Mr. Stevens advises public employers throughout California on wide-ranging issues. He provides advice and represents clients in internal investigations and disciplinary procedures, administrative hearings, arbitration and mediation, governmental complaints, trial court litigation, appeals, and grand jury investigations.
Mr. Stevens provides counsel on all aspects of labor and employment law. He assists clients with labor-management relations, grievance resolution, collective bargaining, and reductions in force.
Typical “general counsel” services are also provided to public entities, including advice on the Brown Act and Public Records Act, contract drafting and interpretation, public bidding requirements, real property and service transactions, inter-agency agreements and disputes, tort claims, free speech issues, and conflicts of interest.
Mr. Stevens also assists school districts, county offices of education, SELPAs, and charter schools with their unique needs, including credentialing, pupil discipline, facility construction, Proposition 39 issues, and both petition preparation by charter schools and petition review by charter authorizers.
Prior to joining Girard & Edwards, Mr. Stevens worked as an Associate Attorney in the Employment Law Department of Paul Hastings LLP. There he successfully defended California’s largest employers in disputes involving wrongful termination, discrimination, retaliation, family and medical leave, and various wage/hour issues.
Harvard Law School (J.D., 2010); University of California, Los Angeles (B.A.,2007)