Alan Adelman

Top 20 Workers Compensation and Employment Law
Law Offices of Alan Adelman
44 Montgomery St Ste 3340
San Francisco, CA 94104-4806
(415) 956-1376

Throughout my career, I have fought for people who have been mistreated in the workplace or wrongfully terminated from their jobs. I am passionate about helping employees secure meaningful solutions which will allow them to move on in their lives and careers. I have spent more than 20 years advocating exclusively on behalf of employees.

Employee rights law blends everything that makes me passionate about practicing law. I embrace the opportunity to positively impact my clients' lives in a meaningful way, whether the employment issue involves wrongful termination, employee discrimination, retaliation, harassment, unpaid wages or employment contract issues. Although a significant objective of most employment disputes involves the recovery of financial damages, I also see the legal process as an empowering avenue to recover the dignity and respect that employees have worked so hard to build within their communities.

In 2004, following several years as a litigation attorney with a small Bay Area employee rights law firm, I founded the Law Offices of Alan Adelman to continue fighting for the rights of employees. One hundred percent of my law practice is focused toward representing employees only in a wide array of employment matters. My undivided focus on employee rights law allows me to stay current on this constantly evolving and complex area of the law.
  • I have represented several hundred employees in a wide variety of employment litigations throughout Northern California.
  • I am an experienced trial lawyer, having completed nearly 20 trials in state and federal courts.
  • During the course of my career, I have successfully litigated against several of the largest corporations and employment defense law firms in the country.
  • I have secured a seven-figure recovery on behalf of a disabled employee who was terminated while seeking accommodation.
  • I have secured six-figure recoveries for well over one hundred employees.
  • I have won several six-figure jury trial verdicts.

Areas of Practice

  • Overtime Wages
  • Disability Discrimination
  • Pregnancy Discrimination
  • Sex and Gender Harassment and Discrimination
  • Wrongful Termination
  • Severance Compensation and Employment Contract Disputes
  • Retaliation/Whistleblower

Litigation Percentage

  • 90% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1994
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1996
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 1996
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 2005


  • Golden Gate University School of Law, San Francisco, California
    • J.D. - 1994

  • University of California at Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, California
    • B.A. - 1987

    • Major: Psychology

Published Works

  • Case Notes, Bender's California Labor & Employment Bulletin, September, 2005


  • Employment Discrimination, Legal Aid Society of San Francisco, 2006 - Present

Honors and Awards

  • Northern California Super Lawyer, 2014 & 2015
  • AVVO - Superb rating of 10.0

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • California Employment Lawyers Association, Member, 2004 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Law Offices of Lucius A. Cooper, Attorney at Law, 1996 - 2004

Pro Bono Activities

  • Supervising Attorney - Legal Aid Society of San Francisco Workers' Rights Clinic, 2006 - Present