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I am an employment trial lawyer with forty-five years of experience. I represent only employees, never employers. If you have been the victim of wrongful or illegal conduct in the workplace, wrongful termination, retaliation, unlawful discrimination or sexual harassment, I would like to try to help you.



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Admissions:  1971, California, 1972, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit and U.S. District Court, Northern and Central Districts of California; 1976, U.S. Supreme Court; 1981, Oregon (inactive) and U.S. District Court, District of Oregon; 1982, District of Columbia; 1983, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan; 1984, New York; 1996, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California; 1998, Michigan (inactive)


 


 Judge Pro Tempore: Los Angeles County Superior Court, 1977-1981; Marin County Superior Court, 1989-1996; Los Angeles County Municipal Court: Los Angeles Judicial District, 1976-1981; Beverly Hills Judicial District, 1977-1981; Marin County Municipal Court, 1989—. National Arbitrator, American Arbitration Association, 1975-1979. Judicial Arbitrator, Marin County, Superior Court 1989-1996. Speaker: "Winning in Court: Jury Selection, Opening Statement, Closing Argument, Jury Instructions, National Education Network, August 27, 1993. Who's Who In American Law, 2nd, 3rd, 4th Ed., et seq. President, 1991-1994 and Director, 1988-1994, Alpine Meadows Lake Tahoe Ski Education Foundation. President, 1991-1993 and Director, 1989-1994, Lake Tahoe Community Trust, Trustee, 1994-1995; Tahoe Mountain School, Chairman, Board of Directors, 1994-1996; Dollar Point Subdivision Homeowners Association. President, 1994-1996 and Director, 1992-1996, Far West Ski Competition, Inc. (division of the United States Ski Association). Director, Eugene, Oregon Symphony Association, 1981-1984.

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Licensed

  1. Employment: 100%
    45 years, 4 thousand cases

Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($650-750/hour), contingent (33-40%), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (15 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

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The Jaffe Law Firm

101 California Street
Suit 2710
San Francisco, CA, 94111

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
NYCurrently registered 198403/13/2015
DCActive 198111/29/2015
CAActive197111/19/2015
ORResigned198101/18/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
One of the Top 3 Employment Lawyers in San Franciscothreebestrated.com2015
Northern California Top AttorneySan Francisco Magazine2015
Northern California Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2015
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Northern California Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2014
Northern California Top AttorneySan Francisco Magazine2014
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
San Francisco's Top Rated LawyersAmerican Lawyer2013
Top LawyerAmerican Lawyer2012
Northern California Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2012
Northern California Top AttorneySan Francisco Magazine and Law & Politics Magazine2012
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
Northern California Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2011
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
Northern Califronia Top AttorneySan Francisco Magazine and Law & Politics Magazine2011
Northern California Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2010
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010
Northern Califronia Top AttorneySan Francisco Magazine2010
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2009
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2008
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2007
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2006
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2005
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2004
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2003
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2002
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2001
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2000
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell1999
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell1998
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell1997
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell1996
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell1995
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell1994
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell1993
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell1992
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell1991
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell1990
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerThe Jaffe Law Firm1971 - Present
PartnerLaw Offices Of Stephen R. Jaffe1971 - Present
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
San Francisco South Beach District 6 Democratic ClubVice President and General Cousel2014 - Present
San Francisco South Beach District 6 Democratic ClubTreasurer2013 - 2014
State Bar of MichiganMember1998 - 2004
United States District Court for the Eastern District of CaliforniaAdmitted Member1996 - Present
Dollar Point Homeowners AssociationPresident1994 - 1996
Lake Tahoe Community TrustTrustee1994 - 1995
Tahoe Mountain SchoolChairman, Board of Directors1994 - 1996
Far West Ski Competion, Inc. - Division of the US Ski AssociationDirector1992 - 1996
Lake Tahoe Community TrustPresident1991 - 1993
Alpine Meadows Lake Tahoe Ski Education FoundationPresident1991 - 1994
Marin County Superior courtJudicial Arbitrator1989 - 1996
Marin County Superior CourtJudge Pro Tempore: Marin County Superior Court1989 - 1996
Marin County Municipal CourtJudge Pro Tempore, Marin County Municipal Court1989 - 1989
Lake Tahoe Community TrustDirector1989 - 1991
Alpine Meadows Lake Tahoe Ski Education FoundationDirector1988 - 1991
Who's Who In American LawMember1986 - 1986
Who's Who In American LawMember1985 - 1985
Who's Who In American LawMember1984 - 1984
New York BarMember1984 - Present
United States District Court for the Eastern District of MichiganAdmitted Memeber1983 - 1994
Who's Who In American LawMember1983 - 1983
Who's Who In American LawMember1982 - 1982
District of Columbia BarMember1982 - Present
Eugene Oregon Symphony AssociationDirector1981 - 1984
Who's Who In American LawMember1981 - 1981
United States District Court for the District of OregonAdmitted Member1981 - 1994
Oregon State BarMember1981 - 1994
Who's Who In American LawMember1980 - 1980
Los Angeles County Superior CourtJudge Pro Tempore: Los Angeles County Superior Court1977 - 1981
Beverly Hills Judicial DistrictJudge Pro Tempore: Los Angeles County Superior Court1976 - 1981
Los Angeles County Municipal CourtJudge Pro Tem, Los Angeles Municipal Court1976 - 1981
U.S. Supreme CourtAdmitted Member1976 - Present
American Arbitration AssociationNational Arbitrator1975 - 1979
U.S. District Court Central District of CaliforniaAdmitted Member1972 - Present
U.S. District Court Northern District of CaliforniaAdmitted Member1971 - Present
U.S. Court of Appeals 9th CircuitAdmitted Member1971 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1971 - Present
Consumer Attorneys Of CaliforniaMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Federal Bar AssociationMemberN/A
San Francisco Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
California Employment Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
American Constitution Society for Law and PolicyMemberN/A
National Employment Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
University of Michigan Alumni AssociationMemberN/A
National Employment Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
American Association for Justice, Employment Rights SectionMemberN/A
CABAL - SF Bay Area Plaintiff's Employment Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Taxpayers Against FraudMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
McCann vs. Alaska Airlines, 758 F. Supp. 559 (N.D. Cal 1991)Settlement
Mangano v. Verity, Inc., 167 Cal.App.4th 944 (6th Dist. Ct of Appeal - 2008)Affirmed lower court ruling on attorney fees
Volckmann et. al. v. Edwards et al., 642 F.Supp 109 (N.D. CA. 1986)Settled
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Publications
Publication nameTitleDate
San Francisco ChronicleCarpenter Fired For Saving Raccoon From Trap At Construction Site2015
San Francisco Daily JournalSweet Service2014
San Francisco Daily JournalTeenager's Legal Case...2014
San Francisco Daily JournalBooker v. City of Richmond2013
The RecorderMuniz v. United Parcel Service, Inc.2013
San Francisco WeeklyNewt Gingrich's Favorite Jewelry Store is Being Sued For Racial Discrimination2012
Daily JournalA Year After Lawyer Listserv Debacle, Questions Remain2012
The Carmel Pine ConeTiffany Lawsuit Moved To Federal Courthouse2012
Daily JournalDisappointment Over Coverage of Listserv Dispute2011
Daily JournalFirm Rebuked Over Listserv Comments2011
Daily JournalListserv Off Limits In Discovery Battle2011
Daily JounalListservs Are Not Public Forums2011
Daily JournalListserv Is Fair Game, Paul Hastings Says2011
Daily JournalFight Over Listserv Escalates2011
The Carmel Pine ConeEx-Tiffany Worker In Racism Lawsuit2011
Oakland TribuneStunner: Bishop O'Dowd High football coach is out2010
Daily JournalSubpoena of Trial Bar Stirs Fears2010
ibabuzz.comPerenon Dismissed As O'Dowd Football Coach2010
Contra Costa TimesPerenon Out After 25 Years At BOD2010
SFGate.comNickerson Named New O'Dowd Coach2010
SeeLodi.comNo Bad Administrator Left Behind2009
The Sacramento BeeDA clears El Dorado deputies in ambush shooting case2009
The Sacramento BeeEl Dorado DA rules deputies justified in '07 fatal shooting of man2009
The San Jose Mercury NewsMan Suing Chamber of Commerce2008
Lodi News SentinelTeachers file lawsuit against former Lodi Unified principal2008
Lodi News SentinelTeachers sue Lodi Unified, former McAuliffe principal2008
The Sacramento BeeDeputies drop lawsuit against shooter's mom2008
Lodi News SentinelHearing Date Set For LUSD Discrimination Suit2008
San Francisco ChronicleMatier & Ross2006
The Burlington Free PressPOWER GAMES AND MEDICAL RECORDS2002
The Detroit NewsDUBYA AND THE CROSS2001
Detroit Free PressMORAL SCANDAL IN HEALTH INSURANCE: Don't Get Sick with the Wrong Illness2001
The Detroit NewsPreserve Freedom Of Expression2001
Detroit Free PressEven Well-Intentioned Discrimination Is Injustice2001
Detroit Free PressMEDICATING FOR TRIAL2001
San Francisco ChronicleBIG BROTHER ONBOARD2001
The Detroit NewsMental Illness Is No Laughing Matter2000
The Detriot NewsIn Divisive Abortion Battle, Man Is The Forgotten Factor1999
The Detroit NewsRoosevelt Generation Is No Better Than Any Other1999
The Detroit NewsHolding Talk Show Liable Makes No Legal Sense And Chills Speech1999
The Detroit NewsControversial Art Exhibit Serves Noble Social Purpose1999
The Detroit NewsDuty Demanded That Barry Explain His Decision Without Being Elusive1999
The Detroit NewsDetroit: Focus On Neighborhoods1999
The Detroit NewsBig Brother, Price Check On Aisle 51999
The Detroit NewsReducing The Number Of Handguns Prevents Injuries And Even Deaths1999
The Detroit NewsPERJURY IN AMERICA1998
The Detroit NewsLAWYER BASHING AND ATTICUS FINCH1998
Daily JournalEmployee Challenges Arbitration Requirement1994
Daily JournalSuit Challenges Arbitration Clause1994
Pittsburgh Post-GazetteEstrada's Wife Warned1980
The Sydney Morning HeraldWife Accuses Estrada1980
The Victoria AdvocateEstrada's Wife Files Lawsuit1980
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Wayne State University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1970
University of MichiganPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1967
Cranbrook Schoolpreparatory secondary educationDiploma1963
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
San Francisco Trial Lawyers AssociationWhistleblower Protections2014
San Francisco Mental Health Board MeetingLPS Conservatorship2014
Rules CommitteeLaura's Law2014
Ronn Owens Radio Talk ShowLaura's Law2014
Proposition Endorsement MeetingProp 462014
Paralegal DayFalse Claims Act2014
Ethan Bearman Radio Talk ShowSexual Harassment in the Workplace2014
DebateLaura's Law2014
SFPA Annual MeetingOverview Of California Employment Law2012
Gil Gross Radio Talk ShowFalse Claims Act2012
Winning in CourtOpening Statement, Closing Argument, Jury Instructions1993