EstebanShardonofsky

Partner

Steve partners with his clients to help them reach their employment-related compliance and business objectives. He is passionate about giving practical and actionable legal advice to his clients as well as defending them in employment disputes, especially wage-and-hour class and collective action lawsuits.


More About Steve

Steve brings creative, practical, and strategic solutions to help clients of all sizes, and in varying industries successfully navigate employment-related compliance and business objectives, and minimize litigation risks. He is a trusted and respected litigator, and has successfully represented employers and management in federal and state court, arbitration, and before administrative agencies, such as the US Department of Labor, the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) in connection with all aspects of employment litigation—from inception through trial or arbitration, as well as on appeal.

Because of his diverse background, Steve understands there is more than one way to solve any given problem or to reach any particular business objective. His goal is always to find the right and unique solution for each client. Steve has lived in five different cities in three different countries, so he brings a true appreciation for working with diverse groups and the ability to connect quickly and build rapport with clients, colleagues, opposing counsel and parties, witnesses, government officials and investigators, jurors, and anyone else with whom he interacts.

Steve is chair of the Houston office's labor & employment practice, and is board certified in labor and employment law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 2012—a distinction held by less than 1% of practicing attorneys in Texas. He devotes much of his time to, and has substantial experience in defending employers in wage-and-hour class and collective action lawsuits, including matters involving allegations of misclassification of employees and failure to pay overtime. He has successfully defeated conditional and class certification, and has obtained decertification of collective actions in overtime cases. Steve has also successfully defended employers in all aspects of employment litigation, including disputes over breach of contract, non-compete and nonsolicitation agreements, discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, retaliation, failure to accommodate, whistleblower, and countless other claims and issues.

In addition to defending employment disputes, Steve also is a trusted advisor to local and national firm clients, and provides day-to-day employment counseling and best practices advice to executives, managers, and human resources professionals on a full range of topics, including personnel handbooks and policies, employee relations, internal complaints and investigations, discipline and terminations, hiring, background checks and drug screens, FMLA and ADA leaves and accommodation, wage-and-hour compliance, as well as other employment matters which employers face routinely. He also provides training for attorneys, executives, human resources professionals, and managers on best EEO practices and avoiding employment litigation claims.

Sharing the knowledge he has gained is important to Steve. He is a frequent speaker at seminars for HR professionals and in-house employment attorneys, was a contributor to Seyfarth's treatise on wage-and-hour law, and regularly contributes to the firm's various employment law blogs.

Clients benefit from Steve's dedication to technology solutions. For example, Steve is a regional lead on various innovative, national counseling hotlines used by clients to obtain real-time, practical advice and counseling on all aspects of employment law compliance and best practices. In addition to receiving day-to-day counseling advice, these clients can access the data through intuitive dashboards to identify problem areas where additional employee training or policy updates may be necessary.

Steve enjoys the intellectual and esoteric aspects of the work he does at Seyfarth. But he most enjoys the opportunity to provide real-world, practical advice every day, and help his clients reach their employment-related compliance and business objectives. Steve is also proud of his many litigation wins and trial victories over the years.

  • JD, University of Houston Law Center

    Houston Journal of International Law, head articles editor
    Order of the Barons

  • BA, University of Houston
    Classical Studies

    Summa cum laude
    The Honors College

  • Texas
  • US Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
  • US District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • US District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • US District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • US District Court, Western District of Texas
  • Texas Supreme Court
  • Texas Court of Criminal Appeals
  • Texas Courts of Appeals