Steven Shaw


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Mr. Shaw joined the firm in 2006 and represents public agencies and non-profit organizations in a variety of labor and employment matters, with a particular emphasis on litigation and public safety (police and fire) cases. He handles all types of litigation in state and federal court, including discrimination, harassment, and retaliation lawsuits, whistleblower claims, alleged violations of federal due process (Section 1983), wage and hour disputes, and claims brought under the Public Safety Officers Procedural Bill of Rights Act (POBOR) and Firefighters Procedural Bill of Rights Act (FOBOR). Mr. Shaw has particular experience representing law enforcement agencies and colleges and universities. He is experienced in all aspects of litigation and possesses substantial jury and bench trial experience.

Mr. Shaw also advises and represents public employers in arbitrations and administrative proceedings concerning employee discipline, labor relations and unfair practice charges, and collective bargaining issues.

In addition to labor and employment, Mr. Shaw has extensive public interest experience, having represented senior citizens in several lawsuits against major insurance companies and related entities for the inappropriate and/or predatory sale of deferred annuities, living trusts and reverse mortgages. He also has significant class action experience.

Related Experience

After graduating from law school in 2003, Mr. Shaw practiced civil litigation in a Washington, D.C. firm, where he represented injured plaintiffs in personal injury and product liability cases.

Mr. Shaw has also practiced in the Federal Government, serving as an attorney-advisor with the U.S. Small Business Administration. During law school, he was a legal intern with the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, and an intern for the Presidential Advisory Commission on Holocaust Assets in the United States, where he investigated art, gold and securities looted during World War II and contributed to a report of findings and recommendations to the President.

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • Crisis Management of Officer-Involved Shootings: Taking Appropriate Action in the Wake of the High-Profile Use of Force Incidents , (Moderator) presented at California League of Cities Annual Conference, Long Beach, California (October 2016)
  • Workplace Drug Policies: Dealing with Prescription Medications and Medical Marijuana , presented at County Personnel Administrators Association of California, Lodi, California (March 2016)
  • What You Need to Know When You Don’t Have a HR Department , presented at California Special Districts Association Annual Conference, Palm Springs, California (October 2014)
  • Drafting A Perfect Settlement Agreement , presented at California Public Employers Labor Relations Association Conference, Monterey, California (November 2010)
  • Living Trust Mills and Annuity Sales to Seniors , presented at Legal Assistance for Seniors 4th Annual Elder Abuse Conference, Oakland, California (May 2008)
  • Insurance and Annuity Fraud , presented at Elder Financial Protection Network – Call to Action 2008, San Francisco, California (March 2008)
  • Elder Financial Abuse , presented at University of San Francisco of Law, San Francisco, California (September 2006)

Selected Publications

  • Workplace Drug and Alcohol Policies: Common Pitfalls for the Public Employer (co-Author with Nikki Hall); Public Law Journal (Fall 2015)
  • Employee-Friendly Local Employment Laws in California (co-author with Jonathan V. Holtzman), California Employment Law Letter, Vol. 20, No. 10 (August 23, 2010)
  • Fairbanks v. Superior Court: California High Court Rules Life Insurance Not Covered By Consumer Protection Statute, American Association for Justice Insurance Law Newsletter, Vol. 15, No. 4 (Summer 2009)
  • Vasquez v. State of California Clarifies Uncertainties Regarding Attorneys’ Fees: Why Public-Interest Attorneys Should Always Make Pre-Litigation Settlement Demands, Plaintiff Magazine (February 2009)
  • Not Just Defense Anymore: Public Entities are Plaintiffs, Too (co-author with Ingrid M. Evans), Plaintiff Magazine (October 2008)
  • Not Just Defense Anymore: Representing the Interests of Public Entities in Affirmative Litigation, American Association for Justice New Lawyers Division Newsletter: The Sidebar (Summer 2008)

Awards & Honors

Mr. Shaw has been named to the “Rising Stars” list by Northern California Super Lawyers and San Francisco Magazine in the years 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016.

Practice Areas

Government Law & Litigation
Labor Relations & Labor Law
Employment Law & Litigation
Public Interest Litigation


Georgetown University Law Center, JD

University of Virginia, BA

Bar Admissions



District of Columbia