Advisory Council

Steven G. Zieff '78

In addition to successfully representing individuals in employment matters, Mr. Zieff is at the forefront of enforcing wage and hour laws. He has served as lead counsel in many wage and hour class actions in which he has obtained multi-million dollar settlements and judgments in the insurance, grocery, and services industries. The illegal employment practices challenged by these class actions include: the refusal to pay statutorily required overtime pay; the employer's refusal to reimburse employees for necessary employment expenses; and other illegal pay practices. In 2001, Mr. Zieff obtained the largest overtime judgment in United States legal history in the landmark case Bell v. Farmers Insurance Exchange. In the Bell case, Mr. Zieff represented over 2400 employees, eventually recovering over $200 million in the Bell case. Mr. Zieff was also lead counsel in a nationwide case against Farmers resulting in judgments totaling over $52 million.

Mr. Zieff is a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Law, an honorary society, and is a recipient of the 2001 CLAY Award - California Lawyer Attorney of the Year for Employment Law. Mr. Zieff was also named by the Daily Journal as one of the "Top 100" Lawyers in California in September 2002, and is listed in the Best Lawyers in America. He is an active member of the National Employment Lawyers Association and the California Employment Lawyers Association. Mr. Zieff has written and spoken on a wide range of employment law issues.