Eleanor (Ellie) C. Schuermann


Email: ecs@kastnerkim.com

Practice Area

Ellie has over 15 years experience in representing and advising individuals and businesses of all sizes in day-to-day employment matters, employment litigation, as well as in complex business and commercial litigation matters. Her "soup-to-nuts" experience in employment law includes:

Representing and advising executives and individual employees in employment matters involving stock or equity compensation, stock options, severance agreements, employment contracts, change of control agreements, wrongful termination, discrimination, sexual harassment, independent contractor disputes, and wage & hour disputes.

Advising managers and human resource professionals on day-to-day employment issues, such as hiring & firing; employee discipline; leaves of absence; disability accommodations; background checks; employee privacy; use of independent contractors; wage & hour issues; workplace safety; investigating complaints of employee misconduct; sexual harassment and discrimination; layoffs and WARN Act compliance; and severance, stock, and benefits.

Representation of both employers and employees in litigation of matters involving claims of age, race, gender, national origin and disability discrimination; pregnancy discrimination; sexual harassment; wrongful termination; breach of contract; employee embezzlement; wage & hour compliance; misclassification of independent contractors, and claims under the Family Medical Leave Act and California Family Rights Act.

She has represented businesses and individuals in complex commercial disputes including trade secret misappropriation, false advertising, unfair competition, breach of contract, interference with contract and other business tort actions.

Professional Background

Kastner | Kim LLP since January 2009

Kastner | Banchero LLP 2005 - 2008

Prior to joining Kastner Banchero, Ellie worked at several firms in the Bay Area, including Thoits Love Hershberger & McLean, Hopkins & Carley, and Ferrari Olsen Ottoboni & Bebb. Ellie also worked as in-house legal counsel in two Fortune 500 companies (Robert Half International, Inc. and Applied Materials, Inc.)

Professional & Community Activities

California Bar Association (Employment Law and Litigation Sections)
Santa Clara County Bar Association (Member of Executive Committee for Labor & Employment Section)
American Bar Association (Labor & Employment and Litigation Sections
Judge Pro Tempore, Santa Clara County (Small Claims) and Alameda County (Small Claims and Traffic Court)

St. Clare's Choir

Ellie is also a frequent speaker and moderator at seminars. Below is a list of seminars she has presented:

Shooting the Messenger: Why Punishment for Retaliation Claims Always Far Exceeds the Underlying Crime, Santa Clara County Bar Association, September 9, 2008

Now What? The 2006 Employment Laws and Decisions Found Only in California, Santa Clara County Bar Association February 6, 2007

New Frontiers in Arbitration of Employment Disputes,Santa Clara County Bar Association, June 28, 2006

Employment Law Considerations for Using Contract Attorneys, Santa Clara County Bar Association June 22, 2005

Contract Attorneys: Ethical Issues and How to Resolve Them, Santa Clara County Bar Association, April 1, 2005

Legal and Business Issues for Performing Contract Work In-house , Association of Corporate Counsel of America (ACCA), San Francisco Career Development Committee,
March 24, 2005

How to Be A Successful Contract Attorney in the New Economy, Santa Clara County Bar Association, December 15, 2004

State Bar Admission

California State Bar

U.S. District Court, Northern District of California


Santa Clara University, School of Law, JD 1992

University of California, Berkeley, Bachelor of Arts Degree, Political Science, with Honors, 1987