San Francisco’s Best Employment Law Firm. Let Us Show You Why
|Ottinger Employment Lawyers|
535 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94105
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Employment Lawyers in San Francisco, CA
For more than twenty years, The Ottinger Firm has focused on just one thing: employment law.
We know employment law because its all we do. We are one of the top employment law firms in the country with offices in New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.
Our experienced San Francisco employment lawyers focus on representing employees, executives and companies throughout California.
You need an experienced and talented employment law firm on your side. We know how to win cases and obtain results. We try to resolve cases amicably whenever possible, but we know how to win cases in court when necessary.
You obtain the best settlements with a law firm that has a record of success in the courts.
Our San Francisco employment lawyers have a long history of helping employees throughout California.
We have recovered millions in damages for unfair employment practices.
We handled individual and class action cases in California involving:
- Wage Theft
- Wrongful Termination
- Wage & Hour Violations
- Discrimination & Harassment
- Whistle Blower Cases
- Severance Agreements
- Expense Reimbursement
- Contractor Misclassification
Our San Francisco clients come from all industries and all employment levels.
From our years in the courts up against the largest companies in world, we have the ability to help you.
We have helped San Francisco employees at companies such as Black Rock, Social Finance, Uber, Lyft, Instacart, Levi Strauss, and many more companies of all sizes.
A Different Perspective
Unlike most San Francisco employment law firms, we don’t focus on just one side.
Most employment law firms either represent management or employees, but not both.
We’re different and represent both sides. We think the variety makes us better lawyers.
This dual perspective informs our negotiation and litigation strategies. We get results because we know our adversary’s case as well as our own.
Understanding San Francisco and California
We are a San Francisco based employment law firm. Robert Ottinger lives in San Francisco and knows the City.
We frequently handle cases at The California Superior Court for the County of San Francisco. Also, San Francisco has its own unique labor laws that protect employees who work in the City.
Mediation and Arbitration
Mediation and arbitration are how most San Francisco employment cases are resolved. We are very comfortable in both settings.
Mediation is a voluntary process in which a mediator helps the parties settled the dispute. The mediator does not decide who wins, instead, they simply help the parties negotiate.
It’s not binding and the parties are free to reject the mediator’s suggestions.
Arbitration, on the other hand, is binding. The arbitrator acts as the judge and will decide who wins.
Most employees today are required to agree to arbitrate as a condition of employment. You probably signed an arbitration agreement at some point.
Not everyone is a fan of arbitration, but we are. We have found that most arbitrators are fair and reasonable.
We have obtained some outstanding results for our clients in arbitration. We recently won a one million dollar award for our client against a large oil company and obtained a similar outcome against one of the world’s largest banks.
What Laws Protect San Francisco Employees?
There are federal, state, and local city laws that cover San Francisco employees.
The federal laws are created by congress and are laws you may have heard of before such as the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) and the FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act).
The State of California also has its own set of laws that loosely follow the federal law but typically provide great protections for employees.
The City of San Francisco has enacted city-wide of labor laws that provide even more protection for people who work in the City.
People who work in San Francisco enjoy three levels of legal protection in the workplace.
How our San Francisco Employment Lawyers can Help You
The first step is determining the strength and value of the claim. We analyze the situation and report our findings.
Then, in most cases, we draft a letter that summarizes the claim and send it to the employer to start a dialogue.
Often we are able to resolve the case through informal negotiations or private non-binding mediation. If we cannot resolve the matter, the next step is initiating arbitration or litigation.
The vast majority of cases settle at some point before trial.
Choosing a San Francisco Employment Lawyer
There are a lot of excellent employment lawyers in the San Francisco area.
One good place to look is the National Employment Lawyers Association legal directory.
This is a directory of employment lawyers who focus on helping employees. Looks for one in your area.
When looking at employment law firms, keep a few things in mind:
- Employment Law Specialists. Employment law is complex and fluid. You should hire a lawyer who only handles employment law. Avoid those who dabble in other areas. You want an expert in employment law, not a generalist.
- Results. Your lawyer should have a record of success. This shows that they are effective and also it will help resolve your case. The other side is more likely to settle on favorable terms if your lawyer has a strong record of good results.
- Reviews. This is a great way to see how former clients feel and a strong indicator of how they will treat you.
- Experience. Get someone who has been practicing employment law for at least a few years, the more the better. Law is one area where experience really counts.
Flexible Fee Arrangements
To better serve all types of clients who need our assistance, and to cover the different types of legal services that we offer, we use several different fee agreements.
Depending on the type of assistance you need, one or more of these payment arrangements may be available:
- Flat Fee