Frequently Asked Questions

I’m not sure if I have a case, should I still get in touch?

Yes. All of our initial consultations are free of charge. It’s our job to determine if you have a potential case that we may be able to pursue. It’s OK if you are not sure if what happened to you is worth filing a lawsuit over — call or email us and we’d be happy to discuss.

Even if I have a case, I don’t think I can afford a lawyer.

We take most of our cases on a contingent fee basis. That means that you do not pay anything up front or while the lawsuit is pending. We take a portion of any judgment or settlement to pay for our fees and reimbursement of costs. With a contingency fee agreement, you can avoid having to fund litigation out of your own pocket. If for any reason the lawsuit is not successful, you do not pay us any fees and we absorb the amount of costs that we had advanced to fund the litigation.

I was cheated out of a relatively small amount of wages, it was wrong but I don’t think it is enough to make a lawsuit worthwhile.

Our state government was concerned about this problem too, that an employer could take a small amount from the employee with the idea that it wouldn’t be worth the employee’s time to pursue it. As a result, California has some of the strongest employee protection laws in the country, tacking on various penalties to discourage wage theft by employers. Moreover, class and representative lawsuits make it feasible for attorneys to pursue even relatively small claims when many individuals have suffered from the same or similar harm.

I bought a relatively cheap product that was not what the company claimed it would be, how can it possibly make sense to pursue a lawsuit over one inexpensive product?

Our government, determined to keep companies honest, has created the class action lawsuit. With a class action, your claim can be grouped together with people who have similar claims. You don’t need to gather this group of people — we will identify them during the litigation process. With a class action, because the claims of numerous people are involved — often thousands, if not more — we can pursue consumer remedies even for what individually are relatively modest amounts.

I don’t think I have the time right now to deal with a lawsuit, even though I may have a viable claim.

Contrary to how lawsuits are sometimes portrayed on television and in movies, litigation is not something that takes up a huge amount of time for our clients. Just like how you may hand over your receipts and various documents to your accountant each year to prepare and file your taxes, you would hire the Kizirian Law Firm to deal with your claims so that your involvement can be minimal. These days, most lawsuits end one way or another before going to trial. If there is no trial, you likely never need to go down to the courthouse. Indeed, once we meet and you hire us, the only time that you would likely even have to go to an office would be for our preparation and subsequent interview with the other side’s lawyer — what is known as a deposition. Even a deposition does not occur in every case. Aside from this minimal in person requirement, we rely on technology to communicate and to gather documents, whether by phone, text, email, or post, so that you may go about your life.