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Stephen Anthony Sommers

Stephen Anthony Sommers

Kumin Sommers LLP
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  • California
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Stephen Sommers is passionate about representing employees unfairly treated by their employers. He represents employees with the understanding that an individual's dignity can be largely derived from the work they perform. When an employer unfairly treats employees, then the employees their financial condition and their dignity can take also be compromised. Mr. Sommers fights for justice for employees as a way to build stronger individuals and stronger communities.

Practice Area
  • Employment Law
Fees
  • Free Consultation
  • Contingent Fees
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
California
Professional Experience
Partner
Kumin Sommers LLP
- Current
Stephen Sommers merged Sommers Law Group with the Law Offices of Matthew Kumin in September 2008, to ensure resources and support to fight for justice for employees wronged by their employers. Kumin Sommers LLP also represents individuals who have been injured by the police in federal civil rights actions. Mr. Sommers' partner, Matthew Kumin, has practiced civil rights law for over 13 years. Mr. Kumin's mentor, and the firm's Of Counsel, is the famous civil rights litigator, John Burris.
Owner
Sommers Law Group
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Stephen Sommers started Sommers Law Group on the principle that an individual's dignity is largely grounded in the work they perform, and when an employer unfairly treats its employee, it damages the dignity of the employee. For four years, Sommers Law Group represented hundreds of employees, from laborers to medical physicians.
Associate Attorney
Beeson, Tayer & Bodine
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Stephen Sommers first job out of law school was with labor and employment firm Beeson, Tayer & Bodine. Duane Beeson started the firm over 50 years ago and was one of Mr. Sommers's mentors. Mr. Beeson liked to instruct that good attorneys "measure twice, cut once." At Beeson, Tayer & Bodine, Mr. Sommers represented local labor unions, including the Teamsters, Media Guild, and the California Teachers Association among others. Mr. Sommers also represented individuals in disputes against their employers.
Regional Director - Western Pennsylvania
Citizen Action
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Mr. Sommers was one of the youngest regional directors for the national consumer and environmental organization, Citizen Action. Mr. Sommers operated the door-to-door political canvass, coordinating lobbying efforts, and developing issue campaigns. As the Western Pennsylvania Director, among other issues, Mr. Sommers and his team of 60 canvassers, changed Pennsylvania law releasing federal funds for much needed lead abatement work throughout the Commonwealth.
Law Clerk
Bredhoff & Kaiser, P.L.L.C.
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Stephen Sommers was a law clerk at the labor law firm of Bredhoff & Kaiser, PLLC. Mr. Sommers was the first law student selected from Northeastern University School of Law to clerk for the prestigious firm. At Bredhoff & Kaiser, PLLC, Mr. Sommers worked on a number of appellate level cases.
Law Clerk to Chairman John C. Truesdale
National Labor Relations Board
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While a law student, Mr. Sommers was law clerk to John C. Truesdale, the Chairperson of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Mr. Truesdale was appointed by President Clinton in 1998 where he served the top post until he retired in 2001. The Chairperson and the other four presidentially appointed NLRB Board Members issue rulings of appeals from regional NRLB hearings on such issues as wrongful termination in retaliation for union activity. Under the guidance of Mr. Truesdale and his staff attorneys, Mr. Sommers researched cases and submitted draft NLRB decisions, advocated the Board for the acceptance of his determination, and made final edits for publication of Board Decisions.
Law Clerk
United Mine Workers of America
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Mr. Sommers' first legal job was as law clerk in the legal department for the United Mine Workers of America. The United Mine Workers of America holds a special place in American union history as a union that truly believes in membership democracy. The summer that Mr. Sommers worked for the the UMWA, every person working the national headquarters were former miners, with the exception of the administrative and legal staff. One of the many legal projects Mr. Sommers worked on while with the UMWA was to create new labor law on Native American Reservations so that miners working in mines on those reservations could organize into a union.
Union Organizer and Business Agent
UNITE
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Mr. Sommers was a union organizer for UNITE (now UNITE HERE) in the southeast region of the United States. He worked in rural, mostly African American, communities where he encouraged workers to rise up against intolerable working conditions and the daily indignities of the job.
International Representative
United Electrial, Radio and Machine Workers of America (UE)
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Mr. Sommers was a union organizer for the UE, working in remote communities throughout the United States, encouraging workers to join together and fight for fairness on the job.
Volunteer
United States Peace Corps - Chad, Africa
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Mr. Sommers was a Peace Corps volunteer in the remote country of Chad, which lies in the heart of Central Africa, between the Dafur region of the Sudan, Libya, Niger, Nigeria, Cameroon, and Central African Republic. Mr. Sommers was posted in Mao, a village in the Saharan Desert, where he helped locals develop cheap and efficient fresh water pump technology for fresh drinking water. The Peace Corps was a defining time in Mr. Sommers' life, where he was forced to make it on his own, in a dangerous and difficult area of the world. When Mr. Sommers returned to the United States, the Chadian government had just withstood a serious military coup attempt, the second in just under a year. Disease and poverty was steep in Chad. At the time, Chad was selected by National Geographic as the World's Number One Hardship Post. The average life expectancy was 37 years.
Education
Northeastern Univ School of Law
Law Degree
East Carolina Univ
B.A. (1990) | Political Science/Philosophy (double major)
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Mr. Sommers was a very active undergraduate student. While he was the University's main concert promoter, his real passion was student politics. Dismayed at what he perceived as institutionalized racism at the University, Mr. Sommers organized the Reform Party in an attempt to gain power for minority students. While the movement was defeated when the University refused to student cast ballots, the lasting impact of the emotional issues raised by Mr. Sommers and his co-students had a lasting impact on the University, which today enjoys more freedom, acceptance, and diversity as a result.
Honors: Student Newsmaker, 1989 National Political Science Honor Society, National Philosophy Honor Society.
Activities: Chair, Major Concerts Committee; Chair, Special Concerts Committee; President, Students for Economic Democracy; Legislature, Student Government; Board of Directors, Student Union; Board of Directors, Allied Blacks for Leadership and Equality; Chair, Student Government Reform Party.
Awards
Attorney of the Year
AIDS Legal Referral Panel
Professional Associations
San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association
Member
- Current
California State Bar # 225742
Member
- Current
California Employment Lawyers Association
Member
- Current
Websites & Blogs
Website
Website
Social Media
Contact & Map
Kumin Sommers LLP
870 Market Street, Suite 1154
San Francisco, CA 94102
USA
Telephone: (415) 434-4500
Telephone: (415) 434-4500
Fax: (415) 956-0878