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Marjorie Anne Wallace

Discrimination Attorney at Contra Costa County, CA

4.8   6 reviews
  • Licensed for 47 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1976
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Marjorie

Learn Marjorie’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Discrimination
    55%
    Work place discrimination, wrongful termination, failure to promote/hire, reporting illegal conduct or refusing to engage in illegal conduct and any other protected status under state or federal laws.

    16 years

  2. Employment and labor
    35%
    EMPLOYEE-side, including PUBLIC employees: wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, public sector and private sector, wage and hour, severance agreement review, appealing denial of unemployment benefits.

    16 years

  3. Sexual harassment
    10%
    subjected to severe or pervasive humiliation, isolation, inappropriate physical touching, jokes, threats, images, promises of promotion for sexual favors or firing for withholding sexual favors.

    16 years

Marjorie A. Wallace practices employment law throughout the state of California.  She is a longtime Bay Area resident in Martinez, Contra Costa County.  Her strong beliefs about contributing to: workplace fairness, thriving small businesses and maintaining the backbone of our democracy–the Great American Middle Class, guide her law practice everyday.

 She helps mostly middle class employees who want damages or changes in their workplace where they have endured discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, wage theft or retaliation when they spoke up against or reported workplace wrongs. she focuses on representing mostly middle class, individual employees  who have discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, wage and hour and retaliation claims against their public or private employers.   

She prides herself on being an active listener who provides excellent and practical service at an affordable price. You can ask her about working with you on a limited scope basis where you do some of the groundwork to keep down your legal fees.

Ms. Wallace’s significant litigation experience in state and federal courts, makes her keenly aware that the current drastic budget cuts to our court system give new meaning to the word “delay”, since “justice delayed is justice denied”.  She will not hesitate to try a case, but will also go all out to try to resolve your legal dispute as cost efficiently as possible, without resort to costly litigation.

She actively volunteers in the community, pre-pandemic could be found most days at the local gym and as a mom, continues to improve her negotiating skills.   

She attended Yale Law School and UC Hastings College of the Law where she earned two law degrees: an LL.M. from Yale and a J.D. from UC Hastings.
Her B.A. in Psychology is from UCLA.
She also has an M.S.I.S. in Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh.
You can probably tell she knows what it is like to repay student loans.

Photos and videos

We are so fortunate to live in such a beautiful state which has so much to offer.  During the Pandemic,  walking in nature is saving me. Here I am enjoying the fresh air, exercise and good company on a pre-pandemic San Francisco group walk.

Location

Law Office of Marjorie A Wallace
Contra Costa County
Contra Costa County, CA

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Reviews

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Posted by nimat | April 28, 2015
Amazing Experience...Fast Too!!
I am a recently laid off longtime managerial public employee over the age of 40 in the Bay Area. When I contacted Marjorie Wallace to review my severance agreement I was very frustrated. I did not understand the agreement my employer was pressuring me to sign right away or lose it and be fired and I could not get a response from my management association's attorney whose representation was covered by my dues. My collective bargaining unit president/representative and the bargaining unit Attorney didn't care and were in my opinion, painfully useless. Marjorie's confidence and competence when I called her made me decide I wanted to meet with her, even though I had to pay her and I had a "free" attorney through my management association. Marjorie suggested I contact HR about a time extension before we met since as an over 40 employee, by law I was entitled to at least two more weeks to consider the agreement. My management association's attorney did get back to me before I could meet with Marjorie, but the only feedback I got from that attorney was to sign the agreement and that I had 7 days to revoke my signature. Marjorie on the other hand, went through the agreement, paragraph by paragraph making sure I understood it. She came up with a number of more favorable-to-me proposed changes I could take back to my employer, including a novel way to get more money. I didn't get everything she proposed, but I did get more money. Plus I felt so much better about the process after talking to her. She was definitely worth it. I got some of her cards to pass out to other public employees I know and they are all gone now. I would definitely recommend her!
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Posted by anonymous | September 22, 2014
Marjorie Wallace - An Employment Attorney Who Understands & Cares
I was under a tight deadline to have Marjorie review a severance agreement. Despite having a tight schedule herself, she carved out time to meet with me. She explained every clause of the agreement, making sure I understood it. Where needed, she helped me see what changes I should ask for in the agreement. She also analyzed my possible claims against my former employer and how to use them as leverage to maximize my bargaining position. As a result I was able to negotiate a severance more than double the initial offer from my former employer and obtain some non-monetary relief not originally offered. While I didn't enjoy losing my job, I am glad I had Marjorie's help and support with my exit.
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Posted by anonymous | August 9, 2014
Good with out of the box solutions
Marjorie helped me negotiate and keep my sanity through a long drawn out roller coaster "drama" with my former employer. She knows the law and the quirks of negotiating with a public employer. She constantly sought practical, sometimes out of the box solutions to try to maximize my position in the negotiations. She really listened to me and helped me see the reality of my situation, not just my theoretical legal rights. Her authenticity and genuine caring and concern for my welfare came shining through.
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Posted by anonymous | July 14, 2014
You can trust Marjorie!
Marjorie was a huge help in outlining my best legal options when my employer forced me into retirement. I only wish that I had contacted her earlier in the process to get a legal advice from my own attorney rather then depending on the union's very poor recommendations. I believe that by doing so I would have had a much better understanding of my employment rights and the risks I was undertaking. You can trust Marjorie.
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Posted by Jim | November 18, 2011
Savvy, Practical, & Very Helpful Employment Counsel
It's hard to fathom a world in which lawyers get a bad rap -- that is, if all lawyers had the intelligence, empathy, pragmatism, approachability and savvy exhibited by Marjorie. Her no-nonsense advice is not only helpful; it's invaluable. And she shares it in a refreshingly open, very client friendly manner. In short, Marjorie is an unusually sharp, wise and warm counsel, and I recommend her without hesitation.
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Posted by Paul | March 7, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
I was lucky
I discussed in emails my case and Marjorie thought there was no case and I agreed. She responded to me which is better than some so was very appreciative of her time. I would guess she is "on it". Based on my minimal contact I would expect an attorney who takes care of business.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Office of Marjorie A. Wallace
  • 2010 - Present
  • Plaintiff's Employment Attorney
  • Nancy Balles, APLC
  • 2008 - 2010
  • Full Time Parent and Domestic Engineer
  • My Family
  • 2000 - 2008
  • Business Litigator
  • Perez & McNabb
  • 1991 - 1999
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Education

  • Yale Law School
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 1980
  • UC Hastings COL
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1976
  • Univ of California at Los Angeles
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1973

Associations

  • Contra Costa County Bar Association
  • Diversity Committee
  • 2017 - Present
  • Contra Costa County Bar Association
  • Chair and Co-chair, Free Employment Law Workshops
  • 2016 - Present
  • California Employment Lawyers Association
  • 2008 - Present
  • Contra Costa County Bar Association, Employment Law Section
  • 2008 - Present
  • Contra Costa County Bar Association, Employment Law Section
  • President
  • 2016 - 2016
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Honors and Awards

  • 2020 Diversity Award
  • Contra Costa County Bar Association
  • 2021
  • 2019 Diversity Award
  • Contra Costa County Bar Association
  • 2020
  • 2018 Diversity Award
  • Contra Costa County Bar Association
  • 2019
  • 2017 Diversity Award
  • Bar Association of Contra Costa County
  • 2018
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Publications

  • Legal Secretaries, Inc
  • "Even Law Firms Need an E-mail Liability Prevention Plan"
  • 1998
  • CEB Business Practitioner
  • "Why Every Employer Using E-Mail Needs An E-Mail Liability Prevention Plan",
  • 1997
  • Contra Costa Lawyer
  • Surfing Intellectual Property 101
  • 1996
  • Contra Costa Lawyer
  • "Mandatory Arbitration of Employment Disputes
  • 1995
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Speaking Engagements

  • Annual California Employment Lawyers Association Conference
  • Let's Get Ready To Rumble: Exhaustion Requirements
  • 2019
  • Free Legal Workshops
  • Appeal Your Unemployment Benefits Denial
  • 2016
  • Contra Costa Legal Professionals Ass'n Monthly Meeting
  • Handling Harassment at Work
  • 2016
  • Right Management Networking Event
  • Navigating Pre-Hire Background Checks
  • 2015
  • PELA-Cabal
  • Moderator for Implicit Bias in Employment Discrimination Panel
  • 2015
  • Contra Costa County Bar Association, Employment Section
  • Anita Hill: Sexual Harassment in 1991 and Today
  • 2015
  • Mt. Diablo Legal Professionals Association
  • Paper Trail Your Job!
  • 2014
  • CareerLink
  • Navigating Job Application Background Checks
  • 2014
  • San Mateo County Bar Association
  • Panel on Work/Life Balance
  • 2009
  • CEB
  • Discovery of Email
  • 2001
  • Annual Computer Law Institute
  • Copyright Law for Digital Media
  • 2000
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (2)
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Employment and labor Attorney | Nov 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Marjorie is a strong advocate for her clients and friends. When I needed assistance on an employment law matter she gave freely of her time and expertise. She is knowledgeable and cares about her clients. I highly recommend her."
Employment and labor Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Marjorie is a very experienced employment lawyer. She is highly pragmatic, developing a cost sensitive strategy for each case. Highly empathic, she believes in involving the client at every stage of the proceeding. Her goal is to resolve a matter quickly, efficiently, and cost effectively. She is an experienced negotiator, who has achieved stellar results for clients in this challenging economic environment. Marjorie has primarily worked for employees over her career and she now has expanded her practice to represent employers as well. Her experience with "the other side" gives her a unique and objective perspective when counseling them on best practices, and advising them when they find themselves in a disptue with an employee."