Stephen Hirschfeld is a founding partner of the law firm of Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP, in San Francisco, California. He is also the founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Employment Law Alliance (ELA), the world's largest network of labor and employment lawyers.
Mr. Hirschfeld's practice involves labor, employment and higher education law on behalf of management in both the private and public sector. He advises clients throughout the country on day-to-day legal issues affecting the workplace, including employee discipline and terminations, union organizing, workforce reductions, discrimination claims, proprietary information and trade secrets disputes, substance abuse, workplace privacy, disability accommodations, executive employment contracts, overseeing and conducting internal investigations involving employee, student, and faculty misconduct, faculty tenure issues, and other human resources issues. He regularly assists multi-national corporations by conducting worldwide employment law audits to ensure they are in full compliance with all applicable employment and labor laws.
Mr. Hirschfeld has experience working with Boards of Directors to improve their effectiveness and communications. His clients range from Fortune 500 companies to small, privately-owned businesses. Mr. Hirschfeld represents over 100 colleges and universities throughout the United States. He takes a proactive approach when advising clients, emphasizing creative solutions to employee relations problems. He frequently represents employers in federal and state courts and before administrative agencies on a variety of litigation matters involving the employer-employee relationship. Mr. Hirschfeld routinely counsels management about ways to prevent costly and protracted litigation. He teaches clients' executives, managers, and supervisors how to make sound human resource decisions, while at the same time minimizing wrongful termination, discrimination, and sexual harassment claims.
Mr. Hirschfeld is a Fellow of The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. He is author of A Global Perspective on Investigating Employee Misconduct, Workforce Management. He is co-author of Stopping Sexual Harassment In The Workplace: An Employer's Guide and Conducting An Effective Internal Investigation, Office Romance: Are the rules changing?, Across the Board, Policymakers, Take Note: The Force Is With Workplace Bloggers, San Francisco Daily Journal, Stopping Sexual Harassment: An Employer's Guide, Workplace Bullying: The Next Legal Frontier?, San Francisco Daily Journal, Workers Behaving Badly, The Daily Journal, Global Employment Law Compliance, New York Law Journal, Doing Business in the Muslim World, Law360, Doing Business in the Muslim World: Practical Issues for Employers and Employees, Bloomberg Law Reports, and All Together Now: The Challenge of Managing a Global Workforce, ACC Docket. He was a contributing author for The CEO Contract: Creating a Winning Partnership and How ADR Works.
Mr. Hirschfeld has been named by Who's Who Legal - Management Labor and Employment Law, Human Resource Executive and Lawdragon as one of the top 100 labor and employment lawyers in the United States. He has been listed in The International Who's Who of Management Labour & Employment Lawyers 2013, Who's Who Legal: Labour, Employment and Benefits 2016 and Who's Who Legal 2017 - Compendium Edition. AsiaLaw named him one of the top U.S. employment lawyers working with Asia businesses. In 2010, Mr. Hirschfeld was named by the San Francisco and Los Angeles Daily Journal as one of the California Lawyers Companies Turn to First.He is listed in Northern California Super Lawyers for the last seven consecutive years. Mr. Hirschfeld is also listed in Leaders in Their Field in Chambers USA 2010. He is regularly quoted and featured in publications such as The San Francisco Chronicle, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, San Jose Mercury News and the Chronicle of Higher Education as well as contributing to national and local television and radio programs regarding labor and employment law issues. He recently was the recipient of the National Association of College and University Attorneys' Distinguished Service Award, that organization's highest award which was established to recognize individuals who have given extraordinary service to higher education.
Mr. Hirschfeld received his B.A., summa cum laude, from St. Lawrence University (Phi Beta Kappa) and his J.D. from The George Washington University Law School. Follow him on Twitter: @globalElaw.