Meet the Team at Venardi Zurada, LLP
Andrea Pearce, Associate Attorney
Andrea Pearce is a law clerk in the Redding office at Venardi Zurada LLP, focusing on employment rights and personal injury. Andrea is fluent in Spanish and conversational in Portuguese.
Andrea and her family migrated from Mexico when she was 8 years old. To pay for college, Andrea worked as a professional vocalist and violinist for Mariachi Aguilas de Contra Costa. Andrea earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Minor in Latin American Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles and continued to be an avid musician in various ensembles including Mariachi UCLAtlan, BatUCLAda Brazilian ensemble, University Choir, and Women’s Choir. She was honored at her 2010 UCLA Commencement as a John Wooden Leader of Student Activism for her work at the City of Los Angeles Office of Disability.
After graduation Andrea moved to Redding, CA, where was an education and healthcare advocate for children and families with special needs in the North State serving 26 rural California Counties. This experience highlighted the lack of resources faced by rural communities much like the immigrant community she grew up with. She witnessed how individuals can be exploited or disadvantaged because of their income, language ability, disability, gender, sexual orientation, race, and/or immigration status. The culmination of these experiences motivated Andrea to pursue a career in law to fight for marginalized communities.
Andrea attended UC Hastings College of the Law where she was Co-Chair of the La Raza Law Students Association and a staff editor of the Hastings Business Law Journal. In her first year she received the Hastings Public Interest Law Foundation Grant for her internship at Legal Services of Northern California in Redding, CA. Andrea then clerked for the Honorable Monica Wiley and the Honorable Gail Dekreon at the San Francisco Unified Family Court. Andrea graduated with her Juris Doctorate in 2017 and presented her thesis on Income Inequality in California at the request of the California Senate Office of Research.
During law school Andrea was an intern at Venardi Zurada where she discovered her passion for workers’ rights. The legal skills and exceptional client representation she learned at Venardi Zurada propelled Andrea to receive the Ralph Abascal Fellowship. As a Fellow at California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. she focused on wage and hour violations, employment discrimination, workplace sexual harassment, and unemployment benefits claims. In the field, Andrea created and conducted workplace sexual harassment presentations in Spanish to farmworkers throughout the Central Valley.
Andrea is excited to continue the fight for justice representing California’s diverse communities with Venardi Zurada. In her spare time, she loves to spend time outdoors hiking and camping throughout our beautiful state with her husband, Shawn. At home she helps care for her brother-in-law who experienced a Traumatic Brain Injury from an automobile accident. As a family they enjoy tennis, golf, swimming, and cycling throughout the North State.
You can be confident in relying on our zealous and effective Oakland litigators:
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 Attorney, the Stronger Your Chances for Recovery Will Become.
Contact the Oakland litigation attorneys 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 925-937-3900.