Overview

Stephen J. Sferra focuses his practice on traditional labor law, including all aspects of labor relations and employment law. He represents national employers in a wide variety of industries in labor relations matters before the National Labor Relations Board and in federal courts. He has served as lead negotiator in numerous private and public sector collective bargaining negotiations and has litigated countless labor arbitrations with a strong record of success in "must win" cases.

As an employment litigator, Stephen has handled a variety of employment discrimination matters before state and federal courts and agencies. Additionally, he regularly counsels clients on issues arising under collective bargaining agreements relating to:

  • Business transactions
  • Strategic business planning
  • Positive employee relations
  • Other general labor and employment matters

Additionally, Stephen is a frequent speaker on many topics, including:

  • Strategies for maintaining positive employee relations
  • Collective bargaining
  • Sexual harassment
  • The Family and Medical Leave Act

In law school, Stephen was a member of the Case Western Reserve Law Review.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Member

Labor and Employment Section

American Bar Association

Member

Labor and Employment Section

Ohio State Bar Association

Member

Labor and Employment Section

Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association

Recognition

Named, The Best Lawyers in America©

2013, 2015-2019

Awarded, AV® Peer Review Rating

Martindale-Hubbell

Speaking Engagements

2018 Ohio Regional Employer Conference

Cleveland, OH

October 18, 2018
2013 Ohio Regional Employer Conference

Cleveland, OH

October 24, 2013
Ohio Employer Conference

Cleveland, OH

October 25, 2012

Non-Union Employers: Are You Prepared for the NLRB’s Assault on Your Policies?

Ohio Employer Conference

Littler Mendelson, Cleveland, OH

October 25, 2012

The NLRB and DOL Try to Breathe New Life Into Union Organizing and Regulation of Employee Conduct

The 2012 Executive Employer® Conference

Littler Mendelson, Scottsdale, AZ

May 10, 2012

Education

  • J.D., Case Western Reserve University School of Law, 1986cum laude
  • B.S., Bowling Green State University, 1983summa cum laude

Bar Admission

Ohio

Courts

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio