Dr. Emily Green v. Alta East Bay Pathology, Inc., et al.

Former Pathologist files suit against AEBP, related to wrongful termination.

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Mort v. United States Postal Service

Smith Patten files wrongful termination case on behalf of former Fresno Postal Inspector.

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Reed v. City of Palo Alto

Smith Patten files suit to pursue remedies related to a Smith Patten client winning his job back at the City of Palo Alto.

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Vicente v. CCSF

Smith Patten files suit to pursue remedies related to a Smith Patten client winning his job back at CCSF.

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Medtronic, Ex-PTAB Chief Settle Gay Discrimination Suit

Law360 (December 18, 2018, 8:23 PM EST) — Medtronic PLC has settled a lawsuit accusing the company of firing former Patent Trial and Appeal Board Chief Judge David Ruschke for being openly gay and having health issues during his tenure…

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Malik v. UCSF

Smith Patten files lawsuit on behalf of UCSF nurse alleges she was subjected to hostile work environment after reporting same-sex sexual harassment by her supervisor in the workplace.

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Whistleblowing Attorney

Whistleblowers are a special breed; they take risks that other employees won’t. They stand up for what they know is right. They put their livelihoods and their careers on the line. When they suffer retaliation from their employers for doing…

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Alternative Dispute Resolution

SMITH PATTEN’s attorneys have been on the cutting edge of alternative dispute resolution, and do not hesitate to utilize out-of-court methods of dispute resolution in cases where it can produce a positive outcome for our clients. Mediation by a third-party…

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Executive Compensation

The Law Office of Smith Patten has represented executives at all stages of their relationships with the enterprises they lead, own, and sometimes leave for greener pastures. From publicly-traded companies to closely-held corporations, we understand the differing challenges facing key…

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Civil Rights

Those who came before us fought long and hard for the Civil Rights that we now enjoy. That spirit is not dead; it is alive and well at Smith Patten, who fight every day to ensure that all people are…

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Employment Law

The attorneys at Smith Patten represent employees who have been wronged by their employers throughout California and across the nation. Our attorneys regularly represent all levels of employees, from board-level directors and senior managers down to entry level workers who…

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Commercial Litigation

About Smith Patten

Smith Patten is a preeminent California employment law firm with offices in Los Angeles and San Francisco

Smith Patten is an employment law firm with offices in Los Angeles and San Francisco formed by experienced trial attorneys as an employment law and business litigation boutique. Founding attorneys Spencer Smith and Dow Patten have tried cases in State and Federal Courts in California and throughout the United States.

When faced with an adverse employment action, such as termination, sexual harassment, or being passed over for a promotion, it is important to seek legal counsel immediately. Smith Patten can provide you with a candid assessment of your situation and your options with no cost consultations. Often we are able to negotiate a resolution to your situation prior to any complaints being filed in court or with administrative agencies. If litigation is necessary, we will represent you aggressively and vigorously. In addition to handling cases on behalf of individuals, we also handle multi-plaintiff and employment class actions.

In forming Smith Patten, Mr. Smith and Mr. Patten assembled a team of employment lawyers that offer clients the best of both worlds: big firm legal talent with small firm flexibility and innovation.

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