“Integrity is telling myself the truth. And honesty is telling the truth to other people.” Spencer Johnson
Who is the Best Rated California wage attorney?
If you have a wage and hour case, you might be looking for California’s best wage lawyer. After all, everyone wants the best. I know I do. So should you.
But what makes the “best lawyer?” And specifically what criteria should you use to choose the Best Rated California Wage lawyer?
Specifically we are talking wage and hour claims, such as: overtime, meal breaks, not getting paid for all time worked, misclassification, paycheck stubs, piece rate, Private Attorney General Act (PAGA), waiting time penalties, Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) and the like.
How do I know how to judge the best rated California wage lawyer?
It’s a great question. Please understand that I am not saying any of the following in order to brag. To the contrary, However, you should know what my qualifications are in answering the question: Who is the rest rated or best reviewed California wage lawyer?
First of all I was the workers’s lawyer in the biggest California Supreme Court wage and hour case in the last 10 years: Brinker vs. Superior Court. Some people think it is the biggest wage and hour case ever. I use the Brinker case everyday to win my clients class action cases. It is a very powerful case for workers in California.
Just this year I have been asked to testify before the California State Senate and California Assembly on wage law legislation. I helped draft the new amendments to the Private Attorney General Act bill. I was the only class action lawyer asked to testify on Labor Code Section 226.2 Piece Rate wage bill. I recently worked with the United States Senate Commerce Committee on proposed federal wage and hour legislation.
I was asked to write Supreme Court Amicus Curie briefs in Williams v. Superior Court (regarding discovery in PAGA wage actions) and Augustus v. ABM Security (the duty of employers to provide rest breaks in California). In fact, I am listed as Amicus counsel on over 20 California Supreme Court decisions.
I was elected President of the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego and I have been on the Board of Governors of the Consumer Attorneys of California.
It is my understanding that my law firm is one of the top five largest law firms in California as to the number of active wage and hour class action cases. I have published a book of California wage theft.
I have an perfect 10 rating on Avvo.com and have multiple 5 star reviews on Avvo.com. I have been named Super Lawyer for the last 6 years.
Perhaps most important is character. Believe it or not, I am known as a lawyer that is a straight-shooter. I am known as telling the blunt, unfiltered, unsweetened truth. Just the same as I want it, when I hire a professional.
What kind of case do you have?
Here are some suggestions. First, you need to determine, what type of case do you have? An individual wage and hour case? Meaning you against the company (read: your employer or former employer).
Or a class action wage and hour case? This is where one person or a small group of workers represent all the workers in the company in one big class action case.
You need to realize that lawsuits are very, very expensive. You are going to find that it is very difficult to find the best California wage lawyer that is willing to represent you in your individual case. This is because the potential payout in a individual case is relatively low in relation to the expense of bringing the case.
What you are going to find is that the big time wage lawyers (read: the very best California wage and hour lawyers) are class action lawyers.
Here are Some Suggested Criteria for Determining Who is the Best Rated California Wage Lawyer and/or Best Reviewed California Wage Attorney
Have they handled high profile Supreme Court cases?
What you are going to find is that the best lawyers have the best cases. It makes sense, but too many folks overlook the obvious.
Have you ever wondered about where the word “lawyer” came from? The first three letters spell “law.” The best lawyers help write and/or create the law. There are two main types of wage and hour law. Case law (called the “common law”) and statutes.
The best lawyers have cases that make great law. The best lawyers are going to have a long track record before the California Supreme Court with cases that make great law for California workers?
Do they have a record of helping to create wage and hour legislation?
That is, have they helped write California wage statutes. California wage and hour law is found in the California Labor Code. What you are going to find is the very best wage lawyers help write and/or create the law.
What you are going to find is the Governor’s office, the California Assembly and the California Senate - - are the movers and shakers in Sacramento in regards to making wage law.
Only the very best wage lawyers are asked to come to Sacramento and help write potential wage legislation, review potential wage legislation and asked to testify before the California State Senate and State Assembly on wage legislation.
Do they have a lot of active, good wage and hour class actions?
I heard very early in my career, “You can’t be the best lawyer, unless you have great cases.” What you are going to see is the very best cases gravitate to the best lawyers. It only makes sense.
What you are going to see is the best California wage lawyers are the ones that are asked to take on the very best cases.
You don’t want a lawyer that only has a few wage cases. You want someone that specializes in California wage law.
What is their Avvo.com rating?
If the lawyer that you want to hire doesn’t have the best Avvo.com rating, then you need to consider hiring another lawyer. Seriously. You want your lawyer to have a 10 rating.
This is simple. You can’t be the rest rated wage lawyer unless you have a 10 rating on Avvo.com. Not to suggest that Avvo.com is the end all, be all. It’s not. But it is another piece of the puzzle, so to speak.
Have they been awarded the Superlawyer award?
Superlawyer is another lawyer rating site. If the lawyer hasn’t been awarded the Superlawyer award, then they can’t seriously be considered “the best lawyer.” Again, this isn’t the end all, be all. But it is a consideration.
Have they been elected to lead lawyer organizations?
You want a lawyer that is a leader. You want a lawyer that has been chosen by other lawyers to lead the leading lawyer organizations. For instance, the Consumer Attorney organizations at the leading wage and hour lawyer organization that protect your wage rights in California’s capitol, Sacramento.
The Bottom Line
You might have noticed that I am not saying who is California’s best wage lawyer or who is California’s best wage and hour attorney. But what I have done is given you all the right questions for you to ask to help you determine who is the best California wage lawyer for you.
Disclaimer: Please understand these discussions and/or examples are not legal advice. All legal situations are different. This testimonial, endorsement and/or discussion does not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of your legal matter, your particular case/ situation and/or this particular case/ situation. Thanks, Bill Turley