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Therese M. Lawless

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment Litigation Attorney in San Francisco, CA

Lawless, Lawless & McGrath
354 Pine Street, Fourth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94104
Phone: 415-391-7555
Fax: 415-391-4228
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2022
Licensed in California Since: 1987
Practice Areas: Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (80%), Employment & Labor: Employee (20%)
Attorney Profile

A partner at Lawless & Lawless, Therese M. Lawless represents those in the greater San Francisco Bay Area who are facing legal issues related to employee/employment law, including discrimination, wrongful termination and sexual harassment. She is admitted to practice in both California and Massachusetts and has been for over almost three decades.

Ms. Lawless is a graduate of Cornell University, earning a Bachelor of Science before moving on to The George Washington University Law School to earn a Juris Doctor in 1986. A member of the California Employment Lawyers Association, the National Employment Lawyers Association, the Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, The State Bar of California, the Massachusetts Bar Association and the American Association for Justice, she has also held board and leadership positions at the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association and the Consumer Attorneys of California.

The Recorder legal newspaper has repeatedly named Ms. Lawless as one of San Francisco’s top plaintiff employment lawyers. She has represented clients in landmark cases, achieved substantial verdicts and brought attention to the issues women face in the tech and capital industries. Working for both employers and individuals, Ms. Lawless is focused on protecting and understanding civil rights.

Ms. Lawless is a regular presenter, teaching classes and seminars for The Bar Association of San Francisco, the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association and the Commonwealth Club Roundtable. In 2015 and 2016, she was included on the list of the top 50 female attorneys in Northern California and was a finalist in the top 10 in 2002 for the California Consumer Attorney of the Year Award.

Practice Areas
  • 80%Employment Litigation: Plaintiff
  • 20%Employment & Labor: Employee
Focus Areas

Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Employment Law - Employee, Sexual Harassment, Labor Law

Selections

19 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2022

Articles about Therese M. Lawless appearing in Super Lawyers

About Therese M. Lawless

First Admitted: 1987, California

Professional Webpage: http://www.lawless-lawless.com/Attorney-Profiles/Therese-M-L...

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Massachusetts Bar Association, Member
  • San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, President, 2004
  • The Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Member
  • Consumer Attorneys of California, Member
  • Massachusetts, 1987
  • San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, Board, 1999 - Present
  • Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, Member
  • California Employment Lawyers Association, Member
  • California, 1987
  • State Bar of California, Member
  • Consumer Attorneys of California, Past Board Member, 1997
  • National Employment Lawyers Association, Member

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession, San Mateo County Bar Association’s Funky Credit Day, Burlingame, CA, January 2013
  • Top Ten Things in Depositions and Mediations, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, January 2013
  • Protecting Clients' Privacy and Privilege Rights, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, November 2012
  • How New Developments Are Shaping Employment Law, Commonwealth Club Roundtable, September 2012
  • Gender Discrimination in the Workplace, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, August 2012
  • Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession, San Mateo County Bar Association’s Funky Credit Day, Burlingame, CA, January 2011
  • The Essential Trial Toolbox, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, June 8, 2010
  • Managing Your Client's Expectations, National Employment Lawyers Association Convention. Rancho Mirage, CA, June 2009
  • Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation and Employment Litigation: Plaintiff and Defense Perspective, Fundamentals of Employment Law Practice, Continuing Education of the Bar, California, November 2008
  • Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation and Employment Litigation: Plaintiff and Defense Perspective, Fundamentals of Employment Law Practice, Continuing Education of the Bar, California, November 2008
  • Common Evidence Issues: How to Impress the Judge, Jury and Scare the Hell Out of Your Opponent. The 5 Issues of Evidence We Love or Hate the Most, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, March 2008
  • Work Place Investigations: What Every Employer and Employee Should Know (And Do), Annual Meeting of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the State Bar of California, Claremont Resort & Spa, Berkeley, California, October 18, 2007 - October 20, 2007
  • Masters Seminar: How to Succeed in San Mateo County Despite Conservative Juries, Consumer Attorneys of California College of Trial Arts and San Mateo County Trial Lawyers Association, Burlingame, CA, September 2007
  • Depositions: A Key Discovery Tool, California Employment Lawyers Association. San Francisco, CA Seminar, July 27, 2007
  • Engaging in the Resolution Discussion, Seminar Web Live! Consumer Attorneys of California, May 22, 2007
  • Closing Arguments by the Masters, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, June 13, 2006
  • George Washington Law Review, Notes Editor, George Washington University, 1985 - 1986
  • The Fierce Urgency of Now: Eliminating Implicit Bias in the Legal Industry, Bar Association of San Francisco, Yosemite Conference, January 2016
  • Gender Equality in Venture Capital and Technology, Silicon Vikings, Palo Alto, CA, January 2016
  • Pathways to Leadership: Progress, Challenges and Opportunities, Institutional Opportunities: Workplace Policies, Federal Bar Association, San Diego, CA, Women in Law Conference 2015, October 2015
  • Discrimination, Harassment, Retaliation, and Other Claims, The Basics Conference: Employment Law, Continuing Education of the Bar, Monterey, CA, September 2015
  • Openings/Closings by the Masters, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, May 2013

Educational Background

  • Cornell University, B.S., 1982

Honors/Awards

  • Top Ten Finalist for the California Consumer Attorney of the Year Award, 2002
  • Named Top 50 Northern California Female Attorneys for several years, most recently in 2015 and 2016
  • Named "Top 100 Attorneys in Northern California"
  • San Francisco Trial Lawyer of the Year, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, 2000
  • Distinguished Law Firm Award, Women Trial Lawyers Caucus of the AAJ
  • Order of the Coif, George Washington University
  • Northern California Super Lawyers, 2004-Present
  • Top 10 Plaintiff Employment Law Firm in San Francisco, The Recorder legal newspaper
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Office Location for Therese M. Lawless

354 Pine Street
Fourth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94104

Phone: 415-391-7555

Fax: 415-391-4228

Last Updated: 1/20/2022

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