Overview

Stacey E. James has practiced exclusively in the field of labor and employment law, with an emphasis on advising management on:

  • Wage and hour matters
  • Employee discipline and termination
  • Leave of absence and disability accommodation situations
  • Employment policies and procedures
  • Employee benefits
  • Fair employment practices

Stacey has extensive experience defending employers in class actions and related matters in state and federal court and before numerous state and federal administrative agencies. Specifically, she handles claims of:

  • Overtime and other wage and hour issues
  • Discrimination
  • Harassment
  • Retaliation
  • Wrongful termination
  • Breach of contract
  • Defamation
  • Invasion of privacy
  • Workplace violence

Some highlights of her experience include convincing the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California to deny class certification of a putative class action alleging wage and hour violations against a large healthcare facility, and defeating class certification in state court and the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California for that same entity.

Additionally, Stacey sits on Littler’s Board of Directors and she is a published author and frequent lecturer for universities and employer organizations. Prior to attending law school, she worked in human resources and payroll. She is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Member

American Bar Association

Former Co-Chair

Labor and Employment Law Section

San Diego County Bar Association

Member, Board of Directors

Mama's Kitchen

Former President

Mama's Kitchen

Recognition

Named, The Best Lawyers in America©

2013-2019

News, Analysis & Press

Calif.: Salaried Exempt Employees May Be Required to Use PTO for Partial Day Absences

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

August 11, 2014

Minimum wage hike’s cost to employers weighed

San Diego Source/The Daily Transcript

July 29, 2014

The "Bring Your Own Device" to Work Movement

Littler Report

May 10, 2012

About Stacey E. James

ASAP

January 15, 2009

2009 Minimum Wage Increases

ASAP

December 19, 2008

Stacey James Urges Employers to Review Military Leave Laws

San Diego Business Journal

April 9, 2007

Welcoming Troops Home: Compliance Concerns Under Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act

San Diego Daily Transcript

April 2007

MLRC 50-State Survey: Employment Libel and Privacy Law (California Chapter)

Media Law Resource Center

November 2005

Can Corporate Officers and Directors Be Sued Personally By Individuals For Wage Claims?

San Diego Business Journal

August 29, 2005

Do Employers Have To Tell Employees About Their Right to Military Leave?

San Diego Business Journal

April 25, 2005

Are Employers Required To Provide Sexual Harassment Training To Supervisory Employees?

San Diego Business Journal

January 31, 2005

California Breaks New Ground: Paid Family Care Leave

Sheppard Mullin Labor and Employment Update

September 2004

Non-Union Employees May No Longer Assert Weingarten Rights

Sheppard Mullin Labor and Employment Update

June 2004

Sexual Harassment: California Supreme Court Reinforces Strict Liability Standard But Announces New Defense of 'Avoidable Consequences'

Sheppard Mullin Labor and Employment Update

November 2003

Making Downsizing More Difficult: California's New WARN Act

Sheppard Mullin Labor and Employment Update

September 2002

Losing Employees To The Military

Monthly Newsletter (reprint), American Subcontractors Association

September 2001

Losing Employees To The Military

Sheppard Mullin Labor and Employment Update

September 2001

Speaking Engagements

Southern California Legal Update - San Diego

San Diego, CA

December 7, 2017
New Employment and Labor Laws for 2016 - San Diego

San Diego, CA

January 7, 2016
California Mandatory Paid Sick Leave: Are You Ready?

May 13, 2015
New Employment and Labor Laws for 2015

San Diego, CA

January 6, 2015
New Employment and Labor Laws for 2014 and 2015

San Diego, CA

January 7, 2014
Littler’s Labor & Employment Law Breakfast Series, Employment and Labor Laws Update

Los Angeles, CALos Angeles, CAIrvine, CASan Diego, CA

January 16, 2013
Labor and Employment Law Update

San Diego, CAIrvine, CALos Angeles, CALos Angeles, CA

January 15, 2013
Labor and Employment Law Update

Irvine, CASan Diego, CALos Angeles, CALos Angeles, CA

January 10, 2013
Complying with California’s New Written Commission Plan Requirements

January 9, 2013
Complying with California’s New Written Commission Plan Requirements

December 13, 2012
Managing the Contingent Workforce in 2013

San Diego, CA

October 25, 2012
2012 Southern California Legal Update

San Diego, CA

January 24, 2012
The Truth About the Workplace of the Future: Debunking the Myths Surrounding Flexible Work

July 15, 2011
Employment Law Update

San Diego, CA

February 2, 2011
2010 Legal Update

San Diego, CA

January 13, 2010
Big Bucks for Breaks: Meal and Rest Period Requirements for California Employers

San Diego, CA

August 29, 2007
Compliance Solutions from the Boardroom to the Courtroom

Tysons Corner, VA

April 26, 2007

Education

  • J.D., University of San Diego School of Law, 1996
  • B.S., San Diego State University, 1991

Bar Admission

California

Courts

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California