Stephen Sommers

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United States District Courts for the Northern and Eastern Districts of California; Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals; all California Courts. Admitted to the California Bar, 2003.


J.D., 2002, Northeastern University School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts
B.A., 1990, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina (1990)

Prior Employment

2004 – 2008: Sommers Law Group, Attorney and Founder. San Francisco, California.
2003 – 2004: McCarthy, Johnson & Miller. Attorney. San Francisco, California.
2002 – 2003: Beeson, Tayer & Bodine. Attorney. Oakland, California.
2002: John Truesdale, Chairperson of the National Labor Relations Board. Law Clerk. Washington, D.C.
2001: Bredhoff & Kaiser. Law Clerk. Washington, D.C.
2001: Meehan, Boyle, Black & Fitzgerald. Law Clerk. Boston, Massachusetts.
2000: United Mine Workers of America. Law Clerk. Washington, D.C.
1993 – 1999: International Representative, Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees (UNITE-HERE); United Electrical Radio & Machine Workers of America (UE). Director, Maryland Citizen Action; Director Western Pennsylvania Citizen Action
1993: Union Organizer, United Electrical Radio & Machine Workers of America (UE); Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
1991 – 1993: Director, Maryland Citizen Action; Director Western Pennsylvania Citizen Action; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
1990 – 1991: United States Peace Corps. Water Sanitation Volunteer. Chad, Africa.


A founding partner of Kumin Sommers LLP, Stephen Sommers has dedicated his career to fighting for justice. He began his career by spending a decade in the trenches of the labor movement and working for progress within the larger economic justice movement.

From 1993 to 1999, Stephen worked in the trenches of the labor movement as a union organizer in the tough, anti-union and largely poor southeastern United States. Stephen spent years in small southern towns, encouraging mill workers to stand-up against the mill owners for respect and dignity. Stephen negotiated collective bargaining agreements valued in the hundreds of millions of dollars and brought federal charges against corporate rouges.

From 1990 to 1993, Stephen was the Director of Citizen Action of Maryland and Western Pennsylvania. Stephen waged political campaigns on behalf of consumers to lower utility bills, lower health care costs, stop hazardous dumps and secure resources for environmental clean-ups.

As an attorney, labor organizer, and community organizer, Stephen Sommers has taken on some of the most contentious employers in the nation and won. As a result of his unique background, Stephen brings uncommon understanding, skill and dedication to his law practice.

As an attorney, Stephen concentrates on the areas of law about which he is most passionate: employee rights and small business. His employment practice helps employees and former employees who have been wrongfully terminated, victims of discrimination, and those who are improperly paid or otherwise unfairly treated. Stephen recognizes that the employer/employee relationship can bring tremendous esteem when it goes well, but can be terribly painful if the work situation becomes aggrieved.

Stephen also continuously gives back to the community. He has been awarded the “Hero Award” by the AIDS Legal Referral Panel for the past four years, and in 2008 was named the organization’s 2008 Attorney of the Year.


State Bar of California (Labor and Employment Law Section); American Bar Association; AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee; California Employment Lawyers Association; Future Leaders Institute (formerly on Board of Directors)


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