Steve Shaw

Steve Shaw

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Mr. Shaw joined the firm 2006 and represents public agencies and nonprofit organizations in a variety of labor and employment matters, with a particular emphasis on litigation and public safety (police and fire) cases.  He handles all types of litigation in state and federal court, including discrimination, harassment, and retaliation lawsuits, whistleblower claims, alleged violations of federal due process (Section 1983), wage and hour disputes, and claims brought under the Public Safety Officers Procedural Bill of Rights Act (POBR) and Firefighters Procedural Bill of Rights Act (FOBR).  Mr. Shaw has particular experience representing law enforcement agencies and colleges and universities.  He is experienced in all aspects of litigation and possesses substantial jury and bench trial experience.

Mr. Shaw also advises and represents public employers in arbitrations and administrative proceedings concerning employee discipline, labor relations and unfair practice charges, and collective bargaining issues.

In addition to labor and employment, Mr. Shaw has extensive public interest experience, having represented senior citizens in several lawsuits against major insurance companies and related entities for the inappropriate and/or predatory sale of deferred annuities, living trusts and reverse mortgages.  He also has significant class action experience.

Related Experience

After graduating from law school in 2003, Mr. Shaw practiced civil litigation in a Washington, D.C. firm, where he represented injured plaintiffs in personal injury and product liability cases.

Mr. Shaw has also practiced in the Federal Government, serving as an attorney-advisor with the U.S. Small Business Administration.  During law school, he was a legal intern with the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, and an intern for the Presidential Advisory Commission on Holocaust Assets in the United States, where he investigated art, gold and securities looted during World War II and contributed to a report of findings and recommendations to the President.

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • Crisis Management for Officer-Involved Shootings: Taking Appropriate Action in the Wake of High-Profile Use of Force Incidents (Moderator), presented at California League of Cities Annual Conference, Long Beach, California (October 2016)
  • Workplace Drug Policies: Dealing with Prescription Medications and Medical Marijuana, presented at County Personnel Administrators Association of California, Lodi, California (March 2016)
  • What You Need to Know When You Don’t Have a HR Department, presented at California Special Districts Association Annual Conference, Palm Springs, California (October 2014)

Selected Publications

  • Workplace Drug and Alcohol Policies: Common Pitfalls for the Public Employer (co-author with Nikki Hall), Public Law Journal, Vol. 38, No. 4 (Fall 2015)
  • Employee-Friendly Local Employment Laws in California (co-author with Jonathan Holtzman), California Employment Law Letter, Vol. 20, No. 10 (August 23, 2010)


Mr. Shaw has been named to the “Rising Stars” list by Northern California Super Lawyers and San Francisco Magazine in the years, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.