David Sarnoff

Top rated Alternative Dispute Resolution attorney in Burlingame, California

Sarnoff Mediations
David Sarnoff
Sarnoff Mediations

Practice Areas: Alternative Dispute Resolution

Licensed in California since: 2005

Education: Loyola Law School Los Angeles

Languages Spoken: English, Spanish

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2021 - 2024 Selected to Rising Stars: 2013 - 2020

Sarnoff Mediations

20 Park Road
Suite D
Burlingame, CA 94010 Phone: 415-788-0888 Email: David Sarnoff Visit website


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.  His goal is to help the parties to any dispute find common ground in order to put the past behind   Although his litigation background was representing the rights of aggrieved 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 his employment law focus, though, Mr. Sarnoff also represented clients involved in real estate, contract, personal injury, and general business disputes and litigation.

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 graduated as a member of the Order of the Coif.

First Admitted: 2005, California

Professional Webpage: https://sarnoffmediations.com/

Educational Background:
  • Emory University, Bachelor's Degrees in Economics and Physics, Minor in Computer Science.
  • 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
Representative Clients:
  • Medical Device Salesperson, 2018
  • Nurses, 2018
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Mandatory Settlement Conference Officer, San Francisco Superior Court, 2020
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, 2011
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2010
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 2010
  • Member, California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA), 2008
  • 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
  • Member, The Bar Association of San Francisco
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • $400,000 settlement for client terminated in retaliation for complaining about Hostile Work Environment Sexual Harassment., 2021
  • $1,400,000 settlement for client terminated in retaliation for taking medical leave and for other disability-related claims., 2019
  • $400,000 settlement for client terminated for alleged age discrimination, 2019
  • Multiple six and seven-figure settlements on behalf of Plaintiffs with related claims of disability discrimination and retaliation against the same employer., 2018
  • $328,000 settlement for client who was fired after requesting and taking leave to care for their gravely ill spouse., 2017
  • $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
  • $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
  • $405,000 settlement for client who was terminated after complaining about sex and disability discrimination in the workplace., 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
  • $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
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Presentation on how to maximize the benefits of a mediation and get the most out of the mediation process ... and the mediator., Speaker, Help Me[diators] Help You!, San Mateo County Bar Association, 2022
  • 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
Industry Groups:
  • Contract Disputes
  • Employment
  • General Business
  • Personal Injury
  • Real Estate

Office location for David Sarnoff

20 Park Road
Suite D
Burlingame, CA 94010


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  • Super Lawyers: 2021 - 2024
  • Rising Stars: 2013 - 2020

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