Eric M. Steinert is a partner in the Labor and Employment Department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. He represents employers in a wide range of state and federal employment-law disputes. He is a member of the firm’s Wage and Hour Litigation Practice Group and has defended large, complex class actions involving alleged wage-and-hour violations under both state and federal law.
Mr. Steinert also represents employers in single-plaintiff litigation involving wrongful discharge, discrimination, retaliation, and harassment claims – including extensive experience with various whistleblower claims (including Sarbanes-Oxley). Mr. Steinert is co-chair of the firm’s Financial Services Employment Arbitration practice group.
Mr. Steinert specializes in representing financial-services clients in FINRA arbitrations, wage-and-hour class actions, and single-plaintiff employment litigation (particularly whistleblower cases). Mr. Steinert has also worked as in-house counsel in the financial-services industry, managing litigation and advising various lines of business, including retail brokerage, wealth management, retail, wholesale, and commercial banking, mortgage and consumer finance, and insurance.
Mr. Steinert has traditional labor experience which includes union-organizing campaigns, collective bargaining negotiations, arbitrations, representation cases, and defending ULP charges before the NLRB. He also advises clients on labor relations matters pertaining to corporate campaigns, labor disputes, contract interpretation, and negotiations. Mr. Steinert has experience in ERISA litigation, representing ERISA plans in breach of fiduciary duty litigation, as well as fraud claims under the California Insurance Frauds Prevention Act.
Mr. Steinert also provides advice and counsel with respect to state and federal wage-and–hour laws, leave and disability issues, WARN requirements, employee termination issues, and drafting employee handbooks, policies, and employment contracts.
Mr. Steinert has written and lectured on various employment law topics, including CLE panels on legal ethics, wage and hour litigation, traditional labor and disability law. He is a former law clerk for District Court Judge Lawrence T. Lydick of the U.S. District Court, Central District of California, Southern Division, and served as the law clerk for the Central District Local Rules Committee.
- J.D., University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law (1993)
- B.A., Rice University, cum laude (1990)
- Universität Heidelberg, Germany (1988)
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