Steve Festor mediates employment disputes, class actions, personal injury, trust and estate dispute resolution (TEDRA), family business disputes, and other complex litigation. Steve understands that a few cases need to be tried, but most cases should settle. He is committed to helping the parties reach an agreement that removes the pain, risk, and cost of continued litigation and conflict.

Steve started his career practicing insurance defense and business litigation. He then specialized in employment law and class actions. Steve’s cases have involved issues concerning wage and hour, employee misclassification, health and retirement benefits, discrimination, retaliation, employee non-competition and non-solicitation agreements, business disputes, fraud, personal injury, and other torts. He has also advised companies on a variety of employment matters.  Steve’s passion is now helping parties settle their disputes.




  • Mediator for the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
  • Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University School of Law
  • University of Oregon School of Law, Top 5%
  • Speaker: Negotiating Strategies for Setting Up and Closing the Deal. Washington State Bar Association CLE, May 25, 2021.

    “This was one of the most informative and useful CLE I’ve ever attended, and I was sworn in as a WSBA member in 1976!”
    “This has been a wonderful CLE! I learned a lot and was entertained by the CLE presentation (a CLE first for me).”
    “Great presentation. I learned a lot. I love the intersection between law and psychology.”
    “Excellent talk on negotiation today! Very insightful!”
    “Love the Haggling part. That was an amazing presentation.”
    “Really great mix of practical and research-based insights.”
    “Excellent presentation today Steve, very thorough and pragmatic. I thoroughly enjoyed it.”
    “Thank you so much for your time and sharing your knowledge. So many take-aways from this webinar. Love the Six Rules of Psychological Influence.”

“[Y]ou demonstrated your ability to resolve complex employment discrimination disputes by settling the most difficult of cases. Your concrete interpersonal skills and your ‘never give up’ persistence reflects in your outstanding resolution rate.”
Juan C. Vaca

Supervisory Mediation Coordinator, United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission