Areas of Practice
  • University of Arizona College of Law, J.D., summa cum laude, 2012, Order of the Coif, Research Editor, Arizona Law Review
  • Arizona State University, B.A., Journalism, cum laude, 2009
Judicial Clerkships
  • Judicial Clerk, Hon. Rebecca White Berch, Chief Justice, Arizona Supreme Court
Bar & Court Admissions
  • Arizona
  • US District Court of Arizona
  • US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

Erin Norris Bass

201 E. Washington Street
Suite 1600
Phoenix AZ 85004
TEL: +1 602 257 5260
FAX: +1 602 452 0964

Erin Norris Bass focuses her practice on labor and employment litigation matters.  She defends employers against wage-hour class actions; claims of discrimination, wrongful termination, and whistleblower retaliation; and unfair labor practice charges.  She advises employers facing union organizing campaigns.  Ms. Bass also counsels management on federal and state wage-hour compliance, employee discipline, and human resource policies.

Ms. Bass regularly blogs on topics of interest to HR professionals on the Steptoe Labor & Employment Blog.

Representative Matters

Employment Litigation

  • Claims of whistleblower retaliation under the Sarbanes–Oxley Act and age discrimination brought by a former high-level executive against a publicly-traded company
  • A multi-state wage-hour class action in New York federal court challenging the employer’s tip credit and uniform allowance pay policies under the Fair Labor Standards Act and various state laws
  • A wage-hour class action in California federal court challenging the employer’s piece-rate pay system under the Fair Labor Standards Act and California law and alleging a joint employer relationship
  • Claims of wrongful discharge in violation of Arizona’s Employment Protection Act
  • Retaliation and discrimination charges under Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act


  • Consolidated unfair labor practice trial and appeal to the NLRB challenging an employer’s discipline of employees who conducted a demonstration on a retail sales floor
  • Unfair labor practice trial and appeal to the NLRB challenging an employer’s national handbook policies
  • Dozens of other unfair labor practice proceedings, including challenges to an employer’s decision to close a facility and allegations of nationwide retaliation
  • NLRB representation hearing and objections to election proceedings under the expedited election rules
  • Union organizing campaigns in retail stores, distribution centers, food processing plants, and among truck drivers
  • Grievance arbitrations alleging discharge without just cause

Prior to joining Steptoe, she served as a judicial extern to the Hon. Susan R. Bolton at the US District Court, District of Arizona, and as a judicial clerk to Chief Justice Rebecca White Berch at the Arizona Supreme Court. 

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Professional Affiliations

  • Secretary, Arizona Law Review Alumni Association
  • Treasury and Finance Chair, Gabriel's Angels Board of Young Professionals
  • National Financial Institutions Employment Lawyers Committee
  • Contributing Editor, The Developing Labor Law