Steve Hernandez

Steve L. Hernández

Of Counsel

Steve Hernandez is Of Counsel in the Los Angeles office of DLA Piper, advising and defending clients in labor and employment in a broad range of industries. Having spent the first four years of his career at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and three years working at a successful plaintiff-side class action firm, Steve brings his clients an uncommon perspective.

He has investigated and prosecuted unfair labor practices, which he now helps employers defend, and has also run union-representation elections, giving his client insight into the union campaign and election processes. His time on the plaintiff side, moreover, allows him to better assist his clients in implementing wage and hour practices and policies that mitigate the risks of potential lawsuits.

Steve advises clients in a broad range of industries, from production companies and studios to restaurants, concessionaires, warehouses and trucking companies. He devotes his practice to assisting firm clients with all manner of labor and employment related issues, including advising on union relations and on all areas of California employment law and addressing individual and class action cases in court as well as before the NLRB.

Areas of FocusEmployment
Bar admissionsCalifornia
  • J.D., University of Southern California
  • B.A., University of California at Berkeley


  • The Legal 500 United States
    • Recommended, Labor-Management Relations (2021, 2023)
  • Named to the Los Angeles Business Journal's Leaders of Influence: Minority Attorneys list, recognizing lawyers who have been “particularly impactful on the legal scene while serving as trusted advisors in the LA region”