On October 31, 2014, the Ad Astra Law Group trial team of David Nied and Wendy Hillger won a substantial jury verdict in a plaintiff’s employment retaliation/discrimination case.  Following a two week trial in San Mateo County Superior Court, the jury found that the employee’s supervisor retaliated against her for filing complaints about the supervisor with the company’s HR department.  An Executive Committee of the employer terminated the plaintiff’s employment on charges of workplace violence and insubordination, and the employer argued that the Executive Committee was insulated from the supervisor’s retaliatory intent.  The jury disagreed, however, and found that the supervisor’s retaliatory acts set in motion the series of events that led to the Executive Committee’s decision.  The jury also found that the employer had failed to protect the employee from the supervisor’s retaliatory acts.   The jury awarded the employee all of her economic damages plus and additional amount for her non-economic losses.


Ad Astra Law Group, LLP

Ad Astra Law Group, LLP represents clients of any size in a variety of litigation matters through trial and appeal. We are focused on business and commercial litigation, employment disputes, public entity representation, real estate and construction issues, and cases of public interest. To round out our business-focused practice we also offer trademark registration. Finally, we offer estate planning services, for we believe that all of our clients would benefit from having their assets distributed in a thoughtful manner.

Like most law firms, we resolve many of our cases through settlement and mediation, but we have the experience, knowledge and desire to try cases to a jury or judge in any federal or state court in California. We also present cases for clients in binding arbitration proceedings.

The law firm name is taken from the Latin phrase “Per aspera ad astra” which means “Through hardships to the stars.” In sum, we relish guiding our clients through the difficulties of litigation to achieve their goals. Ad Astra was founded in part on the principle that clients should have direct and immediate access to their attorney. To that end, we have established a confidential and secure web-based portal. Through this extranet, information and documents can be quickly exchanged between clients and the lawyers in a cost-efficient manner.