Whether for individuals or corporations, at Farbstein & Blackman, we aggressively and efficiently seek results on behalf of our clients, in business, personal injury, employment, and professional liability matters.
Sometimes, legal problems don’t wait. We will act quickly when needed to protect your legal rights.
We can help find the solution that works best for you, even if it’s not an obvious one.
We exercise good judgment – the ability to discern the justice in your side of the story, as well as the legal merits.
You need an advocate who can tell your story clearly and effectively, and give you straightforward advice.
Michael A. Farbstein
Michael Farbstein is a seasoned litigator in employment, tort and business matters for both companies and individuals. He has successfully tried cases in every county in the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as the United States District Court.
Maggie W. Trinh
Maggie Trinh focuses her practice on all aspects of employment law, including wage and hour claims, employment discrimination, wrongful termination, employment contracts, ADA compliance, and misclassification claims.
Ramsey F. Kawar
Ramsey Kawar has been a litigator since 2001 and focuses his practice extensively on professional liability litigation, commercial contracts and business law. He is licensed before the US Patent and Trademark Office.
H. Ann Liroff
Ann is a highly experienced employment counselor and trial attorney, with over 30 years of practice. She guides clients on compliance with local, state, and federal employment law, wage and hour laws, and regulations.
Donald F. Farbstein
Attorney — Retired.
Donald Farbstein founded the firm in 1978. He has been practicing law since 1952, and has won a wide variety of cases during this time.
John S. Blackman
Attorney — Retired.
One of the early founders of the firm and a successful trial attorney, John has also mediated and arbitrated hundreds of cases as a respected and influential neutral.
Suzanne T. Farbstein
Suzanne is the business manager and an experienced paralegal. She manages the day-to-day operation of the firm.
Esther H. Cetuci
Esther has been with Farbstein & Blackman since 2003 as a legal secretary; her attention to detail is highly valued.
Carolyn has been the friendly voice behind Farbstein & Blackman since 2005.
History You Can Count On
Since 1978, Farbstein & Blackman has been recognized by its peers as a preeminent civil litigation law firm in Northern California. Because of our litigation experience, we bring a seasoned approach to our counseling and risk management practice.
We emphasize insightful and practical case planning, working closely with our clients to evaluate and present their interests in the most effective way.
We stress the need for a simple, compelling presentation, despite complex facts and law. We marshal the necessary investigation and expert witnesses. We are technologically savvy, utilizing worthwhile software applications and demonstrative evidence techniques. We rely upon our common sense, and a wealth of experience.
We have individually served our community with nonprofit and pro bono work, and believe that a work/life balance is an important component to client service.