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Harvey Sohnen

Harvey Sohnen graduated from Columbia University, and then earned a Master’s Degree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After his initial training in math and science, Harvey decided to apply his skills as an advocate and attended law school at the University of California at Berkeley.

His initial work as a lawyer was in the field of public interest law, as a legal services attorney. During these years, he was significantly involved in class actions concerning employment law and constitutional law.

25 Years Experience as a Civil Litigator in Contra Costa County

After his legal services experience, Harvey established his law practice in California’s Contra Costa County where he has been located since 1985. Harvey’s particular field of interest in law practice during this period has been civil litigation, with an emphasis on employment law and commercial law.  His practice includes handling class actions and complex litigation.

Harvey has been a frequent writer on legal topics.  He has served as the principal editor of the Contra Costa County Bar Association’s monthly magazine, the Contra Costa Lawyer. He has been quoted in a front page article on employment law in the Wall Street Journal and has been a frequent speaker at continuing education programs.  His professional memberships include the State Bar of California, California Employment Lawyers Association, the National Employment Lawyers Association and the Contra Costa County Bar Association.  He has been named a “Northern California Super Lawyer” in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Speaking Engagements:

  • “Employee and Employers Disability Tricks and Traps” to Contra Costa County Bar Association Employment Law Section, September 22, 2010 (with Phyllis Cheng, Chief Counsel for State of California, Department of Fair Employment and Housing)
  • “Disability Discrimination in Employment” to Contra Costa County Bar Association Annual CLE Program, 2004
  • “Ethical Issues in Employment Law” to Contra Costa County Bar Association Employment Law Section, 2002

In his spare time, he enjoys travel, working out at the gym, participating in a monthly book group, and keeping up the pace with his rescue dog, Chula.