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Therese M. Lawless - San Francisco, CA

354 Pine StreetFourth Floor San Francisco, CA 94104

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Updated: 07/13/2023

San Francisco Wrongful Termination Law Lawyer


Therese Lawless is a partner in the law firm of Lawless, Lawless & McGrath 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.


About Therese M. Lawless

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Partner

Practice Areas

  • Wrongful Termination Law
  • Employment Law
  • Employment Discrimination Law
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Family and Medical Leave Claims
  • Defamation


Bar Admissions

  • California, 1987
  • Massachusetts, 1987

Other Affiliations

  • The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers (Member)
  • Massachusetts Bar Association (Member)
  • State Bar of California (Member)
  • San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, 1999 - Present (Board)
  • San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, 2004 - Present (President)
  • Consumer Attorneys of California, 1997 - Present (Past Member and Board Member)
  • Trial Lawyers for Public Justice (Member)
  • The Association of Trial Lawyers of America (Member)
  • National Employment Lawyers Association (Member)
  • California Employment Lawyers Association (Member)

Classes and Seminars

  • Equal Pay Today, Berkeley Labor Conference (Berkeley Law), April 2023
  • The Fierce Urgency of Now: Eliminating Implicit Bias in the Legal Industry, Bar Association of San Francisco, Yosemite Conference, January 2016
  • Gender Equality in Venture Capital and Technology, Silicon Vikings, Palo Alto, CA, January 2016
  • Pathways to Leadership: Progress, Challenges and Opportunities, Institutional Opportunities: Workplace Policies, Federal Bar Association, San Diego, CA, Women in Law Conference 2015, October 2015
  • Discrimination, Harassment, Retaliation, and Other Claims, The Basics Conference: Employment Law, Continuing Education of the Bar, Monterey, CA, September 2015
  • Openings/Closings by the Masters, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, May 2013
  • Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession, San Mateo County Bar Association’s Funky Credit Day, Burlingame, CA, January 2013
  • Top Ten Things in Depositions and Mediations, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, January 2013
  • Protecting Clients' Privacy and Privilege Rights, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, November 2012
  • How New Developments Are Shaping Employment Law, Commonwealth Club Roundtable, September 2012
  • Gender Discrimination in the Workplace, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, August 2012
  • Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession, San Mateo County Bar Association’s Funky Credit Day, Burlingame, CA, January 2011
  • The Essential Trial Toolbox, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, June 8, 2010 - Present
  • Managing Your Client's Expectations, National Employment Lawyers Association Convention. Rancho Mirage, CA, June 2009
  • Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation and Employment Litigation: Plaintiff and Defense Perspective, Fundamentals of Employment Law Practice, Continuing Education of the Bar, California, November 2008
  • Common Evidence Issues: How to Impress the Judge, Jury and Scare the Hell Out of Your Opponent. The 5 Issues of Evidence We Love or Hate the Most, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, March 2008
  • Work Place Investigations: What Every Employer and Employee Should Know (And Do), Annual Meeting of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the State Bar of California, Claremont Resort & Spa, Berkeley, California, October 18, 2007 - Present
  • Masters Seminar: How to Succeed in San Mateo County Despite Conservative Juries, Consumer Attorneys of California College of Trial Arts and San Mateo County Trial Lawyers Association, Burlingame, CA, September 2007
  • Depositions: A Key Discovery Tool, California Employment Lawyers Association. San Francisco, CA Seminar, July 27, 2007 - Present
  • Engaging in the Resolution Discussion, Seminar Web Live! Consumer Attorneys of California, May 22, 2007 - Present
  • Closing Arguments by the Masters, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, June 13, 2006 - Present

Past Positions

  • Honorable Warren J. Ferguson, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Clerk, 1986 - 1987
  • Gaston & Snow, Associate, 1987 - 1988


  • George Washington University National Law Center, Washington, District of Columbia, 1986
    Honors: Order of the Coif
    Law Review: George Washington Law Review, Notes Editor, 1985 - 1986
  • Cornell University, 1982


Accepts Credit Cards

Office Information


354 Pine StreetFourth Floor San Francisco, CA 94104


  • 415-391-4228


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Included on the 2023 Northern California list

Past Lists

  • 2022 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2021 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2020 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2019 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2018 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2017 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2016 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2015 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2014 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2013 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2012 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2011 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2010 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2009 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2008 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2007 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2006 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2005 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2004 Northern California Super Lawyers list

View the profile for Therese M. Lawless on Super Lawyers


  • San Francisco Trial Lawyer of the Year, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, 2000
  • Northern California Super Lawyers, 2004-Present
  • Named Top 50 Northern California Female Attorneys for several years, most recently in 2015 and 2016
  • Distinguished Law Firm Award, Women Trial Lawyers Caucus of the AAJ
  • Top 10 Plaintiff Employment Law Firm in San Francisco, The Recorder legal newspaper
  • Named "Top 100 Attorneys in Northern California"

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