Kerianne Steele


Telephone: (510) 337-1001

Kerianne R. Steele is a shareholder with Weinberg, Roger & Rosenfeld in Emeryville, California. Ms. Steele is licensed to practice law in both California and Nevada.  She represents a number of public sector/public service unions in California.  Her areas of expertise are drafting and implementation of state and local legislation, legal support for organizing campaigns, contract campaigns, and strategic campaigns, internal union governance and management, contract negotiations and enforcement, administrative hearings including before the Public Employment Relations Board (“PERB”) and the National Labor Relations Board, arbitration, mediation, litigation, and training of union leaders. Ms. Steele routinely handles unfair practice and strike-related matters at PERB and in court. She has directly participated in PERB’s rulemaking process and its recent efficiency initiative. She participated in the following California Court of Appeal cases that resulted in reported decisions: San Francisco Unified School District, et al. v. City & County of San Francisco, et al. (1st Dist. 2012) 205 Cal.App.4th 1070; SEIU, Local 1021 v. San Joaquin County (3d. Dist. 2011) 202 Cal. App. 4th 449; City of Richmond v. SEIU, Local 1021 (1st. Dist. 2010) 189 Cal.App.4th 663; San Francisco Housing Authority v. SEIU, Local 790 (1st. Dist. 2010) 182 Cal.App.4th 933. She is the author of all three editions of the California Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act of 2013 Pocket Guide, published by California Public Employee Relations, Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, University of California, Berkeley.  She co-authors the public sector case notes column of the California Labor and Employment Law Review, the official publication of the State Bar of California Labor and Employment Section.  Earlier this year, she helped update California Public Sector Labor Relations, published by LexisNexis, which is an essential secondary source used by California practitioners, and in March 2018, she helped completely rewrite three chapters. Prior to becoming an attorney, Ms. Steele was actively involved in innovative efforts to organize low-wage workers in the Los Angeles-area hospitality industry.  She later attended law school at U.C. Davis School of Law, where she served as a head steward of the union representing graduate student employees at the University of California campuses. She understands spoken and written Spanish.