Stephen Sommers has been practicing in the area of labor and employment law for over ten years. He focuses on representing employees who have been wronged in some way by their employers. He has represented hundreds of clients, from top executives to employees who clean the floors. Mr. Sommers also has successfully litigated several employment focused class action lawsuits. Most recently, Mr. Sommers and his associates settled a class action law suit for employees of a single IHOP franchise for $650,000.
Stephen Sommers currently represents employees in cases involving sexual harassment, disability discrimination, failure to properly pay employees, wrongful termination, family medical leave rights, pregnancy rights, retaliation, employment contracts and severance, and age discrimination.
Stephen Sommers also works with SEIU Local 1021 by being lead negotiator on the union's behalf for collective bargaining agreements with area municipalities.
Stephen Sommers has been twice selected by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star. Not coincidentally, each of Stephen Sommers' associates eligible has also been selected by Super Lawyers as Rising Stars.
Stephen Sommers has been actively engaged with the AIDS Legal Referal Panel for ten years. He has been selected for the Hero Award each of the ten years and was Attorney of the Year in 2008.
Before attending law school, Stephen Sommers worked as a union organizer for seven years, mainly in the rural southeastern United States. Stephen Sommers also was the Southwest Pennsylvania Director of Citizen Action, where he led campaigns to strengthen Pennsyvania's environmental laws.
Stephen Sommers was a Peace Corps volunteer in Chad, Africa. He was a water santiation volunteer in the village of Mao, which sits atop a sand dune in the Sahara desert.
Languages spoken: Spanish, English
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Ramsey Hanafi, Employment and labor Attorney
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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
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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.
|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|