Cheryl A. Stevens
Lafayette & Kumagai LLP
1300 Clay Street, Ste. 810
Oakland, CA 94612
Tel: (415) 357-4600
Fax: (415) 357-4605
Cheryl A. Stevens
Cheryl A. Stevens has practiced law in California for over twenty-eight years. Ms. Stevens earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Wesleyan University. She earned her Juris Doctorate from Howard University, where she was Editor in Chief of the Howard University School of Law, Law Journal. Before moving to California, Ms. Stevens clerked for the Honorable Damon J. Keith, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
Ms. Stevens has extensive experience representing commercial and public entity clients in labor and employment matters, general civil litigation, civil rights defense, and business torts. Prior to joining Lafayette & Kumagai, Ms. Stevens served as Deputy County Counsel for the County of Santa Clara, and as an Associate at Bingham & McCutchen and at McGee, Lafayette, Willis & Greene. Ms. Stevens’ experience extends over a wide variety of employment matters including defending complex discipline matters before arbitrators and personnel boards; navigating the employment “alphabet” of EEOC, DFEH, FMLA, FLSA, POBRA, and ADA. She frequently participated in contentious meet and confer with labor unions and collaborated with the labor representatives to settle grievances and resolve contract disputes. She appeared before the Public Employee Relations Board (PERB) defending and challenging unfair practice charges and filed workplace violence restraining orders on behalf of threatened employees.
Ms. Stevens has extensive experience representing clients in state and federal court, before administrative agencies and boards, and at arbitration. Her practice includes all aspects of employment law, including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, reasonable accommodation, whistleblower and wrongful discharge claims. She provides general employment law advice, and has conducted workplace investigations and trainings for a number of clients. Ms. Stevens routinely develops and provides training on AB1825 (sexual harassment prevention), SB396 (anti-harassment on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression) and AB2053 (abusive conduct/workplace bullying), in addition to progressive discipline training, training on police officer bill of rights, new supervisor and manager training, retaliation training and training on how to conduct effective investigations.
Ms. Stevens currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Allen E. Broussard Scholarship Foundation. She previously served as Member and Chair for the City of Oakland Civil Service Commission and was an Adjunct Professor at San Francisco Law School and Golden Gate School of Law. Ms. Stevens is conversational in Japanese.
Ms. Stevens is admitted to practice before all courts of the State of California, the United States District Court for the Northern and Eastern Districts of California, the United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court. In addition, Ms. Stevens is admitted in the District of Columbia.
“Legislative Updates” State Bar of California, Labor & Employment Section, 2012
Santa Clara County Correctional Peace Officers’ Assn., Inc. v. County of Santa Clara, 169 Cal.Rptr.3d 228 (2014)
Panagotacos v. Bank of America, 70 Cal.Rptr.2d 595 (1998)
Co-author, “Chapter 14: The Government Claims Act and Overview of Liability and Immunity Issues for Public Entities and Public Employees,” in California Public Sector Employment Law, ed. Bruce Barsook et al., (New York, NY: Matthew Bender, 2017)
Co-author, “She Defined the Common Good,” 7 Hastings Women’s L.R. 201 (1996)