Steve is Heath Steinbeck’s managing partner, and founded the firm in 2011. In the firm’s first year, Steve served as lead counsel in the successful defense of an investor in a dispute over the celebrated ‘Ocean Dream’ diamond, obtained a seven-figure settlement in a real estate lawsuit for a BVI-based investment fund, and successfully dismissed a fraud and breach of contract action brought against a Beverly Hills film production company.
Today, his practice spans business litigation, intellectual property, and corporate matters, as well as general counsel responsibilities for select clients. He has more than 12 years of experience litigating business, real estate, trademark and copyright, unfair competition, partnership, entertainment, and employment disputes. His corporate practice includes representing founders, start-ups, and established companies in a variety of commercial and strategic matters, including corporate governance, real estate, intellectual property, joint ventures, and endorsement/publicity rights.
Prior to founding the firm, Steve developed his practice over several years handling complex civil and white-collar criminal litigation at a leading boutique firm in Los Angeles. He also worked in Manhattan for an international law firm, focusing on securities litigation and white-collar civil and criminal defense. He has litigated complex lawsuits and arbitrations in more than a dozen states, including New York, California, Illinois, Texas, Vermont, and Massachusetts.
Steve received his law degree, with honors, from the University of Durham in England. He obtained his master’s degree in International Relations, focusing on International Law and Security Studies, from the University of Chicago. Before law school he was awarded a Rotary International Youth Exchange Scholarship to study History and Philosophy in the Auvergne, France.
An active member of the community, Steve has been a founding director of The Dee Dee Jackson Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to helping children deal with loss and grief, a member of the Executive Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s International Law Section, and provided pro bono legal services at the Santa Monica Homeless Shelter. He is admitted to practice law in California and New York, and numerous federal courts across the nation.