David Sarnoff

David Sarnoff

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Alternative Dispute Resolution Attorney in Burlingame, CA

Sarnoff Mediations
 | 20 Park Road, Suite D
Burlingame, CA 94010
Phone: 6503934995
Selected To Rising Stars: 2013 - 2020
Licensed Since: 2005
Practice Areas:
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (80%),
  • Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (10%),
  • Civil Rights (10%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Spanish
    Attorney Profile

    In 2018, David Sarnoff began mediating disputes as part of his law practice, and after two years practicing as both a litigator and mediator, he transitioned to a full-time mediation practice.  Although his litigation background was representing the rights of aggreived employees throughout California, Mr. Sarnoff also advised employers regarding employment practices and procedures, including addressing internal complaints and conducting investigations. Mr. Sarnoff's primary focus was employment law, where he handled cases involving wrongful termination, harassment, discrimination, defamation, retaliation and other types of employment torts.  Aside from him employment law focus, though, Mr. Sarnoff also handled cases in the areas of real estate, contract, personal injury, and general business disputes.

    Mr. Sarnoff earned a Bachelor of Arts in economics as well as a minor in physics from Emory University. He graduated cum laude and received his Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, where he served as a judicial intern for judges in the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California and the state's 4th District Court of Appeal. While earning his law degree, Mr. Sarnoff also became a member of the Order of the Coif.

    Mr. Sarnoff is admitted to the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States. Mr. Sarnoff is also licensed to practice before all state courts.

    Mr. Sarnoff holds memberships with the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, The Bar Association of San Francisco, the Los Angeles County Bar Association and the California Employment Lawyers Association.

    About David Sarnoff

    Admitted: 2005, California

    Professional Webpage: http://www.sarnoffmediations.com


    • Cum Laude, Loyola Law School, 2005
    • Hon. William Bedsworth, Justice of the California Court of Appeal, 4th District, Loyola Law School, 2005
    • Member, Order of the Coif, Loyola Law School, 2005
    • Only the Top 2.5% of Attorneys under Age 40
    • Judicial Extern, Honorable Fernando M. Olguin, Magistrate Judge in the Central District of California, Loyola Law School, 2005
    • Nominated to and awarded membership in The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Civl Plaintiff Trial Lawyers., The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers, 2016

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Mandatory Settlement Conference Officer, San Francisco Superior Court, 2020
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, 2011
    • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 2005
    • Member, State Bar of California, 2005
    • Member, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association
    • U.S. District Court Southern District of California
    • U.S. Supreme Court, 2010
    • Member, The Bar Association of San Francisco
    • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 2010
    • Member, California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA), 2008

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Wrote an article regarding how Courts are applying awards of costs in FEHA employment cases pursuant to California Code of Civil Procedure section 998 after the California Supreme Court's holding in Williams v. Chino Valley Independent Fire Dist. (2015) 61 Cal.4th 97., Update on the Effect of CCP 998 on FEHA Cases after Williams, CELA Bulletin, California Employment Lawyers Association, 2016


    • $290,000 settlement for two educators retaliated against after reporting violent conduct by the school principal.  One educator was let go but the other never lost his position., 2014
    • $400,000 settlement for client terminated for alleged age discrimination, 2019
    • $328,000 settlement for client who was fired after requesting and taking leave to care for their gravely ill spouse., 2017
    • $127,000 arbitration award (+ $296,000 in fees) on behalf of an employee who was discriminated against because of her religion (Jehovah's Witness).  Plaintiff worked part-time for a weight loss company making approximately $25,000/year., 2015
    • $110,000 verdict + $290,000 in attorneys' fees in a sexual harassment case on behalf of an employee who only worked there for seven months and had some documented performance issues., 2014
    • $410,000 settlement on behalf of our client who was fired while out on medical leave.  Employer claimed she exhausted her leave under FMLA/CFRA but never discussed further accommodations or leave of absense so she could recover from surgury on her hands.  , 2016

    Representative Clients:

    • Medical Device Salesperson, 2018
    • Nurses, 2018

    Educational Background:

    • Emory University, Bachelor's Degrees in Economics and Physics, Minor in Computer Science.

    Industry Groups

    • Contract
    • Employment
    • General Business
    • Personal Injury
    • Real Estate
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    Office Location for David Sarnoff

    20 Park Road
    Suite D
    Burlingame, CA 94010

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    Last Updated: 11/18/2020

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