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I have been practicing employment law, both through counselling and litigating for clients, during the emergence of the Silicon Valley as a tech center. This has provided an enormous wealth of practice experiences and case variety, positioning my firm at the cutting edge of legal precedent and advocacy. I continue to serve as a legal commentator for The NBC Nightly News, and am a published author in the fields of Civil Rights and Human Resources.


I am a Bay Area native who enjoys understanding clients' goals and helping them through difficult times. I offer an understanding ear, sound practical advice grounded in the law, and have developed a process for developing realistic solutions that are timely, with a law office that can carry them forward. I look forward to helping you.


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Practice areas


  1. Employment: 80%
    4 years
  2. Sexual Harassment: 15%
    4 years
  3. Personal Injury: 5%
    4 years



Hourly ($295-350/hour), contingent (33-45%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

Advocacy Center for Employment Law

2084 Alameda Way
San Jose, CA, 95126-1002


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best of the Best: The Attorneys of The Silicon ValleySan Jose Magazine2005
Best of the Best: The Attorneys of The Silicon ValleySan Jose Magazine2004
Best of the Best: The Attorneys of The Silicon ValleySan Jose Magazine2003
Best of the Best: The Attorneys of The Silicon ValleySan Jose Magazine2002
Best of the Best: The Attorneys of The Silicon ValleySan Jose Magazine2001
Best of the Best: The Attorneys of The Silicon ValleySan Jose Magazine2000
Best of the Best: The Attorneys of The Silicon ValleySan Jose Magazine1999
Induction into Who's Who in the WorldBritish Sterling's Who's Who1996
Who's Who in American LawAmerican Registry of Who's Who1996
Wiley W. Manual Award for Pro Bono Legal ServicesState Bar of California1992
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyAdvocacy Center for Employment Law1994 - Present
ArbitratorAmerican Arbitration Association1994 - Present
Law ProfessorSanta Clara University School Of Law, Santa Clara, Ca1990 - 1992
AttorneyBohn, Bennion, Cohn & Niland1989 - 1994
MediatorCounty of Santa Clara Superior Court1985 - 2013
AttorneyGassett, Perry & Frank1980 - 1986
Attorney General Research ClerkState Of California, Department Of Justice Attorney General's Office1978 - 1980
Association namePosition nameDuration
California Employment Lawyers AssociationMember2004 - Present
Consumer Attorneys of CaliforniaMember1985 - Present
Consumer Attorneys of Santa Clara CountyMember1985 - Present
Santa Clara County Bar AssociationMember1980 - Present
San Francisco Bar AssociationMember1996 - 2013
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1980 - 2015
American Arbitration AssociationMember1980 - 2010
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Weisner vs. Santa Cruz County Civil Service CommissionFiring reversed; ordered to rehear for lesser discipline.
Campos vs. Sunnyvale School DistrictFiring overturned and federal case settled in confidential compromise.
Padilla vs. Santa Clara CountyPending deliberations, and indicating full reinstatement to job with back pay, case was settled.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Lorman Education Services publicationHuman Resources Audits2008
Lorman Education Services publicationTime Off in California2003
Lorman Education Services publicationEmployment and Labor Law in California1997
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of San Diego School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1980
Oxford UniversityInternational Comparative LawCertification in Civil Liberties1978
University of California - Santa BarbaraN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1975
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Continuing Education SeriesEmployment Investigations2008
Annual Employment Law SummaryContinuing Education Lecturer2008
Western Regional Law SymposiumEmployment Claims2007
Continuing Education SeriesEmployee Leaves2003