Steve Tidrick is a senior policy fellow with the Progressive Policy Institute's Center for Funding America’s Future. Tidrick is managing partner of Tidrick Law Firm. Before founding The Tidrick Law Firm, Mr. Tidrick was a partner with Girard Gibbs LLP, a national litigation firm practicing in the areas of class actions and complex business litigation. Previously he was a senior associate with Boies Schiller & Flexner LLP.
Mr. Tidrick graduated from Harvard College, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. After law school, he clerked for Judge M. Margaret McKeown, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Mr. Tidrick is a member of the California Employment Lawyers Association, the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, and the Labor and Employment Section of the State Bar of California. He previously served as vice president of the board of directors of the California Bar Foundation, a nonprofit organization affiliated with the State Bar of California.
Mr. Tidrick served during the Clinton Administration on the “reinventing government” project. He later wrote a cover story for The New Republic titled "The Budget Inferno," which was republished in The New Republic Guide to the Issues: the ‘96 Campaign (Basic Books, 1996). Mr. Tidrick served as Chair of the Oakland Library Advisory Commission and served on the Oakland & Berkeley Mayors’ Task Force on Emergency Preparedness and Community Restoration. He was President of the Alameda County Democratic Lawyers Club from 2005 through 2007. He has moderated candidate forums and debates in local and statewide elections, including the first televised debate among the candidates for Mayor of Oakland in 2006. In 2008, he was elected by voters in California’s Ninth Congressional District to be a delegate to the Democratic National Convention. He has directed teams of attorneys in voter protection efforts in several elections. He is admitted to the state bars of California and Massachusetts, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First and Ninth Circuits, and in various federal district courts.