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Steven M. Schneider

Partner - los angeles


As George Bernard Shaw wrote: “The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself.”  Unlike most lawyers who stick to what they know, Steve Schneider is an advocate for curiosity, often searching for the unknown and adapting himself accordingly. His thirst for exploration is depicted in the photographs lining the walls of his office. A photo of a mama bear drinking water - her cubs nearby, taken 15 feet away during a trip to Katmai National Park in Southeast Alaska. A photo of a leopard atop a tree, taken 20 feet away during a trip to Serengeti, Tanzania. A photo of a sea lion lying cheek to cheek with Steve’s wife, taken during a trip to the Galapagos Islands. 

As a lawyer, Steve’s own maxim is “prepare, prepare, prepare!”  This notion was instilled daily by Mr. Jackson Huntley, Steve’s high school debate coach. Mr. Huntley taught Steve how to organize his thoughts into what is known, and what is unknown – find the balance between the two, and utilize that balance to win the argument. Steve continues to “prepare, prepare, prepare!” for every case he has. If a client comes to him, bent over backward with a legal problem, that problem becomes Steve’s problem, and the client often leaves standing five inches taller. 

When he is not traveling the depths of the world in search for his next animal encounter or working on behalf of a client, Steve can be found on his yoga mat.  


Legal Expertise

Steven Schneider is a seasoned labor & employment attorney who focuses his practice on employment and wrongful competition law on behalf of Management, and labor law.

Employment and Wrongful Competition Law on Behalf of Management: Planning for reductions in workforce and corporate acquisitions, personnel problems advice, representing employers before numerous government agencies and California and federal trial and appellate courts in every kind of wage and hour, wrongful termination, discrimination, sexual harassment, and retaliation claims in individual and class action lawsuits, and prosecuting wrongful competition lawsuits.

Labor Law: Every facet of an employer’s involvement with a union, from programs for remaining union-free, defending against union election campaigns, chief negotiator of collective bargaining agreements, dealing with strikes, picketing, arbitrations, trust fund and union litigation, and obtaining union decertification.

Representative Matters

  • Successful obtained summary judgment (judgment before trial) against a union representing airport employees who signed a petition to get rid of the union, which resulted in the employer withdrawing representation from and terminating its collective bargaining agreement with the union.
  • In a commercial case involving a boatload of rice that sailed through a major hurricane, enforced in the federal district court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit the contract's foreign country forum and choice of law provisions on behalf of the Ministry of Trade and related entity of a Middle East country.
  • In a case in which hundreds of millions of dollars in alleged damages were sought (and later awarded) against a former member of our corporate client’s board of directors, successfully obtained complete dismissal of the corporate client.
  • Successfully prosecuted wrongful competition lawsuit against former owners and managers of sold business, resulting in client’s multimillion-dollar recovery.
  • Successfully obtained dismissal of numerous federal and state employment discrimination administrative complaints against employer clients on jurisdictional and other grounds.

Honors & Awards

  • “Best Lawyers in America, Labor and Employment Law,” Best Lawyers (2011-2015)
  • “Top 5% of lawyers in Southern California,” Southern California Super Lawyers (2004-2014)
  • “Top Attorneys in Southern California in Labor and Employment Law,” Los Angeles Magazine (2004-2012)
  • AV® Preeminent™ Rating, Martindale-Hubbell

Professional, Business and civic Affiliations

  • Board of Directors, FASHUnited
  • Mediator, U.S. District Court, Los Angeles
  • Mediator, Los Angeles County Superior Court
  • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association


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Events & Speaking Engagements


  • California, 1973
  • U.S. District Court
  •    Central District of California, 1973
  •    Eastern District of California, 1985
  •    Northern District of California, 1974
  •    Southern District of California, 1986
  • U.S. Court of Appeals
  •    Ninth Circuit, 1974
  •    Eighth Circuit, 1999
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1983


Harvard Law School, J.D., 1973

Cornell University, B.S. Industrial and Labor Relations, 1970; Phi Kappa Phi

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