Biography

Rebecca Stephens counsels clients on developing and implementing sound employment policies, conducting workplace investigations, and administering separations from employment. She also represents employers in a wide range of matters in both federal and state courts, including wage and hour disputes and wrongful termination, retaliation, and discrimination cases.

Rebecca’s clients range from small businesses to global corporations. She advises clients on day-to-day employment matters, including challenging issues relating to employee accommodations and leaves of absence. She also advises clients on practices and policies related to termination, including negotiating severance and separation agreements.

In her litigation practice, Rebecca has experience with class and representative actions and single-plaintiff cases in federal and state courts and before arbitrators. She also represents clients before administrative agencies including the DLSE, the EEOC, and the DFEH.

Rebecca takes a practical approach to her practice and understands the importance of tailoring her advice to each employer’s needs, goals, and culture. She provides custom-tailored solutions which are specific to each client. Rebecca works to analyze the long-term effects of her clients’ employment practices and arrive at the best solution given the nature of their business and industry. 

It’s also important to Rebecca to ensure that an employment issue does not disrupt the day-to-day operation of a client’s business. Whether the issue involves unpaid wages, discrimination, or a separation from employment, Rebecca helps her clients keep doing business. 

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.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member, Barristers Labor & Employment Executive Committee, Bar Association of San Francisco
  • Northwestern Alumni Club

Firm Highlights

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Bloomberg Law In-House Forum West: The Trigger: Internal Investigation Trends

Jessica Nall will speak at the Bloomberg Law In-House Forum West program, "The Trigger: Internal Investigation Trends." For companies that are rapidly evolving, becoming more digital and global, staying aware of developments that may...

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Keeping Tabs on Energy Efficiency – New Benchmarking Requirements for San Francisco

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CWA Regulation of Discharges to Groundwater: Permitting Uncertainty in Light of Circuit Court Split

Sarah Bell will speak on the Strafford live webinar, "CWA Regulation of Discharges to Groundwater: Permitting Uncertainty in Light of Circuit Court Split." This CLE webinar will discuss the "indirect discharge" theory of Clean...

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Insurance for the Cannabis Industry Program Takeaways

I recently moderated a Bar Association of San Francisco Insurance Section program co-sponsored with the Cannabis Law Section. The program highlighted recent changes to local insurance requirements and market availability of coverage for cannabis...

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Aviva Gilbert Selected as 2019 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Pathfinder

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2019 Forum for State Appellate Court Judges: Aggregate Litigation in State Courts - Preserving Vital Mechanisms

At the Pound Civil Justice Institute's 2019 Forum for State Appellate Court Judges, Jim Bruen will discuss recent impediments to aggregate litigation implemented on the federal level, emerging trends in aggregate litigation in the United States,...

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Cannabis Companies and the California Consumer Privacy Act

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Farella Braun + Martel Attorneys Named 2019 IP Stars by Managing Intellectual Property

SAN FRANCISCO, May 21, 2019: Farella Braun + Martel’s James L. Day , Jeffrey M. Fisher , Eugene Mar , Stephanie P. Skaff and Roderick M. Thompson have been named IP Stars by Managing...

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Former City of Napa Planner Rick Tooker Joins Farella Braun + Martel

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California's Bold Step Forward Into the Contentious World of Wetlands Regulation

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