When employers decide they need to take a stand against employment lawsuits, such as wrongful termination, harassment, and disability claims, Bill Stein is the trial lawyer they want in their corner. Bill is an accomplished trial lawyer with an impressive track record of employment, trade secret, and commercial litigation wins in court and arbitration. He is a strong advocate who listens to his clients’ business goals. And when their main goal is to win, he gladly gears up to fight hard at trial. Bill fiercely, but fairly, shuts down cases early, whittles down damages, and succeeds at trial or arbitration so that plaintiffs’ counsel often abandon all efforts to challenge his clients in the future.
Bill’s many long-term retail, medical, hospitality, and industrial clients know that he has their best interests in mind. They appreciate his approachable nature and his honest assessments of their situations. With tensions often high in wrongful termination suits or high-value employee departures, Bill’s trial experience allows him to keep clients focused on the big picture so they can make decisions that will place them in the best position to put on a successful defense. His trial experience also informs his approach to advising and counseling clients on employment decisions that help them avoid litigation.
After graduating law school, Bill clerked for the Honorable Robert J. Kelleher in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California from 1990 to 1991. He also served as counsel to the Webster Commission, which investigated the Los Angeles Police Department response to the Los Angeles riots in 1992.
Bill chairs the Board of Directors of Greenway Arts Alliance, a nonprofit organization providing Los Angeles high school students with arts education programs funded in part by the Melrose Trading Post.
- Obtained a defense verdict for a retail home furnishing company on whistleblower and disability discrimination claims, in a rare in-person civil jury trial in California during the COVID-19 pandemic. Challenged to argue his case in an employee-friendly county, Bill convinced the jury to find for his client by proving that the plaintiffs, human resources representatives, were terminated because they did not promote the company’s employee-friendly culture.
- Secured a defense verdict for a nonprofit that provides gang-prevention, drug counseling, and care for the elderly in impoverished areas of Los Angeles. Facing accusations of racial discrimination, harassment, and inaccurate record keeping that threatened the organization’s funding from the city, the organization turned to Bill, who fiercely argued before a jury to achieve a full victory.
- Secured a trial victory for the Administrator General of the State of Israel to recover a charitable gift from a decedent’s estate. When the donor’s adult sons tried to claim the gift should be deemed part of their inheritance, Bill shielded the administrator from attempts to force a release of the funds to an unidentified bank account. He sued the account, located its identity, and took the case to trial to prove the gift was intended for charitable causes in Israel.
- Obtained a trial victory for a transportation company sued by airport shuttle van drivers seeking to be classified as employees instead of independent contractors. Bill secured plaintiff testimony demonstrating that the drivers fit the definition of an independent contractor and argued that any other model would put all shuttle van companies out of business. Bill’s successful verdict allowed his client to keep its business model.
- Secured a trial victory for major commercial real estate owner in a dispute over a leasing representative’s commissions. After proving the plaintiff misinterpreted her offer letter and commission agreement and that she was paid fairly, Bill recovered more than $400,000 attorneys' fees for his client.
- Achieved a trial verdict for a staffing agency, and one of its clients, in a disability discrimination case. Bill showed that the plaintiff could not perform his essential functions of his job while handling heavy machinery because he was on pain medication, which could have made him drowsy and caused harm to others. Though Bill’s clients had been sued multiple times by the plaintiff's law firm, Bill’s trial success in this matter ceased all future lawsuits by that firm.
- Secured a defense verdict for a health care organization at arbitration on claims of disability discrimination and harassment, retaliation, and slander. After a prolonged arbitration, Bill was able to convince the arbitrator that the case was brought in bad faith and obtained an award of costs of more than $125,000.
- Loyola Law School (J.D., 1990)
- University of California (B.A., 1987)
- Los Angeles
- California Federal Courts
- California State Courts
- U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
- Chair, Greenway Arts Alliance, Board of Directors
- Southern California Super Lawyers, Employment & Labor and Business Litigation (2009, 2010, 2013, 2014)