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Our belief in workers’ rights and civil rights drives our practice.

Decades of Experience

The employment discrimination and civil rights lawyers at Lawless, Lawless & McGrath concentrate on employee and civil rights issues. We bring decades of experience and sustained achievement to resolve our clients’ legal problems.

Moreover, we’re trial attorneys. We don’t just tell you your rights and hope for the best in court. In the many years that we’ve practiced together, we’ve completely integrated our understanding of employment law with our highly polished courtroom skills. The results we’ve obtained for our clients bear us out.

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About Our Firm’s Founders

Attorneys Barbara Lawless and Therese Lawless are sisters who have been practicing law together since 1988. Along with attorney Emily McGrath, they have more than 75 years of combined experience in employment and civil rights law. They provide local experience and service to communities in the San Francisco area.

At Lawless, Lawless & McGrath, our employment and civil rights attorneys provide legal advice and counsel on a range of issues, including sexual harassment, disability, discrimination, employment contracts, whistleblower claims, wage and hour claims, and more.

When you hire our firm, our attorneys will sit down with you to discuss your legal options and remedies. We will help you understand the law and what we can do for you. We will work to resolve your issues and, if necessary, our lawyers will fight for your rights and interests in court.

Case Results

$1,500,000 Settlement

Defamation; Wrongful termination. A female doctor was terminated from her part-time employment and falsely accused of wrongdoing.

$550,000 Settlement

Sexual Harassment. Secretary in law firm subjected to sexual harassment by attorney.

$550,000 Settlement

Defamation. Santa Clara. A high ranking employee of a high tech internet company was wrongly accused of submitting false timesheets for his assistant and was awarded over $5 million for defamation. Trial Attorneys: Therese Lawless and Barbara Lawless


I really did feel I was in the best hands I could have found for this. Barbara and her staff were incredibly understanding and knowledgeable in every aspect of my case. “ – Former client

“I was lost and desperate at a white-male-dominated work field because of my pregnancy and ethnic background.In the mediation that I truly realized how much strength and power Therese had given me. She was so smart and sympathetic during the settlement, and that combined with her professional experience and reputation made her a true heroine.”