Testimonials

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Employment
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General Testimonials

Landlord-Tenant

"The San Francisco Housing Authority tried to evict me and my 8 year-old daughter from our subsidized unit. We had no other place to go. Ryan Vlasak defended us and kept us in our home."
A.W.
San Francisco, CA

"Michael Bracamontes always made time to speak with me personally and review over and over again the many time-consuming details involved in my complaint. He replied to my every email and telephone message ... It is perhaps Michael Bracamontes' kindness and compassion, even above his work ethic and intelligence, that sets him apart from so many others. During the year I worked with Michael, I cannot recall one time when his demeanor was not cheerful and helpful. I dare say I never met another attorney with the same level of character."
J.C.
San Francisco, CA

"I was referred to Bracamontes & Vlasak by the Bar Association and could not have been happier. Ryan Vlasak represented me in a lockout case in my SRO and got me a six figure settlement. He kept me involved in the process and did a much better job than many other attorneys would have. Mr. Vlasak is a real credit to his profession. This firm helped me get back on my feet."
M.J.
Oakland, CA

"Michael Bracamontes is compassionate in what he does. Michael has the knowledge and understanding that any client needs. He is able to make a confusing time a time when all your confusion comes to rest and you feel at ease with the situation."
T.A.
San Francisco, CA

"Ryan Vlasak and Kristen Ross represented me in a case against my landlord. The case involved negligence with an ongoing serious noise nuisance. They were very professional and dealt with all issues in a timely manner. Mr. Vlasak and Ms. Ross always took time to answer my questions, and promptly returned calls and emails. My case ultimately went to a jury trial and we won. Mr. Vlasak and Ms. Ross did a great job representing me in court. I felt very fortunate having them as my attorneys."
Marcia W.
San Francisco, CA

"We started out with a notice that our tenancy was over, and that we were expected to move out March 2011. We are now writing this review from the same apartment we've had since 2009. Obvious success there. We have never had experience being evicted before, and not only were we able to fight it successfully with Ryan Vlasak's help, but we were calmed down every step of the nerve-racked way.

He was very professional during our meetings and phone calls, and he made it very easy to understand where we stood at any given point. Throughout this time, he was very understanding of our anxiety and told us that we didn't really have to do much.

There were several instances when we left several frantic messages on his phone and shot him a couple of emails, and all he told us to do was forward him what we got, and he'd check it out. After a day or two of stressful waiting, we'd hear this: don't worry about it, just sit tight. We know this sounds like it was a negative thing, but believe us when we say that this was one of the pluses of having Ryan on our side. He really took charge of the situation, and we could tell right away that he knew his stuff. Once we accepted this, the stress just evaporated.

Ryan Vlasak, and as far as we're concerned, Bracamontes & Vlasak, are "As good as it gets!" If we were faced again with any situation that escalated to a point beyond our ability to handle, Ryan would be our first stop."
Brady H.
San Francisco, CA

"Thank you so much Michael. You have provided me an invaluable service. You have been incredibly kind, professional and effective. I cannot imagine having gone through this without your help."
Mary H.
San Francisco, CA

"Oh, wow! Thank you Ryan - that's incredible! Thank you and your team so much for all of your hard work, for fighting for us, and for improving the quality of life for everyone in the building."
A.S.
San Francisco, CA

I had a landlord issue. I retained this fine firm. My primary contact during the dispute period was Kristen Ross. She was very professional as were the partners. I was very impressed with the letter she wrote to my landlord, with her verbal contact with my current landlord. In case you live in a rent controlled building, and get a new landlord or already have a bad landlord and need an attorney. I highly recommend this firm.

Kurt G.
San Francisco, CA

Ryan and Kristen are the best in the business comes very highly recommend from the SF Housing Rights Committee. You cannot get better then this firm trust me," I tried everywhere!!!!" I highly recommend Ryan and Kristen for your Housing needs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hanley C.
South SF, CA

Michael Bracamontes helped me with an unfortunate situation with my landlord. This was extremely traumatic, as well as a very stressful time in my life. He was very communicative, respectful, honest, and upfront the entire process. I felt fully confident with his decisions and suggestions on when to settle. I could not have had a successful end result without the assistance and support from him and his legal team. He took the time to always ensure I fully understood what was going on and the reasons behind what he or the opposing party were doing. The legal process is quite complex and takes an insight that I was not familiar with. I would defiantly recommend his services.

Mia C.

Livermore, CA

When our landlords had their contractors refinish their floors using toxic chemicals without telling us we didn't know what to do. Even the SF Tenant's Union told us this happens all the time in order to force renters out of their homes and that they would probably get away with it.

I'm so glad we turned to Ryan Vlasak when we did because I was becoming so sick from inhaled VOC's I could barely move.
He calmly told us he would take care of everything and we should focus on trying to heal. He dealt with the landlords, their contractors, their alternately crazed, rabid, and bumbling attorneys, and the insurance companies.
He secured us a large settlement and we have been able to move on with peace of mind.

Melissa Y.
San Francisco, CA

I checked with the Bar Association, SF Tenants rights, and the SF Housing Board, and Ryan Vlasak has done a great job helping me to stave off a 3 day notice from the Management company that really just wants to double the rent after 17 years of paying rent every month, on time. I highly recommend his services to anyone facing this situation. It is nice to know that there is someone who will protect and fight for our rights as San Francisco residents.
Thank you, Ryan Vlasak Associates!

Jamey T.
San Francisco

We started out with a notice that our tenancy was over, and that we were expected to move out on March 5, 2011. We are now writing this review from the same apartment we've had since 2009. Obvious success there.

We have never had experience being evicted before, and not only were we able to fight it successfully with Ryan Vlasak's help, but we were calmed down every step of the nerve-racked way.

He was very professional during our meetings and phone calls, and he made it very easy to understand where we stood at any given point. At first, we expected things to go a lot quicker (i.e. we'd refuse to move out, then the same day they'd respond with their next demand, etc.), but in fact there was a lot more waiting involved than anything else. Throughout this time, he was very understanding of our anxiety and told us that we didn't really have to do much.

There were several instances when we left several frantic messages on his phone and shot him a couple of emails, and all he told us to do was forward him what we got, and he'd check it out. After a day or two of stressful waiting, we'd hear this: don't' worry about it, just sit tight. We know this sounds like it was a negative thing, but believe us when we say that this was one of the pluses of having Ryan on our side. He really took charge of the situation, and we could tell right away that he knew his stuff. Once we accepted this, the stress just evaporated.

Ryan Vlasak, and as far as we're concerned, Bracamontes & Vlasak, are "As good as it gets!" If we were faced again with any situation that escalated to a point beyond our ability to handle, Ryan would be our first stop.

P.S. - as a bonus, since there was neither a money settlement or court proceedings, we didn't have to pay anything for this grade-A representation!

Brady H.
San Francisco, CA

Moved into a place I was hoping to finish out the last two years of college in and was getting sick the first month of moving in. My landlord had someone come and take a quick glance around with a flashlight and deem the apartment fine. Fast forward 5 months and I was horrified when I happened to glance inside of my pillow case and see my entire pillow covered in mold. I moved the bed away from the wall and literally the entire wall was covered in mold. Between going to college full time and working, I now had another major stress factor on my already full plate and this situation turned into a nightmare when my landlord basically tried to screw me. I was freaked out and didn't know what in the world to do and was sure an attorney was way out of my reach-as a college student, I am struggling just to pay my phone bill! But my aunt convinced me that there was a way to get low-fee legal advice and she offered to call and pay the fee. She called the bar association and within a few days, I got set up with Ryan Vlasak for $45. He went over my case and basically told me that I'm entitled to get way more than I ever even thought I could get and that he would take my case on and would only get something if I get something-if I win nothing, he wins nothing. Once we signed the contract, the burden was off of my shoulders and I was able to focus on school again while he handled all the dirty work. A few emails later and I did get way more than I ever thought I would and he fought for me the whole time. He made a nightmare into as easy a situation as it could possibly be and he is definitely not the sleazy scheming guy we usually think of lawyers as being. Definitely recommended!

Renee S.
San Francisco, CA

Ryan Vlasak and his staff are the best in the business! After losing everything in a four alarm apartment fire Ryan was able to negotiate a substantial settlement for us which can usually be difficult especially when dealing with insurance companies that always lowball any payout. Ryan was with us through all the negotiations whose expertise proved to be invaluable when it came to mediation. If you ever need a trustworthy, very competent attorney, with a proven track record Ryan's the man! Don't just take my word for it do like I did in the beginning contact the bar association, check out the website, his credentials speak for themselves. And he's so easy to talk to without all the legalese.

Reggie D.
San Francisco, CA

For anyone whom is wanting to feel they are understood, while going through any kind of landlord - tenant dispute then Michael Bracamontes of Bracamontes & Vlasak is your man! His team works with you and made us feel safe, confident and at ease. Michael truly made us feel like family. Michael and his team are top notch professional, trustworthy, efficient, and did a wonderful job in the settlement of our case. Michael Bracamontes is a gentleman in every aspect and a decent human being whom was with us every step of the way! We urge you to contact him if you have any issues in this area of the Law. You will be glad that you did

Sharon Phelan
San Francisco, CA

Dear Ryan & Kristen,

Based on the undeniable persuasiveness of your pleadings, especially Opposition to MSA & Trial Briefs, and the devastating Leibowitz deposition, Leah and I were able to lobby the Berkeley Rent Board to amend B.R.O. Regulation 1269.

Your efforts served a greater good, and for that everyone here is thankful.

This has been a very good year for us. Thank you again for your efforts helping us.

Sincerely,

Joe Caldarola & Leah Samul

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Employment

"I had a harassment problem at work and consulted attorney Ryan Vlasak. He promptly filed a complaint on my behalf. Throughout the process, Ryan was detailed and aggressive in negotiating with my employer. He knew when to push on and when to talk settlement. As a result, I ended up with a larger settlement than I had expected. I highly recommend Ryan Vlasak and Bracamontes & Vlasak law firm. All of the attorneys there are sharp, professional, and a pleasure to work with."
D.B.
Vallejo, CA

"Finding the right lawyer for one's needs is always challenging and rarely assured. We consulted with five lawyers to assist on a legal matter. At the end of the process, however, we found ourselves with more questions than answers. We were fortunate to come to Bracamontes & Vlasak, P.C., where we met with Michael Bracamontes and were comforted by his thoughtful counsel and reassuring manner. Once we began to work with him, we grew to appreciate his professionalism, dedication, and quiet confidence. Michael is an excellent lawyer, and we could not have asked for a better individual to help us navigate a complex and difficult situation."
S.D.
San Francisco, CA

"I was discriminated against and wrongfully terminated from my job. This was a time that was already very difficult for me. I retained Bracamontes & Vlasak, P.C., to file a lawsuit against my former employer. Ryan Vlasak was my attorney and I would have been really screwed without him. I was basically on the streets while my lawsuit was happening and Vlasak ensured that my deposition and mediation went well. Ryan Vlasak and the staff at Bracamontes & Vlasak helped me out far above and beyond the scope of typical services provided by most attorneys. Vlasak prepared the case for trial and shunned all low-ball offers. I was very fortunate to find this firm for my case."
J.D.
San Francisco, CA

Ryan Vlasak is the best employment attorney I've ever worked with and I highly recommend him to anybody who needs help and advice with their current or ex-employer.

I was in a very difficult situation with my ex-employer. When I met Ryan, he was extremely professional, asked me very good question, was succinct, calm, rational, and explained my options. Because of Ryan's expertise and high competency, he was able to negotiate a very favorable settlement for me.

Ryan was very tenacious during the negotiations. He didn't just accept the first offer that was represented. He was able to mediate in a way very few lawyers can. Ryan had my best interest, worked hard, and was trustworthy which is rare to come across.

I couldn't have asked for the better outcome. I am grateful for his work and will continue recommend him to my friends and all my network.

Ruta J.
San Francisco, CA

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Personal Injury

"Ryan, I truly appreciate everything you and your colleagues have done to get this situation resolved in my favor. It went exactly how I had hoped it would go. You all have lifted a massive load from my shoulders, and I can now move on with recovering my health.

I will not hesitate to recommend your services to anyone that may need them, and as soon as I get my internet connected I will give you all the glowing review that you deserve."
N.E.
San Francisco, CA

"I had a very successful experience when I consulted Ryan Vlasak. He was so thorough that a single letter from him and his explanation of my legal rights convinced the other party and prevented me from taking any further legal action. I highly recommend attorney Vlasak."
N.I.
Hermosa Beach, CA

"When I was seriously injured in my apartment building and hospitalized I consulted the Bracamontes & Vlasak law firm for advice. Ryan Vlasak saw to my case personally, met me at the hospital, hired expert doctors, and litigated my case for well over a year. I never paid anything and Vlasak and his team were always responsive and proactive in my case. In the end, I received a million dollar settlement-which was much more than I had expected! This is a law firm and attorney you can trust and will want on your side."
Anonymous
San Francisco, CA

"I contacted Ryan's office as a last resort to see if I had any legal rights in my case. He was very quick to respond and after our initial consultation, I realized I should have contacted him a lot sooner. He is very professional and quick to help. Without his assistance I know that I would still be overwhelmed and feeling like I had no options. I am so grateful that we were able to work together, for his taking my case, and for his negotiating a favorable outcome on my behalf."
A.G.
San Francisco, CA

"Ryan Vlasak and Kristen Ross were my attorneys in a medical malpractice case against a hospital and a doctor who disclosed my sensitive medical information to other parties without my consent. Throughout the process Ryan and Kristen secured my privacy rights by filing a Jane Doe lawsuit on my behalf and filing sensitive documents with the court under seal. In the end, I felt vindicated that the hospital and doctor had to pay. I was very happy and thankful to Mr. Vlasak and his firm for what they did for me."
Anonymous
Oakland, CA

"Thanks Michael. I appreciate your follow up. This whole experience is something that I never would have thought I'd be involved in. I was skeptical and uneasy, but from the start, you've been amazing and I'm so happy that you represented us. You ARE too legit. :) Thanks again!"

D.M.
Novato, CA

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Civil Rights

"I recently had the pleasure of being represented by Ryan Vlasak of Bracamontes & Vlasak, P.C., law firm. I was a plaintiff in a case that dealt with both wrongful termination and sexual harassment. The tremendous quality of professionalism and respect for my persona demonstrated by the attorneys I worked with at Bracamontes & Vlasak was extraordinary. The work which was accomplished during the grueling months of my battle for justice was worth every penny. The attorneys are highly motivated and responsive. My professional identity and my 'name' were never at risk during this uphill battle for my constitutional rights. I would strongly recommend this law firm to anyone who feels they've been victimized. I will definitely refer all my law related queries to these guys, because I know the end result will be favorable."
Anonymous
Contra Costa County, CA

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Consumer Rights

"My elderly parents were the victims of elder abuse and were defrauded into a reverse mortgage. As a result they lost their home. I came to Bracamontes & Vlasak for help. Ryan Vlasak represented my parents in a lawsuit against the lenders and mortgage companies and my parents got their home back. Mr. Vlasak always took the time to inform us of our options and keep us updated. It was also obvious that he cared about getting the house back - and that is exactly what happened."
P.C.
San Francisco, CA

"I rented a car that got stolen and burnt and the rental and insurance companies tried to charge me for it. I sought counsel from Ryan Vlasak at Bracamontes & Vlasak, P.C. Ryan was very, very knowledgeable about the case and affable too. He solved my problem quickly."
S.V.
San Francisco, CA

"My attorney, Michael Bracamontes, was excellent in getting prompt resolution of my legal problem. The settlement was to my advantage. I am very happy."
B.L.
San Francisco, CA

"Dear Ryan Vlasak: I am very grateful for your representation in this matter. My credit report was corrected and my mortgage modification was resolved, where Bank of America had not been responsive about either of these prior to your involvement. Thank you. Best Regards ..."
D.T.
San Francisco, CA

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Business Litigation

"I am happy to compliment my lawyer, Michael Bracamontes, for all of the time he spent working on my case and making it happen. I believe he looked after my best interests and that's why things turned out in my favor. I just collected money and would not hesitate to use the Bracamontes & Vlasak law firm again. Many thanks to you!"
M.S.
San Francisco, CA

"Thank you, Michael, for your assistance on what must have been a small case for you, but which was a significant event for our family. I believe we would not have had the successful outcome without your help and expertise."
Anonymous
San Francisco, CA

"I came to Bracamontes & Vlasak with a business dispute because my products got recalled due to the negligence of another party. I had lost income and was losing more clients. Ryan Vlasak and his firm did a great job for me. They secured a six figure settlement I was very happy with for very little money up front. I talk to a lot of people in my business and always talk these guys way up!"
S.L.
Alameda County, CA

"Dear Michael,
Once again you pulled me from the fire. Without a doubt your analysis of the issue was "right on." The strategy you recommended resulted in me achieving the desired result with minimal risk of money and time. Hopefully I do not need to resort to legal services in the future, but if the need arises you are top on my list. Be well and thank you."
B.L.
San Francisco, CA

"Had many great experiences using these guys. As a lot of us all know, finding good legal representation isn't the easiest thing to do, but when you do find it, you stick with them.

Been with them for a long time and have no plans to change. They are extremely sharp, knowledgeable, precise, professional and patient, which is key when dealing with matters that are complex. Michael Bracamontes does a great job at being available when needed and very prompt when it comes to returning emails and messages.

I've given them several referrals and will continue to do so."
Chris C.
Huntington Beach, CA

I retained Ryan J. Vlasak to assist me with a complex dispute relating to my practice. I was overwhelmed and discouraged by the time I found Ryan and was not confident there was anything that could be done to help resolve my situation. He was an active listener and maintained an amazingly positive attitude. Ryan helped me get organized, shared his thoughts clearly and concisely, and patiently explained my options and the respective steps we needed to accomplish to put my conflictual situation to rest. Not only was Ryan responsive following our consultations, but he was also proactive in making sure that I always understood every facet of his strategy every step of the way to meet my comfort level and keep me educated. Moreover, he asked all the right questions and it was within half an hour that I knew I could not be in better hands. I could not ask for a better outcome. In hindsight, my only mistake was that I did not retain Ryan Joshua Vlasak sooner!

Rosy L.

Palo Alto, CA

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General Testimonials

I think the best kind of attorney to have is one that actually cares about you, can remember your name, and has some good morals. I don't need no hokey doke legal strategy to get what I want; qualified expertise and an ambitious nature are good enough for me.

I had the privilege of working with Michael Bracamontes and his advice and expertise came at the perfect time and in the perfect way. I'm one of those people that wants the God's honest, give it to me straight, and we'll be okay. And that's what he did. No wasting time, no beating around the bush, no trying to make me feel better by feeding me hyped up lies (I have friends for that.) I don't need a lawyer for that.) It's just great knowing that there are attorneys out there that aren't about racking up their bills, but actually care about the problems you bring them, tell you the truth if they can help, and fight for you if you have a problem.

Cheryl S.

Montebello, CA

Michael Bracamontes is someone I would highly recommend to anyone looking for advice, representation, and an expertise in law. He was very helpful with an issue I had to deal with. He gave me advice on what the best plan of action was and even told me that all the paperwork that needed to be filed was something that I could do myself if I didn't want to pay someone (i.e. a lawyer) an exorbitant sum to do it. I thought it very honest of him. Also, he made himself available to me in the case that I decided that I wanted representation. I've referred friends to him and they've always been very grateful for the advice and direction he's given them. I wouldn't think twice about using Bracamontes & Vlasak, P.C., again!

Judy F.

Oakland, CA

At my most desperate moment Ryan took my case & from the beginning executed it with intelligence & confidence. I was impressed by the swift process & the ease with which he handled details, information, & procedure. I was informed every step of the way & felt that I was in good hands. I highly recommend this firm to assist in your legal matters. I was able to get my life back on track knowing a true professional was representing my best interests. If I could put more stars I would! May truth & justice prevail thank you again for all your expertise & positive outcome.

Velvet V.
San Francisco, CA

Had many great experiences using these guys. As a lot of us all know, finding good legal representation isn't the easiest thing to do, but when you do find it, you stick with them.

Been with them for a long time and have no plans to change. They are extremely sharp, knowledgeable, precise, professional and patient which is key when dealing with matters that are complex.

Michael Bracamontes in particular does a great job at being available when needed and very prompt when it comes to returning emails and messages.

I've given them several referrals and will continue to do so.

Chris C.
Huntington Beach, CA

This is an amazing group of very knowledgeable, highly ethical, deeply caring, experienced professionals with a drive to do good and see justice done.

I had been facing a very unusual, complicated legal issue that had dragged on for many years before I sought Mr. Vlasak's advice. Statutes of several different states were involved and a thicket of elaborate legal documents needed to be consulted before my case could come to any resolution. For me, Ryan Vlasak's expertise proved indispensable - he took the case apart like a toddler's toy! Everything Ryan predicted would happen in my case, happened, and there were no surprises. This attorney is simply amazing! I was very lucky to have such a caring professional on my side.

We all hope that we never have to face situations like mine, but if we do, we better make sure that someone like B&V is on our side. When you want a real attorney on your side - a no-nonsense professional with an unrelenting drive to see justice done, and who will not rest before he gets that result you want - go with B&V! Don't risk going with anybody else.

David D.
Philadelphia, PA

I was faced with some legal issues that needed resolution. Brainstorming with colleagues produced some positive referrals to this hard-charging group. The initial consultation with Mr. Vlasak gave me encouragement for the difficult road ahead. This group was well informed, personable, highly professional and competent. The results we achieved were impressive thanks to their diligence and perseverance in obtaining the most positive outcome for our family. Thank you Mr. Vlasak and Mr. Bracamontes for your efforts.

Car W.
San Francisco, CA

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