Marta R. Vanegas
Marta's main areas of practice are labor and employment law, business law, social security disability law, civil rights law, and pension rights. She is a zealous and compassionate advocate for her clients, unafraid to go the extra mile for a successful resolution of their complaints. Marta approaches each case with a keen sense of justice and with her immense knowledge of California's exacting labor and employment statutes.
A native of Budapest, Hungary, Marta calls California home for the past two decades. Prior to joining our office, Marta served as Deputy Legislative Counsel in Sacramento, California, drafting legislative proposals and providing counsel to legislators on labor, employment, and business law issues. She also has over eight years of experience as Intellectual Property Paralegal at two large San Francisco law firms, Townsend and Townsend and Crew, LLP, and Cooley Godward Kronish, LLP.
Marta holds a Juris Doctor degree from Eötvös Loránd Tudományegyetem (ELTE), Budapest, Hungary (J.D. summa cum laude 1998) and from the UC Davis School of Law (J.D., 2011). She also has an LL.M. degree in International Business Law from Central European University, Budapest, Hungary (LL.M. with distinction 1999) where she studied Comparative European Labor Law. While at UC Davis, Marta served as Senior Symposium Editor of the UC Davis Law Review, and as Senior Articles Editor of the UC Davis Business Law Journal.
Marta is fluent in Hungarian and proficient in Spanish. She is admitted to practice in all courts of the state of California, in the U.S. Northern and Eastern District Courts of California, and in the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
When not in the office, Marta serves as a Director on the Governing Board of the Contra Costa County Bar Association (CCCBA). Marta is Immediate-Past President of the Board of the CCCBA's Employment Law Section and serves as Vice President of the Business Law Section. Marta is also an Editor At Large of the Contra Costa Lawyer magazine. Marta also volunteers on the Parent-Faculty Club of Clayton Valley Charter High School as Parliamentarian and Auditor and serves as a Judge at the UC Davis School of Law Annual Intraschool Negotiations Competition. An avid reader, Marta keeps herself fit by yoga, dancing, and gardening.
Publications: Doing the Right Thing: Avoiding the Risks Inherent in Correcting Misclassification of Independent Contractors, Contra Costa Lawyer (with Yen Chau, March 2020); Work Made for Hire: Effect on Copyright and Employment Laws in the Tech and Entertainment Industries After Dynamex and AB5, Contra Costa Lawyer (with Natasha Chee, March 2020); Urbanormativity, Spatial Privilege, and Judicial Blind Spots in Abortion Law, Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law, and Justice, Vol. 30 (with Lisa R. Pruitt, Winter 2015); Women in the Workforce, Contra Costa Lawyer (August 2013); CEDAW and Rural Development: Empowering Women with Law from the Top Down, Activism from the Bottom Up, University of Baltimore Law Review, Vol. 41 (with Lisa R. Pruitt, Winter 2012); You Infringed My Patent, Now Wait Until I Sue You: The Federal Circuit’s Decision in Avocent Huntsville Corp. v. Aten International Co., Journal of the Patent and Trademark Office Society, Vol. 92, No. 3 (2010).