The Law Office of Richard Vaznaugh

About Us


Richard Vaznaugh, Principal

Since 1994, Mr. Vaznaugh has represented employees in Bay Area and California employment litigation. His current practice is exclusively dedicated to representing 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.


Fluent in Spanish
conversant in Brazilian


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

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

California Employment Lawyers Association Trial College: Completed General Track: 2014
Completed Advanced Track: 2017


Member, California Employment Lawyers Association. 2001 to present; Member, Legislative Affairs Committee; Past member of Board of Directors Nominating Committee and Federal Rules Of Civil Procedure Task Force.

Member, State Bar of California, Employment and Labor Law Section. National Lawyers Guild – Bay Area Chapter.
Associate Member, McFetridge Inn of Court 2000-2002.


“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.

Personal Information

Mr. Vaznaugh’s Bay Area roots start with his paternal great-grand parents who moved to San Francisco in the late 1800s. Due to his father’s career as a U.S. Foreign Service Officer and his mother’s Argentine nationality, he traveled extensively and lived in several countries. He speaks fluent Spanish.

Mr. Vaznaugh lives in the City of San Francisco with his wife who is a Professor of Public health at San Francisco State University. His two sons are in college and high school. He enjoys bicycling, dog walking, soccer, and B grade (or better) science fiction.

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