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I am a partner in the law firm of Farley Cassy Schwartz Powell, the premier criminal defense team in Ventura County, CA.  I've been a member of the CA State Bar since 1981 and am also licensed in the state of West Virginia.  I am a UCSB graduate, UCLA Law School graduate and a former Ventura County Deputy District Attorney.  For over thirty years I've practiced law in Ventura, CA.  I presently defend those accused of crime and other misconduct.  I've tried cases from simple assault to deatth penalty murder.  I also litigate significiant civil matters.  Check out my blogs on crimnal law issues at my website,  


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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 80%
  2. Personal Injury: 5%
  3. Litigation: 5%
  4. Business: 5%
  5. Wrongful Death: 5%


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  • Peter John Marek

    I endorse Steven Powell. He has a huge advantage as a formerAssistant District Attorney. " They know that he knows what they know ". Two decades of practice with a top their firm, excellent local endorsements and reviews speak to the quality of his advocacy on his clients behalf. If you are in or near Ventura call him for a consultation. Experience matters!


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  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Steven. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


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Contact info

Schwartz & Powell

1001 Partridge Drive
Suite 105
Ventura, CA, 93003


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Recognition of Service Award 1982-1986Ventura County District Attorney's Office1986
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-HubbellN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerFarley Cassy Schwartz Powell2009 - Present
PartnerSchwartz & Powell1986 - 2009
Deputy District AttorneyVentura County District Attorney's Office1982 - 1986
AssociateKing & Williams1981 - 1981
Associate General CounselWest Virginia Legal Aid1979 - 1981
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar AssociationMember - Advisory Committee2012 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember - Litigation Committee2012 - Present
West Virginia State BarMember, Energy Law Committee2012 - Present
Nebraska and Ohio District CourtsAdmitted Pro Hac Vice2009 - 2009
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaMember2001 - Present
U.S. Supreme CourtAdmitted to practice1999 - Present
U.S. Federal District Courts No/So Districts of CAAdmitted to practice1997 - Present
U.S. Court of Appeals for Federal Circuit Washington D.C.Admitted to practice1996 - Present
U.S. District Court Central DistrictAdmitted to practice1992 - Present
Ventura County Judicial DistrictTemporary Judge of the Municpal Court1983 - 1983
American Bar Association, Litigation SectionMember1983 - Present
CA Deputy District Attorneys AssociationMember1982 - 1986
State Bar of CaliforniaMember, Criminal Law Section1981 - Present
State Bar of California, Criminal Law SectionMember1981 - Present
CA Supreme CourtAdmitted to practice1981 - Present
Ventura County BarMember1981 - Present
U.S. Federal District Courts No/So West VirginiaAdmitted to practice1979 - Present
West Virgina Supreme CourtAdmitted to practice1979 - Present
West Virginia State BarMember1979 - Present
Supreme Court of Appeals West VirginiaAdmitted to practice1979 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Arbiter System Inc vs Department of DefenseN/A
People vs BlankenshipN/A
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Publication nameTitleDate
Criminal Defense BlogVentura Criminal Defense Blog2011
Presidential Commission on Drunk DrivingDrunk Driving1985
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California - Santa BarbaraHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1979
University of California at Los Angeles School of LawLawJuris Doctorate1979
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Ventura County Sheriff's AcademyEvidence1985