Steven Tindall

Partner

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Steven Tindall represents employees seeking fair pay and just treatment in individual and class action lawsuits against employers. His cases involve allegations of misclassification, sexual harassment, discrimination, wrongful termination, retaliation, WARN Act, and ERISA violations. He has more than 20 years of experience representing employees in a variety of industries, including tech, gig economy, financial services, construction, transportation, and private education. Steven also represents consumers in individual and mass tort personal injury lawsuits and class action litigation. In 2019, he won a California Lawyer Attorney of the Year Award, which honors outstanding California lawyers “whose extraordinary work and cases had a major impact on the law.”

Previous Experience and Educational Background

Steven clerked for Hon. Judith N. Keep of the United States District Court for the Southern District of California and for Hon. Claudia Wilken of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Prior to joining Gibbs Law Group, he was a partner at Rukin Hyland Doria & Tindall, and at Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein. At Rukin Hyland and Lieff Cabraser, he focused on plaintiffs’ class action litigation in the fields of wage and hour law, antitrust, and consumer protection. Steven also litigated a number of mass tort personal injury and toxic tort cases.

Steven received his B.A. degree in English Literature from Yale University, graduating summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and with distinction in his major. He earned his J.D. degree from the University of California at Berkeley School of Law in 1996. While at Berkeley Law, Steven co-directed the East Bay Workers’ Rights Clinic.

Litigation Highlights

  • Breach of Contract

    As co-lead counsel, Steven helped recover over $29 million on behalf of hundreds of employees in a class action lawsuit involving breach of contract claims against a global consulting company.

  • Retirement Benefits

    Represented retirees whose retirement benefits were slashed after a corporate spinoff. The litigation resulted in a $9 million recovery paid out to class members.

  • Gig Economy

    Represents thousands of individual clients in multiple gig economy cases alleging that they were misclassified as independent contractors and should be entitled to minimum wage, overtime pay, and expense reimbursement under California and other state labor laws.

  • Consumer Loans

    Represents over 100,000 borrowers in a certified class action lawsuit against online lender, CashCall, alleging that they preyed on low-income borrowers through high interest rate loans. Steven was a key member of the litigation team that achieved a unanimous ruling from the CA Supreme Court regarding unconscionability of contracts.

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California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (CLAY) Award, Daily Journal and California Lawyer Magazine, 2019

Northern California Super Lawyers, 2009-2020

J.D., University of California at Berkeley (Berkeley Law), 1996

Yale University, B.A., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

East Bay Community Law Center, Board Member, 2005-2020

Co-author, DoorDash: Quick Food, Slow Justice

Daily Journal

March 24, 2020

Presenter, Damages & Penalties in Exemption and Misclassification Cases

Bridgeport Independent Contractor, Joint Employment Misclassification Litigation Conference

July 26, 2019

Contributor, Can Interest Rates be Unconscionable?

Daily Journal Appellate Report Podcast

July 6, 2018

Co-Author, Epic Systems and the Erosion of Federal Class Actions

Law360 Expert Analysis

July 5, 2018

Co-Author, Senate Should Reject Choice Act and Its Payday Free Pass

Law360 Expert Analysis

July 12, 2017

Presenter, Understanding and Litigating PAGA Claims

Bridgeport Continuing Education

March 3, 2017

Author, “Do as She Does, Not as She Says: The Shortcomings of Justice O’Connor’s Direct Evidence Requirement in Price Waterhouse v. Hopkins”

Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law, 17, No. 2

1996

Steve Tindall exceeded all my expectations. Both me and a colleague elected to go with Steve after vetting several attorneys.

- S.M., former client

Slice 1 BLF 2017