Pat Goldman is a graduate of Yale University and University of California, Hastings College of the Law. She has studied mediation with Steven Rosenberg and Mark Rudy.
Ms. Goldman has handled every aspect of a plaintiff-side employment law case from intake to pre-filing negotiations to litigation to trial to appeal, and has done so successfully. She has handled cases on behalf of individuals, and class actions, all in state and federal courts. Ms. Goldman is well respected in the employment-law community and her peers have selected her as one of the Northern California “Super Lawyers” “for the years 2004, 2005 and 2007 through 2016.
Ms. Goldman has won verdicts in cases involving fundamental employment rights including wrongful termination in violation of public policy, and illegal wage and hour practices. See, e.g., Baratta v. Oracle Corp. (2000 SF Superior Court) - award of $3.2 million for wrongful termination and retaliation including significant stock option damages, affirmed on appeal; Walia v. Aetna Inc. (1999 SF Superior Court) - award of more than $1 million, including punitive damages, to an employee who was fired for refusing to sign a non-compete agreement, affirmed on appeal; Boyd v. Crowley-Maritime (1997 SF Superior Court) – sales representative awarded unpaid overtime upon a verdict that she had been improperly classified as an exempt employee.
Ms. Goldman has successfully argued and briefed numerous cases before California federal and state courts. See, e.g., Holden v. Canadian Consulate (9th Cir. 1996) 92 F.3d 918 - decision affirming right of United States citizen to sue Canadian Consulate for discrimination in employment; Le v. Applied Biosystems (N.D. Cal. 1995) 886 F.Supp. 717 - decision that ERISA does not preempt employee claim that he experienced disability discrimination when employer terminated him in order to avoid paying benefits for his daughter’s liver transplant.
Ms. Goldman has also written on employment law issues and has served as a contributing editor on the National Employment Discriminations Law treatise and the Rutter Group's California Practice Guide on Employment Litigation. Between 2011 and 2013, Ms. Goldman served as Principal Contributing Editor on the Rutter Group’s California Practice Guide on Employment Litigation. Ms. Goldman is a member of the California Employment Lawyers Association, Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom, and the Marin County Bar Association. She serves as a proud member of the Diversity Committee of the California Employment Lawyers Association, co-chair of the Bay Area Cabal/Plaintiff’s Employment Lawyers Association, and Treasurer/Secretary of the Marin Trial Lawyers Association.
Ms. Goldman has been listed a “Super Lawyer” by Law and Politics Magazine and San Francisco Magazine as one of the top plaintiff-side employment litigation attorneys in Northern California for the years 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. Super Lawyers is a listing of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. No more than 5 percent of the lawyers in the State of California are selected by Super Lawyers.
For more than a decade, Ms. Goldman has held an “AV” rating in the Lexis-Nexis/Martindale Hubbell Bar Registry, which indicates her preeminent legal ability and high ethical standards.