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Elizondo v. California Department of Transportation

Plaintiff Rachel A. Elizondo won a jury verdict of $605,000 on her employment discrimination and retaliation claims against Defendant Department of Transportation (aka CalTrans). Since Rachel was the prevailing party in the case, the trial court awarded over $700,000 in attorney fees for her counsel, John A. Shepardson, and over $117,000 in costs. Seventy-eight percent of the fees and costs recovered from CalTrans were paid to Rachel. Rachel contended the trial court abused its discretion by denying her attorney his Bay Area market rates. The appellate court agreed with her. The case has ordered remanded back to the trial court for further consideration.

When you have a legal dispute with either government, insurance companies or other entities, and you want legal help, contact us for a free initial consultation.

The Law Office of John A. Shepardson focuses on civil litigation with some transactional work. The primary areas of practice are civil litigation, including employment law, Insurance claims disputes and personal injury. The office also handles business and real estate litigation.

Attorney Shepardson has been practicing law for over 30 years. For almost his entire career he has represented policyholders in lawsuits against insurance companies. He was president of the Santa Clara County Trial Lawyers Association (SCCTLA) and chairman of the annual SCCTLA Belli Seminar, which brought in speakers on cutting edge topics and cases in the law.

Law Firm support staff includes: Marti H. Castillo (Paralegal), Violet Sabbatini (Bookkeeper/Office Asst.) and Bill Sullivan (IT).

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