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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.


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.  She has served as a contributing editor on the National Employment Discriminations Law treatise. Ms. Goldman is a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association and Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom. She has been named a Northern California "Super Lawyer" by Law and Politics magazine and San Francisco Magazine for 2004 and 2005.

Educational History:

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

Litigation Successes:

Baratta v. Oracle Corp.(2000 S.F. Sup. Court) 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 punitive damages to an employee who was fired for refusing to sign a non-compete agreement

Boyd v. Crowley-Maritime (1997 S.F. Sup. Court, Case No. 976877) - 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.

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