Stephen R. Holden

Mr. Holden is the founder of the Holden Law Group and manages both the Legal Services and Human Resource Consulting departments of the firm.

Legal & Management Experience

Mr. Holden is a seasoned litigator of all types of employment claims.  Whether the dispute is in state court, federal court or an administrative agency, it is likely one previously encountered and successfully defended by Mr. Holden.  His litigation expertise includes the skillful use of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, including arbitration and mediation.  Mr. Holden handles matters before all courts and administrative agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, Department of Labor, Department of Labor Standards Enforcement, Cal-OSHA Appeals Board and Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board.

When he is not managing the aggressive defense of claims, Mr. Holden helps employers prevent claims with cutting edge legal and practical preventive advice.  His legal advice is combined with keen business sense and practical human resource experience.  Prior to attending law school, Mr. Holden was the Vice President and General Manager of a company with retail, wholesale and manufacturing operations.  He uses his business and management experience to connect clients with real-world solutions that meet client expectations.

Mr. Holden has successfully represented clients ranging from small business with just a few employees to multi-national companies with thousands of employees.  He has experience representing clients in a broad range of industries, including agriculture, construction, health care, hospitality, manufacturing, social services, professional services, retailing, transportation and utilities.

Professional Activities and Interests

Mr. Holden is a member of the California Bar Association and the labor and employment law section of the bar.  He was selected by peer review to the 2013 Best of the Bar designation. He was a member of the Milton L. Schwartz American Inn of Court.

Mr. Holden’s experience includes serving as an editor for the California Employment Law Monitor and contributing author for the Sacramento Business Journal.  It also includes serving as a director and volunteer for a number of non-profit community service organizations.

Mr. Holden has a passion for endurance sports.  He has completed numerous long-distance events including the Ironman Triathlon and the Western States 100 Mile Run.


J.D., University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

  • Editor-in-Chief, Pacific Law Journal
  • Recipient of several American Jurisprudence Awards.

B.S., Business Administration University of Redlands

Also studied at the University of Colorado and abroad in Salzburg, Austria.

Employment History

Holden Law Group
2006 – Present

Palmer Kazanjian Holden
2000 – 2006

Littler Mendelson
1994 – 2000

Porter Scott
1992 – 1994

Redlands Paint, Inc.

Representative Articles

An Attorney’s Demand for Employment Records; What Employers Should Know, Sacramento Business Journal 

Arbitration Can Be Tricky, Sacramento Business Journal

Avoiding ADA Liability for Employees Injured on the Job, Sacramento Business Journal

Avoiding Age Discrimination Lawsuits, Insurance Thought Leadership

Common Myths about Medical Marijuana and the Workplace, Insurance Thought Leadership

Do an Annual Human Resource Audit, Sacramento Business Journal

Don’t Tell Employees They Can Take a Hike if They Don’t Like Your Policies.  The Federal Government is Watching!  Sacramento Business Journal

Employers’ Use of Megan’s List, Sacramento Business Journal

Ensure Proper Employee Classification, Avoid Costly Litigation Later, Sacramento Business Journal 

E-Verify System. Good? Bad? Mandatory?  Sacramento Business Journal

Hiring Safe Workers Pays Off, Sacramento Business Journal

Mishandling of Breaks, Sacramento Business Journal

Sick-Leave Law Raises Many Questions, Sacramento Business Journal 

To Drug Test or Not to Drug Test, Sacramento Business Journal

Unpaid Internships are Risky Business, Sacramento Business Journal

What to Do When an Employee Refuses to Sign a Document, Sacramento Business Journal

Representative Presentations & Trainings

AB2222 Roundtable – A Discussion on Dealing with Expanded Disability Discrimination Law

AB60: The 8-Hour Restoration & Workplace Flexibility Act

ADA Analysis: Another Layer of Analysis in Medical Cases

Analyzing Leave of Absence Requirements in 3 Easy Steps

Arbitration of Employment Disputes: Benefits and Limitations

Avoiding Claims of Harassment—Interactive Manager Training, numerous sessions for specific clients

Avoiding Claims of Harassment—Interactive Employee Training, numerous sessions for specific clients

Avoiding Liability for Unlawful Employment Practices (Harassment, Wrongful Termination, Wage & Hour Issues)

Avoiding Misclassification Liability Under the Revised FLSA Regulations & California Law

California Labor Law and Employee Training

California Employment Law Basics for Insurance Producers

Developments in Employment Law and Human Resources: A Review of 2008 and a Look into the Future

Disability Discrimination: What Employers Need to Know to Avoid Employee Claims

Drug Testing in the Workplace

EEOC Compliance in California

Employee Handbooks: Getting it Right

Employment Discrimination & Sexual Harassment—Beyond the Basics

Employment Law Update: Equal Employment Opportunity Law Developments

Employment Related Records in California

EPLI Coverage and Employment Torts

Everything Employers Need to Know About Employment Law in California

Handling Medical Issues in the Workplace: Manager Training, numerous sessions for specific clients

“Hot Button” Employment Issues for Country Clubs

Independent Contractor or Employee?

Integration of Benefits/Integration of Rights; the Injured/Disabled Employee

Internal Investigations of Employee Issues

Labor Laws & Hiring Practices to Hire Safe People

Labor Law Update and “Hot Button” Issues

Leaves of Absence and Time Off in California

Leaves of Absence and Wage & Hour Laws for the California Employer

Leaves Management & Labor Law Updates

Legal Update for California Supervisors

Managing Employee Leaves & AB 1522 Paid Sick Leave

Medical Issues in the Workplace and the Overlap of Inconsistent Laws

Overview of FMLA/CFRA and ADA/FEHA

Recruiting and Hiring Practices for Small Businesses

Social Media Policies: Staying Ahead of the Social Media Curve

Special Employment Law Update for HR Professionals

Time Off in California, State and Federal Laws on Employee Leave, Vacations and Holidays

The Employment Law Audit: Creating a Shield Against Employment-Related Claims

The Nature of a Retaliation Action

Violence in the Workplace: Why Management Needs to Have a Plan in Place

Wrongful Termination Law for Managers


Employment Arbitration, Is it Right for Your Organization?

Mandatory Paid Sick Leave. Are You Ready?

The Do’s and Don’ts of Workplace Investigations