After 29 years of judicial service, 21 of those years as a justice on the Court of Appeal, Steve has returned to private practice specialiizing in presiding over mediation, arbitration and referee/special master proceedings. Additionally, he is available for appelllate advising.
The more than 180 cases that he has authored and published in the California Appellate Reports demonstrate the breadth of his experience. He has a particular depth of experience in cases alleging serious personal injury and product defect including claims of punitive damages. He also has considerable bodies of work in real estate and construction matters, probate, employment law, medical service contract litigation, and agricultural disputes.
The following published cases are represesentative of the cases he has authored:
Yarick v. Pacificare (2009) 179 Cal.App.4th 1158.
Baker Manock & Jensen v. Sup. Ct. (2009) 175 Cal.App.4th 1414.
UAS Mgmt. v. Mater Misericordiae Hosp. (2008) 169 Cal.App.4th 357.
Johnson v. Ford Motor Co. (2005) 135 Cal.App.4th 137.
Horsford v. CSU Trustees (2005) 132 Cal.App.4th 359.
Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Assn. v. City of Fresno (2005) 127 Cal. App.4th 914.
Sweat v. Big Time Auto Racing (2004) 117 Cal.App.4th 1301.
Romo v. Ford Motor Co. (2003) 113 Cal.App.4th 738 and (2002) 99 Cal.App.4th 738.
Maples v. Kern Assessment Appeals Bd. (2002) 103 Cal.App.4th 172.
Thompson v. Tracor Flight Systems (2001) 86 Cal.App. 4th 1156.
Licensed since 1975
Hourly ($400-450/hour), Fixed (Sometimes)
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Outstanding Trustee||Armenian Community School Fresno||2004|
|Outstanding Contribution to Education||Sanger Unified School District||1983|
|Magna Cum Laude Honors||Santa Clara University School of Law||1975|
|Of Counsel||Dowling Aaron & Keeler||2010 - Present|
|Justice||Court of Appeal||1989 - 2010|
|Judge||Fresno County Superior Court||1987 - 1989|
|Presiding Judge||Fresno Municipal Court||1983 - 1987|
|Judge||Sanger Justice Court||1981 - 1983|
|Attorney||Vartabedian & Poochigian||1976 - 1983|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Association of Conflict Resolution||N/A||2010 - Present|
|California Judges Association||N/A||1981 - 1992|
|American Bar Association||N/A||1976 - 1983|
|State Bar of California||N/A||1975 - Present|
|Fresno County Bar Association||N/A||1975 - Present|
|Pacific Law Journal||Enhancing Sentences with Prior Convictions||1992|
|Judges Journal||Dismissal & Pre-arraignment Delay||1987|
|Judges Journal||Striking a Delicate Balance in Sex Abuse Cases||1985|
|Santa Clara University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1975|
|California State University, Fresno||Political Science||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1972|
|Law Day--Stanislaus County||Law Day--50 Years and Beyond||2010|
|La Raza Attorneys Annual Banquet||Remembering Judge Mario Olmos||2010|
|Consumer Lawyers/CCTLA Seminar||Collateral Source Rule||2010|
|California Appellate Institute||Appellate Legacy Presentation||2010|
|Swearing-in of New Attorneys||The Importance of Balance||2009|
|Continuing Education: Appellate Practice||Effective Appellate Argument||2009|
|Kern County Continuing Education||Effective Writ Practice||2006|
|California Bar Admission Ceremony||New Attorneys||2003|
|Bridging trhe Gap||Advice for New Attorneys||2001|
|Biennial Assembly of AEUNA||"From Generation to Generation"||1996|
|State Bar Program: Knowing Your Appeal||Appellate Practice||1995|
|Victim's Rights in California (At UOP-McGeorge)||Legal Rights of Victims||1992|