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Anthony J Sperber

Employment and labor Attorney at Berkeley, CA

4.9   19 reviews

Licensed for 24 years

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About Anthony

Learn Anthony’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Employment and labor
    80%
    My primary specialty is employment law, which includes all types of wrongful termination, discrimination and harassment, and wage & hour violations. I represent mostly employees, although I also assist small employers better comply with the law and defend themselves against unreasonable and meritless claims.

    24 years, 145 cases

  2. Business
    10%
    I represent small businesses in contract negotiation and litigation. My experience includes business-to-business conflicts and franchisee-franchisor disputes (including a very successful case in federal court against an oil company).

    22 years, 35 cases

  3. Libel and slander
    10%
    It is an old notion: your reputation is valuable and worth defending. But when someone defames you and undermines your standing in the community--maybe even your relationships--then it becomes very real. Suddenly everything you have established is at stake. I represent clients in California defamation cases and I do everything possible to ensure that my clients' lives can resume normally and their reputations are restored.

    22 years, 15 cases

Before I was an attorney, I spent approximately 10 years in the restaurant industry.  I also started and ran a painting contracting company during college.  Even in those non-legal positions, I found myself advocating for others who did not have much of a voice.  Often these were low-level employees whose employers took advantage of them because they were young, female, immigrants, or did not speak fluent English.

Since graduating from law school in 1998, I have worked on a wide variety of cases, and for an even wider variety of people and businesses.  Since starting my own firm in 2000, I have represented only small businesses and individuals--typically against wealthy individuals and powerful corporations.  Although these defendants generally can afford the most expensive law firms, I have found that I can obtain justice for my clients through persistent and creative litigation.  

Thank you for reviewing my profile.  If you would like to speak about a potential legal matter, please feel free to call me or send me an email.

- Anthony 

 

Licensed for 24 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 1998
Updated 09/14/2022

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

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Law Office of Anthony J. Sperber
1808 Sixth Street
Berkeley, CA, 94710-2003
Law Office of Anthony J. Sperber
1808 Sixth Street
Berkeley, CA, 94710-2003
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Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
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Posted by anonymous | January 7, 2009
Legal Help
Mr. Sperber is the most knowledgeable and trustworthy lawyer I know. He communicates with his clients in a consistent time frame that lets you know that even during the slow times of the case he is still working your case. He is also the most honest lawyer I know as well.
Posted by Charles | March 5, 2010
Endorsements
Mr. Sperber took on big oil for my wife and I, and never gave into their fleet of attorney's. It took patience, diplomacy and ingenuity to make goliath see the error in their ways. If honesty is something you look for in an attorney, then this is the right attorney.
Posted by Kayla | July 13, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Client
Exceptional attorney Anthony went above and beyond to ensure I received an favorable outcome in a not so nice predicament. Highly recommend.
Posted by Lisa | January 4, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Budget-Friendly Attorney. Advice worth every penny spent.
Wise words that will help guide you in the best direction for your unique situation. I spoke to many potential employment attorneys and Mr. Sperber was the only one that took the time to actually listen and provide well-thought out advice. Highly recommend.
Posted by Amanda | December 23, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
My first time hiring a lawyer!
Anthony was referred to me by a family friend who spoke very highly of him, and after hiring Anthony I have to say he exceeded my expectations! He was so easy to work with, a very nice person, extremely helpful, on top of all our communication, proactive in all his efforts to help me and is excellent at his job. I would highly recommend him. Anthony is definitely someone you want to have on your side!
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Posted by Nick | December 23, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney, Attentive and Helpful!
Anthony was very helpful in assisting me with a wage dispute. He helped me to successfully resolve the dispute with a large, publicly traded company. I was impressed with the amount of time he spent with me during the process. I highly recommend Anthony’s services!
Posted by anonymous | October 30, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best decision
I recently had to deal with an unfortunate situation with my employer. Thankfully I reached out to Anthony and I found him to be open, knowledgeable and extremely easy to talk with. Not only did he provide sound legal advice, he went above and beyond to work as a sounding board for strategies in regards to actions and decisions. I felt reassured to know that I had a strong ally in my corner throughout the process. I was very satisfied with the end result and would highly recommend him to anyone needing counsel.
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Posted by Tara | April 16, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Top Notch!
Mr. Sperber went above & beyond, in researching and preparing for my case. He is a true expert in his field, and did everything he could to ensure a great outcome! He is very professional, yet personable at the same time. He kept me informed throughout the process, and was very quick to respond to any questions that I had along the way. I couldn't have asked for a better attorney..
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Posted by anonymous | April 15, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceeds expectations
I was terminated by my company and offered what appeared to be a reasonable severance package. Reluctantly, I contacted a few employment attorneys and after talking with Anthony for about an hour, I decided to hire him. Best move I could have made. He was an excellent advocate in framing my case for a higher settlement to my former employer. I came away with almost 4 times what they had initially offered and could not be more satisfied. I would recommend Anthony without hesitation. He was professional, communicative and followed through in every regard. I had never hired an attorney before but this was as good an experience as I could have hoped for.
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Posted by Shanandrea | April 15, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing service
I feel as though Anthony was always responsive and honest. He made sure I understood what was going on and never made me feel as though I was bugging him with questions or my concerns. He understood what I wanted and he worked hard to settle my case for what it was worth. Thank you!
Posted by Kimberly | January 16, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fantastic
Mr. Sperber is the best Attorney I have ever had. He always listened to our concerns. He is very understanding and caring. I will always appreciate him for what he did for me and my family. He is very knowledgeable also.
Posted by Tami | April 13, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Went above and beyond to help me
Mr. Sperber was so helpful! He talked at length to me, multiple times about my difficult situation and provided much assistance about possible options. I ended up not needing an attorney yet, but if I do, it will definitely be him. He was very compassionate and empathetic. If you are seeking an enthusiastic, knowledgeable lawyer that will fight for you, he is your guy!
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Posted by Julian | August 30, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Wrongful Termination
From the beginning I could sense that Anthony was a straight shooting / hard working, lawyer that I could trust. He represented me well and helped me to obtain a fair and equitable judgement against my former employer. I'm really glad I hired him. The process was easy and he kept me informed every step of the way. He was easy to get in contact with and he made the legal process understandable throughout the litigation process. He kept me updated and aware during the entirety of my case & I was able to relax because I new I was in good hands. My assessment of Anthony was obviously right because he one the case!
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Posted by Erin | August 27, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Tremendous lawyer
Anthony was a godsend to us during a tough time. He handled our case with serious smarts and strategy and won us justice in the end. He was also very reassuring and supportive during a difficult time, and we're grateful for his help.
Posted by Patrick | March 30, 2015
Immediate Response, Sage Advice
Mr. Sperber replied to my email very quickly and within 10 minutes of a phone call he had given me better advice than I ever expected. If I need further help, I would certainly look to Mr. Sperber.
Posted by anonymous | February 2, 2014
Winning Combination of Experienced Legal Intelligence and Honest Logic
Anthony energetically took on, and brought to a very positive conclusion, my breach of employment contract suit against a public entity and their team of attorneys! First of all, I chose Anthony above three other attorneys, because I liked the way his mind worked. He has quick, highly experienced legal intelligence in combination with an honest, logical attitude that excludes grandstanding. His commitment to justice, swift responsiveness, and infinite patience got me through months of anguish at being “done wrong” by the big guys. When I needed to discuss issues, big or small, he was always there. When you want an attorney you can wholeheartedly trust and one who uses a velvet hammer approach, he’s the one for you.
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Posted by Joshua | March 9, 2013
Lemon Law WIN
We had a terrible experience with our convertible car top. After something like 8 unsuccessful repair attempts in a year, this reputable German luxury auto dealer/mfg literally just blew us off. Unbelievable. All we wanted was our car fixed. After all that and out of principle, we decided to retain an attorney. After researching local attorneys with real lemon law experience/wins, we retained Anthony Sperber and Arthur Obolsky. No promises that it would be easy, or would be a slam dunk. It ended up being easy. Our case was solid, and our attorneys handled the case flawlessly. A bit of a wait after filing and then movement. Mercedes went back and forth with scant offers until they finally agreed to buy the car back, cover all qualifying ownership costs, attorney fee's etc. Awesome. Arthur/Anthony got us everything we asked for and made it as stress free as possible. I found the way that they handled the case, our questions, provided helpful opinions/input, all helped to make it a "pleasurable" experience. I highly recommend these attorneys.
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Posted by Venkat | January 29, 2009
My case
Anthony is the BEST Lawyer I have ever had. He handled my case very well and got a good settlement. He is very knowledgeble in his field, progressive, smart with strategies, understand and respects the opposing party, good negiotiater, well under control in all situations of the case, articulate and works very hard.
Posted by anonymous | January 28, 2009
Attorney Review
Mr. Sperber represented me on both a lemon law and a labor law case. Both cases were resolved with satisfactory out of court settlements which in turn saved money and time for all parties.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Associate Attorney
  • Littler Mendelson
  • 1998 - 2000
  • Summer Associate
  • Simpson, Ahern & Garrity
  • 1997 - 1997
  • Intern
  • Employment Law Center (San Francisco Legal Aid)
  • 1997 - 1997
  • Summer Associate
  • Oakland City Attorney
  • 1996 - 1996
  • Intern, Bureau of Inter-American Affairs
  • United States Department of State
  • 1991 - 1991
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Education

  • University of San Francisco School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1998
  • University of California Berkeley
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1992

Legal Cases

  • Libel Case Against Comedian & Book Publisher
  • Victory - settlement
  • Biziorek v. Tiburon Strategic Advisors
  • Trial Victory Against Financial Services Firm Represented by Morrison & Foerster
  • Gooden v. General Motors
  • Settlement after summary adjudication
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Associations

  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • California Employment Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Alameda County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • Bar Association of San Francisco
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • Litigation and Employment Law Section
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2022
  • 2014 Super Lawyer of the Year
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2014
  • 2013 Super Lawyer of the Year
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2013
  • 2012 Super Lawyer of the Year
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2012
  • Law Review Article of the Year
  • University of San Francisco School of Law
  • 1998
  • Public Interest Law Certificate
  • University of San Francisco School of Law, Public Interest Law Program
  • 1998
  • American Jurisprudence Award, Contracts
  • Bancroft-Whitney
  • 1997
  • Moot Court Award, Best Oral Argument
  • University of San Francisco School of Law
  • 1996
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Publications

Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (9)
Employment and labor Attorney | Feb 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have a current client who worked with Anthony on another unrelated matter. The client informs me that their experience with him was great and that he achieved a great result with diligence and speed. My first boss back in 2005 spoke highly of him too. I look forward to meeting Anthony and hopefully working with him on a case some day."
Employment and labor Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Anthony is an outstanding lawyer. His expertise in labor and employment matters is second to none. He has a calm and re-assuring style, putting his clients at ease during sometimes difficult times. He is a true professional in this important field."
Employment and labor Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Anthony is one of the most exceptional attorneys with whom I have worked. While co-counseling with Anthony on several matters, he has always displayed a high level of compassion and professional excellence As an experienced litigator and negotiator, Anthony is able to efficiently resolve complex litigation matters. As a natural mentor, Anthony has taught me something new each time that I have had the pleasure of working with him. By utilizing a variety of legal strategies, Anthony is able to obtain superior results for his clients in an efficient and timely manner. Accordingly, I endorse Anthony J. Sperber as both a consummate professional and skilled litigator."
Lemon law Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Exceptionally skilled, hardworking, dedicated and compassionate are the first words that come to mind when describing Anthony. He is an extremely competent and effective litigator that truly cares about his clients' best interests. His unrelenting work ethic is admirable and, along with his extensive legal knowledge, no doubt responsible for the successful resolutions he regularly attains for his clients. He is also a genuine person that cares about others. I highly recommend Anthony to anyone in need of a top-notch employment, business or consumer law attorney."
Employment and labor Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Anthony is one of the most competent, bright, and focussed people I have ever worked with. His legal skills are excellent. He cares about his clients and wants to get them the best resolution possible. On top of it all, he is a truly pleasant human being, and he works hard to achieve fairness in the working relationships of others. I highly endorse Anthony Sperber as a superb attorney and an excellent person."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jan 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse attorney Sperber. In just a little over a decade of private practice attorney Sperber has established a solid reputation in Employment and Lemon Law cases - and more. His cases and reviews and reputation and web site content show his thorough knowledge of the law and desire to help his clients get great results. If his office is near you, I recommend him to you."
Employment and labor Attorney | Oct 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Anthony on several matters over the years. You will be hard-pressed to find a more skilled negotiator or capable advocate. Not only does he have an excellent command of the law, but he is unfailingly ethical and compassionate."
Litigation Attorney | Oct 01
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I opposed Anthony in a complex, document-intensive case. He showed himself willing to do the work necessary to present his client's case. He showed himself very well prepared for depositions, having done significant shovel work before hand so that he knew the questions to ask."
Employment and labor Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Anthony is a fine lawyer and works very hard for his clients. He is also a pleasure to work with as co-counsel. I highly recommend Anthony for any employee who is seeking help. Larry Organ"
Employment and labor Attorney | Jan 21
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Anthony is professional, knowledgeable, highly-competent, and practical. In my dealings with him, he demonstrated the highest levels of integrity."
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Libel and slander
Employment and labor
Litigation
Employment and labor
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Employment and labor
Wrongful termination
Berkeley Employment and labor Lawyer Anthony J Sperber
Anthony J Sperber
Employment and labor Attorney
Berkeley, CA
Licensed for 24 years
Free Consultation