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ABC Corp v. XYZ Corp. Defendants, a publicly traded company, terminated a licensing agreement with our client and nearly forced our client into bankruptcy, which is why they could not afford to pay an attorney on an hourly basis. We were the third attorneys on the case. Defendants offered $900,000 on the first day of arbitration and asserted that, if we did not accept it, they were going to prove that our clients were crooks. We rejected the offer and obtained an arbitration award for $4,900,000.


ABC Corp v. XYZ Corp. Defendants raided our clients’ employees, stole their trade secrets, and then interfered with our clients actual and prospective customers. We sued Defendant for tortious interference with prospective economic relations, interference with contractual relations, and unfair business practices. The case settled for $4,300,000.


John Doe v. Construction Company. Our client was 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. Our client suffered a fractured hip and fractured forearm requiring several surgeries. The case settled on the eve of trial for $3,000,000.


Jane Doe v. ABC Corp. Contractor failed to build property pursuant to architect’s plans, and insurer denied claims in bad faith. $2,600,000.


John Doe and Jane Doe v. XYZ Corp. Our client made glass figurines finished in a paint thinner and lacquer mix. Both of our clients developed cancer. We retained all the appropriate experts, proved that the paint thinner contained benzene, which was causally related to our clients’ cancer. The case settled after a battle of the experts for $2,350,000.


John Doe v. Product Manufacturer. Our client was injured while riding a device manufactured by Defendant. The case settled after a three-week jury trial with a $2,300,000 verdict.


Jane Doe v. XYZ Corp. Our client’s daughter was putting gas in her car on the side of the road. Defendant driving a van veered off the road and killed our client’s daughter. The case settled for $2,000,000.


John Doe v. Restaurant. Restaurant employee seated our client at a table where a room divider curtain hid an object with a sharp point on it. Our client bent over to pick something up from the floor and struck his head on the concealed sharp corner. Our client suffered a traumatic brain injury. We sued Defendant for negligently concealing the sharp and dangerous object. The case settled for insurance policy limits of $2,000,000.


Employees v. Indian Restaurant:  Four employees of a restaurant were wrongfully terminated and threatened with deportation after they complained about repeated wage and hour violations by the employer.  The employees worked more than 60 hours per week and were frequently shorted on their already meager “salaries”.  The employer repeatedly promised to make up the backpay in the future and, after employees became persistent in their complaints about the unpaid wages and long hours, the owners of the restaurant threatened to call immigration authorities and have the employees deported.  We prevailed at trial, persisted through six bankruptcies, multiple fraudulent liens on assets, and eventually seized three investment properties belonging to the employers.    Judgment in excess of $1.5 million (with attorneys’ fees).


Jane Doe v. ABC Corp. Insurance company denied coverage for a mold claim after it failed to take appropriate action to remediate the property. The case settled for $1,350,000.


John Doe v. Financial Institution: Our client was an Area Manager for a large financial institution. He was terminated after he complained about another manager sexually harassing one of the employees, and after our client participated in an investigation of the complaints. The case settled through mediation for $1,350,000.


Jane Doe v. ABC Corp. Our clients suffered personal injuries as a result of mold exposure. The exposure killed their puppy. We were the fifth lawyer on the case. Plaintiff’s prior lawyer recommended that they accept a $90,000 settlement offer. We thought Defendant had done way too much harm to our clients and needed to fully compensate them. The case settled for $1,250,000 on the courthouse steps.


Jane Doe v. Property Management Company. Defendant’s manager sexually harassed our clients and terminated them when they complained. Case settled for $1,200,000.


Jane Doe v. Medical practice. Defendant sexually harassed our clients. Combined settlement of $1,100,000.


Jane Doe v. Fraudulent Transferors. Our client was able to prove, after a full trial, that defendants placed about $1,100,000 in fraudulent liens to avoid collection on an earlier $800,000 plus judgment in favor of our client. The judge issued a tentative decision in the fraudulent transfer action indicating that he intended to extend the original $800,000 plus judgment against all persons involved in the fraudulent transfers, and would award significant emotional distress and punitive damages, resulting in a judgment well in excess of the $1.1 million in fraudulent transfers. The case settled before judgment was entered.


John Doe v. Commercial Driver. Client was able to recover $1,100,000 (policy limits) for spinal injuries resulting from a low-speed vehicle collision caused by an inattentive commercial driver, and then made worse by another low-speed collision involving another inattentive driver. Plaintiff had spinal surgeries prior to the collision and the collisions aggravated those prior spinal problems and led to two more spinal surgeries.


Hernandez v. Dan’s Bar. Our client was a Patron at Dan’s Bar. Our client had a disagreement with the bartender that resulted in our client’s ejection from the facility. While he was outside the bouncer threw his shoulder into our client’s chest and caused our client to fall and strike his head on the concrete. The case settled for insurance policy limits of $1,000,000 just before trial.


Worker v. Employer.  An employee who was underpaid while working around the clock in substandard conditions for the employer and terminated when client complained.  Nearly $900,000.


ABC Corp. v. XYZ Corp. Insurance company tortuously interfered with our clients prospective economic advantage. The case settled for $800,000 and an agreement to change practices.


John Doe v. Jane Doe. Our clients brought a wrongful death claim after their father was killed in a motorcycle versus car accident in a very challenging damages case. $800,000.


Bicyclist v. Driver.  Driver struck and injured an avid bicyclist who tried conservative treatment but eventually needed a knee replacement surgery. $650,000.


John Doe v. ABC Corp. Motorcycle accident. Total settlement value $625,000.


ABC Corp v. XYZ Corp. Defendants terminated a contract to provide improvements to a number of office buildings. Our clients could not afford an hourly attorney so we represented them on a contingency fee. Case settled for $625,000.


Pharmacists v. Pharmacy Company. Our client were pharmacist who were misclassified as salaried employees and not paid their overtime and were not provided their meal or rest breaks. The case settled for more than $600,000.


Shrimplin v. Driver.  Our client’s vehicle was struck by another driver going about 30 mph on an Oakland street.  Our client suffered from chronic pain had no surgeries and limited medical treatment.  The insurance company made a final offer of $15,000 before trial and dismissed her pain and suffering as inconsequential and temporary.  $590,000 (about 20 times the offer).


John Doe v. Vessel Operator. Our clients brought a wrongful death claim after he was killed in a collision between two vessels in a nearly impossible liability case. The case resolved for $565,000.


John Doe v. Professional Firm. Defendant terminated our client because of his age. The case settled for more than $550,000.


Pedestrian v. Driver.  Pedestrian’s leg was broken when he was struck by a car at an Oakland crosswalk.  Policy limits of over $500,000.


Body Shop v. Spray Booth Manufacturer. Our client, an auto body shop, obtained a judgment against a spray booth manufacturer who failed to deliver and install a paint spray booth as promised causing significant business damages due to reduced ability to paint repaired cars. Judgment for over $500,000.


Jane Doe v. Fast Food Restaurant. Defendant’s Store Manager sexually harassed our client and exposed himself to her. $480,000.


John Doe v. Financial Services Company: Former President was terminated after he complained that a non-compete agreement was illegal. $480,000


John Doe v. Landscape Company. Employer did not provide workers compensation insurance for injuries and failed to pay our client overtime, meal and rest breaks. $425,000


John Doe v. Towing Company. Our client injured himself while docking a vessel. $425,000.


John Doe v. Trucking Company. Two clients were dispatchers for a trucking company that were required to work from home on weekends and the company did not pay them for their weekend time, overtime, or provided meal or rest breaks. They were terminated after they complained. $420,000.


John Doe v. His Father & Brother. Our clients were sued by their family member who tried to evict them from the family home in San Francisco which was in the family member’s name. We stopped the eviction and counter-sued to quiet title and to add out clients to title. Our clients obtained full ownership of the family home after purchasing the family member’s ownership for a fraction of the real property’s price.


Wrongful Termination

Employees v. Indian Restaurant:  Four employees of a restaurant were wrongfully terminated and threatened with deportation after they complained about repeated wage and hour violations by the employer.  The employees worked more than 60 hours per week and were frequently shorted on their already meager “salaries”.  The employer repeatedly promised to make up the backpay in the future and, after employees became persistent in their complaints about the unpaid wages and long hours, the owners of the restaurant threatened to call immigration authorities and have the employees deported.  We prevailed at trial, persisted through six bankruptcies, multiple fraudulent liens on assets, and eventually seized three investment properties belonging to the employers.    Judgment in excess of $1.5 million (with attorneys’ fees).


John Doe v. Financial Institution: Our client was an Area Manager for a large financial institution. He was terminated after he complained about another manager sexually harassing one of the employees, and after our client participated in an investigation of the complaints. The case settled through mediation for $1,350,000.


Jane Doe v. Property Management Company. Defendant’s manager sexually harassed our clients and terminated them when they complained. Case settled for $1,200,000.


Worker v. Employer.  An employee who was underpaid while working around the clock in substandard conditions for the employer and terminated when client complained.  Nearly $900,000.


John Doe v. Professional Firm. Defendant terminated our client because of his age. The case settled for more than $550,000.


Female Employees v. Restaurant.  Two female workers were sexually harassed at a restaurant by their chef who tried to sleep with them and touched them inappropriately.  When the two females complained, they were ignored. One client quit and the other was terminated in retaliation.  $500,000.


John Doe v. Financial Services Company: Former President was terminated after he complained that a non-compete agreement was illegal. $480,000


John Doe v. Landscape Company. Employer did not provide workers compensation insurance for injuries and failed to pay our client overtime, meal and rest breaks. They were terminated after they complained. $425,000.


John Doe v. Towing Company. Our client injured himself while docking a vessel. $425,000.


John Doe v. Trucking Company. Two clients were dispatchers for a trucking company that were required to work from home on weekends and the company did not pay them for their weekend time, overtime, or provided meal or rest breaks. They were terminated after they complained. $420,000.


John Doe v. Non-profit Corp. Our client, the former CFO complained about unlawful discrimination and harassment in the workplace. Defendant terminated him after he complained without conducting an investigation. $380,000.


John Does v. Car Business. Our clients filed wrongful termination and discrimination claims based on their national origin against a car business. $175,000.


John Doe v. Medical Practice. Defendant terminated our client after learning that our client had a disability. $155,000.

Wage and Hour

Employees v. Indian Restaurant:  Four employees of a restaurant were wrongfully terminated and threatened with deportation after they complained about repeated wage and hour violations by the employer.  The employees worked more than 60 hours per week and were frequently shorted on their already meager “salaries”.  The employer repeatedly promised to make up the backpay in the future and, after employees became persistent in their complaints about the unpaid wages and long hours, the owners of the restaurant threatened to call immigration authorities and have the employees deported.  We prevailed at trial, persisted through six bankruptcies, multiple fraudulent liens on assets, and eventually seized three investment properties belonging to the employers.    Judgment in excess of $1.5 million (with attorneys’ fees).


Worker v. Employer.  An employee who was underpaid while working around the clock in substandard conditions for the employer and terminated when client complained.  Nearly $900,000.


Pharmacists v. Pharmacy Company. Our client were pharmacist who were misclassified as salaried employees and not paid their overtime and were not provided their meal or rest breaks. The case settled for more than $600,000.


John Does v. Landscape Company. Employer did not provide workers compensation insurance for injuries and failed to pay our client overtime, meal and rest breaks. $425,000


John Does v. Trucking Company. Two clients were dispatchers for a trucking company that were required to work from home on weekends and the company did not pay them for their weekend time, overtime, or provided meal or rest breaks. They were terminated after they complained. $420,000.


Inspector v. Inspection Company. Our client was misclassified as a salaried employee and worked long hours as a travelling inspector. $190,000.


Union Workers v. Union: Our clients were misclassified as salaried employees and worked long hours for a union. $187,000.


Jane Doe v. Household Employer. Client performed household services for a number of years for a very wealthy family but did not get paid minimum wage or overtime and did not get her breaks. $185,000.


Employee v. Delicatessen.  Our attorneys represented an employee who injured her hand while working for a delicatessen.  The employer refused to provide her workers’ compensation insurance and then terminated her after she had healed and was ready to return to work.  $175,000.


John Doe v. ABC Corp. Our client was a pharmacist that was not paid overtime, or provided meal or rest breaks. $150,000.


John Doe v. Restaurant. Our client worked very long hours at a restaurant for a fixed salary, did not receive breaks, and was threatened when he complained about not being paid all wages due to him. $115,000.


Jane Doe v. Hospitality Business. Our client worked significant overtime without being paid for it and was not able to take meal or lunch breaks. $115,000


John Does v. Landscaping Company. Our clients were not paid for travel time to and from customer job sites, did not receive rest breaks and rarely received full lunch breaks, and did not get paid for all of the hours they worked. $110,000.


John Does v. Tech Company. Two software sales people were not paid their commissions. The case went to arbitration. Over $100,000.


John Does v. Restaurant. Our clients received housing from an employer that was overcrowded and unsanitary. $90,000.


Jane Doe v. Hotel Chain. Our client was an inside sales person that was not paid wages and was terminated after she complained. $85,000.


John Does v. Fortune 500 Company. Our clients were several software engineers who were not paid several months of salary by a defunct subcontractor of a Fortune 500 company. $95,000.


Maintenance Workers v. Apartment Company. Our clients performed maintenance for an apartment complex. Their overtime hours were unreported and they did not always get a chance to get meal or rest breaks. $60,000.


Jane Doe v. Famous Rich Guy. Our client was employed as household help by a very rich and famous employer who did not pay her overtime. $50,000.


John Doe v. Restaurant. Our client was a cook that was not paid overtime, or provided meal or rest breaks. $50,000.


John Doe v. Restaurant. Our client was a cook/handyman at a restaurant. He was not paid overtime, or provided meal or rest breaks. $50,000.


John Doe v. Restaurant. Our client was a cook that was not paid overtime, or provided meal or rest breaks. $40,000.


John Doe v. Manufacturer. Our client was misclassified as a salaried employee and required to work occasional overtime and not always able to take his meal or rest breaks. $35,000.

Whistleblower/Retaliation

Employees v. Indian Restaurant:  Four employees of a restaurant were wrongfully terminated and threatened with deportation after they complained about repeated wage and hour violations by the employer.  The employees worked more than 60 hours per week and were frequently shorted on their already meager “salaries”.  The employer repeatedly promised to make up the backpay in the future and, after employees became persistent in their complaints about the unpaid wages and long hours, the owners of the restaurant threatened to call immigration authorities and have the employees deported.  We prevailed at trial, persisted through six bankruptcies, multiple fraudulent liens on assets, and eventually seized three investment properties belonging to the employers.    Judgment in excess of $1.5 million (with attorneys’ fees).


John Doe v. Financial Institution: Our client was an Area Manager for a large financial institution. He was terminated after he complained about another manager sexually harassing one of his employees, and after he participated in an investigation of the complaints. The case settled through mediation for $1,350,000.


Jane Doe v. Property Management Company. Defendant’s manager sexually harassed our clients and terminated them when they complained. Case settled for $1,200,000.


Worker v. Employer.  An employee who was underpaid while working around the clock in substandard conditions for the employer and terminated when client complained.  Nearly $900,000.


John Doe v. Landscape Company. Employer did not provide workers compensation insurance for injuries and failed to pay our client overtime, meal and rest breaks. They were terminated after they complained. $425,000


John Doe v. Trucking Company. Two clients were dispatchers for a trucking company that were required to work from home on weekends and the company did not pay them for their weekend time, overtime, or provided meal or rest breaks. They were terminated after they complained. $420,000.


John Doe v. Non-profit Corp. Our client, the former CFO complained about unlawful discrimination and harassment in the workplace. Defendant terminated him after he complained without conducting an investigation. $380,000.


Jane Doe v. Non Profit Corp. Our clients complained about race discrimination. Defendant terminated them after they complained. $170,000.


Jane Doe v. Non Profit Corp. Our client complained about wage and hour violations for her employees. Defendant terminated her after she complained. $125,000.

Sexual Harassment/Gender Discrimination

John Doe v. Financial Institution: Our client was an Area Manager for a large financial institution. He was terminated after he complained about another manager sexually harassing one of the employees, and after our client participated in an investigation of the complaints. The case settled through mediation for $1,350,000.


Jane Doe v. Property Management Company. Defendant’s manager sexually harassed our clients and terminated them when they complained. Case settled for $1,200,000.


Jane Doe v. Medical practice. Defendant sexually harassed our clients. Combined settlement of $1,100,000.


Jane Doe v. Fast Food Restaurant. Defendant’s Store Manager sexually harassed our client and exposed himself to her. Settlement of $480,000.


Jane Does v. Medical Facility. Defendant’s manager pressured females for sex and sexually harassed them. Settlement for policy limits of $300,000.

Unlawful Insurance Practices/Bad Faith

Jane Doe v. ABC Corp. Contractor failed to build property pursuant to architect’s plans, and insurer denied claims in bad faith. $2,600,000.


Jane Doe v. ABC Corp. Insurance company denied coverage for a mold claim after it failed to take appropriate action to remediate the property. $1,350,000.


ABC Corp. v. XYZ Corp. Insurance company tortuously interfered with our clients prospective economic advantage. $800,000 and agreement to change practices.


Disabled Person v. Insurance Company.  Our self-employed client became disabled from lyme disease and had trouble collecting her disability benefits because her income was not well documented.  Lump sum payment of $200,000.

Motorcycle Accidents

John Doe v. Construction Company. Our client was riding his motorcycle on a straight street. Defendant driver employed by a construction company turned left and hit our client. Our client suffered a fractured hip and fractured forearm requiring several surgeries. The case settled on the eve of trial for $3,000,000.


John Doe v. Jane Doe. Our clients brought a wrongful death claim after their parent was killed in a motorcycle versus car accident in a very challenging damages case. $800,000.


John Doe v. ABC Corp. Motorcycle accident. Total settlement value $625,000.

Personal Injury

John Doe and Jane Doe v. XYZ Corp. Our client made glass figurines finished in a paint thinner and lacquer mix. Both of our clients developed cancer. We retained all the appropriate experts, proved that the paint thinner contained benzene, which was causally related to our clients’ cancer. The case settled after a battle of the experts for $2,350,000.


John Doe v. Product Manufacturer. Our client was injured while riding a device manufactured by Defendant. The case settled after a three week jury trial with a $2,300,000 verdict.


Jane Doe v. XYZ Corp. Our client’s daughter was putting gas in her car on the side of the road. Defendant driving a van veered off the road and killed our client’s daughter. The case settled for $2,000,000.


John Doe v. Restaurant. Restaurant employee seated our client at a table where a room divider curtain hid an object with a sharp point on it. Our client bent over to pick something up from the floor and struck his head on the concealed sharp corner. Our client suffered a traumatic brain injury. We sued Defendant for negligently concealing the sharp and dangerous object. The case settled for insurance policy limits of $2,000,000.


Jane Doe v. ABC Corp. Our clients suffered personal injuries as a result of mold exposure. The exposure killed their puppy. We were the fifth lawyer on the case. Plaintiff’s prior lawyer recommended that they accept a $90,000 settlement offer. We thought Defendant had done way too much harm to our clients and needed to fully compensate them. The case settled for $1,250,000 on the courthouse steps.


John Doe v. Commercial Driver. Client was able to recover $1,100,000 (policy limits) for spinal injuries resulting from a low-speed vehicle collision caused by an inattentive commercial driver, and then made worse by another low-speed collision involving another inattentive driver. Plaintiff had spinal surgeries prior to the collision and the collisions aggravated those prior spinal problems and led to two more spinal surgeries.


Hernandez v. Dan’s Bar. Our client was a Patron at Dan’s Bar. Our client had a disagreement with the bartender that resulted in our client’s ejection from the facility. While he was outside the bouncer threw his shoulder into our client’s chest and caused our client to fall and strike his head on the concrete. The case settled for insurance policy limits of $1,000,000 just before trial.


John Doe v. Jane Doe. Our clients brought a wrongful death claim after their father was killed in a motorcycle versus car accident in a very challenging damages case. $800,000.


Bicyclist v. Driver.  Driver struck and injured an avid bicyclist who tried conservative treatment but eventually needed a knee replacement surgery. $650,000.


John Doe v. ABC Corp. Motorcycle accident. Total settlement value $625,000.


Shrimplin v. Driver.  Our client’s vehicle was struck by another driver going about 30 mph on an Oakland street.  Our client suffered from chronic pain had no surgeries and limited medical treatment.  The insurance company made a final offer of $15,000 before trial and dismissed her pain and suffering as inconsequential and temporary.  $590,000 (about 20 times the offer).


John Doe v. Vessel Operator. Our clients brought a wrongful death claim after he was killed in a collision between two vessels in a nearly impossible liability case. $565,000.


Pedestrian v. Driver.  Pedestrian’s leg was broken when he was struck by a car at an Oakland crosswalk.  Policy limits of over $500,000.


John Doe v. Towing Company. Our client injured himself while docking a vessel. $425,000.


Walker v. Dog Owner.  Our client was walking his dog when an off-leash dog belonging to a neighbor attacked his dog knocking our client down in the process.  Our client suffered a broken hip that had difficulty healing.  $280,000.


Pedestrian v. Medical Facility.  Medical provider organized a small crowded outdoor market in front of a medical facility.  There was a cutout in the sidewalk filled with sand causing our client to slip and break her wrist.  $275,000.


Pedestrian v. Hit and Run. Our client, a pedestrian, was struck in a hit and run accident and suffered severe injuries to his foot. Policy limit of $250,000 from his own insurer.


John Doe v. Vessel Operator. Our client was a passenger in a vessel that was involved in a collision. $185,000.


John Doe v. Restaurant and Assailant. Our client suffered a broken ankle, cracked ribs and some head injuries when he was beaten up by two assailants at a fast food restaurant. None of the employees called the police. $175,000


Employee v. Delicatessen.  Our attorneys represented an employee who injured her hand while working for a delicatessen.  The employer refused to provide her workers’ compensation insurance and then terminated her after she had healed and was ready to return to work.  $175,000.


Jane Doe v. Slumlord. Our client lived in a converted garage, with sewage smelling bathrooms, no heat, improper wiring and other serious health and safety violations. $150,000.


Jane Doe v. Property Owner. Our client hurt her knee when she fell down a dark stairway. $115,000.


Jane Doe v. City. Out client feel and broke her wrist due to uneven sidewalk. $105,000.


John Doe v. John Doe. Motor vehicle accident. $100,000 policy limits.


Elderly Person v. Elderly Care Day Services.  Our client was injured when waiting to board a private bus outside a facility operated by an elderly care day care service company.  $75,000.


Jane Doe v. Property Owner. Trip and fall. $65,000


Jane Doe v. John Doe. Motor vehicle accident. $50,000 policy limits.


Jane Doe v. Jane Roe.  We are took the unusual step of defending a civil assault and battery case for an existing client.  Our client got into a fight with another woman at McDonalds and this woman claimed that our client seriously injured her.  The only three neutral witnesses blamed our client for starting the fight.  The prospects of winning seem very bleak.  However, during trial we showed that the three witnesses did not see the entire fight and provided inconsistent recollections of what happened, that the woman who suffered the injuries provoked the fight by tormenting our client prior to the fight by repeatedly taking unwanted pictures, and that the relations between the two women were very strained because our client had filed a fraudulent lawsuit accusing the other woman of hiding more than $1,000,000 in assets for her boyfriend so that the boyfriend could avoid paying on a judgment to our client.  The judge found that the fight was mutual combat and did not award any damages against our client.

Business Cases

ABC Corp v. XYZ Corp. Defendants, a publicly traded company, terminated a licensing agreement with our client and nearly forced our client into bankruptcy, which is why they could not afford to pay an attorney on an hourly basis. We were the third attorneys on the case. Defendants offered $900,000 on the first day of arbitration and asserted that if we did not accept it they were going to prove that our clients were crooks. We rejected the offer and obtained an arbitration award for $4,900,000.


ABC Corp v. XYZ Corp. Defendants raided our clients’ employees, stole their trade secrets, and then interfered with our clients actual and prospective customers. We sued Defendant for tortious interference with prospective economic relations, interference with contractual relations, and unfair business practices. The case settled for $4,300,000.


Jane Doe v. Fraudulent Transferors. Our client was able to prove after a full trial that defendants placed about $1,100,000 in fraudulent liens to avoid collection on an earlier $800,000 plus judgment in favor of our client. The judge issued a tentative decision in the fraudulent transfer action indicating that he intended to extend the original $800,000 plus judgment against all persons involved in the fraudulent transfers, as well as significant emotional distress and punitive damages, increasing the potential judgment. The case settled before judgment was entered.


ABC Corp v. XYZ Corp. Defendants terminated a contract to provide lighting. Our clients could not afford an hourly attorney so we represented them on a contingency fee. Case settled for $625,000.


John Doe v. His Father & Brother. Our clients were sued by their family member who tried to evict them from the family home in San Francisco which was in the family member’s name. We stopped the eviction and counter-sued to quiet title and to add out clients to title. Our clients obtained full ownership of the family home after purchasing the family member’s ownership for a fraction of the real property’s price.


Home Builder v. Very Rich Guy. Our client, a contractor and former professional violinist, build a 16,000 square foot custom home for a client who continued to make incessant changes to the project and frequently stalling the project by refusing to provide details of the desired changes. The very rich owner then stopped contacting our client altogether and eventually sued our client for non-performance demanding $144,000. Our client countersued but all along continued to offer a mutual dismissal. The very rich owner forced the case to trial and our client won a judgment plus attorneys’ fees totaling in excess of $310,000.


Seller of a Business v. Purchaser of a Business. Our unsophisticated client sold an elderly care home and the underlying real property to a sophisticated purchasers who muddled up the transaction and then defaulted on payments. We filed a lawsuit against the purchasers and obtained a judgment but they filed for bankruptcy later so we sued the purchaser’s daughter and, after a full trial, showed that she was also liable for the full debt and obtained a total judgment of $289,000.


Co-Owner of Toy Company v. Other Owners. Our clients were sued by a co-owner of their company for breach of fiduciary duty and fraud. They were in a vulnerable situation because there were no written ownership documents and the value of the company was in patents held by the suing co-owner. Our clients counter sued and, following a two-month trial, the parties settled the case with our clients retaining ownership of the company and licenses for the patents. The other owner then breached the settlement agreement which resulted in our clients keeping the company, obtaining all of the patents, and being awarded attorney’s fees.


Ex-Wife v. Ex Husband. Our client received a loan from his father to purchase a home in San Francisco together with his wife. The loan of about $120,000 was all the savings that the father had accumulated over his lifetime. When our client got divorced from his wife, she began claiming that the money was a gift and refused to give it back. The case went to trial and our client got a judgment forcing repayment of the entire loan and interest to his father. The total recovery exceeded $150,000.


Auto Body Shop v. Insurance Companies.  Our attorneys represented a large auto body shop in litigation against several very large insurance companies which refused to pay a fair repair rate to the auto body shop.  We litigated approximately 50 small claims lawsuits filed by the auto body shop’s customers against various insurance companies.  These lawsuits turned into mini-trials complete with voluminous trial briefs, multiple witnesses, and even an expert hired by the insurers.  We were able to win most of the cases by having the court order the insurance companies to pay a fair repair rate to our client.  One judge even ruled that the rate that the insurance company wanted to pay was so unreasonable that it could have been arrived by the three witches of MacBeth reading chicken entrails.  The small claims litigation was eventually resolved through a global settlement.


Commercial Landlord v. Auto Body Shop.  Our client was accused of breaching a commercial lease when he moved his auto body shop to another location more than two years before his lease was to expire.  The landlord sued seeking more than $550,000 in damages due to the breach of the commercial lease which caused the landlord to lose rents and to lose the building.  This was a very tough case because the commercial lease was written in a way that was very unfavorable to our client.  We defended the client by arguing that the landlord failed to perform certain improvements that would have improved the appearance of the premises, unreasonably interfered with our client’s business when conducting construction on the next door lot, and that the landlord was insolvent and would have lost the building anyway.  Offsetting judgments resulted in a judgment against our client for only $55,000 with no attorney’s fees because the Court ruled that neither party prevailed.


Commercial Landlord v. Coffee Shop.  The landlord attempted to evict our client from a coffee shop by arguing that our client failed to properly exercise her option.  Our client countersued for failure to properly maintain certain ventilation shafts at the premises which prevented the cafe from being able to serve hot food.  The court ruled that the option was properly exercised even though not all of the formalities were satisfied because the landlord mislead our client into believing that the option had been exercised.  The court also found that the landlord failed to maintain the premises as promised awarding nominal damages and about $30,000 in attorneys’ fees.


Family Business Owner v. Family Business Owner.  Our attorneys defended a co-owner of a successful kitchen & bath business against claims of breach of fiduciary duty by his family member co-owner.  We successfully demonstrated that our client with great business acumen to grow the business and honestly towards his family co-owner thus neutralizing the claims being made by the family co-owner against our client.  The case settled after lengthy litigation with a split of the business that our client was happy with.

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  • 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 Injury Lawyer, the Stronger Your Chances for Recovery Will Become.

Contact the Oakland 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 925-937-3900.

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