Announcements

2017

Fern M. Steiner and Jon Y. Vanderpool – Employment & Labor Law – Super Lawyers

Fern M. Steiner – 2017 San Diego Super Lawyers – Ranked as One of the Top 25 Women Lawyers

2016

12/3/16:  Jon Vanderpool presented an interactive discussion at the 2016 CTA San Diego and Imperial Counties Leadership Conference in Palm Springs, addressing legal issues confronting teachers and their associations, including: social media and technology innovations in the modern-day classroom; medical marijuana, defamation, harassment/discrimination, public records act requests, pay uniformity, and retirement planning considerations.  To request the outline, email your name and association membership to ediaz@ssvwlaw.com

Jon Vanderpool addressed 100+ employees and administrators at Helix Charter School on August 9th about social media and other technology impacts on the public workplace
SSVW Website Post Feeding San DiegoSmith, Steiner, Vanderpool & Wax volunteered at Feeding San Diego, a local food bank which serves over 60,000 local children, families, and seniors in need each week.  Our team assisted with “reclamation” projects – checking, sorting, and repackaging quality sweet and savory snacks only rejected by retailers for slightly damaged packaging or decreasing shelf-life.  Feeding San Diego can now distribute these valuable snacks to more than 400,000 San Diegans who live in households where food is not always available.  SSVW had a great experience and we plan to continue supporting Feeding San Diego’s valuable work in our community. December 2016.
U.S. News has selected SSVW among Best Law Firms
San Diego Youth Services recognized Fern M. Steiner for 20 years of dedicated service and support for homeless, abused and at-risk youth.
“Best Lawyers” 23rd Edition (2017) has again honored Fern M. Steiner as among the best individual employment and labor union lawyers in America

Martindale Hubbell rates Fern M. Steiner and Jon Y. Vanderpool AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated Lawyer for 2016

June 2016, San Diego’s Louis. M. Welsh Chapter of the American Inns of Court bestowed its Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Superior Content to Jon Vanderpool’s group’s presentation on post-trial motion procedures

2015

U.S. News has selected SSVW among Best Law Firms

Mike Wax Discusses Workers’ Compensation with San Diego Chiropractors

Mike Wax Discusses Workers’ Compensation with San Diego Chiropractors

Tibble Affirms Employees’ Ability to Recover Excessive 401(k) Plan Fees against Employer

Fern M. Steiner – Labor and Employment Law – San Diego Best Lawyers

Fern M. Steiner spoke in Palm Desert on strikes and labor law to the California Labor Relations Officers (CALRO)

James Stern was again a presenter at the Sterling Education Services

“Time Worked” – Federal vs. California Standards

Andrew W. Lockard Joins SSVW as an Associate Attorney

Fern M. Steiner participated in a plenary panel at the National Academy of Arbitrators on “Workplace Drug Use; A New Generation of Issues.”

Fern M. Steiner and Jon Y. Vanderpool – Employment & Labor Law – Super Lawyers

Fern M. Steiner – Employment & Labor Law – The Top Women Attorneys in Southern California

2014

Fern M. Steiner – Employment & Labor Law – The Top Women Attorneys in Southern California

Ann M. Smith Joins Board of Cesar Chavez Service Clubs

Jon Vanderpool speaks to Encinitas students on Diegueno Middle School’s annual Career Day May 19, 2014, about tools for succeeding on their career journeys ahead.

James Stern presenting on a panel for the San Diego County Bar Association re “Hour and Wage Issues in Workers’ Compensation”

SSVW proudly sponsors MANA de San Diego, a national non-profit organization supporting educational, mentoring, and leadership programs for young Latina women, including scholarship and other financial assistance

Fern M. Steiner spoke in Palm Desert on strikes and labor law to the California Labor Relations Officers (CALRO), an organization of law enforcement officers who work strikes and labor disputes.

Fern M. Steiner participated in a plenary panel at the National Academy of Arbitrators on “Workplace Drug Use; A New Generation of Issues.”

2013

Message From Ann M. Smith: City Surrenders On “Sub-Equal” Pension Litigation

Discrimination Based Upon Access to Healthcare Coverage

Teacher Classification

Minimum 75% school-year work requirement to attain permanent status must be based on full work days.  Teachers cannot apply additional hours worked or round-up partial days.

Jon Y. Vanderpool is promoted to Master of Louis M. Welsh Chapter of the American Inns of Court

Fern M. Steiner – Labor Law – Union Lawyer of the Year

Appellate Review of Teacher Dismissal Decisions

Retaliation / Public Employment

Police officer’s placement on administrative leave after speaking with internal affairs was considered actionable retaliation for exercise of free speech right.  In determining whether subject matter of speech is related to employment, Courts must consider the employee’s practical job duties even where different from the job description.

Paralegal Shay Trias is asked to serve on the UCSD|Extension Advisory Board

New Law Prohibits Immigration Practices by Employers

Employment Discrimination / Failure to Accommodate Disability

Technology Issues in Public Education

County of San Diego Supervisor Dave Roberts presented a Proclamation to Fern M. Steiner honoring Smith, Steiner, Vanderpool & Wax for 30 years of outstanding service, leadership, and commitment to area residents