Prior Firm News

  • Rudy, Exelrod, Zieff & Lowe Named Among "Best Law Firms" in America
    November 2, 2015

    Rudy, Exelrod, Zieff & Lowe is pleased to announce that it has been ranked as an elite "National Tier 1" law firm in the 2016 List of Best Law Firms published by U.S. News & World Report. Firms included in the 2016 "Best Law Firms" list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. These rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer reviews from leading attorneys in their field, and a review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submissions process.

  • David Lowe Selected as 2016 "Lawyer of the Year" for Employment Law
    August 17, 2015

    David Lowe has been selected by Best Lawyers in America as the 2016 "Lawyer of the Year" for Employment Law in San Francisco. Only a single attorney in each practice area in the community is honored with this prestigious distinction.

  • Alan Exelrod and David Lowe Named as "Top 100 Attorneys in Northern California"
    July 2015

    Two partners at Rudy, Exelrod, Zieff & Lowe were recently recognized as among the top attorneys in Northern California by Super Lawyers. The nationally recognized attorney rating service named Alan Exelrod and David Lowe as among the Top 100 Attorneys in Northern California.

  • Steve Zieff and John Mullan Selected as 2015 Northern California "Super Lawyers"
    July 2015

    Steve Zieff and John Mullan have been named as 2015 Northern California "Super Lawyers." No more than 5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected to receive this honor. Super Lawyers is a nationally recognized rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Mr. Zieff has been named as a "Super Lawyer" every year since 2004. Mr. Mullan has received recognition as a "Super Lawyer" for his third consecutive year, and before that was named as a Northern California "Rising Star."

  • Erin Pulaski Recognized as a 2015 Northern California "Rising Star"
    July 2015

    Erin Pulaski has been named by Northern California Super Lawyers as a "Rising Star," a distinction given to no more than 2.5 percent of lawyers in the state. Super Lawyers is a nationally recognized rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

  • David Lowe and Alan Exelrod Selected as "Top Labor & Employment Lawyers" in California
    June 2015

    Mr. Lowe and Mr. Exelrod have been named to the Daily Journal's annual List of Top Labor & Employment Attorneys, which honors 75 leading Labor & Employment attorneys in California. Honorees were selected by the editorial staff of the Daily Journal, one of California's pre-eminent legal newspapers.

  • Rudy, Exelrod, Zieff & Lowe Recognized With Corporate LiveWire Global Award for International Labour & Employment Law
    January 28, 2015

    The firm is pleased to announce that it is the recipient of the 2015 Corporate LiveWire Global Award for International Labour & Employment Law in San Francisco. The Global Awards celebrate firms, individuals and businesses who have demonstrated excellence in the world of corporate finance, honoring those who stand out as "consistently showing best practice in every aspect of their work."

  • Steve Zieff Pens Op-Ed About Role of Representative Testimony and Statistical Evidence in Class Actions
    March 13, 2014

    Founding partner Steve Zieff has authored an op-ed in the leading legal journal The Recorder on the continued vitality of representative testimony and statistical evidence in proving wage and hour violations in class actions. The article can be found here: Viewpoint: Keep Employee Class Actions Viable
  • Rudy, Exelrod, Zieff & Lowe Announces New Partners John Mullan and Chaya Mandelbaum
    January 2014

    In January 2014, the firm announced its first new partners in seven years, with the promotion of John T. Mullan and Chaya M. Mandelbaum. Mr. Mullan has 10 years-experience with the firm, while Mr. Mandelbaum joins from class action boutique Sanford Heisler and the Department of Labor. Mr. Mandelbaum serves as Chair of the California Fair Employment and Housing Council, a position he was appointed to by California Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr.

    Media articles can be found here: Changing of the Guard ( Daily Journal), Amid Generational Shift, Rudy Exelrod Adds Two Partners ( The Recorder).
  • David Lowe Named as Leading Labor & Employment Attorney in California
    June 2013

    In June 2013, David Lowe was named by the Daily Journal as one of the "Leading Labor & Employment Attorneys in California." Mr. Lowe has been included in the Daily Journal list of top labor and employment lawyers in the state for four consecutive years.
  • All Attorneys at Rudy, Exelrod, Zieff & Lowe, LLP, Selected as 2013 Northern California Super Lawyers
    June 2013

    In recognition of the firm's outstanding work, all of Rudy, Exelrod, Zieff & Lowe, LLP's attorneys have been named as Northern California Super Lawyers in 2015, an honor reserved for the top 5 percent of attorneys in a practice area.
  • David Lowe and John Mullan Publish "Library of California Employment Law Forms"
    November 2012

    In November 2012, David A. Lowe and John T. Mullan of Rudy, Exelrod, Zieff & Lowe, LLP, published "Library of California Employment Law Forms" ( The Recorder, 2012). The publication offers 650 pages of sample documents for practitioners of employment law. It includes everything a lawyer needs throughout the litigation process, including demand letters, complaints, discovery requests, as well as the documents necessary for trial and appeal.
  • Rudy, Exelrod, Zieff & Lowe, LLP, Files Amicus Curiae Brief in Seventh Circuit on Behalf of Seven Nonprofit Workers' Organizations
    December 2, 2009

    Rudy, Exelrod, Zieff & Lowe, LLP, filed an amicus curiae ("friend of the court") brief in the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit on behalf of seven nonprofit workers' organizations. The brief seeks to preserve the very important right that workers have to bring class action lawsuits in federal court for violations of state minimum wage and overtime laws and other state laws regulating workers' wages and hours. The case is called Ervin v. OS Restaurant Services, Inc., No. 09-3029.
  • David Lowe Receives Prestigious "California Lawyer Attorney of the Year" Award
    March 2009

    David Lowe and co-counsel Laura Ho received California Lawyer magazine's "Attorney of the Year" (CLAY) award for their "extraordinary achievement" in employment law based upon their work in Chau v. Starbucks Corp., No. GIC 836925 (San Diego Superior Court). Mr. Lowe and Ms. Ho won a $105 million judgment against coffee mega-chain Starbucks, along with an injunction mandating changed employment practices, on behalf of baristas whose tips were pooled with supervisors' compensation in violation of state law. The pair went to trial in San Diego after A. Eric Aguilera of Bohm, Matsen, Kegel & Aguilera in Costa Mesa and Coronado solo practitioner Terry J. Chapko certified a class consisting of 125,000 current and former employees who worked as baristas in California since October 2000. The trial court found that Starbucks violated California Labor Code section 351, which prohibits an employer and its agents from collecting any part of gratuity left for an employee by a patron.

    More information can be found here: 2009 Clay Awards ( California Lawyer, March 2009).

You can contact Rudy, Exelrod, Zieff & Lowe, LLP, in San Francisco, California, by calling 415-906-2647.