Biography

Rebecca Stephens is a thoughtful, collaborative, and strategic employment advisor and litigator. She counsels clients on a wide range of employment matters, including developing and implementing sound employment policies, conducting workplace investigations, overseeing accommodations and leaves of absence, and administering separations from employment. With clients ranging from small businesses to global corporations, Rebecca takes a practical, solutions-focused approach and understands the importance of tailoring her advice to each employer’s needs, goals, and culture.

Rebecca also represents employers in single-plaintiff and class and representative action matters in federal and state courts, including wage and hour, wrongful termination, retaliation, and discrimination cases. In her litigation practice, Rebecca has obtained numerous favorable dismissals, summary adjudications, and settlements on behalf of employers and individual defendants. She also routinely represents clients before administrative agencies including the U.S. Department of Labor, California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the California Civil Rights Department, where her efforts regularly result in no-cause findings on behalf of employers.

Rebecca maintains an active pro bono practice, representing and advising community organizations in employment matters. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Mission Graduates, a nonprofit whose mission is to increase the number of K-12 students in San Francisco’s Mission District who are prepared for and complete a college education.

Rebecca served as a law clerk and attorney-advisor to the Honorable Jennifer Gee of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Administrative Law Judges and as a judicial extern to the Honorable Ruben Castillo of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Distinctions

  • Northern California Super Lawyers Rising Star, Employment (2022 - 2023)
  • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch® in America, Litigation–Labor and Employment (2023-2024)

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member, Barristers Board of Directors, Bar Association of San Francisco (2022-present)
  • Member, ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law’s 2021 Leadership Development Program
  • Member, 2021 Class of Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Pathfinders
  • Past Chair, Barristers Labor & Employment Law Section, Bar Association of San Francisco (2020-2021)
  • Executive Committee Member, Barristers Labor & Employment Law Section, Bar Association of San Francisco (2017-present)
  • Member, Labor and Employment Law Section, American Bar Association; Planning Committee Member, National Symposium on Technology in Labor & Employment (2020-2021); Co-Chair, Outreach to New and Young Lawyers Committee (2021-present); Litigation/Class Action Track Co-Chair, Annual Labor & Employment Law Conference (2021-present)
  • Board Member, Northwestern Law Alumni Club of San Francisco (2018-present)
  • Member, Board of Directors, Mission Graduates (2020-present)

Firm Highlights

Publication

Back to Compliance: Reinstating Tax-Exempt Status for a Charity

Welcome to  EO Radio Show - Your Nonprofit Legal Resource . In episode 85, Cynthia Rowland addresses the steps needed when a charitable organization has its tax-exempt status revoked by the IRS for failure to...

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Farella Braun + Martel Ranked in Chambers High Net Worth 2024

Farella Braun + Martel is pleased to announce that our Private Client Industry Group and Family Wealth Partner Mark Weaver were recognized in Chambers High Net Worth  2024 in the Private Wealth Law in...

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Nonprofit Book Review: ABA Guidebook for Directors of Nonprofit Corporations

Welcome to  EO Radio Show - Your Nonprofit Legal Resource . In today’s episode, Cynthia Rowland’s guest is Bill Boyd, one of the editors, along with Lisa Runquist, of the newly published fourth edition of...

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Nonprofit Quick Tip: State Filings in New Mexico and Utah

Welcome to  EO Radio Show - Your Nonprofit Legal Resource . This is the 13th in a series of “Quick Tip” episodes focusing on the details of state registration of nonprofit corporations. In an earlier...

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17th Annual Santa Fe Advanced Conference on Natural Resource Damages

Farella Braun + Martel is a sponsor of the Law Seminars and Internationals' 17th Annual "Santa Fe" Advanced Conference on Natural Resource Damages.  Christopher Rendall-Jackson will participate on a panel titled "The Latest on the...

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Building Solutions: Modular Construction and Affordable Housing

Richard Van Duzer will moderate the panel "Building Solutions: Modular Construction and Affordable Housing" at Bisnow's Bay Area Prefab, Modular and Mass Timber Conference. Click  here  for more information.

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Farella Lawyers Recognized as 2024 IP STARS by Managing Intellectual Property

Farella Braun + Martel is pleased to announce that  Managing Intellectual Property has recognized partners Daniel Callaway , James Day , Jeffrey Fisher , Winston Liaw , and Eugene Mar in the 2024 edition of...

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Farella Braun + Martel Attorneys Named to 2024 Northern California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Thirty-four Farella Braun + Martel lawyers were named to the Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists of top attorneys in Northern California for 2024. 2024 Farella Northern California  Super Lawyers: Amy Briggs – Business...

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17th Annual Santa Fe Advanced Conference: Natural Resource Damages

Farella Braun + Martel is a sponsor of the Law Seminars and Internationals' 17th Annual "Santa Fe" Advanced Conference on Natural Resource Damages.  Sarah Bell, a program co-chair, will participate on two panels: "Best...

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Expedited Review of IRS Applications for Recognition of Exempt Status

Welcome to  EO Radio Show - Your Nonprofit Legal Resource .  In Episode 87, Cynthia Rowland covers the rules that apply to a new charitable organization that wants expedited review of its application for...

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