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Steven M. Chanley has over 25 years' experience representing employers in   Employment and Business Litigation matters exclusively. His practice focuses on legal advice and litigation services re: Trade Secret Misappropriation; Wage-Hour Claim Defense; Wrongful Discharge; Retaliation; Employment Discrimination;  Harassment; and Commercial/Business Disputes.


Languages spoken: English, French

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Practice areas


  1. Employment: 75%
    27 years, 1 thousand cases
  2. Lawsuits & Disputes: 25%
    27 years, 1 thousand cases



Hourly ($340-450/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Bruce Neil Anticouni

    I have had Steve as opposing counsel a number of times. He is a strong but fair advocate for his employer clients. I have referred a number of employers to Steve and will do so in the future. He is clearly the best employment law attorney in San Luis Obispo County.


    Bruce Anticouni Sexual harassment Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Daniel Joseph O'Neill

    I've always found Mr. Chanley's work to be the highest quality. I have great respect for Steve both personally and professionally.


    Daniel O'Neill Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Employer Advocates Group

735 Tank Farm Road
Suite 224
San Luis Obispo, CA, 93401-4804


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Bar Register of Preeminent LawyersMartindale-Hubbell2003
AV RatingMartindale-Hubbell1996
American Jurisprudence AwardLabor Law II1988
American Jurisprudence AwardLabor Law I1987
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
ShareholderEmployer Advocates Group LC2002 - Present
ShareholderSinsheimer, Schiebelhut, Baggett & Tangeman1999 - 2002
AttorneySinsheimer, Schiebelhut, Baggett & Tangeman1995 - 1999
AttorneyMorrison & Foerster (Palo Alto)1990 - 1994
AttorneyLittler (San Francisco)1989 - 1990
Law Student Intern/Board AgentNational Labor Relations Board, Region 20 (San Francisco)1989 - 1989
Summer AssociateCotchett & Illston1987 - 1987
Paralegal ClerkPillsbury Madison & Sutro (San Francisco)1984 - 1985
Association namePosition nameDuration
SLO Bar Assn. Employment Law SectionChair1999 - Present
San Luis Obispo County Bar AssociationMember1995 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1989 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1989 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
San Luis Obispo County Bar Bulletin"Rethinking The 'No Comment Rule' Rule in At-Will Discharges"2011
Short Story Criticism, Volume 103 (Thompson Publishing)"Quest For Order in "Pigeon Feathers": Updike's Use of Christian Mythology2008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California, Hastings College of the LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1989
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis ObispoEnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts1985
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Santa Maria Human Resources Assn.Form I-9 Compliance2013
Dibuduo & Defendis InsuranceEmployment Law Update 20132013
Employer Advisory CouncilEmployment Law Update 20122012
San Luis Obispo County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law SectionCurrent and Pending Supreme Court Employment Law Cases2011
Mission Community Services Corp.The Laws of Hiring2011
Central Coast Human Resources AssociationThe Laws of Hiring2011
Santa Maria HR AssociationRecent Developments in Employment Law 20082008
Santa Maria HR AssociationThe Laws of Hiring2007
Human Resources Assn. of the Central CoastEssential Recordkeeping2006
Van Beurden Insurance ServicesThe Laws of Hiring2002
Employer Advisory CouncilSelected Topics in Employment Law2002
Santa Maria Personnel AssociationEmployment Law Update 20012001
Institute For Management AccountantsEmployment Law Update 20002000
Central Coast Personnel Assn.Pre-Employment Screening1999
Institute of Management AccountantsRecent Trends in Sexual Harassment Law1998
Rotary Club of NipomoAt-Will Employment in California1997
Employer Advisory CouncilSelected Topics in Employment Law1997