David Sarnoff

David Sarnoff

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment Litigation Attorney in Burlingame, CA

Sarnoff + Sarnoff, APLC
 | 20 Park Road, Suite D
Burlingame, CA 94010
Phone: 6503934995
Fax: 650-931-4237
Selected to Rising Stars: 2013 - 2019
Licensed Since: 2005
Practice Areas:
  • Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (80%),
  • Civil Rights (10%),
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (10%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Spanish
Attorney Profile

As a founding partner of Sarnoff + Sarnoff, David Sarnoff represents the rights of employees in the Bay Area in California. He commits his practice to employment law, handling cases that involve the following matters: wrongful termination, harassment, discrimination, defamation, retaliation and other types of employment torts.

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.

Advancing employee rights requires strict attention to detail and a passion for helping people. Mr. Sarnoff dedicates his practice to advocating for aggrieved workers. He has extensive experience in litigation, having handled cases involving some of the largest companies in the world. As a member of The State Bar of California, he 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.sarnofflaw.com/attorneys/


  • 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:

  • Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • Member, State Bar of California
  • Member, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Member, The Bar Association of San Francisco
  • California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • Member, California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA)

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
  • $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

  • CELA
Office Location for David Sarnoff

20 Park Road
Suite D
Burlingame, CA 94010

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Last Updated: 2/19/2019

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