The Law Offices of Burton F. Boltuch

At the Law Offices of Burton F. Boltuch, we believe in long-term relationships with clear and consistent guidance to help our clients plan strategically, both on a routine basis and during times of crisis.  We deliver tangible results, measured in terms of effective conflict management, litigation avoidance, and improved employee productivity.

Mr. Burton Boltuch

Mr. Boltuch, the founder of The Law Offices of Burton F. Boltuch, specializes in employment and business counseling and litigation. He is an expert both in employment discrimination, wrongful termination, wage and hour, and traditional labor and employment matters (including NLRB proceedings, labor arbitrations and dispute resolution, and collective bargaining). He has practiced in the field since 1976 and has extensive litigation experience encompassing employment discrimination, wage and hour, wrongful termination, union-management and other employment-related matters. He regularly advises, counsels and litigates on behalf of employers in these areas. He serves as a neutral mediator to help parties resolve employment-related disputes and is a regular volunteer panelist in the Alternative Dispute Resolution Program of the Bar Association of San Francisco.

Mr. Boltuch’s professional expertise includes:

bullet Defending employers in wrongful termination and employment discrimination litigation;
bullet Representing individuals in various employment-related issues including wrongful termination, wage and hour, harassment and discrimination claims;
bullet Negotiating offers of employment and departure agreements for executives;
bullet Litigating in federal and state court and before various administrative agencies;
bullet Training on employment matters including dealing with the unionized workforce, effective hiring and disciplining of employees, resolving harassment and discrimination disputes, and managing disability leaves of absence including workers’ compensation absences, and complying with the ADA/FEHA/FMLA/ CFRA/WC/PDL/PFLA;
bullet Training supervisors and other employees on maintaining a respectful workplace and a workplace free of harassment, discrimination and retaliation;
bullet Negotiating hundreds of collective bargaining agreements for various parties;
bullet Representing parties in upwards of 1,000 arbitration and unfair labor practices cases;
bullet Drafting employee handbooks, personnel rules and related employment policies;
bullet Defending employers in Labor Code Section 132a cases and in other workers’ compensation litigation;
bullet Serving as a neutral mediator and arbitrator for employment-related litigation including harassment, discrimination and retaliation claims.


On Mediation

"The Early Settlement Program of the Bar Association of San Francisco is fortunate to have  such a dedicated lawyer/mediator as Burt Boltuch as one of its panelists. For many years, Burt has provided that expert help needed to assist parties toward settlement. 
He is one of our most successful mediators."

Sandy Harris Michel         
Early Settlement Program Coordinator         
The Bar Association of San Francisco         



  • Common Sense HR, Inc.- Founder and CEO, 2005-2007
  • The Law Offices of Burton F. Boltuch, 2003-Present
  • Fisher & Phillips, LLP, Oakland, CA, Partner, 2002-2003
  • Gordon & Rees, LLP, San Francisco, CA, Partner, 1998-2002
  • Landels, Ripley & Diamond, LLP, San Francisco, CA, Partner,
  • Chernow & Lieb, Pleasanton, CA, Senior Trial Attorney, 1992-
  • Boxer, Elkind & Gerson, Oakland, CA, Trial Attorney, 1990-1992
  • Boltuch & Siegel, Oakland, CA, Founder and Partner, 1981-1990
  • Beeson, Tayer & Bodine, San Francisco, CA, 1976-1981

    Community Involvement
  • Goodwill Industries of the Greater East Bay, Inc. (Member of the Board of Directors)
  • San Francisco Conservation Corps (Member of the Board of Directors)
  • San Leandro Chamber of Commerce (Vice President of Legal Compliance and Member of the Executive Board)
  • The Sentinels

  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1976
  • Brown University, B.A., 1971

    Bar and Professional Memberships
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal and Ninth Circuits
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of California
       and Eastern District of California
  • State Bar of California
  • American Bar Association
  • Bar Association of San Francisco

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