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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Who's Who||Marquis Who's Who||2012|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers Magazine||2011|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers Magazine||2010|
|Attorney of the Year||AIDS Legal Referral Panel||2008|
|Attorney and Principal||Sommers Employment Law Group, P.C.||2012 - Present|
|Partner||Kumin Sommers LLP||2008 - Present|
|Owner||Sommers Law Group||2004 - 2008|
|Associate||Beeson, Tayer & Bodine||2002 - 2004|
|Law Clerk||Bredhoff & Kaiser||2001 - 2001|
|Law Clerk||National Labor Relations Board||2001 - 2001|
|Law Clerk||United Mine Workers of America||2000 - 2000|
|Union Organizer||UNITE||1995 - 1999|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|San Francisco Bar Association||Member||2008 - Present|
|California Consumer Lawyers Association||Member||2007 - Present|
|California Employment Lawyers Association||Member||2003 - Present|
|United States District Court for Northern California||Admitted Member||2003 - Present|
|United States District Court for Eastern California||Admitted Member||2003 - Present|
|Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference||Admitted Member||2003 - Present|
|San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association||N/A||2003 - Present|
|Menbreno, et al. v. Tah Wah, Inc. dba IHOP||After class certification, settled for $650,000|
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|San Francisco Bay Times||AIDS Legal Referral Panel Gives From The Heart||2009|
|Northeastern Univ SOL||N/A||law||N/A|
|East Carolina Univ||N/A||undergraduate||N/A|
|Law Student Seminar||Careers in Employment Law||2014|
|Guest Lecturer||Am I Exempt from Overtime Laws||2014|
|AIDS Legal Referral Panel 25th Annual Reception||Awarded 2008 Attorney of the Year||2008|
Posted by K.
Steve Sommers will fight for you. My case involved feeling discriminated against due to having a disability and not receiving reasonable accommodation for a job. I had never felt so discriminated against and it was incredibly hard to deal with emotionally. But somehow I decided I'd take a stand to not let them get away with it. So I talked to a bunch of attorneys who all told me they'd never seen a situation like mine and "might" be able to help which was incredibly disheartening. I took one more shot and found a bio about Steve in a Google search. Reading about his union activism and Peace Corps background made me feel Steve cared about people and that he might be different from the attorneys I contacted before. So I made an appointment, met Steve, told him about what happened and he immediately understood the magnitude of what happened. He told me he'd fight for me and that's exactly what I needed during those stressful times.
Steve will work hard for you. I didn't get much sleep before meeting Steve because of the stress but after meeting Steve I knew I found a great attorney. He completely set me at ease and addressed every concern I had as well as ones I hadn't even realized. Being able to sleep well at night knowing your attorney is doing everything he can was a tremendous luxury. It was also calming to have been able to get updates whenever I wanted. Steve was great at communicating every step he was taking. It was impressive to see how he was able to obtain an incredible amount of evidence and scrutinize every legal detail. He's just incredibly meticulous and driven to get justice for his clients. My case was uncommon so Steve implemented different strategies tailor made to my case. His planning and preparation were unbelievable.
What makes Steve different from any other attorney out there is that he has this innate desire to protect people. He cared about me not only as a client but also as a person. He was constantly making sure I was doing ok during the litigation process physically and emotionally. He sees the big picture and made sure to consider my long term welfare. Even when the case reached it's end, Steve was thinking of plans for my long term future. Again, Steve valued me as a person not just as a client.
I'm not allowed to talk about any aspect of settlement or if there was one but I can say that I was able to close this chapter of my life and move on. I couldn't have done this without the help of Steve Sommers. The legal representation was second to none but what I'll always remember is that Steve was there for me making sure I was doing ok beyond the legal protocols. For that, Steve Sommers will always have a special place in my heart.
Posted by Oyaaye Ohayah
Identified with my case in 2011 and tied it well with 3 other related cases;
Met and listened to many concerns, circumstances and reviewed hundreds of emails, documents ...
Played realistic and aggressive at settlement;
Needs to get even more personal with clients and spend time outside the office ... Needs to improve professionalism and client communication/responsiveness.
Posted by Thomas
I strongly endorse this Steve Sommers. He is a fierce and experienced advocate who is highly motivated to seek justice and dignity for his clients. He brings to his practice several years of experience as a labor organizer, which shows his dedication to employees who face illegal or poor treatment by their employer.
Ramsey Hanafi, Employment and labor Attorney
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
I was lucky enough to work for Steve. Sometimes when faced with a difficult situation I still ask myself "what would Steve do?" If you want an advocate who knows the law, knows the system, and will aggressively fight for you, Steve is your guy. I heartily endorse this lawyer.
Felipe Parker, Litigation Attorney
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
I worked for Steve years back and to this day still use many of the lessons he taught me. He is a tiresome advocate for his clients and is constantly searching for an edge to achieve justice for those he represents. I endorse this lawyer.
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