Steve Pearl is a full-time mediator resolving all types of employment law disputes, including:

  • Discrimination
  • Harassment
  • Retaliation
  • Wrongful Termination
  • Wage & Hour
  • Non-Competition Agreements
  • ​Trade Secrets

Representative Mediations

  • Wage and hour class actions, FLSA collective actions, and PAGA representative actions involving thousands of putative class members and tens of millions of dollars in alleged liability.
  • Actions alleging discrimination and harassment on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, and mental and physical disability.
  • Actions alleging retaliation and wrongful termination for protected activity regarding discrimination, harassment, non-payment of wages, workplace safety, and other issues.
  • Actions alleging theft of trade secrets and violation of non-competition agreements.


  • “Rising Star” Neutral (One of Ten in California)
  • 2013 Daily Journal List of Top California Neutrals
  • “Super Lawyer” in Dispute Resolution and Employment & Labor Law
  • 2011 to 2016 Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine


  • University of California, Hastings College of Law (Juris Doctor, 1992)
  • Dean’s Scholar
  • University of California, Berkeley (Bachelor of Arts, 1989)
  • Graduated with Honors from the Department of English

Litigation Experience

  • The Pearl Law Firm, A Professional Corporation (1994-2011)
  • Founded practice with emphasis in litigating individual and class action wage and hour, employment, unfair competition, and consumer protection actions.
  • Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (1992-1994)
  • Litigated complex employment, business, insurance coverage, and entertainment actions.
  • Judicial Extern for Hon. Fern M. Smith (1991-1992)
  • United States District Court, Northern District of California

Professional Associations

  • State Bar of California
  • Executive Committee, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Executive Committee, Labor and Employment Law Section

Blogs & Newsletters

  • California Employment Law Blog – Current developments in state and federal employment, wage and hour, class action, unfair competition, and arbitration law
  • Mediation and Negotiation Blog – Insights into mediation and negotiation theory and best practices.
  • The Employment Law Update Monthly email – update on employment law developments with more than 2,000 subscribers, including plaintiffs’ attorneys, defense attorneys, and neutrals.


  • “Anti-SLAPP and Employment in 2015”
        Daily Journal, January 27, 2016
  •  “Don’t Get Carried Away with Your Demands”
        Daily Journal, December 11, 2015
  •  “Pre-Mediation Demands May Anchor Talks”
        Daily Journal, September 25, 2015
  • “Does the Federal Arbitration Act Cover Your Dispute?”
        Daily Journal, August 28, 2015
  • “When Negotiation Becomes Extortion”
        Daily Journal, June 26, 2014
  • “Employment Law Class Actions after Concepcion”
        Los Angeles Lawyer, April 2014
  • “What Are They Thinking?!? Understanding Decision-Making in Mediation”
    ​    Advocate Magazine, September 2012

Speaking Engagements

  • “Practical Skills to Improve Results in Mediation"
        Full Day Conference, November 2016
  • “Improving Your Results in Mediation: Practical Lessons from the Science of Decision-Making”
        One Hour Seminar
  • “Advanced Strategies for Mediating the Employment Law Case”
        One Hour Seminar
  • “Harris v. City of Santa Monica: Causation in Fair Employment and Housing Actions”
        State Bar of California, Watch List Webinar
  • “The Fair Labor Standards Act and California Labor Code”
        Lorman Education Services
  • “Increasing the Chance of Success in Settling Wage and Hour Litigation”
        Bridgeport Continuing Education
  • “Wage and Hour Law for Business Attorneys”
        Continuing Education of the Bar

Pro Bono & Charitable Activities

Mr. Pearl has given his time to numerous pro bono and charitable organizations, including:

  • AYSO
  • The Los Angeles Jewish Home for the Aging
  • TreePeople.



​​​​​​Steven G. ​Pearl,  Esq.​​