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Steven G. Pearl is a mediator and attorney in Los Angeles, California.  He is principal of The Pearl Law Firm and focuses on wage and hour litigation, class actions, unfair competition, consumer protection, and business and real estate litigation. 


Mr. Pearl is co-author of "Litigation: Plaintiffs' Perspective" in California Wage and Hour Law and Litigation, published by Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB).  He authors the "California Wage and Hour Law Blog for Employees" ( and the "Mediation and Negotiation Blog" ( 


Mr. Pearl is frequent speaker on dispute resolution and wage and hour law topics.  Mr. Pearl has spoken at the California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA) Annual Advanced Wage and Hour Seminar (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010); the Southern California Mediation Association (SCMA) Annual Employment Law Mediation Training Conference (2008, 2009); the Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA) Annual Labor and Employment Law Symposia (2007, 2009); and the Southern California Employment Law and HR Forum (2009).  


Mr. Pearl serves as co-chair of the California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA) Wage and Hour Committee.  Mr. Pearl serves as principal organizer of CELA’s Annual Advanced Wage and Hour Seminar and serves on the Planning Committee for the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Annual Labor and Employment Law Symposium.  


Mr. Pearl earned his Bachelor of Arts degree with Honors from the University of California at Berkeley and was a Dean’s Scholar at the University of California Hastings College of the Law.  He served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Fern M. Smith, Judge of United States District Court, Northern District of California, and was an associate at a prominent national law firm before opening

his own law firm in 1994.  


Mr. Pearl used to enjoy competitive sports, rock climbing, mountaineering, and travel. Now he has three kids and has moved on to more sedentary pursuits, such as blogging.  More information is available at 


Languages spoken: Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Class Action: 40%
    23 years, 20 cases
  2. Employment: 40%
    16 years, 300 cases
  3. Real Estate: 10%
    23 years, 200 cases
  4. Business: 10%
    23 years, 100 cases



Hourly ($240-520/hour), contingent (33-40%), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Attorney endorsements

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  • Angel James Horacek

    I endorse this lawyer. Steve is a great mediator who is able to help both sides see all the perspectives.


    Angel Horacek Employment and labor Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Robert Walter Ottinger

    I endorse this lawyer. Steve is well known as a leading expert in employment law and mediation in California. I highly recommend him as a lawyer and mediator.


    Robert Ottinger Employment and labor Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community


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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalThe Pearl Law Firm, A Professional Corporation1993 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
California Employment Lawyers AssociationCo-Chair, Wage and Hour Committee2006 - Present
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationMember, Employment Law Symposium Planning Committee2006 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB) Wage and Hour Law ManualLitigating Wage and Hour Cases: Plaintiffs' Perspective2010
California Employment Lawyers AssociationUndocumented Workers Have Equal Rights Under Wage and Hour Laws2008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California - BerkeleyN/AOther - BachelorsN/A
University of California, Hastings College of the LawN/AJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Twenty Ninth Annual Labor and Employment Law SymposiumIndependent Contractor vs. Employee Status2009
Southern California Employment Law and HR ForumCalifornia Employment Law Face Off2009
Fifth Annual Advanced Wage and Hour SeminarCase Intake, Investigation, and Provisional Remedies2009
Annual Employment Law Mediation Training ConferenceMediating Independent Contractor Cases2009