Our firm grew out of a predecessor firm, Lemaire, Faunce, Pingel & Singer, founded in 1971, in which Steven Pingel was a senior partner. Over the years, Steven and his firm served as General Counsel or Labor Counsel to some of the state’s largest public employee unions, including the Los Angeles Police Protective League, Los Angeles County Employees Association (SEIU Local 660), California League of City Employee Associations and others.
He has been involved in a variety of high-profile cases including representation of “whistle-blowers” and the exposure of corruption in government; a successful multi-million dollar class action on behalf of 1100 Los Angeles County prosecutors and public defenders when the Board of Supervisors breached their collective bargaining agreement; and eliminating the Los Angeles Police Department’s abusive “House Arrest Rule” in civil rights litigation on behalf of Los Angeles police officers. In addition, he has successfully represented employees in the Supreme Court and all other courts in the state.
Steven’s cases also include a $700,000 jury verdict for a school principal who was wrongfully terminated when she insisted that her employer treat parents’ concerns over potential toxic hazards seriously, a $340,000 jury verdict for an Anaheim police officer who “blew the whistle” on police misconduct (ultimately resulting in a $500,000 settlement for the officer), and a $3,000,000 recovery for ten female Newport Beach Police Department employees who sued their employer in a “hostile environment” sexual harassment case.
We have helped “make the law” in the public sector employment field with precedent- setting victories in the Appellate Courts and the Supreme Court. His Supreme Court cases include: Saad Morcos v. Board of Retirement (1990); Rodney Pearl v. WCAB, University of California (2001); and Angelita Hoffman v. Board of Retirement (1986). In the United States Court of Appeals (9th Circuit), he and his team were victorious on behalf of thousands of California’s police officers and firefighters in the age discrimination class action, Arnett et al. v. California Public Employees’ Retirement System, et al (1999).
Steven has successfully represented employees in other landmark California Court of Appeal cases including Langan v. City of El Monte (2000), Huntington Beach Police Officers Association v. City of Huntington Beach (1976) and Gelman v. Board of Retirement (1978).