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Richard J. Vaznaugh

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Top Rated Employment & Labor Attorney in San Francisco, CA

Law Office of Richard J. Vaznaugh
505 Sansome Street, Suite 850
San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: 415-593-0076
Fax: 415-653-8935
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2021 - 2022
Licensed in California Since: 1994
Practice Areas: Employment & Labor: Employee, Employment Litigation: Plaintiff, Civil Litigation: Plaintiff, Civil Rights, Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff, Technology Transactions
Languages Spoken: English, Spanish
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Attorney Profile

Disruption! When companies move fast and break things, we make sure their employee's rights are strongly enforced.

Richard J. Vaznaugh represents employees from executives to rank and file in the Bay Area and in the Los Angeles Area.  Passionate about representing employees, he handles employment counseling and litigation for Employees only. With over seven years awarded the Avvo “Superb” rating, he has almost three decades of experience providing vigorous, excellent representation against businesses and corporations of all sizes.

After graduating from the University of California, Berkeley, with a Bachelor of Arts in Rhetoric in 1989, Mr. Vaznaugh attended the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. While earning his Juris Doctor, he earned a certificate as a Public Interest Scholar and was an Associate Editor for the Hastings International and Comparative Law Review. Fluent in Spanish and English, he also speaks some Portuguese and works hard to represent workers in all walks of life.

Admitted to practice in the State of California since 1994, Mr. Vaznaugh takes pride in his ability to be accessible to his clients from the beginning until the end of the case. In 2019, he won a settlement for almost $2 million against a multinational corporation on behalf of his clients in a wage and hour class action lawsuit.

Mr. Vaznaugh is a 20 year member of California Employment Lawyers Association and a long term member of its Legislative Committee. He has completed Basic Employment Trials as well the Advanced Trial Skills track for CELA trial college. Mr. Vaznaugh is also a longstanding member of the Employment Section of the California Bar Association and the Labor and Employment Committee of the National Lawyers Guild.

Practice Areas
  • 30%Employment & Labor: Employee
  • 30%Employment Litigation: Plaintiff
  • 10%Civil Litigation: Plaintiff
  • 10%Civil Rights
  • 10%Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff
  • 10%Technology Transactions
Focus Areas

Employment Law - Employee, Wage & Hour Laws, Whistleblower, Sexual Harassment, Labor Law, Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Retaliation, Americans with Disabilities Act, Race Discrimination, Disability, Discrimination, Class Actions, Internet


2 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2021 - 2022

About Richard J. Vaznaugh

First Admitted: 1994, California

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Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • “How Cultural Differences Affect Perceptions At Work and In Court,” California Employment Lawyers Association Annual Conference, Pasadena, CA, October 2008
  • Presentation to California Employment Lawyers Association Annual Conference Regarding deposition skills. , Author, speaker, Boxing in Evasive Witnesses, CELAtalks, Legal, Litigation, 2020
  • Author, Note, Environmental Muscle for the North American Free Trade Agreement, 17 Hastings International and Comparative Law Review, 207; multiple journalistic publications for The Modesto Bee, The San Francisco Business Times, The Wenatchee World, and other newspapers

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Associate Member, McFetridge Inn of Court 2000-2002
  • Graduate: California Employment Lawyers Trial College, 2016
  • Graduate: California Employment Lawyers Trial College, Advanced Trial Skills Track, 2019
  • Member: California Employment Lawyers Association Legislative Committee (2002-present), 2019
  • California Employment Lawyers Association Lobby Day Participant (2010-2017), 2017
  • Member: California Employment Lawyers Association Legislative Committee, 2019

Educational Background

  • University of California, Berkeley. Bachelor of Arts, Rhetoric/Legal Studies, 1989


  • 10 out of 10 rating for last seven years, Avvo Client's Superb Attorney Rating, Avvo, 2021

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Aids Legal Referral Panel, Panel Attorney, 2021


  • $1,820,000 Wage and Hour Class Action Settlement against Multinational Corporation, 2019

Industry Groups

  • We represent all employees from rank and file to executives.
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Office Location for Richard J. Vaznaugh

505 Sansome Street
Suite 850
San Francisco, CA 94111

Phone: 415-593-0076

Fax: 415-653-8935

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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