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Calvin B. Chang

Sexual harassment Attorney at Sacramento, CA

5.0   21 reviews

Licensed for 11 years

About Calvin

Learn Calvin’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Sexual harassment
    60%
    Hostile work environment; unwelcome sexual comments, visual, verbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature in the workplace.

    12 years, 30 cases

  2. Wrongful termination
    30%
    Including Whistleblower Retaliation

    12 years, 40 cases

  3. Employment and labor
    10%
    Employment discrimination, sexual harassment, and retaliation. Employee discipline defense and investigations.

    12 years, 200 cases

SPECIALIZING IN REPRESENTING CLIENTS AGAINST FORTUNE 500 AND MULTINATIONAL COMPANIES. HIGH PROFILE SEXUAL HARASSMENT CASES.

Mr. Chang's practice areas include litigating claims on behalf of individuals for wrongful termination, employment discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation, whistleblower retaliation, and wage and hour claims.

Mr. Chang has garnered recognition from California Super Lawyers Magazine as a SuperLawyer for 2022 and Rising Star, an honor reserved for no more than 2.5 percent of lawyers in the state. Three Best Rated Attorneys in Sacramento; Lawyers of Distinction; and AVVO Clients Choice Award.  

Mr. Chang has been nationally recognized as a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. The Forum is recognized as one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States. Fewer than 1% of U.S. lawyers are members. Membership is limited to attorneys who have achieved million-dollar verdicts, awards and settlements.

Mr. Chang is admitted by the California Supreme Court to practice in all the courts of California.  Mr. Chang is also admitted to practice in the United States Federal Courts for the Eastern District of California, Northern District of California, and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

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Licensed for 11 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2011
Updated 12/07/2022

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

Contact Calvin

CAL LAW APC
980 - 9th Street, 16th Floor
Sacramento, CA, 95814
Southern California
10880 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1101
Los Angeles, CA, 90024
Bay Area
611 Gateway Blvd, Suite 120
South San Francisco, CA, 94080
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Posted by Andrea | November 6, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I really needed an advocate & Mr. Chang worked VERY hard to defend me. Thanks to him, the outcome was better than anticipated.
Mr. Calvin Chang was a fantastic advocate for me. I contacted him regarding a complaint against my employer and he was tremendously kind, patient and prompt in addressing all my concerns. He completed paperwork, phone calls and emails on my behalf. He was extremely competent and well versed in the laws he represents. His fees were very reasonable. On countless occasions I emailed Mr. Chang a question(s) and he always responded immediately. I know he worked day and night on my case (I saw the time stamps on the emails he sent often came in at 11:00 p.m. or 5:00 a.m.). Even while Mr. Chang was on vacation, he stayed in close contact with me regarding the progress of my complaint. I am certain I was not Mr. Chang's only client, however his hard work made me feel like I was. In short, I was confused and frustrated with my situation. I honestly did not know where to turn. Mr. Chang assisted me through a difficult process and the outcome was better than I anticipated. If you find yourself in the unfortunate situation of needing an attorney, Mr. Chang is the representative you want in your corner.
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Posted by Jean | January 14, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent!
He was very helpful and detailed and focused on my needs and what was best for me. Outstanding customer service.
Posted by Daniel | January 15, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Thank you
Mr.Cheng responded to my phone message promptly. His knowledge and patient guided me in the right direction while seeking the proper representation for my particular case. I'm highly satisfied with our interaction. Thank you
Posted by Jewelea | January 3, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing Job!
Calvin was amazing with my case, he kept me updated and explained in detail when i didn’t understand something.
Posted by Omar | January 2, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Skilled, Prompt, Humble.
Mr. Chang’s abundant good reviews speak for themself. He goes above and beyond for his clients. I presented my case to Mr. Chang a couple months ago and he was able to quickly win a favorable out of court settlement in an employer discrimination case. He always has his clients best interests at heart and it shows through his work ethic. He is very responsive and prompt. I have previously had bad experiences with other attorneys and Mr. Chang showed me that there are still honest and ethical attorneys out there who keep their word! 10/10 Would recommend to all family/friends. If I ever face employer discrimination again I know who to call.
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Posted by Joseph | April 23, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend Mr. Chang!
He gave me hope when I felt there was none. He is responsive and forthright. I can't say enough about his dedication to serving his clients. He does great work and you will not be disappointed with his efforts. Give him what he needs to know and he'll make it happen. Thank you, Calvin!
Posted by anonymous | September 21, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great representation!
I was very confident in the representation I received. I especially appreciated Mr. Chang’s responsiveness in return calls and talking with me.
Posted by Philip | September 17, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mr. Calvin Chang
When I needed someone to support me with a recent legal claim I reached out to Calvin. He promptly returned my communication and guided me to a successful resolution. Thank you Calvin. I appreciate you.
Posted by Krista | July 2, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Impeccable
Calvin Chang is by far the Best! He helped me with wrongful termination.He is great at what He does I highly recommend Calvin Chang. He keeps in touch which is the best; you will always be up to date never left out of the loop he answers any questions you may have he will not let you down.
Posted by anonymous | December 19, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Fast and clear advice
I asked consulting about my case to him, and it was fast and very detail than other attorneys. I felt he is very sincere.
Posted by Jacob | November 30, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Quick and Effective
Mr. Chang offered very useful advice related to dealing with my employer post-termination. Mr. Chang responded quickly with a full understanding of the matter. As a result, I was able to take specific actions that put me in a better position to secure employment going forward.
Posted by anonymous | February 23, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Hire this man!!
Sometimes you contact an attorney because you're in a bad situation. A situation so intolerable, that you feel you have no options but to take legal action. Sometimes, the attorneys you contact will act annoyed with you, treat you like they don't have the time for you. Maybe they're having a bad day as they speed off in their BMW or Jaguar, and fit every stereotype of an attorney one can think of. Calvin Chang is clearly a respected attorney. I've found, that in contacting many "successful" attorneys, they have rather talked down to me and treated me like an inconvenience, if they're not seeing half a million dollar settlement options immediately. Not with Mr. Chang... Calvin Chang has patiently responded to several of my e-mails, consulted with me, and given me a thorough review of all the facts. It's been a string of at least 20 emails for a possible housing discrimination claim. His patient, analytical and thorough demeanor gives me confidence, that we are in good hands with him. He sees the potential claim in the facts, in a situation where other attorneys are rolling their eyes and acting irritated that I "wasted their time." I can tell that this guy is legit. He's treated me right in a situation where other lawyers have dismissed me outright. There is clearly a good reason for his positive reviews thus far. I can only hope that I can retain him to proceed further with my legal claims.
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Posted by anonymous | January 18, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Employment Termination Consult
Calvin was very attentive and quick to reply. I was pleasantly surprised with the dedication and knowledge from him during our interactions. Much Thanks.
Posted by Zack | January 13, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I Was A Paralegal And Few Lawyers Operate Like This
When you're aggrieved in a legal situation, you want to feel like you have representation opposing counsel will respect and take seriously, that he or she will actually merit that estimation, and that your counsel will be accessible and friendly toward you. If any of these qualities isn't there, it can be a problem. Calvin Chang represented me in a successful settlement outcome with a former employer, and demonstrated these qualities. I was a complex litigation paralegal for some years, and later worked for an employment law firm; I can say, having worked on the inside, that he is an uncommon attorney. I was never shoved to a secretary. I never had to make repeat calls. I was never left hanging, or with the feeling that my concerns didn't matter. I am very pleased to have retained Calvin Chang in this matter and would recommend him to anybody with a legal need in his area of expertise.
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Posted by Jonathan Asselin-Normand | October 26, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Successful Representations in Several Cases of Discrimination
Calvin successfully represented me as the plaintiff in several cases of discrimination. He is experienced in matters involving civil rights (among others) and has an in-depth understanding of the law surrounding them. Calvin acted quickly from the beginning of and throughout the representations, provided ample communications in a timely manner, and endeavored to pursue the representations in my interests, unlike many attorneys who are disappointing in these aspects. I highly recommend anybody with a potential matter within his areas of practice to contact him.
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Posted by Devin | March 2, 2015
Fast and effective
Mr. Chang handled my case with courtesy and efficiency. I thought this was going to be a complicated matter. He took my case, immediately started working it and resolved it surprisingly quickly. The main thing we waited on was the other attorney. I’d highly recommend him.
Posted by Kristine | December 9, 2014
An Outstanding Lawyer with Honesty and Integrity
Earlier in the year I was wrongfully defamed and terminated by my employer. I discussed my case with three separate lawyers, all of whom declined to take my case. Through pure luck, I found Calvin Chang of Sacramento; he is a former police officer turned employment attorney. Calvin accepted my case and through diligence and ingenuity, he was able to restore my good name as well as recover a generous settlement, for which he took a lesser percentage (for himself) to successfully negotiate the case to resolution.
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Posted by Stacey | December 8, 2014
Highly Reccomend
From start to finish Calvin was extremely professional and pro-active about handling my case. This was my first time dealing with legal issues and he was very thorough with all process and keeping me in the loop with everything that was going on and responded to any of my questions as quickly as I could have hoped for. I am very greatful that I found him.
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Posted by Ted | March 12, 2013
Questions answered
I needed information about my wife's employer and her disability, she needed reasonable accommodation and was being denied by her employer. I needed to know what avenues were open to us. Calvin explained what steps to take and what processes to follow with Fair Housing and Employment. Calvin stated that until DFEH was involved, he could not move forward with legal action. This advice made our path forward very clear. I could not ask for more. My wife is now contacting DFEH and filing a complaint against her employer. Prior to speaking with Calvin, we had no idea what our options were or where to turn.
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Posted by Peter | January 2, 2013
Employment dispute client
Mr. Chang is an excellent attorney that helped me with my situation. He was extremely knowledgeable and always was available for my questions and concerns. I highly recommend Mr. Chang to help you.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 650-650 per hour
  • Contingency 33%-50%
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney at Law
  • Law Office of Calvin Chang
  • 2011 - Present
  • Supervising Investigator
  • State of California
  • 2008 - 2011
  • Police Officer
  • Univ. of California
  • 2002 - 2008
  • CEO
  • National Flare Company, Inc.
  • 2001 - 2006
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Education

  • California Employment Lawyers Association
  • Trial College
  • 2015
  • Concord Law School
  • Juris Doctor
  • 2011
  • Boston University
  • MA - Masters
  • 2004
  • University of California - Davis
  • BA
  • 1992
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Legal Cases

  • State Manager v. State of California
  • All charges dismissed
  • Confidential v. Defendant Municipal Employer
  • Six-Figure Settlement
  • Client v. Public Agency Employer
  • Confidential Six Figure Settlement
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Associations

  • California Employment Lawyers Association
  • Member of Wage and Hour Committee
  • 2021 - Present
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2020 - Present
  • California Employment Lawyers Association
  • Co-chair of Public Employee Committee
  • 2019 - Present
  • United States Court of Appeals For the Ninth Circuit
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2018 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2018 - Present
  • Trojan Horse
  • Steward of Justice
  • 2017 - Present
  • State of California State Personnel Board
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2015 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of California
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2015 - Present
  • Capital City Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Housing & Public Accommodation Subsection
  • 2012 - Present
  • Asian Pacific Bar Association of Sacramento
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • Admitted
  • 2011 - Present
  • Sacramento County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • State Bar of California, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • SacLEGAL
  • Sustaining Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • National Employment Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • California Employment Lawyers Association
  • Mentor, Public Sector Committee
  • 2007 - Present
  • Consumer Attorney Association of Los Angeles
  • Member
  • 2010 - 2014
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Superlawyers
  • 2022
  • Rising Star
  • Superlawyers
  • 2021
  • Life Member
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 2021
  • SuperLawyers Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2020
  • SuperLawyers Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2019
  • Three Best Attorney's in Sacramento
  • Three Best Rated
  • 2018
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2017
  • Top 3 Employment Lawyer Sacramento
  • Three Best Rated
  • 2017
  • AVVO Rated Superb
  • AVVO Top Lawyer
  • 2017
  • Best Employment Lawyers
  • Three Best Rated
  • 2016
  • Top 10%
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2016
  • Best in Employment Law
  • Sacramento Small Business Excellence
  • 2016
  • AVVO Rated Excellent
  • AVVO
  • 2015
  • Distinguished Oral Advocate for Plaintiff in ADA Case
  • Concord Law School
  • 2010
  • Pioneering Law Enforcement Officer Award
  • Organization of Chinese Americans
  • 2001
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Publications

  • Arrests, Convictions, and the FEHA: When it Hurts to Ask California
  • Arrests, Convictions, and the FEHA: When it Hurts to Ask” California
  • 2009
  • Equal Employment Opportunity & Sexual Harassment Prevention. California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Lesson Plan
  • Equal Employment Opportunity & Sexual Harassment Prevention. California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Lesson Plan
  • 2008
  • Sac Legal
  • New Survey of Crime Victims Reveals Hate Crimes are Grossly Under Reported in Uniform Crime Reports,”
  • 2007
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Speaking Engagements

  • UC Davis School of Law
  • Employment Law
  • 2019
  • Special Agent Academy
  • EEO Investigation
  • 2013
  • Investigating Hate Violence," Civil Rights Year
  • Investigating Hate Violence," Department of Fair Employment and Housing
  • 2009
  • Annual Training Conference
  • Hate Crime Identification
  • 2008
  • Hate Crime and Victim Assistance
  • Hate Crime and Victim Assistance
  • 2008
  • ARPOC
  • Hate Crime and Domestic Terrorism
  • 2003
  • UCLGBTIA
  • Hate Crime, Police, and the Law
  • 2003
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Attorney endorsements

Received (29)
Given (188)
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Employment and labor Attorney | Nov 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Nov 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Nov 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Chang is an excellent and experienced employment law attorney."
Employment and labor Attorney | Dec 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 05
Relationship: Other
"This lawyer is aggressive and diligent. I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Oct 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I met Calvin at an employment law gathering. I instantly liked his demeanor and attitude, and it is clear that he is a very knowledgeable and zealous employment lawyer. I endorse this attorney."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jul 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jul 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I met Calvin at an event for employment attorneys. He is very well-spoken and passionate about his clients rights. Calvin has worked in law enforcement and truly cares about his community and the role that attorneys, police officers, and all public servant play in maintaining our individual freedoms."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jul 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Civil rights Attorney | Jun 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community."
Employment and labor Attorney | Mar 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Calvin B. Chang is an experienced attorney whose participation and comments in Avvo show his commitment to serving clients very well. He is an excellent attorney that I recommend wholeheartedly."
Chapter 13 bankruptcy Attorney | Oct 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Aug 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Chang is an exemplary attorney that I would not hesitate to refer to anyone and everyone. He provides excellent and informed answers here on Avvo. I have been a judge, magistrate, prosecutor, law professor, and private attorney over the past 24 years and I still regularly learn new aspects about the law from his answers."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Aug 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Chang enjoys a well deserved reputation for delivering solid results for his clients. A truly great attorney."
Employment and labor Attorney | Aug 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Civil rights Attorney | Jul 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jul 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. He is sure to fight for your rights!"
Unknown Attorney | Oct 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Oct 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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