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Stephen Gerrish

Special Counsel
Tel: (650) 327-4200
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Steve joined the firm in 1974 upon graduation from Willamette University College of Law, where he was an editor of the Law Journal. His practice emphasizes strategic counseling, alternative dispute resolution, litigation and appeals, with a focus on employment, and the inter-related issues involving employees, investors, officers and directors, and all aspects of employment dynamics, from hiring through operational counseling and termination.

He also has considerable experience in litigation, arbitration and mediation of real estate disputes, including those related to construction contracts, residential and commercial sales and lease disputes, and easement and co-ownership issues. His goal is to be efficient and practical. He has been a lecturer for the Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB) in civil procedure, employment, and wrongful termination, and has been a contributing author to the CEB on employment law and wrongful termination.


  • U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame – Former member of the Board of Directors
  • YMCA of the Mid-Peninsula – Former member of the Board of Directors; past Board Chair; Red Triangle Award; and current Senior Director
  • El Camino YMCA – Former member of the Board of Directors; past Board Chair
  • Los Alto Educational Foundation – Former member of the Board of Directors
  • Palo Alto Area Bar Association – Past President, Vice-President, Secretary-Treasurer; former member of Legislation and Program Committees
  • Los Altos Mediation Program – Former Community Mediator
  • Los Altos AYSO – Former Commissioner


  • State Bar of California
  • Idaho State Bar (Affiliate Member)