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Steven M. Zadravecz (Steve)
Partner

Contact

(T) +1.949.553.7508
(F) +1.949.553.7539
(T) +1.213.243.2195

Education

  • University of San Diego (J.D. magna cum laude 1996; Order of the Coif, an honor reserved for law students graduating in the top 10 percent of their class; Associate Editor, San Diego Law Review; B.A. 1993)

Bar Admissions

  • California and U.S. District Courts for the Central, Southern, Northern, and Eastern Districts of California

Steven Zadravecz has more than 20 years of experience representing employers in high-stakes, complex litigation matters. He concentrates on cases involving trade secret misappropriation, employee raiding, noncompetition agreements, and breach of duty. Steve also has been lead counsel in more than 30 high-profile California wage and hour class actions and has an active practice defending employers in state and federal discrimination, retaliation, and harassment matters, with a particular focus on disability discrimination and accommodation actions.

Steve is an accomplished trial lawyer who has prevailed in multiple jury trials. Most recently, he obtained a multimillion dollar verdict for an employer in a trade secret misappropriation lawsuit and secured a defense verdict for an employer in a discrimination/harassment lawsuit. Steve has significant class action experience in the wage and hour context, and his class action engagements include matters involving claims of meal and rest breaks violations, failure to pay overtime, employee misclassification, and improper calculation of the regular rate of pay. In a recent case, Steve defeated potential wage and hour class claims by successfully compelling a case into arbitration on an individual, nonclass basis. He also successfully defended the enforceability of an employer's arbitration agreement before the California Court of Appeal.

Steve counsels regional and national companies in the areas of unfair competition, privacy, wage and hour, and accommodating disabilities and leaves of absence. He lectures to employers and management groups, including the National Employment Law Institute, and conducts in-house workshops.


Honors & Distinctions

  • The Legal 500 US: recommended under the categories of labor & employment disputes (including collective actions), defense (recommended as "outstanding"), and trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters)
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