The Labor and Employment Law Section’s New Executive Committee Members



Scott Stillman is a partner at McGuinn, Hillsman & Palefsky who specializes in employment law. He represents workers in a wide variety of cases, including discrimination, retaliation, sexual harassment, and wrongful termination matters throughout the State of California. He graduated from Stanford University and received his J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law.

Before joining McGuinn, Hillsman & Palefsky, Mr. Stillman worked as an extern for Judge Susan Illston of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, as a legal intern for the San Francisco Office of the Public Defender, and as a law clerk for Altshuler Berzon LLP and Greater Boston Legal Services—Employment Unit.

He serves on the Diversity Committee of the California Employment Lawyers Association. He is also a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association and the Bar Association of San Francisco. Additionally, he is a regular volunteer with Legal Aid At Work.

Katherine Thomson has been a neutral arbitrator and mediator of labor and employment disputes since 1997. She is a member of the National Academy of Arbitrators. She arbitrates in many industries, including construction, communications, education, federal public sector, healthcare, police and fire, correctional officer, hotels/casinos, transit, hospitals/nursing homes, utilities, and broadcasting.

From 1989 to 1996, she practiced public sector labor law with the Law Offices of Robert J. Bezemek in Oakland, California. Prior to 1989, she litigated employment discrimination and wrongful termination cases with Allred, Maroko & Goldberg in Los Angeles. Ms. Thomson served as co-director of the California Public Employee Relations program and editor of its journal, California Public Employee Relations, from 2011 to 2013.

Ms. Thomson co-authored Pocket Guide to Just Cause: Discipline and Discharge Arbitration with Bonnie Bogue and Pocket Guide to Public Sector Arbitration: California with Ms. Bogue and Frank Silver. She has authored several articles, including Arbitrator May Rule on Legal Defense to Grievance, 180 California Public Employee Relations 28 (2006); Public Employers Face Avalanche of Increased Benefits Costs, 157 CPER 20 (2002); Expired Personnel Records: Can They Be Revived? 133 CPER 3 (1998); and Retirement Health Benefits: Gratuity or Guarantee? 121 CPER 20 (1996). She is the editor of Arbitration 2015: Privacy, Transparency, Legitimacy, Proceedings of the Sixty-Eighth Annual Meeting, National Academy of Arbitrators.

Ms. Thomson received a B.A., summa cum laude, in quantitative psychology from UCLA and a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.

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