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Kurt W Dreger

Employment and labor Attorney at Berkeley, CA

5.0   11 reviews

also known as Kurt W. Dreger Law Office

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  • Licensed for 11 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2012
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Kurt

Learn Kurt’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Employment and labor
    40%
    My specialty is employment law, including all types of wrongful termination, discrimination and harassment, retaliation, and wage & hour violations. I represent mostly employees, but I also assist small employers comply with employment regulations.

    12 years, 50 cases

  2. Discrimination
    30%
    All forms of harassment in the workplace.

    12 years, 50 cases

  3. Sexual harassment
    15%
    All forms of harassment in the workplace.

    12 years, 50 cases

  4. Wrongful termination
    15%
    Wrongful termination in violation of public policy.

    12 years, 50 cases

SUCCESSFUL REPRESENTATION OF CLIENTS IN EMPLOYMENT CASES.

I represent employees who have lost their jobs for unlawful reasons or were forced to quit because of harassment or unsafe working conditions. My practice area is employment law, including all types of wrongful termination, discrimination and harassment, retaliation, and wage and hour violations.

I began my career as a field chemist, working for a small hazardous waste disposal consulting firm in the San Francisco Bay Area. As I traveled all over California overseeing the packaging and shipment of hazardous waste, I witnessed many workers exposed daily to chemicals and other hazards with little to no controls. This inspired me to focus my career on worker safety and health, and work to protect everyone's right to a safe workplace.

Over time, I served as a lay or expert witness in cases involving employee or public exposure to hazardous chemicals, asbestos, or mold. In every case, I remarked how helpful it could be if the attorneys understood more about the core concepts of industrial safety and hygiene. I thought California workers might benefit from an attorney who understands the rules of safety and health on a practitioner level. So I set out to become that professional.

Later, as my legal career gained momentum, I decided that protecting workers from harm goes far beyond worker safety and health. It also involves protecting people from workplace discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wage theft, and labor code violations. And it involves taking action whenever a fired employee could potentially have been the victim of a workplace injury, or suffered an illness or disability based on chemical exposure or other hazards in the workplace.

And that's where I found my true calling – which is to protect the legal rights of employees and to fight for compensation when those rights are violated.

Location

Kurt W. Dreger Law Office
1808 Sixth Street
Berkeley, CA, 94710

Reviews

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Posted by Shanandrea | April 17, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing service
Kurt was responsive and informative. He was always thorough in answering my questions and making sure I understood the process of my case. Thank you!
Posted by Tara | April 16, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Representation!
Working with Kurt, made a long case more bearable. His research & preparation for my case was exceptional! He has truly exceeded my expectations...He went above and beyond, to ensure a successful outcome to my case. He was very professional & helpful, and kept me informed each step of the way. Also, he was very quick to respond to any questions or concerns that I had at the time. I could not have asked for a better attorney.
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Posted by Nan | September 21, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Wise, reliable counselor and HR legal advisor
Kurt is an extremely helpful attorney who has guided the HR policies and practices of our non-profit society since 2015. His measured and detailed advice has enabled me to make wise decisions, adhere to all legal requirements and build an excellent team. He has crafted contracts for employees and contractors, new policies in response to COVID and the employee policy manual. I highly recommend Kurt to anyone or any company seeking HR legal advice.
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Posted by anonymous | November 4, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Wonderful experience and results.
Hired Kurt and colleague. They were wonderful and persisted through the case and produced good results. Excellent communication and timely responses.
Posted by Jordan | September 27, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Super helpful
I had a bunch of questions relating to Covid and unemployment with my job closing down and Kurt was very helpful.
Posted by Mia | August 31, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Dependable honest feedback and advice about your legal questions
I was dealing with a work related issue and believed there may have been harassment and/or age discrimination. Mr. Dreger listened to my concerns, reviewed my documentation and gave his honest professional perspective. While a client may not get the answer you were hoping for, you will walk away feeling not only heard, but with a sense of confidence regarding your rights and entitlements. I highly recommended his services!!!
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Posted by anonymous | December 4, 2014
very supportive
He reviewed my articles and consulted with even his friend as my case had fields in other law sections. he collected all the info and called me and discussed details of m case. he was responsive and help than ignoring me. With other lawyers I ambiguous response (which is heart breaking and sad) as they did not want tot take the case. He did not do this to me and I appreciate it. he is very logical and polite and calm and response to you and guide you to next steps. Although he did not make much money yet was with me to support me. I will remember him for my future employment challenges. thanks to you Kurt Bob
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Posted by Brandon | May 21, 2014
Professional, Decisive, Knowledgeable
Kurt Dreger helped me during my business' early months when I had no one else to turn to. His awareness of procedures and connections within the legal system helped him--and me--reach a settlement that was desirable. He was accessible, communicative, and reasonable, and he negotiated well with the other side to reach a deal that was in my favor. I highly recommend his services, he is an excellent law professional.
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Posted by Barbara | September 24, 2013
Helped me recover personal property
Mr. Dreger quickly and efficiently helped me recover personal property that had great value to me. I would hire him again in an instant.
Posted by Ann | July 3, 2013
Integrity, caring and attentive
Mr. Dreger has assisted me through a very difficult time. I was injured in a nasty wreck January 2013 and suffered concussion, whiplash, back and body trauma. I was rear-ended at high speed by a driver that was following too close then pushed into oncoming traffic. I couldn't speak in fluid sentences or focus my vision for weeks. Mr. Dreger stepped in and took over the pile of confusing paperwork. Aside from one interview, he has handled all dealings with the at-fault party's insurance company and mine. He has worked diligently and stays on top of regular follow ups with all parties. I am secure and confident that he has my best interests covered.
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Posted by anonymous | July 1, 2013
Gets the Job Done!
I hired Mr. Dreger to help a family member with a misdemeanor expungement. He was very helpful and kept the family member informed of the whole process. He did all this in a very timely manner.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 195-550 per hour
  • Contingency 33%-40%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney at Law
  • Law Office of Anthony J. Sperber
  • 2013 - Present
  • Principal Attorney/Owner
  • Kurt W. Dreger Law Office
  • 2012 - Present

Education

  • John F Kennedy Univ SOL
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2011
  • San Francisco State University
  • MBA
  • 1996
  • Univ of California Berkeley
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1988

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Inside Salesperson v. Insurance Company
  • Settlement without litigation
  • Construction Foreman v. National Contractor and Regional Utility District
  • Settlement before trial
  • Injured Employee v. Steel Manufacturer
  • Settlement before trial
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Associations

  • California Employment Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • AIHA - Legal Issues Committee
  • Chairperson
  • 2012 - Present
  • Alameda County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • American Industrial Hygiene Association
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Who's Who in American Law
  • Marquis Who's Who in American Law
  • 2021
  • Top Lawyer in America
  • Marquis Who's Who in American Law
  • 2021
  • Witkin Award Business Associations
  • John F. Kennedy University College of Law
  • 2011
  • Certified Industrial Hygienist
  • American Board of Industrial Hygiene
  • 1998
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Publications

  • CRC Press
  • The Legal Aspects of Industrial Hygiene and Safety (ISBN 9781498773416)
  • 2018

Speaking Engagements

  • AIHCE 2019, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Mock Trial - Marijuana Employer Liability in Wrongful Death Case
  • 2019
  • AIHCE 2018 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Mock Trial - Wrongful Termination and Retaliation After Chemical Exposure Incident
  • 2018
  • AIHCE 2017 - Seattle, Washington
  • Mock Trial - OSHA Citations Upheld - Independent Employee Action Defense
  • 2017
  • AIHCE 2015, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Mock Trial - Chemical Exposure to Race Horse Jockey
  • 2015
  • AIHCE 2014, San Antonio, Texas
  • Mock Trial - Evidence Admissibility and Proof of Causation
  • 2014
  • AIHCE 2014, San Antonio, Texas
  • Make Your IH Evidence Count, Professional Development Course 503
  • 2014
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Attorney endorsements

Received (13)
Given (11)
Endorse Kurt
Employment and labor Attorney | Oct 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"It is clear from Kurt's education, experience and responses on AVVO that he is a knowledgeable and capable advocate who cares about his clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Attorney Dreger."
Employment and labor Attorney | May 31
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I worked with Kurt on a challenging case and found him professional and knowledgeable at every step of the process."
Employment and labor Attorney | May 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Highly recommended!"
Employment and labor Attorney | Apr 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Kurt for about 5 years now, during which time I have worked with him on many employment law cases. Since these cases focus on one of the most important relationships people have, there are often high emotions from employee and employer alike, making each case unique and challenging. Employment law also tends to involve a wide range of legal issues (statutory, contract, constitutional, tort), requiring the lawyer to be well-versed in a variety of areas of the law. Having practiced employment law for about 20 years, I think I can objectively assess Kurt against the dozens of attorneys with whom I have worked over the years. From my first interactions with Kurt, I could see his dedication to the law, commitment to clients, and a deep desire to do the right thing. He combines compassion, integrity, hard work and good lawyering -- making him a first rate attorney particularly suited to employment law. I can therefore endorse Kurt without reservation."
Employment and labor Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Apr 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Kurt is top notch!"
Employment and labor Attorney | Mar 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kurt is diligent and smart and applies those skills to solving client problems."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jul 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Dreger is a competent and compassionate lawyer. He is known in the community to represent his clients interests aggressively."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Berkeley Employment and labor Lawyer Kurt W Dreger
Kurt W Dreger
Employment and labor Attorney
Berkeley, CA
Licensed for 11 years
Virtual consultation available