Therese M. Lawless

Partner, Lawless & Lawless

Therese Lawless is a partner in the law firm of Lawless & Lawless where she practices employment and civil rights law on behalf of employees and individuals. Ms. Lawless is a former president of the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association. She is a past member and past board member of the Consumer Attorneys of California and is a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association and the California Employment Lawyers Association.

Ms. Lawless has practiced employment and civil rights law exclusively on behalf of employees and individuals since 1988. She has litigated hundreds of employment and civil rights cases and has achieved substantial verdicts and settlements on behalf of her clients. In 2015, Ms. Lawless represented Ellen Pao in a landmark gender discrimination case against venture capital firm Kleiner, Perkins Caufield and Byers. This case brought to light the many issues and obstacles faced by women in the venture capital and tech industries. Ms. Lawless frequently lectures and speaks on employment and civil rights matters and has written numerous articles for professional publications.

Ms. Lawless earned her undergraduate degree from Cornell University in 1982. In 1986, she graduated Order of the Coif from George Washington University where she was an editor on the law review. Ms. Lawless clerked on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals for the Honorable Warren J. Ferguson from 1986 to 1987. She then briefly worked for a large Boston law firm, Gaston & Snow, before deciding to join her partner and sister, Barbara Lawless, in San Francisco.

In 2000, Ms. Lawless was awarded the Trial Lawyer of the Year Award by the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association. She was a top ten finalist for the California Consumer Attorney of the Year Award in 2002.

Ms. Lawless has been repeatedly named one of the top plaintiff employment lawyers in San Francisco by The Recorder legal newspaper. She has been named a Northern California Super Lawyer annually since 2004 and Ms. Lawless has been named one of the top 50 Northern California female attorneys on several occasions, most recently in 2015 and 2016. She also is recognized as one of the “Top 100 Attorneys in Northern California.” In 2007, The American Association of Justice (AAJ) awarded Lawless & Lawless the Distinguished Law Firm Award. Lawless & Lawless has been named one of the top ten plaintiff employment law firms in San Francisco.

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