Stephen Berzon

Stephen P. Berzon

Stephen P. Berzon, a founding partner of Altshuler Berzon LLP, specializes in major litigation, primarily in the areas of labor and employment, environment and public health, campaign and election, and constitutional law. He practices both at the trial and appellate levels.

Mr. Berzon is a graduate of Cornell University and Harvard Law School. He was a law clerk to Judge Alvin B. Rubin of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. Before founding Altshuler Berzon, Mr. Berzon practiced with both the Contra Costa Legal Services Foundation and the National Housing and Economic Development Law Project of the University of California, Berkeley Law School (Boalt Hall) as a Reginald Heber Smith Fellow, and with the Legal Aid Society of Alameda County. Mr. Berzon was then the Legal Director of the Children's Defense Fund, a public interest organization in Washington, D.C., before returning to California in 1977 to start Altshuler Berzon.

Mr. Berzon is a member of the Ninth Circuit’s Advisory Committee on Rules and Internal Operating Procedures, and of the Executive Committee of the Northern District of California Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. He served (January, 2005 - December, 2011) as a member of the national Board of Directors of the American Constitution Society, and also (2000-2009) as a member of the Board of Directors of the national AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee. Earlier Mr. Berzon served as Chair of the City of Berkeley Police Review Commission, and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Urban Strategies Council. He is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

Mr. Berzon received the Voting Rights Award from the ACLU of Southern California in 2002 for his work on voting rights litigation. In 2009, he was named a California Lawyer of the Year by California Lawyer Magazine in the area of Civil Rights, and in 2012, he received the Social Justice Service Award from Santa Clara Law School. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America for labor and employment law, and in San Francisco Magazine's Northern California Super Lawyers in the appellate practice area.

Mr. Berzon delivered the 2014-2015 Preiskel-Silverman Lecture at Yale Law School, entitled "Fixing Wealth Inequality: How Lawyers Can Be Part of the Solution."

Mr. Berzon has argued before the United States Supreme Court, the California and Hawaii Supreme Courts, and federal circuit and district courts throughout the country. He has testified before U.S. Senate and House Committees and California Senate and Assembly Committees.