Stephen H. Harris

Partner at Paul Hastings LLP

Stephen H. Harris

Stephen H. Harris

Partner at Paul Hastings LLP

Biography

Paul Hastings LLP

Stephen H. Harris
Partner, Employment Law Department
Stephen Harris is a partner in the Employment Law Department of Paul Hastings and co-chair of the department’s Global Compensation, Benefits, and ERISA practice. Based on the West Coast, he devotes his practice to executive compensation, employee benefits, and workforce restructuring matters. Mr. Harris advises clients regarding plan design, administration, and fiduciary issues and represents clients in benefits litigation. His employee benefits practice focuses on designing, implementing, interpreting and litigating claims related to qualified and non-qualified retirement plans, domestic and international executive contracts, stock option and other equity plans, severance plans, and vacation plans. He advises clients on ERISA, Internal Revenue Code, COBRA, and HIPAA compliance, as well as the federal WARN Act and various state analogs, and counsels qualified plan fiduciaries how to best limit fiduciary liability concerns.

Mr. Harris negotiates and drafts employment contracts and severance agreements, represents sponsors of employee benefit plans in voluntary compliance programs maintained by the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Labor, and conducts due diligence and drafts contract provisions for employee benefits matters in connection with corporate transactions. He regularly represents compensation committees, boards of directors, and qualified plan fiduciary committees. Mr. Harris has litigated a wide range of individual and class action cases involving numerous employee benefits issues.


Recent Representations

Impress Communications v. UnumProvident Corp., 335 F. Supp. 2d 1053 (C.D. Cal. 2003)
Grenell v. UPS Health and Welfare Package, 390 F. Supp. 2d 932 (C.D. Cal. 2005)
Serpa v. SBC Telecomms., Inc., 318 F. Supp. 2d 865 (N.D. Cal. 2004)
Serpa v. SBC Telecomms., Inc., No. C 03-4223 MHP, 2004 WL 3204008 (N.D. Cal. Dec. 8, 2004)
Serpa v. SBC Telecomms., Inc., No. C 03-4223 MHP, 2004 WL 2002444 (N.D. Cal. Sept. 7, 2004)
Safavi v. SBC Disability Income Plan, 2007 WL 1859382 (C.D. Cal.)
Stewart v. AT&T Inc., 354 F. App’x 111 (Ct. App. 5th Dist. 2009)
Stewart v. AT&T Inc., 381 F. App’x 474 (Ct. App. 5th Dist. 2010)
Day vs. AT&T Disability Income Plan, 685 F. 3d 848 (9th Cir. 2012)

Professional and Community Involvement

Board member, Junior Achievement of Southern California and Menorah Housing
Served as counsel for various charities on a pro bono basis



Education

University of Southern California Law School, J.D., 1996
University of California Los Angeles, B.A., 1993

Practice Areas

International Employment Law
Global Compensation, Benefits, and ERISA
Employment Law

Admissions

California Bar

Education

University of Southern California Law School, J.D., 1996
University of California Los Angeles, B.A., 1993

News
July 2, 2012

Paul Hastings Represents Klune Industries in Sale to Precision Castparts Corp.
February 13, 2012

Paul Hastings Represents Wells Fargo Capital Finance in Financing for Crowley Petroleum Distribution, Inc
August 25, 2011

Paul Hastings Represents Klune Industries in Acquisition of GCM North American Aerospace

Publications
October 4, 2012

NYSE and NASDAQ Issue Proposed Listing Rule Changes for Compensation Committees and Compensation Advisers
November 10, 2011

New IRS Voluntary Worker Reclassification Program
June 2, 2011

Some Cafeteria Plans Must Be Amended by June 30

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Stephen H. Harris
Partner at Paul Hastings LLP
Education
J.D.
Class of 1996

The University of Southern California Law School (Gould School of Law), located in Los Angeles, California, is a law school within the University of Southern California. The oldest law school in the Southwestern United States, USC Law had its beginnings in 1896, and was officially established as a school of the university in 1904

B.A.
Class of 1993

UCLA's primary purpose as a public research university is the creation, dissemination, preservation and application of knowledge for the betterment of our global society. To fulfill this mission, UCLA is committed to academic freedom in its fullest terms: We value open access to information, free and lively debate conducted with mutual respect for individuals, and freedom from intolerance. In all of our pursuits, we strive at once for excellence and diversity, recognizing that openness and inclusion produce true quality. These values underlie our three institutional responsibilities. Learning and teaching at UCLA are guided by the belief that undergraduate, graduate and professional school students and their teachers belong to a community of scholars. This community is dedicated to providing students with a foundational understanding of a broad range of disciplines followed by the opportunity for in-depth study in a chosen discipline. All members of the community are engaged together in discovering and advancing knowledge and practice. Learning occurs not only in the classroom but also through engagement in campus life and in communities and organizations beyond the university.

Career History
Partner
Current

Paul Hastings is a leading international law firm that provides innovative legal solutions to many of the world's top financial institutions and Fortune Global 500 companies. With a strong presence throughout Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the U.S., they have the global reach and extensive capabilities to provide personalized service wherever their clients’ needs take them.

Human Resources Chairman
Prior

JA SoCal inspires and prepares young people to succeed in a global economy. Volunteers from the professional sector help youth explore the business of life through hands-on dynamic programs that teach skills related to managing money, starting a business and entering the work-world.

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Thoma Bravo LP purchases QAD, Inc.

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Pioneer Merger Corp. purchases Acorns Grow, Inc. from BlackRock Private Equity Partners

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Seaport Global Acquisition Corp. purchases Redbox Automated Retail LLC

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