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We are passionate about what we do, and that passion extends to every facet of the legal process, including news media coverage of our cases. Backed by 300+ jury trials and over 65 years of litigation experience, we are trusted by peers and professional colleagues alike. From published case successes to quoted legal insights, you can find members of the Ratner Molineaux, LLP team in media coverage at the local, state, and national level. Below is a small sampling of that news media coverage.  

Top Lawyers: David Ratner of Ratner Molineaux On The 5 Things You Need To Become A Top Lawyer In Your Specific Field Of Law

From the Authority Magazine Interview with Eric L. Pines  
The legal field is known to be extremely competitive. Lawyers are often smart, ambitious, and highly educated. That being said, what does it take to stand out and become a “Top Lawyer” in your specific field of law? In this interview series called “5 Things You Need To Become A Top Lawyer In Your Specific Field of Law”, we are talking to top lawyers who share what it takes to excel and stand out in your industry.

Knox et al. v. Contra Costa County et al 
Case Number: 3:20-cv-01449 in the U.S. District Court

From the Law360 article written by Andrew Strickler: 
“In a lengthy decision delving into bias complaints from five female prosecutors, the judge agreed that all had made a prima facie discrimination case, rejecting requests from the DA's office for summary dismissals on all but a small handful of claims. Chief Magistrate Judge Joseph C. Spero also concluded that the district attorney's office had improperly put "blanket" confidentiality designations on witness depositions and issued a related sanction for what he called an improper delay tactic.”

Contra Costa DA office agrees to $2.2 Million settlement

From The Mercury News article written by Nate Gartrell: 
Weeks after a judge ordered sanctions against the Contra Costa District Attorney’s office for a “bad faith” tactic in a federal suit alleging gender and age discrimination against five female prosecutors, the office agreed to settle for $2.2 million, court records show. The settlement will distribute funds to five women who sued Diana Becton — the first woman to serve as DA in Contra Costa’s history — alleging she favored men for promotions and worked to “systematically” demote women. The plaintiffs alleged they were passed over promotion in favor of less experienced men, and took aim at Becton for hiring two inspectors who’d previously been accused of sexism.

Vallejo Fire Captain Sues Department Alleging Gender Discrimination, Harassment

From the VallejoSun article posted by Ryan Geller: 
A Vallejo fire captain sued the city last week alleging she and other women in the fire department have been subjected to gender discrimination, harassment and retaliation during the 23 years she has worked there. According to the lawsuit, fire Chief Kyle Long sought to demote Leitzke for spraying a reporter with a firehose during the Broadway fire on June 30, 2022. In the lawsuit, Leitzke recounts signaling to the reporter to move away from the fire. She stated that she was not aware the reporter had been sprayed until rumors of the incident began to circulate after the fire was out.

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    Highly recommend. Laid off without notice by a shady Pre IPO lender in San Francisco. No one was given severance and they hired a labor attorney ahead of the layoffs to try and get around paying severance and warn notice. Without this firm taking my case, I would have never received a dime. Do not let a lay off without any severance deter you, contact this firm. Odd thing was 1 letter from this firm and severance was immediately offered. It's a game these high-tech companies are playing and gambling on. Their bet is 98% will not do anything severance and for the small percent that do, the amount to pay versus provided all in the layoff, is pennies on the dollar. Get your documentation, all emails, take photos of slack messages, record any zoom calls where there is a statement " no one is getting laid off" and so forth. Records any zoom calls where you are laid off. Take notes. Protect yourself and family. Working all the holidays and 12-hour days to be let go with nothing, is ridiculous. Use this firm and provide all your documentation. Good Luck!
    - J.C.
  • “Extremely Satisfied”
    I was referred to Ratner Molineaux after my daughter and I suffered injury and property damage resulting from a defective product in our home. During my very first conversation with David Ratner, I found him to be straightforward, professional, and extremely responsive to my concerns. Thereafter, David took the time to walk us through each and every stage of the litigation process and was an excellent advocate for my daughter and I. He remained fiercely protective of our interests and represented us well during mediation, preparation for trial, and settlement talks. David's style is very direct and to the point, which might be off putting for some, but worked well for me since I tend to be laser focused when dealing with business matters. Near the conclusion of my case, I had the opportunity to meet his partner Shelley, who had also diligently and effectively assisted with our litigation. In the end, our result was more than adequate, and both my daughter and I walked away extremely satisfied with both the representation we'd received, and the outcome of our claim. I definitely recommend this firm.
    - D.M.
  • “Professional opinion and experienced perspective”
    reached out to Ratner Molineaux after a previous attorney referral did not follow through despite the time sensitivity of my issue. The Ratner Molineaux team responded quickly to schedule a consultation on a work-related matter. David Ratner reviewed my issues and provided options and great advice how I could proceed. It was great peace of mind to have a professional opinion and experienced perspective. The consultation with David Ratner gave me the confidence and knowledge I needed to make my final decision.
    - L.C.
  • “Great guidance and quick resolution”
    David and team provided great guidance and quick resolution to my matter. I appreciated David's willingness to listen and the team’s responsiveness. I highly recommend them and will definitely call them again in the future if needed.
    - J.K.
  • “Kind compassionate service”
    Highly recommend. Prompt response and kind compassionate service with a difficult employment situation.
    - J.F.
  • “Really great to work with”
    David and Hanna were really great to work with. David took the time to educate me, provided service, and gave me the support I needed to start representing my own interests. Highly recommend this group.
    - Q.N.
  • “Outstanding”
    David and Shelley were outstanding to work with. I really appreciated their professionalism as well as their ability to guide me though difficult decisions regarding my case. I'd recommend them to anyone!
    - J.D.
  • “Thank you all for your help!”
    David, Shelley, Hanna and Halsey did an amazing job with helping me with my case. They truly made it an easy experience and I’m greatly appreciative of their efforts and all their hard work. Thank you all for your help!
    - H.A.

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