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Stephen Taeusch


Stephen Taeusch represents employers before state and federal courts, administrative agencies and alternative dispute resolution bodies in a wide variety of employment matters, including wage and hour, wrongful termination, harassment, discrimination, unfair business practices and retaliation matters. Stephen has special expertise in wage and hour matters and has helped clients defeat class, collective and representative actions and defend those successes through the appeals process.

In addition to working with clients to achieve favorable litigation outcomes, Stephen helps employers avoid the cost and distraction of litigation by providing pragmatic advice on all aspects of the employment relationship, including wage and hour compliance, discrimination and harassment avoidance, proper classification of workers, disciplinary matters, leave obligations and disability accommodation and restrictive covenants. Stephen also regularly assists clients in the negotiation and drafting of employment-related documents, including offer letters, employment agreements, employee handbooks, arbitration agreements, separation agreements, incentive compensation agreements and confidentiality agreements.  

Stephen also handles the employment aspects of mergers and acquisitions, financings, asset transactions and joint ventures.

Areas of FocusEmploymentCorporate
Bar admissionsCalifornia
CourtsUnited States Court of Appeals for the Ninth CircuitUnited States District Court for the Central District of CaliforniaUnited States District Court for the Eastern District of CaliforniaUnited States District Court for the Northern District of California
  • J.D., Cornell Law School
    Magna cum laude
    Order of the Coif
    Symposium Editor, Cornell Law Review
  • M.A., Spanish, Middlebury College
  • B.A., American Literature and Spanish, Middlebury College
    Magna cum laude
    Phi Beta Kappa


  • The Legal 500 United States
    • Recommended, Labor and Employment Disputes (Including Collective Actions): Defense (2023)

Prior Experience

Prior to attending law school, Stephen worked as a writer and editor for a variety of technology start-ups in the San Francisco Bay area.