Steve Cikes brings 15 years of experience representing and advising public agencies and non-profit organizations on labor, employment and government law as well as affirmative, public interest litigation.
Prior to RPLG, Mr. Cikes joined Sloan Sakai Yeung Wong LLP in 2005. His practice focused primarily on representing and advising public agencies and non-profit organizations on labor, employment and government law matters. He also represented clients in affirmative, public interest litigation – including, for example, severing a counsel for representatives of a municipal entity subclass in In Re Lithium Ion Batteries Antitrust Litig. Mr. Cikes has extensive litigation experience, having handled a variety of cases before state and federal courts, administrative tribunals and arbitrators. He successfully litigated cases involving claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act, 42 U.S.C. § 1983, Title VII and California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act. He also has significant experience dealing with traditional and administrative writs of mandate, federal/state preemption issues, fiscal emergencies and the vesting of public employee pension and retiree medical benefits.
During law school, Mr. Cikes served as a judicial extern for United States District Court Judge William H. Alsup (Northern District of California), a law clerk for the United States Attorney’s Office, Criminal Division in San Francisco, and an editor of the law review.