he was able to I would recommend Steve Franco for anyone who needs services in his area of expertise. My case personally was a success handled with minimally difficulty on my end ,Steven Franco and his team handled pretty much everything. Thank you again Steven Franco and everyone on his team.
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Posted by Tsutomu | May 26, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Smart and very knowledgeable lawyer
I hired Steve for my workers comp case. He was very knowledgeable and thorough. I would highly recommend.
Posted by Marc | May 5, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Awesome Workers Compensation Attorney
I highly recommend Steve and René for all they do to help workers obtain compensation for their injuries on the job. They both have significant experience and work well with their clients. They know how to communicate well with them and I know this because I'm also an attorney in another field and we did community presentations to help our respective potential clients. Steve and René informed those in the event as to their employment rights and to what they should be entitled. They are also bilingual in Spanish and English. They are highly personable and work hard at what they do. I highly recommend them! 
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Posted by Lexene | September 16, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Joseph Steve Franco
I would highly recommend SteveJoseph Franco to anyone seeking legal representation that is fair, honest and will keep your best interest and unique needs at the forefront. Should the situation arise, I would not hesitate to seek representation from Steve Joseph again.
Posted by anonymous | September 14, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Worker's Compensation Attorney
Steve Franco in an AMAZING attorney. He handled my case in a timely fashion. He also got me what I felt I deserve for future care of my injury. If you are In need of a law PLEASE contact him. You will be happy you did and he won't let you down.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Contingency 13%-15%

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Law Partner
  • Franco Munoz Law, A P.C.
  • 2018 - Present
  • Senior Associate
  • Ratto Law Firm
  • 2010 - 2017
  • Contract Attorney
  • Various Commercial Law Firms
  • 2009 - 2009
  • Criminal Defense Attorney
  • Flores Law Firm
  • 2009 - 2009
  • Judicial Extern
  • California Supreme Court
  • 2008 - 2008
  • City Attorney
  • Alameda County Counsels Office
  • 2007 - 2007
  • Legal Intern
  • General Electric (GE)
  • 2006 - 2006
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Education

  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • University of California - Berkeley
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2004

Sample of Legal Cases

  • *$300,000 Workers' Comp Settlement*
  • Obtained $300,000 settlement
  • *$350,000 Personal Injury Settlement*
  • $350,000 Settlement

Associations

  • East Bay La Raza Lawyers Association
  • Board Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • California Applicants' Attorneys Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • California Applicants' Attorneys Association chapter
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Hispanic National Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • San Francisco La Raza Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Hastings Hispanic National Bar Association
  • Co-chair
  • 2008 - 2008
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2018
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • Western Service Workers Association (WSWA)
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2017
  • Corporation Fellow
  • Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA)
  • 2005
  • Summer Law Fellow
  • Council of Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO)
  • 2005
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Publications

  • General Tips To Know For Injured Workers
  • Workers' Comp 101 (blog post)
  • 2011

Speaking Engagements

  • CLE - Sacramento Bar Association
  • AMA Medical Guides Chapter 15
  • 2015
  • Sacramento Chiropractors Association
  • Almaraz Guzman & The AMA Guides
  • 2011

Attorney endorsements

Received (19)
Given (34)
Endorse Joseph
Workers compensation Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Franco is an excellent attorney who provides great service to his clients, as evidenced by his stellar client reviews. I highly recommend retaining Mr. Franco in any workers compensation or personal injury matter that you may be facing."
Workers compensation Attorney | Mar 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lawyer Joseph Franco is among the best of the new generation of workers' compensation lawyer. He possesses stellar academic credentials, current experience in the workers' compensation and personal injury fields, and shows passion in obtaining treatment and benefits for injured workers."
Workers compensation Attorney | Oct 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with and against many lawyers, but Steve is among the the brightest I have come across. His ability to strategically plan his cases and think two steps ahead of his opponents is impressive. He has a fine reputation in the Workman's Comp community for zealously representing and fighting for his clients. I recommend Steve for anyone who has a Workman Comp claim."
Workers compensation Attorney | Jul 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Steve is quite simply one of the best to put on a suit and call himself a workers' compensation attorney. He listens to his clients, he understands the system, and has a good reputation with other attorneys and judges. I highly endorse Steve without any reservations."
Workers compensation Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Franco is a diligent, hard-working, and bright attorney. I have no hesitation referring him any matters concerning work injuries. He not only gets great results for his clients, but does so with professionalism. I endorse this lawyer."
Workers compensation Attorney | Jan 23
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Steve is an outstanding attorney. He's readily familiar with the intricacies of California Workers' Compensation and knows how to position his clients to have the best potential outcome. He is as good as it gets in his field."
Workers compensation Attorney | May 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Workers compensation Attorney | Apr 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Franco is respected by colleagues and clients for his knowledge and professionalism."
Workers compensation Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joseph Steve Franco is extremely dedicated to the practice and truly believes in justice for all."
Workers compensation Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Franco's knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm makes him an excellent choice when selecting an attorney to represent you in pursuing your workers compensation claim. I endorse this lawyer."
Workers compensation Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Franco brings substantial experience, a vigorous work ethic and amazing results. I highly recommend Mr. Franco for workers compensation practice. His knowledgeable and friendly demeanor makes him a superstar in the legal community."
Workers compensation Attorney | Apr 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Franco is a bright, energetic lawyer who should serve any client well. I endorse him."
Personal injury Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Franco is a very knowledgeable and effective advocate for his personal injury clients."
Personal injury Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He gives back to the community with his legal answers on this forum."
Personal injury Attorney | Mar 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joseph is an excellent attorney committed to providing the highest quality representation to clients. I endorse this attorney without reservation."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Franco is an expert in his practice areas and a valuable contributor to the AVVO community."
Workers compensation Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joseph is an excellent attorney committed to providing highest quality representation to clients. I endorse him without reservation."
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Joseph is undoubtedly a top notch attorney who has skillfully mastered his primary area of practice over the course of his professional experience. His sharp critical thinking and flawless work ethic are perhaps the key qualities which ensured the success of a remarkable number of his cases. I endorse this lawyer and encourage anyone who needs superior legal representation to opt for his services."
Workers compensation Attorney | Aug 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. His dedication to his craft and his clients is unparalleled!"
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Oakland Workers compensation Lawyer Joseph Steve Franco
Joseph Steve Franco
Workers compensation Attorney
Oakland, CA
Licensed for 15 years
Free Consultation
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