Righetti · Glugoski, P.C.: A 30-Year History Of
Standing Up For Our Clients’ Rights
In the early 1990s, Righetti · Glugoski, P.C., was one of only a small handful of firms seeking to enforce California’s minimum wage and overtime laws through use of the class action mechanism where courts will resolve common issues in one case for hundreds or thousands of individual workers. After 30 years, this area of law continues to be an important focus of our firm’s work. Our law practice also focuses on handling large, complex class action cases involving issues such as the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), Telephone Communications Privacy Act (TCPA) and a wide variety of other areas involving individual rights. We are included in a small group of firms that have taken multiple class actions through trial.
While many of the cases we handle are seeking class-wide and injunctive (non-financial) relief, we also prosecute individual claims for clients.
At Righetti · Glugoski, P.C., we have proven ourselves time and again as innovators in the field of high stakes trial litigation. Over the years, we’ve built a track record of success for our clients by achieving high-value results.
Michael Righetti specializes in the areas of labor and employment, personal injury and wrongful death litigation on behalf of plaintiffs. Since joining Righetti Glugoski, Mr. Righetti has successfully represented numerous individual clients in complex civil litigation in both employment and personal injury cases through settlement and trial.
Mr. Righetti joined Righetti Glugoski after graduating from the University of San Francisco School of Law. At USF School of Law, Mr. Righetti not only achieved top academic honors but also represented his law school at the Lefkowitz Appellate Advocacy Competition and the National Appellate Advocacy Competition, where he and his colleagues advanced to the final round of the regional division. Michael also received his B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of California, Berkeley in 2004.
University of San Francisco School of Law, San Francisco, California
Honors: With High Honors
Honors: Represented Law School, Lefkowitz Appellate Advocacy Competition
Honors: Represented Law School, National Appellate Advocacy Competition
University of California, Berkeley
B.A. – 2004
Major: Interdisciplinary Studies
Matthew Righetti founded Righetti Glugoski P.C.
From offices in downtown San Francisco, Mr. Righetti has been specializing in representing claimants in civil trials for over twenty-five years with a particular emphasis on class action litigation. Mr. Righetti routinely litigates cases against the nation’s largest corporations and is nationally recognized and respected by his peers as a skillful advocate on behalf of victims.
In addition to his trial experience, Mr. Righetti has also successfully litigated numerous appeals in the nation’s highest state and federal courts. Several examples include, Sav-On Drugstores, Inc. v. Superior Court, (2004) 34 Cal.4th 319) [California Supreme Court decision reversed the court of appeal and reinstated the trial court’s class certification order in a wage and hour class action]; Gentry v, Superior Court (2007) 42 Cal.4th 443 [California Supreme Court reversed both the trial court and court of appeal decisions thereby invalidating a ban on class actions contained in an employment agreement]; Rutti v. Lojack Corp., Inc. (2010) 596 F.3d 1046 [granting a petition for rehearing, ninth district court’s summary judgment order finding work compensable under both state and federal law]; Winfrey v. Chief Auto Parts, Inc., First District Court of Appeal [reversing trial court’s order denying certification].
Mr. Righetti is regularly featured as an invited speaker at continuing education bar association events throughout the nation on a wide variety of civil litigation subjects including class action litigation and developments, effective discovery techniques, trial strategy, and ethics.
Mr. Righetti has tried dozens of complex cases in his career and has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for his clients on both class action and individual claims ranging from employment, labor, wage and hour, product liability, personal injury, wrongful death, and privacy rights.
University of San Francisco School of Law, San Francisco, California – 1985
UC Berkeley – 1982
Winfrey v. Chief Auto Parts, Inc., First District Court of Appeal
Rutti v. Lojack Corp., Inc. (2010) 596 F.3d 1046
Gentry v, Superior Court (2007) 42 Cal.4th 443
Sav-On Drugstores, Inc. v. Superior Court, (2004) 34 Cal.4th 319
Honors and Awards
Recipient of the 2017 CLAY Award – “Attorneys receiving this year’s CLAY honor dazzled in the courtroom and in the boardroom, setting a standard for excellence to which all litigators and corporate lawyers should aspire. Their work garnered headlines for the innovativeness and impact.”
Recipient, Labor and Employment Lawyer of the Year in 2017 by the Daily Journal
Mr. Glugoski is a trial attorney who specializes in representing claimants in both state and federal court civil litigation and in arbitrations. For over twelve years John’s practice has emphasized class action litigation as an effective means to obtain relief for large groups of similarly situated individuals. John regularly appears before state and federal courts throughout the nation at both the trial and appellate levels, representing not only victims who have suffered serious personal injuries, or the loss of a loved one, but also employees in a broad range of labor and employment disputes, including wage and hour matters, discrimination claims, employment contract disputes, and employee benefits claims.
Among his many courtroom successes, John recently spent six weeks trying an employment class action lawsuit in San Diego County Superior Court where he obtained a class wide judgment against the employer finding that the employer had misclassified salaried store employees as exempt in an attempt to evade California’s strict overtime laws. In addition to this case, John has obtained results well above one million dollars in over twenty different cases on claims ranging from employment to labor, wage and hour, product liability, personal injury, wrongful death, and privacy rights.
John is also an accomplished appellate lawyer having achieved groundbreaking victories in the state and federal courts of appeal, including Rutti v. Lojack, United States Court of Appeals For the Ninth Circuit Case No. 07-56599; Martinez v. Crab Addison, United States Court of Appeals For the Ninth Circuit Case No. 09-56573.
University of San Francisco School of Law, San Francisco, California – 1997
UC Berkeley – 1993
For over three decades the primary focus of our law practice has been on prosecuting complex individual and class action claims involving California and federal wage and hour, privacy and consumer and tort laws. During that time, we’ve developed a national reputation as a law firm who won’t back down when defending the rights of individuals.
When we are hired to handle your case, companies know they are up against experienced trial attorneys who are READY to litigate if that’s what it takes to get the compensation you deserve!