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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.      


Practice areas


  1. Mediation: 60%
  2. Arbitration: 35%
  3. Appeals: 5%



Hourly ($400-450/hour), Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:


Attorney endorsements

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  • Benjamin Prescott Tryk

    I endorse this lawyer. He is a great mediator and got a very tough case resolved for me and my client.


    Benjamin Tryk Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Frank Marvin Nunes

    I endorse this lawyer. We hired Justice Garabedian (Ret.) on a mediation in one of my biggest caes. He delivered a very methodical and fair result.


    Frank Nunes Car Accidents Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Dowling Aaron Incorporated

8080 N. Palm Ave., Suite 300
Fresno, CA, 93711-5797

8080 N Palm Ave 3rd Fl
Fresno, CA, 93711



We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Outstanding TrusteeArmenian Community School Fresno2004
Outstanding Contribution to EducationSanger Unified School District1983
Magna Cum Laude HonorsSanta Clara University School of Law1975
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Of CounselDowling Aaron & Keeler2010 - Present
JusticeCourt of Appeal1989 - 2010
JudgeFresno County Superior Court1987 - 1989
Presiding JudgeFresno Municipal Court1983 - 1987
JudgeSanger Justice Court1981 - 1983
AttorneyVartabedian & Poochigian1976 - 1983
Association namePosition nameDuration
Association of Conflict ResolutionN/A2010 - Present
California Judges AssociationN/A1981 - 1992
American Bar AssociationN/A1976 - 1983
State Bar of CaliforniaN/A1975 - Present
Fresno County Bar AssociationN/A1975 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Ameeruddin,etc,, et al. v. Guarantee Financial Real Estate, etc., Settled.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Pacific Law JournalEnhancing Sentences with Prior Convictions1992
Judges JournalDismissal & Pre-arraignment Delay1987
Judges JournalStriking a Delicate Balance in Sex Abuse Cases1985
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Santa Clara University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1975
California State University, FresnoPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1972
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Law Day--Stanislaus CountyLaw Day--50 Years and Beyond2010
La Raza Attorneys Annual BanquetRemembering Judge Mario Olmos2010
Consumer Lawyers/CCTLA SeminarCollateral Source Rule2010
California Appellate InstituteAppellate Legacy Presentation2010
Swearing-in of New AttorneysThe Importance of Balance2009
Continuing Education: Appellate PracticeEffective Appellate Argument2009
Kern County Continuing EducationEffective Writ Practice2006
California Bar Admission CeremonyNew Attorneys2003
Bridging trhe GapAdvice for New Attorneys2001
Biennial Assembly of AEUNA"From Generation to Generation"1996
State Bar Program: Knowing Your AppealAppellate Practice1995
Victim's Rights in California (At UOP-McGeorge)Legal Rights of Victims1992