The Law Office of Richard Vaznaugh

Experts in Workplace Rights for Bay Area Workers

505 Sansome Street, Suite 850
San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: (415) 593-0076
Fax: (415) 653-8935

About The Attorneys

Richard Vaznaugh, Principal

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Since 1994, Mr. Vaznaugh has represented employees in claims against their employers. His current practice is exclusively dedicated to the representation of employees in civil litigation and he offers excellent and vigorous representation against large and mid-sized employers and any opposing counsel.

Legal Experience:

  • Principal, Law Office of Richard Vaznaugh, San Francisco, CA, 1997 to present.
  • Trained with experienced employment attorneys in first several years of practice.
  • Externed for San Francisco Superior Court Judge William Cahill (ret.), 1994.
  • Law clerk, employment litigation, Siegel & LeWitter, Oakland, CA, 1993.
  • Law clerk, employment department, La Raza Centro Legal, SF, CA, 1992.

Law School:

University of California, Hastings College of Law
Juris Doctor, 1994
Associate Editor, Hastings International and Comparative Law Review.
Certificate: Public Interest Scholar.

Undergraduate School:

University of California at Berkeley
B.A., 1989
Major: Rhetoric.

Memberships:

Member, California Employment Lawyers Association. 2001 to present; Member, Legislative Affairs Committee; Federal Rules Of Civil Procedure Task Force.

Member, State Bar of California, Employment and Labor Law Section.

Associate Member, McFetridge Inn of Court 2000-2002.

Presentations:

"How Cultural Differences Affect Perceptions At Work and In Court."
California Employment Lawyers Association Annual Conference, Pasadena, CA, October 2008.

Publications:

Author, Note, Environmental Muscle for the North American Free Trade Agreement, 17 Hastings International and Comparative Law Review, 207; multiple journalistic publications for The Modesto Bee, The San Francisco Business Times, The Wenatchee World, and other newspapers.

Languages:

Fluent in Spanish, conversant in Portuguese.

Personal Information:

Mr. Vaznaugh lives in San Francisco, California with his wife Emma Sanchez-Vaznaugh, ScD and their two young children. Ms. Sanchez-Vaznaugh is an affiliated faculty at UCSF's Center on Social Disparities in Health and Associate Professor at San Francisco State University. Mr. Vaznaugh's roots in the Bay Area go back four generations and more than 100 years to his great-grandfather Fred Vaznaugh.

Jason Kwan, Associate Attorney

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Mr. Kwan is an Associate Attorney with the office. He has committed his practice to representing employees in labor and employment disputes and has experience in overtime, wage and hour, disability discrimination, age discrimination, race/national origin discrimination, and family and medical leave disputes.

Mr. Kwan has broad experience in legal technology, including electronic discovery, and uses these skills on a day-to-day basis to obtain and track down digitally stored evidence in our cases. Prior to passing the bar, he worked in the Litigation Support Section of the California Attorney General's Office learning a variety of litigation programs common in the legal industry, including Concordance, Law PreDiscovery, CaseMap, TextMap, and Trial Director.

Mr. Kwan is a graduate of the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. While at Hastings he worked for the Workers' Rights Clinic as a student counselor and he assisted the Honorable Steven B. Berlin of the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Administrative Law Judges as a legal extern.

Mr. Kwan is a native of Hacienda Heights, CA in the Greater L.A. Area and received his B.A. in English from the California State University, Los Angeles.

Vaznaugh Weekly Weekly

Topic of the Week

Predictive Scheduling: What is it and why is it important

If you work an hourly job where you don't get your schedule until a few days before it starts, or you have to be "on call" and never know if you'll work or not, then this issue is for you.

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Blog of the Week

Workplace Deaths Are Rising. Trump-Era Budget Cuts Could Make It Worse.

In an alarming development in the world of workplace safety, the latest statistics reveal that the number of accidental deaths on the job in America is on the rise, reversing the longer-term trend toward fewer fatal incidents.

Thought for the Week

"The new AMA policy signals that physicians support the need and benefit of policies for family and medical leave that are inclusive of LGBTQ workers."

–Patrice Harris, M.D. President-Elect of the American Medical Association, which announced support for extending family leave policies to LGBTQ caregivers

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from Workplace Fairness

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  • Vacation pay
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  • Military leave
  • Paid sick leave 

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