Supreeta Sampath

(415) 231-5854

For over two decades, Ms. Sampath's legal career has been dedicated to serving the needs of those who have been denied justice. Ms. Sampath's practice focuses exclusively on employee-side employment law.  In recognition of her professional achievements, From 2011-2013 Ms. Sampath was selected by Los Angeles Lawyers Magazine as a Rising Star in the field of Labor and Employment through a rigorous peer-review selection process. From 2014 through 2020 she has been selected as a Super Lawyer in Southern (2014) and Northern California (2015-2020) respectively, a distinction given to no more than 5% of attorneys in the state.  

Ms. Sampath recently served on the Executive Board of The California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA) for six years, the premier organization in California of employee rights advocates. She also served as President of the Foundation for Advocacy Inclusion and Resources (FAIR) from 2016-2018 and continues to serve on the FAIR board. In 2020, Ms. Sampath joined the Board of Directors of Legal Aid at Work.

In Salinda v. DIRECTV LLC (BC 475499; Los Angeles Superior Court), Ms. Sampath, along with her co-counsel Bernard Alexander, obtained a $1,178,000 jury verdict in a disability discrimination and failure to accommodate case. The court subsequently awarded Ms. Salinda $874,403.12 in attorneys' fees and costs.  The Court of Appeal upheld the jury's verdict and court awarded fees; remanded the case to be tried for punitive damages and awarded Ms. Salinda attorneys' fees on appeal.  The matter resolved before the next phase of the trial.

With countless successful settlements to her credit, Ms. Sampath has optimally resolved cases for her clients at various stages of the pre-litigation and litigation process, including just weeks before trial and after appeal. While no one case is the same, below are select examples of cases Ms. Sampath has settled:

  • $250,000-Gender discrimination of female executive at Silicon Valley startup (pre-litigation).​
  • $325,000-Sexual harassment of female employee working for a defense contractor.
  • $500,000-Pregnancy, gender discrimination of accomplished female biotech employee.
  • $750,000-Disability discrimination of employee suffering from a life-threatening disability.
  • $760,000 - National origin discrimination and retaliation of a public employee.
  • $850,000-False arrest and civil rights violations against employee of a major retail store.
  • $1.40 Million -Multi-plaintiff age discrimination case against a hotel and its owners. 

While in law school Ms. Sampath had the honor of externing for Senior Judge and Chief Judge Emeritus, Thelton E. Henderson (U.S. District Court for Northern California) and clerking at The Legal Aid Society, Employment Law Center in San Francisco (now known as Legal Aid at Work). Upon graduation, Ms. Sampath was one of four graduates honored by Northeastern School of Law for her outstanding advocacy and commitment to social justice.  

Prior to practicing law, Ms. Sampath served as the first Director of the Legal Aid Association of California, a statewide membership organization of legal services programs. As Director of LAAC, Ms. Sampath worked with nonprofit legal services organizations, the private bar, Judicial Council and the State Bar of California to ensure meaningful statewide access to justice.

EDUCATION

  • J.D., Northeastern University School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts
  • B.A., Rhetoric, University of California, Berkeley
  • Mediation Certification, UC Hastings Law

ADMISSIONS

  • California Supreme Court
  • California Court of Appeals
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of California
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of California
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of California

PUBLISHED DECISIONS

Ms. Sampath briefed and argued the case of Wason v. AIG, 2010 WL 1881067 (S.D. Cal.)(2010). The Court held that a supervisor's disability discrimination against an employee constitutes extreme and outrageous conduct under California law and is sufficient to maintain an infliction of emotional distress claim against an individual.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Ms. Sampath passionately believes in the importance of giving back to the profession, community, and cultivating the next generation of public interest lawyers. Furthering this philosophy, In addition to frequently speaking at various professional forums on current issues in employment law, Ms. Sampath extensively volunteers her time with CELA and other professional organizations and assists local legal institutions actualize their public interest mission. (Click here to read more).

Recommendations

  • Justice Prevails, When You Have SLF Representing You!

    I was going to quit my high level position at a large Pharmaceutical Company after 13 years due to discrimination after having a child. I was just going to walk away because I knew I would find another company who would treat me better. The issue I had was, how could I just walk away when what th...
  • Supreeta is Super Professional and Responsive and Relieved My Stress!

    Supreeta is absolutely amazing! My case was not trivial. It was mixed with sexual harassment, gender discrimination/inequities, and disability discrimination. Supreeta is super professional and responsive. She took care of everything which relieved a lot of stress for me; she answered all my ques...
  • Simply the best...

    Supreeta is extremely professional and responsive. After a thorough review of my situation, she provided thoughtful recommendations— along with a clear and concise strategy on how to proceed. Her outstanding legal expertise and strong negotiation skills made the difficult situation I was facing m...
  • Review from Director of Engineering and Program Management

    Supreeta is simply the best! From the moment I contacted her for legal assistance, I knew I was in excellent hands. She assessed my case, gave me her honest and experienced opinion about my options, and provided her assessment of the legal strength of my claims. Supreeta is very thorough and we...
  • Supreeta is an Amazing Attorney!

    Supreeta is an amazing attorney! I found her to be extremely responsible, sincere and ethical.  This was the first situation where I needed to hire an attorney for a sensitive workplace harassment case and I had no idea what it was going to be like working with an attorney. I was very nervous, bu...
  • Sharp & Empathetic

    It was a pleasure to work with Supreeta. I'd dare to say that she made what was a very uncomfortable and emotionally trying time a pleasant experience. Her candor, commitment to excellence and my best interests, as well as her professionalism and prompt attention made working together a pleasure....
  • Supreeta on Our Side = Victory

    Supreeta is a lawyer of the very highest caliber. She helped my (new, small) firm fight a (old, huge) company that was using its legal team to intimidate us. When Supreeta took our case, she immediately eased our anxiety by explaining clearly in laymans terms how we had very good legal standing,...
  • Highly Recommended for Separation Agreements

    I had reached out to Supreeta on a complicated work separation document, which required attorney scrutiny of the entire agreement. Supreeta was thorough and communicative during the entire review and signing process, highlighting areas which needed more clarification and address prior to signatur...
  • Supreeta is a Great Advocate and True Professional!

    Supreeta is simply the best! From the moment I contacted her for legal assistance, I knew I was in excellent hands. She assessed my case, gave me her honest and experienced opinion about my options, and provided her assessment of the legal strength of my claims. Supreeta is very thorough and we...
  • Strategic and Aggressive in Negotiating!

    Supreeta is absolutely amazing! My case was not trivial. It was mixed with sexual harassment, gender discrimination/inequities, and disability discrimination. Supreeta is super professional and responsive. She took care of everything which relieved a lot of stress for me; she answered all my ques...
  • Supreeta & Greg = The Legal Dream Team!

    After recognizing the discriminating behaviors of my employers, I sought legal counsel with both Supreeta and Greg. They are the dream team! Both were thorough, collaborative and compassionate. I was able to weather the storm with their thoughtful guidance and support. When it was appropriate for...

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1939 Harrison Street
Suite 290
Oakland, CA 94612

(415) 231-5854
(415) 202-6467 (fax)

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