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Yu Tong

Employment and labor Attorney at Oakland, CA

5.0   13 reviews

also known as Vincent Tong

  • Licensed for 13 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2010
    Active No misconduct found

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TONG LAW is a full service law firm providing litigation and transactional legal services to individuals and businesses.


No matter too large, no issue too small; at TONG LAW, our approach to problem solving is to harmonize exceptional client representation with practical legal solutions. We handle a multitude of civil matters, and represent both English and Mandarin Chinese speaking clients.

Our primary areas of focus are employment law, entrepreneurial and startup business law, immigration law, and trademark and copyright law.


Consistent with our commitment to running a green business, we are proud to operate as a technology-driven, paperless office. Our web hosting is 100% wind powered, we utilize webcam video conferencing, and we recycle and use environmentally friendly products.

Conveniently located in the historic Tribune Tower in beautiful Downtown Oakland, California, TONG LAW is easily accessible by various modes of eco-friendly transportation such as BART, bus, or bike.

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1999 Harrison Street
18th Floor
Oakland, CA, 94612

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Posted by Brian | March 24, 2024
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I reached out to Vincent to request for this advice around incorporating a business and how to structure my business. Vincent quickly understood my business situation and needs during the initial consultation, and it made me feel like no time was wasted. I hired him to help me draft and revise various services and contractor agreements that my business relies on for the day to day operations. As a business owner, I felt it was important to me that I've done as much as I can to protect my business and Vincent was able to do just that for me and completed it promptly. He also helped me with the corporate bylaws and tailored it to my company's specific needs. I would highly recommended TONG LAW if you need business law expertise and need them to be completed quickly.
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Posted by Jaime | February 20, 2024
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Vincent is a fierce advocate, I highly recommend him and his team at Tong Law.!
If you are experiencing issues with your employer, call Vincent! It was great working with Vincent Tong of TONG LAW. Vincent is a fierce advocate and I really appreciate his work in my case. Vincent made an extremely hard process and experience much easier to handle and navigate. Plus, I appreciate Vincent's emotional intelligence, each time we spoke, our conversations always helped me keep my anxiety levels down. Vincent gave me the strength and encouragement to keep fighting. I'm so glad I found TONG LAW; Vincent was able to successfully help me resolve my matter before the need for litigation. I highly recommend Vincent and his team!
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Posted by anonymous | February 9, 2024
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Very Knowledgeable
I hired Vincent to represent me in a lawsuit brought against me and several others by an ex-employer. The case was highly emotional and based on complete falsehoods. Vincent was able to sidestep the emotional aspects and keep the case strictly to the law. His knowledge of the law and rules of court were invaluable especially in this instance. I highly recommend him to anyone needing a responsible, competent and knowledgeable attorney.
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Posted by Carl | February 9, 2024
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An excellent experience
Mr. Vincent Tong represented me in a complex and lengthy legal matter, and I highly recommend him. He is very professional and of unquestionable integrity. I was unfamiliar with the law as it pertained to this lawsuit; he was approachable and not only willing to explain things but did so in a concise but complete way so that someone with limited legal knowledge felt comfortable. He was very timely and consistent in his client communications keeping me up to date as the suit progressed. If I were ever to need legal advice again, I would reach out to Vincent Tong without hesitation.
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Posted by anonymous | June 19, 2023
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Solid Business Documents
Vincent helped us with all of our HR documents, from consultant contracts to employee manuals, to IP agreements. He gave us straightforward and quick answers about what we are responsible for as an employer so that we could avoid issues later on the back end. Asides from the legal documents, his practice also provided invaluable insight on selecting the right HR management tools and making sure our ducks were in a row. We felt incredibly well prepared and confident in hiring our first employees and ensuring that we had the proper resources for us and them.
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Posted by Judson | February 6, 2014
Great experience from start to end!
Mr. Tong was extremely helpful from the very first call I made to him. He was able to sort out the details of my case and put together a well thought out defense for the claims made against me. Always professional, kept me informed of progress and returned calls promptly. Most importantly, on my day in court, he was a true professional and executed the defense as we discussed. It was well organized and clearly demonstrated the case against me was ill-founded and false. The outcome was in my favor and I have Mr. Tong to thank for that!
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Posted by Dirtyfaceangels | November 6, 2013
Every part of the business process covered.
Vincent helped our ecommerce business by reviewing all of our business contracts and establish a brand identity in the trademarking process. He keeps us very up to date on new retail and tech business policies, and makes many valuable suggestions which helped us avoid some potentially sticky situations. He has advised us on our contracts, employment policies, corporation filings, and trademarking. We are very fortunate to have such reliable and responsible legal support for our business - we can really focus on the creative process when not sidetracked and bogged down by legalese and laws.
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Posted by anonymous | November 4, 2013
Vincent Tong is excellent at what he does!
Throughout the process of dealing with my previous employer appealing my unemployment benefits, Vincent was very reassuring of my success in this matter. He was able to obtain documentation from my previous employer stating that they had provided false information and fraudulent documents to the EDD. The EDD quickly dropped the appeal. In the end my previous employer paid my legal fees as well. I would highly recommend having Vincent on your side!
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Posted by Lara | October 31, 2013
Helpful business consulting!
Mr. Tong was very helpful with my inquiries and research about starting my business. He provided very useful information regarding contracts, business partnerships, and commercial real estate. He's very knowledgeable and was responsive to all of my questions. In the rare cases that he didn't know something off of the top of his head, he researched and got back to me quickly. Mr. Tong is pleasant to work with and I would definitely recommend him to others.
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Posted by Lake Merritt Dental | October 31, 2013
Quick and thorough services for my business needs!
We found ourselves in a bind when a telecommunications business we were contracted to did not deliver on their promises. We were faced with very unreasonable demands and exorbitant hidden fees - all in all a huge headache. Vincent was able to diffuse the situation by corresponding with the company on our behalf and cut off our contract without having to take further legal actions. His ability to negotiate and reason with the other party ultimately saved us a lot of money and time. We are very happy to have this issue resolved so swiftly and professionally, and would definitely reach out to Vincent again for our future needs.
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Posted by anonymous | October 30, 2013
Looking for an Attorney to be there for you?
Vincent reviewed the issues and we talked about what could be done. By that time, the person in charge decided to handle issues and so I didn't need my attorney to do more, but know I can call on him should the need arise.
Posted by anonymous | October 9, 2013
Excellent preparation, coaching & organization!
In every respect Mr. Tong proved to be well prepared - had done his homework about the details of my particular case - understanding the laws involved as well as "psychological profile" related to what I and the other party had experienced. In the end Mr. Tong aided me with the result of being successful in getting a full RO (restraining order) against the other party. Mr. Tong even recommended me carrying out homework in preparation for my case which I completed even though it was not pleasant. This was invaluable since I was looking back at several years of incidents and needed to bring up as much details as I possibly could. Mr. Tong was specific in coaching me in a logical way on what would be helpful to my case and what would not while encouraging me to be as specific as possible in my account when I would testify. I unreservedly recommend Mr. Tong to clients looking for legal representation!
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Posted by Peter | September 26, 2013
Detail Oriented
I was introduced to Vincent by another attorney friend of mine, because of his expertise in business law. Being my first time involved in a lawsuit and Vincent has guided me through and helped me understand the process. He is very thorough and detail oriented. He is committed to providing his clients with the best representation possible. Vincent's belief in my case has helped me immensely in this process.
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Work Experience

  • Attorney and Counselor at Law
  • 2011 - Present
  • Trial Fellow
  • San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2009 - 2009
  • Law Clerk
  • The Veen Firm, PC
  • 2009 - 2011
  • Law Clerk
  • Consumers Union
  • 2008 - 2008
  • Judicial Intern
  • Superior Court of San Francisco
  • 2008 - 2008
  • Community Organizer
  • Center for Media Justice
  • 2003 - 2007
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  • Santa Clara University School of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 2010
  • Oberlin College
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 2003

Sample of Legal Cases

  • EDD Unemployment Insurance Appeal
  • Appeal won


  • Alameda County Bar Association
  • President - Board of Directors
  • 2021 - Present
  • California Employment Lawyers Association
  • Executive Board Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Asian American Bar Association
  • Newsletter Committee Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Earl Warren American Inn of Court
  • Associate Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • California Lawyers for the Arts
  • Referral Attorney
  • 2012 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • Mandarin
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished Service Award - New Attorney
  • Alameda County Bar Association
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Pro Bono Recognition Award
  • Santa Clara University School of Law
  • 2010
  • Best Oral Argument
  • Trial Advocacy - Santa Clara University School of Law
  • 2008
  • Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Scholarship
  • Santa Clara University School of Law
  • 2007
  • Arts and Leadership Scholarship
  • Oberlin College
  • 1999
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (9)
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Employment and labor Attorney | Aug 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have gotten to know Vincent Tong as a highly reputable, well-known and well-liked attorney in the Bay Area legal community. He is extremely knowledgeable. I have appreciated the consultations I've had with him when a case or client I'm representing has an overlapping issue involving employment/labor."
Employment and labor Attorney | May 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Tong is a skilled and passionate advocate on behalf of his clients. I have referred potential clients to him in the past, and will continue to do so."
Employment and labor Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Feb 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Vince is an intelligent, hard-working, and well-spoken go-getter. I've had the pleasure of working on a number of different projects with Vince. I noted firsthand how dedicated he is to anything he has devoted his time to. I know that this is the same can-do attitude that he uses everyday in his practice."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Federal regulation Attorney | Mar 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I've had the pleasure of working with Vince and have come to know him as an incredibly compassionate and dedicated attorney. He is both extremely smart and extremely personable, oftentimes a rare combination to find in an individual."
General practice Attorney | Dec 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Nov 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Tong is a diligent, focused, knowledgeable and personable attorney who holds leadership positions and actively participates in the legal community. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have worked and consulted with Mr. Tong on various matters over the years. In my experience, Mr. Tong has always been thorough and pragmatic in his approach. I find Mr. Tong to be an effective advocate and a great colleague. I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Nov 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"In all of my interactions with Mr. Tong he has proved to be a highly qualified attorney who is responsive and an effective advocate for his clients."
Employment and labor Attorney | Nov 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Tong is an experienced and very knowledgeable employment lawyer. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Employment and labor Attorney | Sep 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Mr. Tong for a number of years. His knowledge of employment law is extensive and he is a strong advocate for his clients. Moreover, Mr. Tong is professional, ethical, and has a strong presence in the local community. Whenever I need to make a referral for an employment law issue, Mr. Tong is my first and only choice."
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