Overview

Susan Steward counsels and represents public and private sector employers in all employment-related matters, including defending against claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wrongful termination. Ms. Steward also defends employers in class action lawsuits, particularly class actions involving claims for unpaid overtime and meal and rest periods. She represents for-profit and nonprofit companies, governmental entities, and trade associations in state and federal courts and before administrative judges and agencies.  

Ms. Steward also drafts employment-related contracts and agreements, and conducts workplace investigations for large private and public sector employers. She has extensive experience advising and representing regional and national staffing agencies in all aspects of employment law.

Before working as an attorney, Ms. Steward spent over a decade in management, serving as a Regional Director of Operations and in Human Resources in the healthcare industry.  This experience, coupled with Ms. Steward’s MBA, allows her to give employers practical advice and counsel about human resources and employee relations issues, among other matters.

Practice Areas

News & Publications

Events & Speaking Engagements

Ms. Steward has conducted hundreds of training seminars and presentations on topics such as preventing harassment and discrimination, managing the employment process (including hiring, firing, and performance documentation), and conducting workplace investigations. She also authors custom training programs for clients and co-chairs the firm’s annual Employment Law Conference, which had over 1,000 attendees last year.

Publications

Ms. Steward contributes to the firm’s various publications.

Blog Posts

Community Involvement

Community & Professional

  • American Bar Association, Member
  • American Staffing Association, Member
  • California Staffing Professionals, Member
  • Federal Bar Association, Member
  • Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, Member
  • Long Beach Bar Association, Member
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Member
  • Orange County Bar Association, Member

Education

J.D., Western State University College of Law
M.B.A., University of La Verne
B.S., University of Southern California

Admissions

  • 2003, California
    United States District Courts, Central, Eastern, and Southern Districts of California
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