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Stephen P. Sonnenberg

Stephen P. Sonnenberg

JAMS
Mediator and Arbitrator
New York, NY, USA


Stephen P. Sonnenberg, Esq., a mediator at JAMS in New York, has deep experience in understanding and resolving complex labor and employment disputes. Mr. Sonnenberg’s unique background, which allows him to understand both plaintiff and defendant concerns, comes from the practice of law, experience as a mediator, and prior experience as a psychotherapist. Mr. Sonnenberg has achieved a prestigious ranking from Chambers USA, within the Labor & Employment band.

Mr. Sonnenberg practiced labor and employment law at the highest levels for 25 years at Paul Hastings. Leadership roles at the firm included a term as Chair of the New York Employment Law Practice (2014-2017), Vice Chair of the Employment Law Department (International) (2003-2014) and Co-Chair of the Employment Law Department’s national wage and hour law practice (2005-2014). Resident for an equal amount of time in the firm’s Los Angeles and New York offices, Mr. Sonnenberg represented and advised clients in a wide range of employment disputes, including wage and hour class and collective actions, retaliation, wrongful discharge, discrimination and harassment lawsuits. He has also overseen and conducted privileged internal investigations in response to complaints of misconduct 

During his law practice, Mr. Sonnenberg was also a sought after mediator in several complex employment matters, and he mediated numerous matters as a member of the Mediation Panels of the U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. He has provided employment law training and advice in a variety of settings, including internal training for Asia-based companies with operations in the United States. 

Before practicing law, Mr. Sonnenberg devoted himself to a 15-year career as a social worker in Michigan and California. Mr. Sonnenberg worked in diverse clinical settings and community organizations, assisting individuals with a wide range of emotional, vocational and financial challenges, including facilitating the resolution of disputes with family members, employers and other third parties. Settings included psychiatric hospitals, a community mental health center, and the private practice of psychotherapy working with individuals, couples and families.
Stephen P. Sonnenberg is associated with the following items:
Web Segment  Web Segment Preventing and Responding to Violence in the Workplace - Employment Law Institute 2017, Monday, October 23, 2017
Resolving Highly Emotional Workplace Complaints and Claims - Psychological Issues in the Workplace 2018, Thursday, April 26, 2018
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Stephen P. Sonnenberg and Shaira Sithian, 253 N.Y.L.J. No. 112, Mental Stability At Work: an Assessment (June 12, 2015) - Employment Law Institute 2017, Monday, October 23, 2017
Stephen P. Sonnenberg and Diane Knox, Protecting Against Workplace Violence (July 2017) - Employment Law Institute 2017, Monday, October 23, 2017
Stephen P. Sonnenberg and Brian Hayes, Survey of Selected Mental Distress Awards Within the Second Circuit - Psychological Issues in the Workplace 2018, Wednesday, April 25, 2018
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Preventing and Responding to Violence in the Workplace - Preventing and Responding to Violence in the Workplace , Monday, October 23, 2017
Resolving Highly Emotional Workplace Complaints and Claims - Resolving Highly Emotional Workplace Complaints and Claims, Thursday, April 26, 2018
Transcripts  Transcripts Preventing and Responding to Violence in the Workplace - Preventing and Responding to Violence in the Workplace , Monday, October 23, 2017
Resolving Highly Emotional Workplace Complaints and Claims - Resolving Highly Emotional Workplace Complaints and Claims, Thursday, April 26, 2018
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Preventing and Responding to Violence in the Workplace - Preventing and Responding to Violence in the Workplace , Monday, October 23, 2017
Resolving Highly Emotional Workplace Complaints and Claims - Resolving Highly Emotional Workplace Complaints and Claims, Thursday, April 26, 2018
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Employment Law Institute 2017, Friday, October 27, 2017, New York, NY
Psychological Issues in the Workplace 2018, Wednesday, May 02, 2018, New York, NY
Course Handbooks  Course Handbooks Psychological Issues in the Workplace 2018
Live Seminar  Live Seminar Psychological Issues in the Workplace 2019, Wednesday, April 03, 2019, New York, NY
Live Webcast  Live Webcast Psychological Issues in the Workplace 2019, Wednesday, April 03, 2019, New York, NY
PLI Grpcast-Live Web  PLI Grpcast-Live Web Psychological Issues in the Workplace 2019, Wednesday, April 03, 2019, Nashville, TN
Psychological Issues in the Workplace 2019, Wednesday, April 03, 2019, Columbus, OH
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