Steven G. Pearl, ESQ.


T: (213) 598-1722

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A "nationally renowned wage and hour class/collective action mediator..."

George v. Academy Mortgage Corp., 369 F. Supp. 3d 1356 (Dist. Court, ND Georgia 2019)

An "experienced class action mediator..."

Hernandez v. Children's Creative Learning Centers (Dist. Court, N.D. Cal. 2013).

Steve Pearl "specializes in mediating employment disputes, including wage and hour class actions."

Espinosa v. California College of San Diego, Inc. (Dist. Court, S.D. Cal. 2018).

Steve Pearl

Nikki Case Manager

Nikki Safavi has years of experience managing a law office. She appreciates the need for prompt responses and high-level customer service.

Nikki Safavi
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(213) 598-1722

State of California

Available Across California

+ Representative Mediations
  • Wage and hour class actions, FLSA collective actions, and PAGA representative actions involving thousands of putative class members and tens of millions of dollars in alleged liability.
  • Actions alleging discrimination and harassment on the basis of sex, gender, gender identity and gender expressions, physical and mental disability, medical condition, pregnancy, military or veteran status, national origin, race, religion, and sexual orientation.
  • Actions alleging retaliation and wrongful termination for protected activity regarding discrimination, harassment, non-payment of wages, workplace safety, and other types of whistleblowing activity.
  • Actions alleging theft of trade secrets and violation of non-competition agreements.
+ Recognition
  • “Super Lawyer” in Dispute Resolution and Employment & Labor Law
    • 2011 to 2020 Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine
  • “Rising Star” Neutral (One of Ten in California)
    • 2013 Daily Journal List of Top California Neutrals
+ Education
  • University of California, Hastings College of Law (Juris Doctor, 1992)
  • Dean’s Scholar
  • University of California, Berkeley (Bachelor of Arts, 1989)
  • Graduated with Honors from the Department of English
+ Litigation Experience
  • The Pearl Law Firm, A Professional Corporation (1994-2011)
  • Founded practice with emphasis in litigating individual and class action wage and hour, employment, unfair competition, and consumer protection actions
  • Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (1992-1994)
  • Litigated complex employment, business, insurance coverage, and entertainment actions
  • Judicial Extern for Hon. Fern M. Smith (1991-1992)
  • United States District Court, Northern District of California
+ Professional Associations
  • State Bar of California
  • Executive Committee, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Executive Committee, Labor and Employment Law Section
+ Blogs & Newsletters
  • California Employment Law Blog
  • Current developments in state and federal employment, wage and hour, class action, unfair competition, and arbitration law
  • Mediation and Negotiation Blog
  • Insights into mediation and negotiation theory and best practices
  • The Employment Law Update Monthly email
  • Update on employment law developments with more than 2,000 subscribers, including plaintiffs’ attorneys, defense attorneys, and neutrals
+ Publications
  • “Anti-SLAPP and Employment in 2015”
    Daily Journal, January 27, 2016
  • “Don’t Get Carried Away with Your Demands”
    Daily Journal, December 11, 2015
  • “Pre-Mediation Demands May Anchor Talks”
    Daily Journal, September 25, 2015
  • “Does the Federal Arbitration Act Cover Your Dispute?”
    Daily Journal, August 28, 2015
  • “When Negotiation Becomes Extortion”
    Daily Journal, June 26, 2014
  • “Employment Law Class Actions after Concepcion”
    Los Angeles Lawyer, April 2014
  • “What Are They Thinking?!? Understanding Decision-Making in Mediation”
    ​Advocate Magazine, September 2012
+ Speaking Engagements
  • “Practical Skills to Improve Results in Mediation"
  • Full Day Conference
  • “Improving Your Results in Mediation: Practical Lessons from the Science of Decision-Making”
  • One Hour Seminar
  • “Advanced Strategies for Mediating the Employment Law Case”
  • One Hour Seminar
  • “Harris v. City of Santa Monica: Causation in Fair Employment and Housing Actions”
  • State Bar of California, Watch List Webinar
  • “The Fair Labor Standards Act and California Labor Code”
  • Lorman Education Services
  • “Increasing the Chance of Success in Settling Wage and Hour Litigation”
  • Bridgeport Continuing Education
  • “Wage and Hour Law for Business Attorneys”
  • Continuing Education of the Bar
+ Pro Bono & Charitable Activities

Mr. Pearl has given his time to numerous pro bono and charitable organizations, including:

  • AYSO
  • The Los Angeles Jewish Home for the Aging
  • TreePeople
+ Personal

Mr. Pearl loves skiing, mountain biking, hiking, and travel. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and kids.

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