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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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Practice areas


  1. Employment: 90%
    14 years, 600 cases
  2. Class Action: 10%
    12 years, 12 cases



Contingent (33-40%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Ramsey Frank Mustafa Hanafi

    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.


    Ramsey Hanafi Employment and labor Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

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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.


    Felipe Parker Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

Contact info

Sommers Employment Law Group, P.C.

201 Mission Street, 12th Floor
San Francisco, CA, 94105


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2014
Who's WhoMarquis Who's Who2012
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2011
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2010
Attorney of the YearAIDS Legal Referral Panel2008
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney and PrincipalSommers Employment Law Group, P.C.2012 - Present
PartnerKumin Sommers LLP2008 - Present
OwnerSommers Law Group2004 - 2008
AssociateBeeson, Tayer & Bodine2002 - 2004
Law ClerkBredhoff & Kaiser2001 - 2001
Law ClerkNational Labor Relations Board2001 - 2001
Law ClerkUnited Mine Workers of America2000 - 2000
Union OrganizerUNITE1995 - 1999
Association namePosition nameDuration
San Francisco Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
California Consumer Lawyers AssociationMember2007 - Present
California Employment Lawyers AssociationMember2003 - Present
United States District Court for Northern CaliforniaAdmitted Member2003 - Present
United States District Court for Eastern CaliforniaAdmitted Member2003 - Present
Ninth Circuit Judicial ConferenceAdmitted Member2003 - Present
San Francisco Trial Lawyers AssociationN/A2003 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Menbreno, et al. v. Tah Wah, Inc. dba IHOPAfter class certification, settled for $650,000
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Publication nameTitleDate
San Francisco Bay TimesAIDS Legal Referral Panel Gives From The Heart2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Northeastern University School of LawN/AJD - Juris DoctorN/A
East Carolina UniversityN/AOther - BachelorsN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Law Student SeminarCareers in Employment Law2014
Guest LecturerAm I Exempt from Overtime Laws2014
AIDS Legal Referral Panel 25th Annual ReceptionAwarded 2008 Attorney of the Year2008