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Mark S. Rudy
(415) 434-9800

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

Mediation Experience: Mr. Rudy has mediated, both as an advocate and a mediator, over a thousand employment matters since July, 1990. He has also acted as an arbitrator in over 50 matters with most of them being assigned by the various Superior Courts in the Northern California area. He has been trained to handle employment mediations through the United States District Court, Northern District of California.


Mr. Rudy has handled, as lead counsel through trial, approximately 30 court and jury matters involving wrongful termination and/or employment discrimination. He has been selected for each edition of Best Lawyers in America since 1990, and in July 1997 was acknowledged by the National Law Journal as one of America's top employment lawyers. Mr. Rudy has been inducted as a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Law, an honorary society. He has spoken numerous times on employment law matters throughout the country and has written extensively such as Co-Author: "Wrongful Employment Termination Practice," California Continuing Education of the Bar, 1987; Supplement, 1989; "Counseling a Plaintiff During Employment Litigation," April 1989 and "The Future of Wrongful Termination: A Plaintiff's Perspective," 1989, Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. Course Book Consultant, Matthew Bender California Employment Law Reporters, 1990 - present.

Educational History:

J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1969
B.A., University of Connecticut, 1966

Litigation Successes:

Stephens v. Coldwell Banker Commercial Group (1988) 199 Cal.App.3d 1394 - appellate court upheld the jury’s punitive damage award to an employee who was discriminated against on the basis of his age

Luck v. Southern Pacific Transportation (1990) 218 C.A.3d 1- court of appeal upheld award to office worker who was fired for refusing to submit to drug testing urinalysis



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 Senior Editor 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. 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.

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 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.



Steven G. Zieff

(415) 434-9800 x5644

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


In addition to successfully representing individuals in employment matters, Mr. Zieff has been at the forefront of wage and hour class actions. Mr. Zieff has served as lead counsel in numerous wage and hour class actions resulting in multi-million dollar settlements and judgments.  The illegal employment practices challenged by these class actions include: the employer’s refusal to reimburse employees for necessary employment expenses; improper characterization of employees as exempt from overtime pay laws; and illegal “use-it-or-lose-it” vacation policies.  In 2001, he obtained a judgment in excess of $124 million in Bell v. Farmers Insurance Exchange, an overtime class action in which the firm represented over 2400 employees. Mr. Zieff has written and spoken extensively on a wide variety of empoyment law issues and is a Fellow of the College of Labor and Empoyment Law, an honorary society. Mr. Zieff is a recipient of the 2001 CLAY award - California Lawyer Attorney of the Year for Employment Law. He is an active member of the National Employment Lawyers Association, the California Employment Lawyers Association, and other organizations.

Educational History:

J.D., Boalt Hall School of Law, 1978
A.B., with honors, Brown University, 1974

Litigation Successes:

Bell v. Farmers Insurance Exchange - jury verdict on July 10, 2001 for over $90 million in damages phase of overtime class action against Farmers Insurance Exchange brought on behalf of personal lines claims adjusters.

Breaux v. Agency Rent-A-Car - following successful trial determining that officer managers and assistant office managers were entitled to overtime pay, case settled for in excess of $8 million.

Kerr v. Snap-On, Inc. - class action brought on behalf of employee seeking unreimbursed expenses under California Labor Code Sec. 2802 resulted in a settlement of $8.4 million.

Addvensky v. Corporate Express Delivery Systems, Inc. - $9.75 million settlement on behalf of same- day delivery drivers raisint claims for failure to pay minimum wage, failure to pay overtime and failure to reimburse the necessary business expenses.

Stephens v. Coldwell Banker Commercial Group (1988) 199 Cal.App.3d 1394 - appellate court upheld the jury's punitive damage award to an employee who was discriminated against on the basis of his age.

Keyhea v. Rushen
(1986) 178 Cal.App.3d 526 - injunction affirmed by court of appeal that vindicated state prisoners' right to be free from forced drugging without first being afforded specific procedural protections.

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