Steve Cikes

Senior Counsel

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f: 415.678.3838


Mr. Cikes joined the firm in 2005. His practice is focused primarily on representing and advising public agencies in connection with a broad range of labor, employment and government law matters. He also represents the firm’s clients in public interest litigation. Mr. Cikes has extensive litigation experience, having handled a variety cases before state and federal courts, administrative tribunals and arbitrators. He has successfully litigated cases involving claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act, California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act, Title VII, and 42 U.S.C. § 1983. He also has significant appellate experience and recently was instrumental in securing two important victories for the firm’s clients in proceedings before the California Court of Appeal, both of which involved complex constitutional issues and resulted in published appellate decisions.

Related Experience

During law school, Mr. Cikes served as a judicial extern for the Honorable United District Court Judge William H. Alsup. He also served a law clerk for the United States Attorney’s Office, Criminal Division in San Francisco.

Representative Published Decisions

  • County of San Luis Obispo v. San Luis Obispo Government Attorneys’ Union, PERB Decision No. 2427-M (2015)
  • Retired Employees Assn. of Orange County, Inc. v. County of Orange, 52 Cal.4th 1170 (2011)
  • International Assn. of Fire Fighters, Local 188 v. Public Employment Relations Bd., 51 Cal.4th 259 (2011)
  • County of Sonoma v. Superior Court, 173 Cal.App.4th 322 (2009)
  • U.S. Western Falun Dafa Assn. v. Chinese Chamber of Commerce, 163 Cal.App.4th 590 (2008)
  • Martin v. City of Richmond, 504 F.Supp.2d 766 (N.D. Cal. 2007)

Selected Articles and Presentations

  • Post-Employment Benefits: Vesting, Impairment, and Bankruptcy,” California State Bar – Labor & Employment Section, 19th Annual Public Sector Conference (May 2013)
  • Declarations of Fiscal Emergencies: A Viable Option as Cities and Counties Continue to Fight to Maintain Essential Services,” CPERB Journal No. 204 (December 2011)
  • Declarations of Fiscal Emergency: A Resurging Option for Public Entities Attempting to Deal With the Current Economic Climate,” California Public Law Journal, Vol. 34, No. 1 (Winter 2011)

Awards and Honors

Named “Rising Star” by Northern California Super Lawyers and San Francisco Magazine – 2013, 2014


Practice Areas

Administrative Hearings & Arbitration
Appeals & Writs
Employment Law & Litigation
Government Law & Litigation
Labor Relations & Labor Law
Public Interest Litigation


Golden Gate University, School of Law, JD, (With Highest Honors)

University of San Francisco, BS

San Francisco State University, BA

Bar Admissions