Attorney Profile

Stephen R. Jaffe

Stephen Jaffe

The Jaffe Law Firm
150 California Street, Suite 2100
San Francisco, CA 94111
The Jaffe Law Firm

California (CA)

Contact Contact Stephen R. Jaffe
T: 415-618-0100
F: 415-618-0080

Practice Areas: Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (90%), Civil Litigation: Plaintiff (10%)

Employment Litigation: Plaintiff

Civil Litigation: Plaintiff

Industry Groups: California Employment Lawyers Association, Consumer Attorneys Of California, San Franisco Trial Lawyers Association


Stephen R. Jaffe is an employment trial lawyer with over 43 years of trial experience. Mr. Jaffe represents employees only, never employers. He is rated AV-preeminent (highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards) by Martindale-Hubbell and rated Superb (ten out of ten) by

Mr. Jaffe received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and his law degree from Wayne State University Law School. In addition to his employment law practice, Mr. Jaffe performs pro bono mental health advocacy and animal rights legal services.

Years of Selection

• Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2012, 2014

Ask Super Lawyers: answered by Stephen Jaffe

QUESTION: I work in California and I lost my job by being fired, terminated or laid off; what are my rights?
California is an "at will employment" state. That means for the same reason you have the right to …

About Stephen Jaffe

Admitted: 1971, California

Professional Webpage:

Honors and Awards:

  • Rated 10.0 - Superb,
  • AV / Preeminent Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • see resume and web site

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • See Attorney Profile on, 2010
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, 1996
  • Judge Pro Tempore, Marin County Municipal Court, 1989
  • New York State Bar, 1984
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 1983
  • District of Columbia Bar, 1982
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Oregon, 1981
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1976
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California, 1972
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, 1971
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1971
  • State Bar of California, 1971
  • Judge Pro Tempore, Los Angeles County Municipal Court 1976-1981
  • Who's Who In American Law
  • National Arbitrator, American Arbitration Association 1975-1979
  • Judge Pro Tempore, Los Angeles County Superior Court, Beverly Hills Judicial District 1976-1981
  • Judge Pro Tempore, Los Angeles County Superior Court 1977-1981
  • Judicial Arbitrator, Marin County Superior Court 1989-1996
  • Judge Pro Tempore, Marin County Superior Court 1989-1996
  • State Bar of Oregon 1981-1994
  • State Bar of Michigan 1998-2004
  • San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • California Employmnet Lawyers Association
  • National Employment Lawyers Association

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Treasurer - South Beach District 6 Democratic Club, San Francisco, 2013
  • Director - Eugene Oregon Symphony Association 1981-1984
  • Director - Far West Ski Competion, Inc. (A Division of the U.S. States Ski Association) 1992-1996
  • President - Dollar Point Subdivision Homeowners Association 1994-1996
  • Chairman, Board of Directors, Tahoe Mountain School 1994-1996 
  • Trustee - Lake Tahoe Community Trust 1994-1995
  • Director - Lake Tahoe Community Trust 1989-1994
  • President -Lake Tahoe Community Trust 1991-1993
  • Director - Alpine Meadows Lake Tahoe Ski Education Foundation 1988-1994
  • President - Alpine Meadows Lake Tahoe Ski Education Foundation 1991-1994
  • I perform pro bono legal services in the area of mental health advocacy for patients and their families. I hosted/facilitated an online mental health support group for patients and their families from 1998-2003.

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Speaker, Overview of California Employment Law, San Francisco Paralegal Association, 2012
  • Winning in Court: Jury Selection, Opening Statement, Closing Argument, Jury Instructions., Speaker, National Educational Network, 1993

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • MUNIZ v. UNITED PARCEL SERVICE INC Kim MUNIZ, Plaintiff–Appellee, v. UNITED PARCEL SERVICE, INC., Defendant–Appellant. No. 11–17282.-- December 05, 2013 Affirmed lower court's ruling on attorney fees., 2013
  • Negotiated favorable employment contract for medical doctor with biotech startup., 2013
  • Settlement of whistleblower/wrongful termination case against bank. Confidential settlement, 2013
  • Obtained major severance for CEO of startup (including retention of unvested stock options). Confidential settlement, 2013
  • Settled wrongful termination of registered nurse suit against major national healthcare system. Confidential settlement, 2013
  • Prevailed in contentious and highly emotional will contest for client and obtained clear title to residence of decedent which had been left to client in a disputed holographic will. Confidential settlement, 2013
  • Obtained substantial annuity benefit for client from life insurance carrier on disputed claim., 2013
  • Settled wrongful termination/whistleblower litigation against well known East Bay law firm on behalf of terminated lawyer.  Confidential settlement, 2013
  • Settled age discrimination wrongful termination case against southern California manufacturer of paper products. Confidential settlement, 2013
  • Settled age discrimination/wrongful termination case against international agri-business company.  Confidential settlement, 2013
  • Settled wrongful termination claim against San Francisco software startup for hiring and then firing executive within six days. Confidential settlement, 2013
  • First Amendment case - successfully brought suit against a major social media service provider for breach of contract with users not to allow religious hate speech on its service.  Confidential settlement, 2013
  • (Sealed Public Record) Represented parents of public school student transferred from his local school by a school district on account of the student having specific genetic markers.  Following the filing of a request for injuctive relief, the case was settled by the student being returned to his local school.  , 2012
  • Confidential settlement of claim of disability discrimination by paralegal against national law firm., 2012
  • Confidential settlement of breach of contract, age discrimination and compensation dispute with major manufacturer of biotech equipment., 2012
  • Confidential settlement with food service employer operating on federal property., 2012
  • Herrera v. Tiffmany & Co. - Confidential settlement of race discrimination claim with international jewelry chain., 2012
  • Negotiation of severance package for principal with large venture capital firm - seven figure settlement., 2012
  • Seedo v Public Storage - Confidential settlement for wrongful termination and disability discrimination by major national chain of storage units, 2011
  • Bellino v UPS - Confidential six-figure settlement on the eve of trial against a Fortune 500 international package delivery company, 2011
  • Adolfo v Allied Waste Management - Confidential settlement for age and disability discrimination against national waste disposal company, 2011
  • Confidential six figure settlement with University employer for sex harassment, fraud and constructive termination, 2011
  • Confidential settlement for wrongful termination/whistleblower claims with credit industry company, 2011
  • Confidential settlement with national chain of instructional education company for disability discrimination, 2011
  • Confidential six figure settlement of wrongful termination/whistleblower claims of senior executive against high tech Silicon Valley high tech manufacturer, 2011
  • Confidential enhanced severance package for senior executive earning 7-figure income of major US bank, 2011
  • Pro bono assistance resulted in obtaining of US Customs License for deserving client, 2011
  • Confidential settlement for wrongful termination against major manufacturer of sales software, 2011
  • Confidential enhanced severance package with major national retailer of menswear, 2011
  • Grushayev v City of Modesto - Settlement of national origin and religious discrimnation claim., 2010
  • Thompson v A Better Way, Inc. - Alameda County Superior Court - Confiential settlement of race discrimination claim against pyschological services facility., 2010
  • Confiential Settlement of sexual orientation and retuialiation claims against CPA firm., 2010
  • Muniz v UPS, Inc. US DIstrict Court, N Dist of CA, -CiV- 09-1987-CW  Won unanimous jury verdict in a federal court trial on behalf of employee on a claim of gender discrimination., 2010
  • Confidential Settlement - Monetary settlement for four teachers at a private parochial school on account of claims of age discrimination., 2010
  • Singh et al v Lodi Unified School District - San Jaoquin County Superior Court - settlement of wrongful termination and constructive termination for three teachers of public school district., 2009
  • Calloway v. The Men's Wearhouse, Inc. - Confidential Settlement., 2009
  • Confidential Settlement - Obtained monetary settlement for employee in the restaurant and hospitality industry for unlawful gender and disability discrimination., 2009
  • Mangano v. Verity, Inc. 167 Cal.App.4th 944 (6th Dist. Ct of Appeal - 2008).  On appeal, defeated defense attempt to circumvent existing law and cases on attorney fee issue using unrelated statute regarding case costs. Affirmed lower court ruling in favor of plaintiff., 2008
  • Ash v Barclays Global Investros, Inc. - San Francisco Superior Court - Confidential Settlement - Pregnancy discrimination case against major international financial institution., 2008
  • Confidential Settlement - Obtained monetary settlement for employee in the high tech Internet service industry for unlawful sex harassment and gender discrimination., 2008
  • Confidential Settlement - Obtained monetary settlement for individual employee from Silicon Valley high tech employer for same sex sexual harassment by supervisor., 2008
  • Confidential Settlement - Obtained monetary and non-monetary compensation for minority member of local chamber of commerce board of directors who was wrongfully expelled from board and organization., 2008
  • Canitez v SBC - settlement - succesfully obtained reinstatement of employee to prior position following termination of employment., 2007
  • Confidential Settlement - Obtained monetary settlement for employee in the funeral and mortuary industry for unlawful age discrimination and harassment., 2007
  • McCann v. Alaska Airlines, 758 F. Supp 559 (N.D. California - 1991)  Successfully moved to remand employment case to state court after removal to federal court by defendant airline., 1991

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Listed as one of San Francisco's Top Attorneys for 2013 by in the Legal Leaders for 2013 Magazine., 2013
  • Member consultant on an panel for ABA certification of a local university's paralegal studies program., 2013
  • Listed in the 2013 edition of Legal Ledeaders - San Francisco's Top Rated Lawyers of 2013 as a top rated employment lawyer., 2013
  • Listed in the April 2012 edition of The American Lawyer magazine as a top rated employment lawyer., 2012
  • Featured in December 29, 2010 (California) Daily Journal article: Subpoena of Trial Bar Listserv Stirs Fears by Ciaran McEvoy, 2010
  • Rated AV / Prememinent for Ethical Standards and Legal Ability by Martindale-Hubbell, 1995-Present
  • Rated "Superb" by 2009-Present

Educational Background:

  • J.D., Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, 1970
  • B.A., Political Science, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1967
  • Diploma, Cranbrook School for Boys, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, 1963
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