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J.D., University of California, Hastings, 1989

B.A., University of California, Berkeley, 1986

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Stephen Yang

Senior Counsel

Stephen Yang brings over 25 years of employer-side litigation experience with respect to wrongful discharge, discrimination and harassment matters, wage and hour claims, statutory compliance, and trade secret misappropriation cases.  He has litigated before federal and state civil courts, federal and state administrative agencies, the National Labor Relations Board and private arbitrators.

Mr. Yang also regularly counsels employers on a wide variety of employment matters including employee handbook and personnel policies, leave of absence issues, discipline and discharge matters, and union avoidance strategies.  He has drafted or revised a broad range of employment agreements and policies with an emphasis on protection of confidential information and trade secrets, covenants not to compete, on-boarding employees, and improper employee solicitation.  Mr. Yang also possesses extensive experience handling computer forensic issues arising in context of data misappropriation.

Mr. Yang has presented client seminars on manager training and recent employment law issues, and has been a faculty speaker for a National Business Institute seminar on “Employee Leave Rights Under State and Federal Law – What Every California Employer Needs to Know.” 

Mr. Yang graduated in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.  In 1989, he received his J.D. from the University of California, Hastings.  He was admitted into the State Bar of California in December, 1989.

Prior to joining Curley, Hurtgen & Johnsrud’s Silicon Valley office, Mr. Yang was an employment law attorney in the Palo Alto office of Paul Hastings LLP for over 10 years.  He also worked as an employment law attorney with the law firms of Jeffer Mangels and Littler Mendelson.  His experience runs the entire spectrum of employment law, ranging from defending traditional employment claims, trade secrets and employee mobility cases (both prosecuting and defending), as well as handling labor-management relations matters.

Mr. Yang resides with his wife and two children in Cupertino, California.  Along with spending time with his family, his interests include movies, dreaming up new home improvement projects, and all things sports-related.