Randall E. Strauss

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment Litigation Attorney in Oakland, CA

Gwilliam Ivary Chiosso Cavalli & Brewer
 | 1999 Harrison Street, Suite 1600, Oakland, CA 94612
Phone: 510-832-5411
Fax: 510-832-1918
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2019
Licensed Since: 1993
Practice Areas:
  • Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (50%),
  • Employment & Labor: Employee (10%),
  • Civil Rights (10%),
  • Civil Litigation: Plaintiff (10%),
  • Business Litigation (10%),
  • Environmental (10%)
Attorney Profile

Randall E. Strauss is partner at Gwilliam Ivary Chiosso Cavalli & Brewer. In California, he represents clients in matters of civil litigation, business law, environmental law, employment law, civil appeals, personal injury and products liability. In 2009, The Recorder included Mr. Strauss in its Top Verdicts group, and in 2011, the Top Employment Law Firms. He was also a recipient of the American Jurisprudence Awards in legal research and writing, civil procedure, and procedure I and II.

In 1988, Mr. Strauss graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts. He then obtained his Juris Doctor from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law in 1993. While in law school, he was a member of the Golden Gate University Law Review. As a knowledgeable, experienced attorney, Mr. Strauss taught a class on trial techniques in employment litigation in 2014.

Mr. Strauss is a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association, the California Employment Lawyers Association, the Alameda-Contra Costa Trial Lawyers’ Association, the Consumer Attorneys of California, Public Justice and the State Bar of California.

With several seven figure settlements in his history, Mr. Strauss has earned his reputation as a successful, zealous advocate for his clients. For his high ethical standards and long list of successful results, he holds the highest peer rating possible of AV Preeminent* from Martindale-Hubbell.

Mr. Strauss is admitted to practice in California state courts and before 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. District Court for the Northern District of California, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.

* AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Employment Litigation (50%): Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Retaliation, Employment Law - Employer

Employment & Labor (10%): Employment Law - Employee, Whistleblower, Sexual Harassment

Civil Rights (10%): Race Discrimination, Disability, Discrimination

Civil Litigation (10%)

Business Litigation (10%)

Environmental (10%): Environmental Law

Focus Areas

Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Retaliation, Employment Law - Employer, Employment Law - Employee, Whistleblower, Sexual Harassment, Race Discrimination, Disability, Discrimination, Environmental Law


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Super Lawyers: 2019

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About Randall Strauss

Admitted: 1993, California

Professional Webpage: https://www.giccb.com/Our-Firm/Randall-E-Strauss.shtml


  • Recipient, American Jurisprudence Awards in Civil Procedure, Procedure I and II and Legal Research and Writing
  • Recognized as lead counsel in Wiley v. Wyndham in the Recorder's Top Verdicts - California's Million Dollar Verdicts, June 28, 2010., Top Verdicts, The Recorder, 2010
  • Top Employment Law Groups, The Recorder, 2011
  • Nation's Top One Percent, National Association of Distinguished Counsel, 2016
  • Recognized by the Recorder as being a member of one of Northern California's best employment law teams., The Recorder
  • AV Rated
  • Finalist - Trial Lawyer of the Year 2016, Public Justice, 2016

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • National Employment Lawyers Association
  • California Employment Lawyers Association
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1998
  • State Bar of California, Member, 1993 - Present
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 1994
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 1997
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1997
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1994
  • Alameda County Contra Costa County Trial Lawyers Association, 2007 - Present
  • California, 1993
  • Consumer Attorneys of California, 2009 - Present
  • The American Association for Justice
  • Public Justice, 2016
  • Consumer Attorneys of California

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Volunteer - Alameda County Food Bank, 2017
  • Oversee firm's student internship programs , 2017

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Co-Author, Effectively Handling Multiple Plaintiff Employment Law Cases, Wrongful Discharge Litigation Strategies, 2013
  • Golden Gate University Law Review, Member, 1990 - 1991
  • Employment Law, Trial Techniques in Employment Litigation, 2014
  • Trial Techniques in Employment Litigation, Co-Presenter, Alameda County Bar Association, Employment Law, 2014


  • O'Haire v. City and County of San Francisco and Greg Suhr -$725,000 settlement on behalf of whistleblower who claimed the Chief of Police fired her in retaliation for participating in a disciplinary case against him before he was appointed chief., 2015
  • Dadesho v. Government of Iraq, 139 F.3d 766 (9th Cir. 1998)
  • Li v. Trendwest: Plaintiff verdict
  • Andrews v. Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC   Plaintiffs' verdict worth over $2.7 million., 2013
  • Wiley v. Wyndham Vacation Ownership Inc.  $1,000,000 Plaintiff verdict in Employment:retaliation trial.  Listed The Recorder's Top Verdicts for 2010.  Verdict worth over $2,000,000 with attorneys fees and costs.  At trial, Mr. Strauss gave the opening and closing statements and questioned many of the witnesses., 2010
  • Co-lead counsel in Andrews v. LLNS which settled on September 30, 2015 for $37.25 Million.  Represented 129 plaintiffs in a consolidated action following a mass layoff at Lawrence Livermore National Lab.  After two separate 60 day trials of test plaintiffs claims, and multiple days of mediation over several months, the case settled.  During the two trials, Mr. Strauss gave the opening and closing statements and questioned many of the witnesses., 2015

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Listed in The Recorder's Top Employment Law Firms on Plaintiff side., 2012
  • Finalist - Public Justice Trial Lawyer of the Year, 2016

Educational Background:

  • University of California, Berkeley   BA in History and Political Science, 1988
  • Full Tuition Honors Scholar at Golden Gate University School of Law; AmJur Award Recipient in Civil Procedure and Legal Research and Writing; Law Revew Member - Golden Gate University School of Law
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Office Location for Randall E. Strauss

1999 Harrison Street, Suite 1600
Oakland, CA 94612

Phone: 510-832-5411

Fax: 510-832-1918

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Last Updated: 8/28/2019

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