We help workers experiencing illegal work situations -- such as wage theft, unequal pay, unsafe workplaces, retaliation, discrimination, and wrongful termination -- recover fair compensation, protect their professional reputations, and improve their workplaces.
We help victims suffering physical, emotional, and financial injuries caused by negligent or intentional wrongdoing.  We provide the expertise and resources for clients to maximize compensation from defendants and insurance companies. 
We use the tools of class actions, whistleblower actions, and Private Attorney General actions to enforce laws protecting employees and consumers.
We advise small businesses in compliance matters and litigate select public interest cases in areas such as housing rights and consumer rights.



An honors graduate of Harvard University and New York University, Xinying Valerian represents employees, whistleblowers and other injured persons in seeking justice and protection of their civil rights.  She has successfully represented workers across the economic spectrum in class and individual actions, recovering millions of dollars in wage, discrimination, and wrongful termination cases.
Xinying’s broad experience includes negotiating severance agreements for executives and white collar workers,  litigating employment and consumer class actions, representing the media in First Amendment cases, and safeguarding the rights of low-income immigrant families.  
Xinying is originally from Shanghai, China. As a first-generation immigrant who grew up in California, Xinying is committed to public service and fighting for equal opportunity and fair treatment for everyone in the workplace and marketplace.  [Full Bio]
Xinying Valerian
Richard Valerian
Of Counsel
Richard Valerian is Of Counsel to the firm, contributing over four decades of experience and insight as a personal injury attorney. Richard has successfully represented both plaintiffs and defendants in jury trials. For 37 years Richard worked as a claims litigation attorney for Farmers Insurance, where he he managed the San Francisco branch office, “Valerian, Patterson, and Stratman.” In recent years, Richard has developed an Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) practice and, as a private mediator, he has helped many parties settle their disputes. He has also served as a settlement commissioner for the San Francisco, Alameda and Contra Costa Superior Courts and as a judge pro tem presiding over jury trials in Contra Costa Superior Court. He is an alumnus of Georgetown University and the University of San Francisco School of Law.
Ari Bard is a Legal Assistant at Valerian Law. He graduated from Brown University in May 2018 with a Bachelors of Arts in Bioethics. While at Brown, Ari worked for the school's ACLU chapter and co-founded an animal ethics student group. He spent his junior year abroad at Oxford's Pembroke College, studying theology and philosophy.
Ari aims to attend law school in the future and work in public interest law.
Ari Bard
Legal Assistant
Alexis Villalobos is a Senior Legal Assistant. He is a graduate of Occidental College and is committed to advancing the rights of workers. Before joining Valerian Law, Alexis worked for SEIU Local 87 as a labor organizer and gained legal experience in other workers' rights and civil rights law firms. As a homegrown product of the East Bay, Alexis is dedicated to community advocacy and is pursuing a career in public service.
Alexis Villalobos
Senior Legal Assistant


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