Steve focuses his practice on complex business disputes, as well as defending law firms and attorneys sued for professional negligence.Steve has successfully represented clients in state and federal courts and in binding arbitrations in connection with a variety of claims, including profit participation disputes, breach of real estate partnership and lease agreements, construction and employment matters, trademark and copyright infringement actions, and legal malpractice claims. Steve has also represented franchisees in lawsuits against franchisors for violations of federal and California franchise laws, as well as taxpayers in disputes with the IRS.
Successfully represented a New York-based fashion house in litigation filed against it alleging an infringement of plaintiff’s copyright; namely, plaintiff’s purported ownership in two-dimensional graphic artworks for use on textiles and garments.
Obtained a complete dismissal for the defense where plaintiffs alleged the client refused to honor a contract valued in excess of $13,000,000 for the purchase of a raw commodity.
Successfully defended many employment matters alleging wrongful termination and other labor grievances.
Received a defense jury verdict for a Fortune 500 client on a claim of retaliation in violation of California public policy, in which the client's former employee alleged lost compensation in excess of $700,000.
Achieved a defense jury verdict in a $20M profit participation case, where client was also awarded in excess of $1.5M in attorneys’ fees.
Successfully defended many guild arbitrations brought before SAG and AFTRA.
Several substantial jury trial verdicts on behalf of professional seeking unpaid fees and costs.
Recovered several million dollars on behalf of a franchisee of a national car rental firm.
Obtained injunctive relief on behalf of the owners of an assisted living facility as against a management company that breached its agreement to pay the owners a monthly management fee, reimburse the owners’ lease payments on the facility (approximately $86K each month) and preserve the owners’ license issued by the Department of Social Services to operate the facility. By virtue of firm's efforts, the owners were able to regain control and possession of the facility placed in jeopardy due to the management company’s negligence.
Represented numerous real estate developers and commercial property owners. In one matter, secured over $600,000 in damages and attorneys' fees in a binding arbitration for the owner of a commercial building against a breaching tenant. In another matter, successfully tried breach of real estate sales contract involving sale of a commercial building for over $4,000,000,
Defended a national credit union against a claim of trademark infringement by credit card company Visa. In the action, Visa claimed that its "PLUS" mark for its network linking automatic teller machines was infringed by the credit union's "MoneyPlus" mark for the credit union's debit cards, where those debit cards could be used in the same ATMs that are part of Visa's "PLUS" ATM network. Successfully defended the credit union in the federal trial court. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the decision of the trial court.Successfully litigated an action to enjoin infringement of a famous trademark belonging to the client, a manufacturer of automotive lighting products, where the defendant was altering and selling under its own brand name the product of the client. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the injunction granted by the federal trial court in favor of the client.
- University of California at Los Angeles School of Law, J.D.
- Steve received his J.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles, where he was a Staff Writer on the Law Review.
- Dartmouth College, B.A.
- Steve earned his B.A., magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Dartmouth College, where he also competed as a member of the Varsity tennis team.
BAR & COURT ADMISSIONS
- State Bar of California
- Admitted to practice in all federal trial and appellate courts in California
- Board of Trustees, Temple Beth Am
- Chair, Education Director Search Committee, Pressman Academy
- Represented the United States in 2013 and 2017 Maccabiah Games, Israel, Tennis