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Alan B. Exelrod

(415) 434-9800 x5677

Areas of Practice: Employment law, including discrimination, wrongful termination, sexual harassment, stock options and similar issues, on behalf of employees.


Mr. Exelrod is a nationally recognized trial lawyer and employment law expert. He is a co-author of the Rutter Group publication 'California Employment Litigation'. He speaks regularly at legal conferences and has contributed to numerous publications and legal texts. Mr. Exelrod litigated with co-counsel the Weeks v. Baker & McKenzie case through trial and subsequent appeals. The trial, which was extensively reported in the press and televised on Court T.V., resulted in the largest jury verdict in an individual sexual harassment case at the time. Mr. Exelrod served on the Executive Committee, Labor and Employment Law Section, of the State Bar of California and is a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association, the California Employment Lawyers Association.

He has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America continuously throughout its publication, recognized by Chambers as one of the five best employment lawyers in California, ranked as one of the top 100 Superlawyers in Northern California the September, 2004 issue of Focus Magazine, and as one of the top employment lawyers in Northern California in the Recorder in Spring, 2004.

Educational History:

LL.B., Columbia University School of Law, 1968
London School of Economics and Political Science. 1964-1965
A.B., University of Chicago, Economics 1964

Litigation Successes:

Baratta v. Oracle Corp. (2000 S.F. Sup. Court, Action No. 304221) Jury award of $3.2 million for wrongful termination and retaliation including significant stock option damages. Affirmed on appeal.

Walia v. Aetna, Inc. (1999 S.F. Sup. Court, Action No. 992768). Jury awarded $1.25 million damages to an employee who was fired for refusing to sign a non-compete agreement.

Weeks v. Baker & McKenzie (1998) 63 Cal.App.4th 1128. Court of Appeal affirmed jury verdict holding the world's largest law firm responsible for serial sexual harassment by one of the firm's partners; award over $7 million after appeal.

Finkelstein v. Bergna (N.D.Cal. 1992) 804 F. Supp. 1235. Deputy prosecutor / candidate for election wrongly suspended before election, violated due process rights, $1.2 million jury award plus attorney's fees.

People v. Corona (1978) 80 Cal.App.3d 684. New trial for accused serial killer.

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