In addition to being class action trial lawyers, the firm’s partners have represented individuals and institutions in defamation litigation, civil rights litigation, personal injury litigation, commercial litigation, real estate litigation, antitrust litigation, securities litigation, intellectual property litigation, insurance litigation, elections disputes, government investigations, and mass tort litigation.
Steven Tidrick is the firm’s managing partner. He has more than twenty years of litigation experience, including more than twelve years of experience litigating class actions. He has represented a diverse range of clients, both individuals and corporations, in cases ranging from relatively small employment and consumer claims to claims up to $1 billion. Before founding the firm, Mr. Tidrick was a partner with Girard Gibbs LLP, which was a national litigation firm practicing in the areas of class actions and complex business litigation. Previously he was a senior associate with Boies Schiller & Flexner LLP, one of the nation’s premier law firms representing clients in some of the highest profile disputes in the world.
Mr. Tidrick graduated from Harvard College, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. Before law school, he was awarded the National Science Foundation Fellowship, which funded public policy research at Le Centre Interdisciplinaire d'Etudes Urbaines in Toulouse, France and at the University of California, Berkeley. After law school, he clerked for Judge M. Margaret McKeown, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Mr. Tidrick served for several years on the board of directors of the California Bar Foundation, which was a nonprofit organization affiliated with the State Bar of California.
Mr. Tidrick served in the Clinton Administration on the “reinventing government” project. He later wrote a cover story for The New Republic titled "The Budget Inferno," which was republished in The New Republic Guide to the Issues: the ‘96 Campaign (Basic Books, 1996). Mr. Tidrick served as Chair of the Oakland Library Advisory Commission and served on the Oakland & Berkeley Mayors’ Task Force on Emergency Preparedness and Community Restoration. He was President of the Alameda County Democratic Lawyers Club from 2005 through 2007. He has moderated candidate forums and debates in local and statewide elections, including the first televised debate among the candidates for Mayor of Oakland in 2006. In 2008, he was elected by voters in California’s Ninth Congressional District to be a delegate to the Democratic National Convention. He has directed teams of attorneys in voter protection efforts in several elections.
Mr. Tidrick is a member of the Federal Bar Association (FBA), the Labor and Employment Section of the California Lawyers Association, and the California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA). He is admitted to practice law in the courts of California and Massachusetts, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the First and Ninth Circuits, the Cherokee Nation, and in various federal district courts.
Joel Young is a Partner with the firm. He focuses his practice on employment law, mass torts, and complex class and collective actions that advance the public interest. Before joining the firm, Mr. Young was associated with Gunderson Dettmer LLP and Reed Smith LLP.
In light of his recognized leadership in the field of employment law, Mr. Young was selected to speak at the American Bar Association’s 15th Annual Section of Labor and Employment Law Conference. Mr. Young has represented employees in a broad range of claims, including wage and hour, discrimination, wrongful termination, sexual harassment, and racial harassment cases.
Mr. Young received his bachelors and law degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. As an undergraduate, Mr. Young was a member of the Dean’s Honors List and a four-year letterman in football. At Boalt Hall he received honors awarded in accounting and finance. Mr. Young is a member of the board of directors of the Alameda County Democratic Lawyers Club. He is also a member and former officer of the Charles Houston Bar Association. He is admitted to the state bar of California and in various federal courts.
Mr. Young leads the firm’s litigation funding efforts and also oversees the firm’s investment portfolio.
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