THE ASSOCIATES

Patrice L. Goldman
(415) 434-9800 x5695

Areas of Practice: Employment law, including discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, wage and hour, and similar issues on behalf of employees.

Professional Experience:

Rudy, Exelrod & Zieff, LLP (October 2000 - Present)
San Francisco, California

Rudy, Exelrod, Zieff & True, LLP (October 1995 - September 2000)
San Francisco, California

Rudy & Zieff (October 1992 - October 1995)
San Francisco, California

Kincaid, Gianunzio, Caudle & Hubert (December 1989 - October 1992)
Oakland, California

Educational History:

J.D. Hastings College of the Law, University of California, 1989B.A. Yale University, 1986

Cases:

Baratta v. Oracle Corp.(2000 S.F. Sup. Court) Award of $3.2 million for wrongful termination and retaliation including significant stock option damages.

Walia v. Aetna, Inc. (San Francisco Superior Court, Action No. 992768, 1999) - jury awarded punitive damages to an employee who was fired for refusing to sign a non-compete agreement

Boyd v. Crowley-Maritime (San Francisco Superior Court, Case No. 976877, 1997) - sales representative awarded unpaid overtime upon a verdict that she had been improperly classified as an exempt employee.

Holden v. Canadian Consulate (9th Cir. 1996) 92 F.3d 918 - decision affirming right of United States citizen to sue Canadian Consulate for discrimination in employment.

Le v. Applied Biosystems (N.D. Cal. 1995) 886 F.Supp. 717, decision that ERISA does not preempt employee claim that he experienced disability discrimination when employer terminated him in order to avoid paying benefits for his daughter’s liver transplant.

Misc.  

 Ms. Goldman has won verdicts in cases involving fundamental employment rights, including wrongful termination in violation of public policy, and illegal wage and hour practices.  She has successfully argued before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and has written on employment law issues.  Ms. Goldman is a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association and Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom.

Marcie E. Berman
(415) 434-9800 x5605

Areas of Practice: Employment law, including discrimination, wrongful termination, wage and hour, class actions, and similar issues on behalf of employees.

Professional Experience:

Rudy, Exelrod & Zieff, LLP (October 2000 - Present)
San Francisco, California

Rudy, Exelrod, Zieff & True, LLP (October 1994 - September 2000)
San Francisco, California

Intel Corp. (1992 - 1994)
Santa Clara, California

Morrison & Foerster (1988 - 1992)
Palo Alto, California

National Labor Relations Board, Region 20
San Francisco, California

Hanson, Bridgett, Marcus, Vlahos & Stromberg
San Francisco, California

Educational History:

J.D., Columbia Law School, 1983
M.A., Stanford University, 1980
B.A., Stanford University, 1978

Misc.  

 Ms. Berman litigates the full range of employment matters on behalf of individuals.  She has focused on litigating class actions challenging employers’ classification of employees as exempt from overtime.  Since 1998, Ms. Berman has served on the State Bar Committee on Administration of Justice and the Executive Committee of the Bar Association of San Francisco Labor & Employment Committee.  She has been an Editorial Board Member for the monthly publication “Inside Employee Rights Litigation” since 1996 and shares her expertise in employment law and wage and hour matters as a panelist and speaker at conferences and seminars.

David A. Lowe
(415) 434-9800

Areas of Practice: litigation and negotiation of employment matters on behalf of employees, including discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful termination, severance and equity issues.

Professional Experience:

Rudy, Exelrod & Zieff, LLP (October 2000 - Present)
San Francisco, California

Rudy, Exelrod, Zieff & True, LLP (1996 - September 2000)
San Francisco, California

Educational History: 

J.D., University of California at Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), 1995
B.A., Emory University, 1992

Cases:

DeGregorio v. Brennan Enterprises, Inc. A086151, Div. One, Cal. Ct. of Appeal (1999) - appellate court affirmed disqualification of employer’s attorney because attorney jointly represented employee and employer in a previous matter

Boyd v. Crowley Maritime San Francisco Superior Court Case No. 976877 (1997) - sales representative awarded unpaid overtime upon a verdict that she had been improperly classified as an exempt employee

Misc.:

 Mr. Lowe specializes in litigation, arbitration, mediation and negotiation of employment disputes.  He has negotiated complex severance agreements involving equity and other non-cash consideration.  In addition, he has taught and written about employment law issues.  Mr. Lowe serves on the Board of Directors of the Berkeley Law Foundation (Chair: 1996-2000) and Pride Law Fund and is a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association and Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom.

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