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We Can Do For You If You’ve Been Injured.

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Settlement$28 Million

Confidential settlement against a health maintenance organization for failing to supervise a surgeon.

Settlement$7.125 Million

Tender vessel rose quickly on a wave and fell quickly causing our client to suffer a spine fracture that required surgery.

Arbitration$4.9 Million

Arbitration against a publicly traded company that terminated a licensing agreement with our client and nearly forced our client into bankruptcy.

Settlement$4.8 Million

Our client was a hard-working father who lost his livelihood in an instant when he suffered a major injury and amputation to his leg.

Settlement$4.3 Million

Settlement for a corporation against a publicly traded company that terminated a licensing agreement with our client and nearly forced our client into bankruptcy.

Settlement$3 Million

Settlement for man riding his motorcycle going straight down the street. Defendant driver employed by a construction company turned left, across our client’s lane, and hit our client.

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Top 50 Jury Verdicts Personal Injury Venardi Zurada LLP California 2023
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Cases We Handle
Our diverse practice areas are united by a common theme: Protecting rights and securing compensation
for those who have been wronged by others.
Personal Injury
Employment Law

Bay Area Personal Injury LawyersDoing The Right Things For The Right Reasons

How Do We Do That? We Learn Your True and Genuine Story, and Then We Share It With The Judge and Jury.

If you have a personal injury or employment law dispute in Oakland, California, you can rely on the litigation attorneys at Venardi Zurada. We pride ourselves on providing excellent, dedicated, and personalized service to our clients. We care personally about the well-being of our clients, and we offer more than just outstanding legal representation: We offer advice, counsel, and personal service to our clients. We help injured clients get the medical care they need, and we offer advice to wronged employees to help them through times of crisis.

When you get hurt through someone else’s actions or negligence, you may have to deal with a lot of recovery time and bills. However, you shouldn’t have to deal with it all by yourself, without compensation. The professional Oakland personal injury lawyers at Venardi Zurada are experienced at helping you gain the help you need after an injury.

If you live around Oakland, including Walnut Creek, CA, our personal injury attorneys can help you. We have years of experience with trial cases, and our main focus is on getting you the best outcome possible. You can trust that our Oakland injury lawyers will work their hardest to help you. Throughout the involved legal process of a personal injury case, we’ll stay by your side and fight for your compensation. We’ve won over $100 million for our clients, so see what we can do for you if you’ve been injured.

There is NO FEE until we win.

We bring dedication, intelligence, and personal attention, along with decades of experience to the table. We use that combination to get our clients the compensation they need and the justice they deserve. Can we help you, too? Find out. Contact our Oakland personal injury lawyers today for a free case review.

Experienced Oakland Injury Lawyers With Decades of Excellent Service to Northern California

The Oakland personal injury lawyers at Venardi Zurada have dedicated their professional lives to serving the people of California. If you need representation for a claim involving personal injury, wrongful death, unpaid wages or employment discrimination, our experienced litigators have the skillset to get results. Our Oakland personal injury team has spent decades cultivating the respect of clients, professional colleagues, and the courts.

You can be confident in relying on our zealous and effective Oakland personal injury lawyers:

  • We have served Northern California for over 35 years.
  • Our attorneys have been honored with numerous accolades, including SuperLawyers, AV Rating, and Top 100 Trial Attorney Awards.
  • In our decades of legal service to the community, we have garnered a substantial reputation. We are respected by opposing counsel, feared by insurance companies, and followed by jurors.
  • We combine Big Firm experience with boutique office attention and care. Several of our attorneys have experience working for the biggest law firms in the country, including the most prominent maritime defense law firm. Our attorneys rely on that big-firm know-how but prefer the personal touch of a smaller firm, allowing us to provide individualized and attentive representation to each of our clients.
  • We’ve been through it, too. Attorney Mark Venardi had to personally deal with a medical malpractice injury he suffered at a time when he was working a blue-collar job on an offshore oil rig; he knows what it’s like to be a working man dealing with a personal injury. He built his way up to working for the biggest maritime defense firm in the country, before deciding to focus on helping people like himself who were hurt by negligence and mistreatment from others.
  • We like to fight for the underdog. Attorney Martin Zurada is an immigrant and the son of immigrants who tirelessly worked his way up through education and experience to attain the American dream. Even though he has served in large, high-level litigation law firms, he prefers helping clients directly, fighting against injustices, and securing victories for the little guy who has been wronged.
  • We win. We have secured multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. In our combined tenure, we have recovered tens of millions of dollars for our clients across our broad areas of practice.
  • We care first and foremost about our clients. We dedicate ourselves to serve each and every client personally, and we make ourselves available to our clients around the clock.
  • There is no cost to you until we win. If we don’t make a recovery for you, we will not collect a fee. And all initial consultations are free of charge.

Dedicated Areas of Practice

We offer a wide range of litigation services for Oakland personal injury and employment law clients. Specifically, our areas of dedicated practice span the following issues:

Employment Law. California employers must assure proper pay to employees and comply with a variety of rules and regulations to prevent discrimination and unfair treatment of employees. We represent victims of wage and hour violations, employment discrimination, workplace harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, and any other form of California workplace mistreatment. If you believe you were treated inappropriately at work, we can help.

Personal Injury. If you’ve been injured due to another’s negligence, you deserve compensation. That’s where we come in. As Oakland personal injury attorneys, we right the wrongs done to our clients. And we do it at our cost during the entire duration of your case. There is never any fee until we win. Give us a call if you have been hurt in a car accident, by a toxic spill or contamination, as a result of medical malpractice, due to abuse or neglect, in a maritime accident, by a vicious animal attack, or any other incident caused by someone else’s negligence.

The Sooner You Speak to an Oakland Personal Injury Lawyer, the Stronger Your Chances for Recovery Will Become.

Contact the Oakland personal injury lawyers at Venardi Zurada today, and let’s get started. We are available to talk any time, so whether you call, email or chat online, we’ll respond and set up an appointment to meet you. We have several Spanish speakers in the office and welcome the opportunity to cater our services to Oakland’s Spanish-speaking population. You pay no fee until we win for you, so you have nothing to lose by contacting our office for a free consultation. The sooner you call, the faster we can start getting results for you. Call 833-893-6763.

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Meet Your Dedicated Legal Team
Mark Venardi
Martin Zurada
Terry Buller
Anthony Venardi
H. Larry Elam III
Ryan Kraft
Shelley Venardi
Unsook Zurada
Christina Souza
Noemi Gonzalez
Estis Trampett
Tanya Castillo
Talytta Pinheiro
Desiree Barnes
Andrea Ramirez
Kate Zavala
Ariana Mendez
Alba Kipers
Zach Roberts
Mark Venardi Partner

Mark Venardi was born in 1962 in Seattle, Washington. He was raised in Peoria, IL, a Midwest blue-collar town. He enlisted in the United States Coast Guard and proudly served from 1980 through 1985. He spent the first two years on a sea-going tug performing search and rescue and marine law enforcement from the Grand Banks to the Windward Passage aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Tamaroa, which was the Coast Guard vessel that performed the rescue in “The Perfect Storm.” Read More

Martin Zurada Partner

Martin was born in 1974 in Gdynia, Poland. The economic conditions were generally bleak under communist rule and became bleaker in 1981 as the military instituted martial law to crush dissenters. In 1983, when Martin was 9 years old, he and his parents moved to a small desert town in Libya where his father taught at a university and his mother worked as an engineer in a factory to earn dollars and make ends meet. In 1986, after three surreal years of living in a country ruled by Muammar Gaddafi,... Read More

Terry Buller OF Counsel

Terry Buller was born in Cleveland Ohio in 1950, spent his childhood in Buffalo New York until his family moved to California when he was 12. He attended Serra high school in San Mateo and grew up in San Bruno. As the oldest of seven children, he had to work in a gas station to support himself through college. He was the first in his family to graduate, magna sum laude, from San Francisco State University. He began a graduate school program in experimental psychology, but changed paths after a year to enter law school. Read More

Anthony Venardi Trial Attorney

Anthony is a distinguished trial attorney at Venardi Zurada, renowned for his unwavering dedication to the pursuit of justice and his exceptional legal acumen. Since joining the firm in 2019, Anthony has demonstrated a steadfast commitment to providing unparalleled advocacy and achieving favorable outcomes for his clients. Read More

H. Larry Elam III Senior Trial Attorney

Henry “Larry” Elam III was born in April 1962 in Los Angeles, California. He was raised in Pasadena, California. He always knew that when he “grew up,” he would be a veterinarian. He loves animals, but despite his love of animals, he was drawn and guided to the practice of law to help people. Read More

Ryan Kraft Senior Trial Attorney

Ryan grew up in Chicagoland where he acquired a thick accent and thicker skin. To this day, he loves hot dogs and hates the snow. In 2001, Ryan and his family moved to Arizona, where he graduated from high school and attended journalism school at the University of Arizona in Tucson. As a journalism student, Ryan interned for the Tombstone Epitaph and Arizona Daily Star newspapers. He focused on hard news, often covering serious stories from the Arizona-Mexico border. He also co-authored a front-page feature story about... Read More

Shelley Venardi Office Manager

Shelley grew up in a Teamster family in California and graduated from one of the last graduating classes at Pleasant Hill High School. After high school, she swam for and attended Diablo Valley College and was a member of the team that won the national championships. Shelley then attended Texas A & M University (“Go Aggies”) on a full-ride swimming scholarship. While there she was diagnosed with Leukemia. Shelley returned to California to receive an experimental treatment protocol at Stanford University. We are all eternally grateful and thankful that the protocol worked, and Shelley has been cancer-free for 30 years. Read More

Unsook Zurada Office Manager

Unsook immigrated to the United States with her family from South Korea when she was 5 years old. She grew up in California where her parents ran a small grocery store for over 30 years. Unsook moved to Massachusetts to attend college, and then returned to California. She worked for a small Human Resources consulting company where she gained experience in unemployment and employment laws. Prior to taking time off work to care for her daughter, Unsook worked in the wine industry managing legal compliance for all 50 states. Read More

Christina Souza Director of Litigation

Christina is a Paralegal with 27 years of experience. She has spent 25 of those 27 years helping injured individuals navigate the grueling claims and litigation process. She started her career in the workers’ compensation field and within two years she expanded into the personal injury field. She worked for the defense for two years in the middle of her career before deciding to return to plaintiff’s work. She obtained her Paralegal certificate in 1995 from Merritt College in Oakland. Christina is the mother of two children ages 18 and 16... Read More

Noemi Gonzalez Paralegal

Noemi is a legal assistant with 25 years of experience. She began her legal career working for a sole practitioner in bankruptcy law. A few years later she changed practices and started with a firm that handled personal injury cases and estate planning. Noemi last worked for a local law firm in Walnut Creek that handled nationwide cases involving mistreatment/abuse of special needs children in schools by teachers and paraprofessionals. At the end of the day, she finds gratification helping clients reach and receive satisfactory... Read More

Estis Trampett Director of Pre-Litigation

Estis is a paralegal at Venardi Zurada. With over 11 years of experience, Estis began her career as an intake coordinator at an injury law firm. Her interest in law coupled with her compassion for people led her to the next role as a legal assistant handling nationwide cases for special needs children abused and mistreated in school. Estis graduated Honors Magna Cum Laude from Chaminade University in Honolulu with a BS in Criminology and Criminal Justice. She is a native speaker of Spanish and enjoys interpreting and translating for clients. Read More

Tanya Castillo Marketing Director

Tanya began her journey with the firm in early 2020 as a Legal Assistant. After being recognized for her attention to detail and genuine passion for assisting others in their time of need, she was promoted to Marketing Director in 2022. Tanya holds a certificate in Freight Brokering from California State University, San Bernardino. Beyond her professional achievements, Tanya is a loving mother to her teenage daughter, who actively participates in competitive and high school cheerleading. In her free time Tanya finds joy as a cheer mom, traveling the... Read More

Talytta Pinheiro Paralegal

Talytta Pinheiro is a paralegal who joined the firm in November of 2022. She started her career in criminal defense, specifically providing post-conviction relief. She graduated from UC Davis with a major in Sociology and an emphasis in social policy and Portuguese. She is a native speaker of Portuguese, fluent in Spanish, and speaks some Italian. Talytta’s passion for law was inspired by her grandmother who was a social justice advocate in Brazil. She is the youngest of five and spends most of her free time with her family. Read More

Desiree Barnes Bookkeeper

Desiree joined Venardi Zurada in the summer of 2023 as the firm’s bookkeeper. She graduated from Las Positas College in Livermore CA with an A.A. and now has over 25 years of accounting experience. Desiree finds great satisfaction in making and keeping financial records reliable, accurate and useful to a company’s management. In her free time, Desiree enjoys being on the water – boating and camping with family and friends and her dog, Curry. She is the proud mom of 2 grown sons and is patiently waiting for each of them to... Read More

Andrea Ramirez Receptionist

Andrea joined the firm in August 2023 as a Receptionist. Andrea has prior experience in office accounting and customer service. She has developed a desire to help clients who have been injured and is excited to learn more about the legal field. Andrea is fluent in Spanish and during her free time she enjoys exercising, nature walks and spending time with her family. Read More

Kate Zavala Legal Intake Specialist

Kate graduated from the University of California Santa Barbara in 2023 with a B.A. in Political Science and Spanish. Kate is passionate about advocating for her community and victims. Her strong sense of justice led her to pursue a job in the legal field where she can assist individuals who have faced loss and hardship. She spends her free time with her loved ones and enjoys traveling. Kate is also a fluent Spanish Speaker. Read More

Ariana Mendez Paralegal

Ariana Mendez joined the firm in November of 2023 as a paralegal. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 2019 with a degree in Political Science. Prior to joining the firm, she worked in employment and immigration law. Ariana has always been passionate about advocating for others and social justice issues. She is a fluent Spanish speaker and enjoys working with her community. In her spare time, Ariana loves traveling, playing tennis, going to the beach and spending time with her family. Read More

Alba Kipers Case Manager

Alba Kipers is a compassionate and driven individual. She is a John F. Kennedy University graduate and has over 10 years of experience in the legal field. Her passion for advocating for others and helping individuals navigate through challenging times led her to pursue a career as a personal injury case manager. Outside of work, Alba channels her compassion into volunteering for a non-profit animal rescue organization, demonstrating her commitment to making a positive impact both in and out of the legal sphere. Read More

Zach Roberts Legal Assistant

Zach joined Venardi Zurada as a Legal Assistant having a background in higher education, competitive athletics, and hospitality. Zach’s interest in the legal field started while taking Sport and Business Law classes in college. He is passionate about helping clients and excited to be a part of a team of professionals who put clients first. Read More

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