Walter M. Stella

Member

San Francisco

(415) 262-8339

(415) 644-0978

Recent News:

More Than 205 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named Best Lawyers and Ones to Watch By The Best Lawyers In America

Best Lawyers selected 210 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 23 of the firm’s nationwide offices for inclusion in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Walter focuses his practice on challenging employment issues facing employers from advice and counseling, to complex transactional matter and litigation. Walter has more than 25 years of employment law experience, he provides practical solutions that minimize legal exposure for businesses in a heavily regulated employment environment.

Walter has been a guest on KQED radio programs and served as a contributing author for Aspatore’s Though Leadership series on Employment Law. He has been selected for the list of Best Lawyers in American since 2013 and Northern California Super Lawyers since 2014.

Walter earned his bachelor’s degree from Marquette University and he earned his law degree from Cornell Law School.

 

Experience

News

More Than 205 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named Best Lawyers and Ones to Watch By The Best Lawyers In America

August 19, 2021

Best Lawyers selected 210 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 23 of the firm’s nationwide offices for inclusion in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

How do the new masking recommendations affect workplaces?

July 20, 2021

Walter Stella spoke with KCBS Radio on what we should know about requirements as we look ahead to returning to the office.

California Reopening Prompts Changes to Workplace Safety Policies

June 22, 2021

Walter Stella was quoted in SHRM discussing how businesses must comply with applicable federal, state, and local requirements.

Why California workers could still keep masks after OSHA ruling

June 18, 2021

Walter Stella spoke with KCBS Radio about how indoor workplaces in California are clear to allow workers vaccinated against COVID-19 to no longer wear a mask, but that doesn’t mean businesses have to.

Cal OSHA will keep indoor mask mandate

June 04, 2021

Walter Stella spoke with KCBS Radio about Cal OSHA enacting rules for workplaces that require all employees to continue wearing face masks if just one among them isn't fully vaccinated.

Walter Stella on KCBS-AM

June 01, 2021

Walter Stella appeared on KCBS-AM discussing the upcoming Cal OSHA vote on COVID-19 guidelines.

82 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers, 19 Practices Earn Top Recognition in Chambers USA 2021 Guide

May 26, 2021

Chambers USA, the leading annual guide to the top lawyers and law firms in the United States, has ranked 82 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their respective fields in the guide’s 2021 edition; of those, 15 lawyers have been recognized nationally.

California Employers Should Review Evolving Worker-Classification Rules

January 13, 2021

Walter Stella was quoted in SHRM discussing California businesses classifying workers as independent contractors rather than employees.

4 major California employment law changes for 2021

January 04, 2021

Walter Stella spoke with HR Dive about the recent California bills that have been passed into law for 2021 brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Businesses are reopening. If you’re older or sick, what happens to your job?

May 22, 2020

Walter Stella was quoted in The Olympian discussing about the workplace reopening with questions that linger about how protections will shield workers who are older or have medical conditions in the time of the coronavirus.

Labor & Employment Law Update: 2019 in Review and a Look Ahead to 2020

December 05, 2019

Jake Rubinstein, Bethany Salvatore, and Walter Stella presented a webinar about the substantial changes in labor and employment law at the federal, state, and even local levels for 2019.

West Coast Expansion Continues with the Addition of 13 Labor & Employment Lawyers from Miller Law Group in California

August 01, 2019

Cozen O’Connor is pleased to announce 13 attorneys from California’s Miller Law Group — one of the largest woman-owned employment law firms in the country — have joined its San Francisco and Los Angeles offices.

Publications

COVID-19 FAQs For California Employers

July 01, 2020

Michele Ballard Miller, Walter Stella, Elena Hillman, and Austin Dieter designed an FAQ that California Employers have regarding COVID-19.

Events & Seminars

Past Events

Startup Essentials Program

March 05, 2021 - Webinar

Addressing Bias In The Virtual Workplace

October 28, 2020 - Webinar

The Year in Review and Looking Ahead to 2020

December 12, 2019 - Webinar

AB5: Is the Gig Up for California Employers?

December 04, 2019 - Webinar

I Don't Like Your Face

November 07, 2019 - Santa Clara, CA

Managing Leaves of Absence

October 24, 2019 - Webinar

Current Issues in Human Resources

October 03, 2019 - Oakland, CA

Is the Gig up for California employers?

September 27, 2019 - Webinar

Navigating Accommodations for Disabled Workers

September 19, 2019 - Webinar

Sex, Drugs and Human Resources

September 11, 2019 - Webinar

Industry Sectors

Education

  • Cornell Law School, J.D., 1990
  • Marquette University, B.A., 1987

Awards & Honors

Chambers USA, 2021

“The Best Lawyers in America,” 2013-2022

Northern California Super Lawyers, 2014-2021

Bar Association of San Francisco, Award of Merit, 2008

The Best Lawyers in the Bay Area, Bay Area Lawyer Magazine, 2005-2006

Bar Association of San Francisco Pro Bono Award, Bar Association of San Francisco Volunteer Legal Services Program, 2005-2006, 2008

Outstanding Volunteer in Public Services Award, Bar Association of San Francisco Volunteer Legal Services Program, 2003, 2012-2014, 2017

  • California
  • Illinois

Board Member, Northern California Human Resources Association (NCHRA), 2011-2013

Member, Editorial Board for “Bender’s California Labor & Employment Bulletin”