Steven G. Gatley


Steven Gatley is a partner in the Los Angeles and Orange County offices of Lewis Brisbois, a vice-chair of the Labor & Employment Practice, and a member of the OSHA Safety & Health Practice. He specializes in employment law exclusively representing employers. He has extensive experience with employment and labor litigation before state and federal courts, as well as various administrative agencies such as the California Fair Employment and Housing Commission, the United States Equal Opportunity Commission, the California State Labor Commissioner, and the California Unemployment Insurance Appeal Board (EDD).

Mr. Gatley also specializes in all types of OSHA matters (California’s Title 8 Standards and Federal OSHA 29 Code of Regulations). He can provide assistance with implementation of Injury Illness Prevention Programs (IIEP). He assists employers with their interaction with OSHA personnel with on-site visits, responding to Notice of Intent to Cite, and appealing citation and fines. Mr. Gatley also represents employers at Informal Settlement Conferences and Administrative Hearings.

His areas of concentration include wrongful termination, sexual harassment, employment discrimination and wage issues. Mr. Gatley also represents employers in wage and hour matters including class action cases. Mr. Gatley’s clients include cities, counties, corporations, small businesses, nonprofit entities, educational entities, hotels, financial institutions, religious organizations, automobile dealerships and collision centers, airlines and Fortune 100 and 500 companies. Mr. Gatley is also national employment counsel for a large security company.

Mr. Gatley provides consulting in the following areas: Fair Employment and Housing Act; Americans with Disabilities Act; Family and Medical Leave Act; California Family Leave Act; compensation and benefits; wage and hour, prevailing wages; workplace violence; Title VII; Discrimination and Employment Act; privacy issues; substance abuse and testing; retaliation; Occupational Safety and Health Act; whistle-blowing; reduction in force (RIF), Racketeer Influence and Corrupt Organization Act (RICO) and unemployment benefits, including tax and penalty issues.

Mr. Gatley also presents employee management training seminars and topics. In addition, he develops, reviews and implements employment procedures, policies and agreements, and conducts internal investigations and resolution of claims. He works closely with his clients on key employment issues including at-will employment, employment handbook and policies, arbitration/non-competition agreements, employee substance abuse, employee privacy and breach of contract. Mr. Gatley also counsels clients regarding terminations and lay-offs.

Mr. Gatley frequently lectures to human resource managers and management personnel throughout California on a variety of employment topics.

Mr. Gatley’s practice also focuses on commercial and complex business litigation defense. He has represented numerous clients dealing with director and officer liability disputes. Mr. Gatley has represented and counseled clients in a variety of industries, including hotel and hospitality, manufacturing, home security, retail, restaurant, real estate, concert promotions, homeowners’ associations, aviation, finance, automotive, medical and health care, technology and construction.

Mr. Gatley is a member of Lewis Brisbois' Korean Business and Litigation Practice and has extensive experience representing a variety of Korean-owned businesses.

Legal Experience

  • Twelve Superior Court Trials
  • Over 1,500 depositions
  • Over 750 arbitrations/mediations
  • California Supreme Court Success: Granados v. Kizyma Electric
  • Mr. Gatley represented Kizyma Electric arising out of a claim for prevailing wages. Kizyma was an electrical subcontractor on a public works project. Eight of the employees sued Kizyma in Superior Court claiming they were improperly classified and not paid the proper prevailing wages. At the commencement of their employment, each employee signed a written arbitration agreement. Mr Gatley filed a motion to compel private binding arbitration. The case was finally decided by the California Supreme Court. (Companion case to Little v. Auto Stiegler). The Supreme Court ruled in Mr. Gatley’s favor ordering the employees to private binding arbitration.


Mr. Gatley has been the Editor-in-Chief of the Lewis Brisbois employment newsletter since 2003. He also is a regular contributing author to Collector’s Ink magazine. Mr. Gatley has authored and edited hundreds of employment-related articles.

Pro Bono & Philanthropy

Pro bono attorney for the Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law assisting victims of domestic violence and improving the welfare of children. Mr. Gatley also volunteered at the Los Angeles Court's Domestic Violence Assistance Program.

Professional Presentations

  • Orange County Annual Employment Seminar, 2020
  • Sacramento Annual Employment Seminar, 2020
  • Los Angeles Annual Employment Seminar, 2020
  • Webinar-Employment Law Update-Korean Investors & Trade Association, 2020
  • Los Angeles Annual Employment Seminar, 2019
  • Webinar-Sexual Harassment Training–HUB Insurance, 2019
  • Employment Law Update–Lewis Brisbois webinar series, 2019
  • Sexual Harassment training webinar–Korean Investors & Traders Association, 2019
  • Sacramento Annual Employment seminar, 2019
  • Employment Legislative Update-Korean American Logistics Association, 2019
  • Orange County Annual Employment Seminar, 2019
  • Leave Laws-Progressive Benefits Group, 2019
  • Webinar–Employment Law–Changes That Effect All Employers, 2018
  • Employment and Wage and Hour Issues–Korean American CPA Society, 2018
  • Orange County Annual Employment Seminar, 2018
  • Sacramento Annual Employment Seminar, 2018
  • Los Angeles Annual Employment Seminar, 2018
  • Webinar–Employment Law Update, 2017
  • AHRA Convention-Seattle, WA-Recent Employment Trends in the Aviation Industry, 2017
  • Organizer and Speaker-Annual Lewis Brisbois Employment Seminar (Orange County), 2017
  • Organizer and Speaker-Annual Lewis Brisbois Employment Seminar (Sacramento), 2017
  • La Verne School of Law Moot Court Competition Judge, 2016
  • Lewis Brisbois National Webinar, "Recent Trends in Employment Law", 2016
  • Lewis Brisbois Annual Employment Seminar, 2015
  • Hanover Insurance–Current Employment Law issues, 2015
  • KAMA-California's New Paid Sick Leave, 2015
  • Korean American Manufacturers Association-Harassment, Anti-Bullying and Paid Sick Leave Seminar, 2015
  • New Century Insurance Service Harassment Seminar, 2015
  • Webinar – "Potential Employment Landmines of Social Media", 2015
  • KAIFPA Convention, 2014
  • QBE Insurance–Special Employer Rules, 2014
  • Hanover Insurance-Nuts and Bolts of Employment Litigation, 2014
  • Korean Trade Association–Wage and Hour 2013
  • Lewis Brisbois Annual Los Angeles Employment Seminar, 2013
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association–Termination Pitfalls Seminar, 2013
  • Lewis Brisbois Annual Employment Law Seminar, 2012
  • Lewis Brisbois Annual Employment Law Seminar, 2011


  • State Bar Admissions
    • California
  • United States District Courts
    • United States District Court for the Central District of California
    • United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
    • United States District Court for the Northern District of California
    • United States District Court for the Southern District of California
  • United States Courts of Appeals
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court



United States District Court, Central District of California

United States District Court, Northern District of California

United States District Court, Southern District of California

United States District Court, Eastern District of California

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

United States Supreme Court


Loyola Law School

Juris Doctor, 1991

University of California at Santa Barbara

Bachelor of Arts, 1988

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