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Stephen H. Harris Partner, Employment Law Department
Los Angeles T 1(213) 683-6217 F 1(213) 996-3217
Stephen Harris is a partner in the Employment Law Department of Paul Hastings and co-chair of the department’s Global Compensation, Benefits, and ERISA practice. Based on the West Coast, he devotes his practice to executive compensation, employee benefits, and workforce restructuring matters. Mr. Harris advises clients regarding plan design, administration, and fiduciary issues and represents clients in benefits litigation. His employee benefits practice focuses on designing, implementing, interpreting and litigating claims related to qualified and non-qualified retirement plans, domestic and international executive contracts, stock option and other equity plans, severance plans, and vacation plans. He advises clients on ERISA, Internal Revenue Code, COBRA, and HIPAA compliance, as well as the federal WARN Act and various state analogs, and counsels qualified plan fiduciaries how to best limit fiduciary liability concerns.

Mr. Harris negotiates and drafts employment contracts and severance agreements, represents sponsors of employee benefit plans in voluntary compliance programs maintained by the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Labor, and conducts due diligence and drafts contract provisions for employee benefits matters in connection with corporate transactions. He regularly represents compensation committees, boards of directors, and qualified plan fiduciary committees. Mr. Harris has litigated a wide range of individual and class action cases involving numerous employee benefits issues.

Recent Representations
  • Impress Communications v. UnumProvident Corp., 335 F. Supp. 2d 1053 (C.D. Cal. 2003)
  • Grenell v. UPS Health and Welfare Package, 390 F. Supp. 2d 932 (C.D. Cal. 2005)
  • Serpa v. SBC Telecomms., Inc., 318 F. Supp. 2d 865 (N.D. Cal. 2004)
  • Serpa v. SBC Telecomms., Inc., No. C 03-4223 MHP, 2004 WL 3204008 (N.D. Cal. Dec. 8, 2004)
  • Serpa v. SBC Telecomms., Inc., No. C 03-4223 MHP, 2004 WL 2002444 (N.D. Cal. Sept. 7, 2004)
  • Safavi v. SBC Disability Income Plan, 2007 WL 1859382 (C.D. Cal.)
  • Stewart v. AT&T Inc., 354 F. App’x 111 (Ct. App. 5th Dist. 2009)
  • Stewart v. AT&T Inc., 381 F. App’x 474 (Ct. App. 5th Dist. 2010)
  • Day vs. AT&T Disability Income Plan, 685 F. 3d 848 (9th Cir. 2012)

Accolades and Recognitions
  • Chambers USA ranked among the top employee benefits and executive compensation lawyers in California
  • Recognized by Legal 500 for ERISA Litigation
  • Listed by The Best Lawyers in America

Professional and Community Involvement
  • Board member, Junior Achievement of Southern California and Menorah Housing
  • Served as counsel for various charities on a pro bono basis

  • University of Southern California Law School, J.D., 1996
  • University of California Los Angeles, B.A., 1993