PIETER BOGAARDS, Pieter Bogaards Attorney at Law, San Francisco. Pieter has practiced employment law since earning his Juris Doctor Degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law. His law practice focuses exclusively on employment issues and litigation in support of the rights of employees. Pieter has been retained as counsel by many attorneys when their own employment rights have been violated.
Pieter represents employees in actions arising from wrongful termination; discrimination based upon age, disability, gender, pregnancy, race and sexual orientation; whistleblowing; harassment, hostile work environment and workplace bullying; retaliation; and wage and hour violations. Pieter began his legal career with the San Francisco Employment Law Center and the Department of Fair Employment & Housing, and worked for over 13 years in prominent San Francisco law firms before moving his practice to Marin County in 1996.
LEIANN LAIKS, Fusion Legal, San Francisco. After practicing law at a plaintiff-side employment law firm for several years, Leiann felt that her practice was missing a focus on preventative action and education. In 2009, Leiann founded Fusion Legal on the principle that employers and employees should be working together, not against each other, so that business owners can spend time growing their business, not defending it. This was a call back to her corporate Human Resources years where she worked with HR leaders.
They worked with their employees towards resolution, compliance and helping each other achieve their goals. Little did she know that her prior experience in the plaintiffs’ world would also help her to educate clients about their risks and advise as to when settling or pushing forward in a lawsuit is the best path. As Fusion Legal has grown, Leiann has learned so much from her clients and they have inspired her with their innovation, growth and creativity. Leiann received her J.D., from the University of San Francisco School of Law.
MARCO A. PALAU
MARCO A. PALAU is admitted to practice law in California and New York and has represented workers fighting for wages and dignity in the workplace for more than a decade. He began as an attorney at California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA), representing individuals in wage and hour disputes, evictions from federally-subsidized housing, and social security disability matters. Marco then joined a prominent Bay Area firm where he managed litigation of numerous class actions, PAGA actions and employment discrimination cases in state and federal courts, including at the trial and appellate levels. Super Lawyers Magazine named Marco a “Rising Star” in Northern California each year from 2011 to 2016. Since joining Advocates for Worker Rights in 2018, Marco has continued practicing law on behalf of workers to further their rights in the workplace and beyond.
Marco is a native Spanish speaker from Mexico and is passionate about issues facing immigrants. He tries to find as much free time as possible to volunteer on immigrant rights causes. He received his J.D., from Columbia University.