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Steven Sibouye Yamin-Esfandiary

Personal injury Attorney at Los Angeles, CA

5.0   10 reviews

also known as Steve Yamin

  • Licensed for 19 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2004
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About Steven

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Practice areas
  1. Personal injury
    Assisting people who are injured by the negligent, reckless, or illegal conduct of others. Our firm has a long-standing relationship with top-notch medical providers throughout California, along with well-established companies such as Dollar Rent A Car. As such, while effectively prosecuting clients’ personal injury claims, we are able to provide clients with first-rate medical care, replacement vehicles when needed, and accommodate any other needs.

    13 years, 60 cases

  2. Litigation
    Sophisticated business and commercial disputes, successfully and economically represent clients in complex litigation before federal and state courts throughout California, and before various fact finders, including judges, commissioners, juries, arbitrators and government and regulatory boards. Represent clients in the most focused, personalized and economical fashion possible.

    20 years, 100 cases

Los Angeles personal injury lawyer Steven Yamin founded M&Y Personal Injury Lawyers in 2004 with partner Nick Movagar. They have recovered over on behalf of injury victims. Attorney Steven has handled thousands of complex personal injury cases including: car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, wrongful death cases, and more. 

Steven S. Yamin has been a civil litigator in California since 2004. Mr. Yamin represents plaintiffs in federal and state court in numerous areas, including civil litigation, commercial landlord-tenant matters, lease disputes, unlawful detainer and evictions, personal injury, and a variety of other litigation and risk management issues. Prior to co-founding M&Y Personal Injury Lawyers, Mr. Yamin served as a senior associate with a well-respected real estate law firm and as an associate in the business litigation departments of two large firms in Los Angeles. 

Mr. Yamin's notable cases and results include the following: 

• Obtained summary judgment for landlord in lease interpretation dispute regarding tenant’s attempt to exercise option to extend lease and obtained possession of premises for client.

• Represented large real estate developer and commercial property owner against JPMorgan Chase in lender-borrower dispute regarding terms of rate-lock agreement and obtained favorable settlement.

• Defended majority owner of engine testing laboratory against fraud and breach of letter of intent claims regarding agreement to negotiate sale of interest in laboratory; obtained jury verdict and denial of plaintiff’s appeal.

• Represented owner of Kodak Theatre in complex litigation involving breach of contract and indemnity claims against contractor and designers of Theatre; obtained jury verdict in favor of owner and negotiated favorable settlement.

• Obtained multiple judgments and favorable settlements totaling over seven figures for lender in cases involving breach of promissory note and guaranty.

Upon graduation from Loyola Law School in 2004, Mr. Yamin received his Juris Doctorate degree and graduated Cum Laude with Order of the Coif Honors.  Mr. Yamin was also awarded the American Jurisprudence Award for achieving the highest course grade in Evidence and Wills & Trusts. While in law school, Mr. Yamin served as judicial extern to the Honorable Terry J. Hatter, Jr. of the United States District Court, Central District of California.

Mr. Yamin earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 2001.  He became a member of the State Bar of California in December 2004, and is admitted to practice in all courts in the State of California.

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M&Y Personal Injury Lawyers
4929 Wilshire Blvd Ste 960
Los Angeles, CA, 90010
M&Y Personal Injury Lawyers
350 S Figueroa St.
Suite 276
Los Angeles, CA, 90071
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Posted by Humberto | December 11, 2014
Five stars
Five stars all the way. Steve was such a caring person he truly cares for your well being. He always answer texts and calls with no delay. Always there when you have a question no matter how small. I personally have no complaints about how they run this business they have been good to me since day one. I would HIGHLY recommend them to any even if you just need to ask a question. They're always willing to help. So again they're the best give them a try you won't regret it.
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Posted by Delna | October 6, 2014
Went Above & Beyond!!!
After I got into a car accident, I contacted the services of a law firm through word of mouth and it was one of the worst decisions I have ever made!!! They represented me so poorly that I had no choice but to look for representation elsewhere. I found amazing reviews online about the MOVAGAR & YAMIN, P.L.C. Law Firm and initially I spoke to another lawyer, Brian, who spent his own time hearing all the details of my case despite that he could not represent me just so that he could refer me to Steven who was a better match for my case. With all the odds against me in this case due to the lack of communication and misinformation provided to me by the first law firm, Steven did more than what I believe was necessary to get me what was justly deserved. He was very thorough, always followed up with every new detail in regards to my case, and responded quickly whenever I had questions or concerns. I cannot recommend his service enough!! My case finally came to an end after a long 2 years and I cannot express how thankful I am to have met Steven, if only he was my lawyer from the beginning then my hardships would not have been so tiresome!! Now that I have hands on experience with what a difference having a great lawyer by your side makes, I will continue to highly recommend Steven's services to anyone who is looking for an amazing representation or is unhappy with their current law firm and demands better representation!
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Posted by Elie | May 24, 2014
Car Accident Taken Care of By Nick Movaghar and Steve Yamin
Nick Movaghar and Steve Yamin were both amazing at everything they did to help me both emotionally and financially. Seriously, even when I asked them a million questions that were unnecessary… just because I was worried about whatever it was, they still handled everything so professionally and they were just really helpful with everything… the car accident, the shop I got my car repaired at, the hospital, the therapy clinic, not to mention ALL the paperwork and ALL the medical bills were handled properly and correctly. These 2 guys ARE the best lawyers in LA when it comes to dealing with a car accident and a neck & back injury… I'm sure they deal with more cases than just that… But I am speaking strictly from my point of view and my case. I'm telling you all now, Nick Movaghar and Steve Yamin are the way to go! You can trust them 120%. -Elie
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Posted by Dave | December 8, 2013
Best attorney I've worked with
I had a legal issue that needed immediate attention. Mr. Yamin was extremely helpful and knowledgeable about my specific legal issue. He took the time to explain all the pros and cons of my case to me. He didn't sugar coat anything and was very frank about the strengths and weaknesses of my case. I found that refreshing. Mr. Yamin and his firm fought vigorously to advance my position, kept me informed with periodic updates and answered all my questions, even the ones I thought were elementary. In the end, Mr. Yamin was able to use the leverage he gained for me through legal maneuvering to achieve a fantastic settlement for me. I would recommend him to all my friends and family.
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Posted by Lily | December 7, 2013
Steve Yamin is awesome. Before working with Steve, I was racked with anxiety about how to deal with my negligent landlord. Even though I had proof that things didn't work properly at the home, and had a legal right to get them fixed, my landlord's lawyer sent me multiple harassing letters stating that I owed THEM costs and they threatened to evict me. I was worried. Even though I had read up on my rights and responsibilities, I wasn't 100% clear about how they might play out in front of a judge. And I certainly didn't want an eviction (or the cost of yet another move) to tarnish my excellent credit and bankrupt me. The fear of how much a good lawyer might cost me had me paralyzed. After some research, I found Steve Yamin. As soon as I had my first phone call with Steve, I gained tremendous peace of mind that took me from a frantic, frightened state, to one where the sky began to brighten in my favor. Since I couldn't initially forecast where my case would land, knowing that I wasn't going to be financially wiped out in the process was a huge factor in deciding to hire a lawyer. I discovered that Steve's incredible legal work and representation, as well as the first-rate service he consistently delivers, make him a rare find. Driven by a motivation to build a world-class law practice, he offers his clients "big firm" quality on all the work he does, while giving them the attention and responsiveness that only smaller firms can give. In my experience with attorneys, this is really rare! From the get-go, Steve was extremely polite and courteous, while being highly responsive. He always made himself available to my myriad questions, helped me set a targeted course, managing my expectations (and stress) at every step. As I quickly learned, Steve has a sharp mind and a keen understanding of California Real Estate Law. He was an incredible ally and helped me to identify what my situational strengths were, and how to strategically navigate around the issues that were not in my favor. He was straightforward with me and gave me a complete 360-degree understanding of my position, the stakes and my options. His communications with the opposing counsel were firm and his sharp tactics guided and primed me to flip the tables, putting me in a powerful position to successfully counter sue my landlord. In less than one year, I went from: Thinking I would have to have to pay a few extra thousand dollars to my landlord for his lawyer fees, eat the cost of another move and have my credit ruined …TO….Winning a case against my landlord and being awarded over $10,000 in damages (as well as full payment to cover my move & all MY lawyers fees). I couldn't believe it. If you are researching real estate attorneys, if you are unsure about how much a good attorney can help you, or if you are on the fence about hiring an ally, don't let the FEAR of costs prevent you from winning *more* than you thought possible. Consider the empowerment that Steve Yamin's representation can bring you and your case.
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Posted by Farook | November 21, 2013
Review Comments on Steve Yamin
I had the opportunity to work with Steve on a real estate case. Steve was superb, he stayed ahead of the process, anticipated the other side's steps before they happened, postured our position very well, followed the legal procedures in a very timely and competent manner and kept me informed all along the process. We could not have asked for a more desirable end result and at a very cost conscious manner. We did not have to spend much of our own time, he managed it all for us with a high level of competence and professionalism.
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Posted by Phil | October 28, 2013
Very patient
Yamin and his partner movaghar were very patient with me and a group of friends who had a car accident in June of 2013 . They kept us informed at all times very easy going and when a few road blocks occurred they figured out ways to still get the case done and handled overall they did a great job
Posted by Niloo | October 3, 2013
Trustworthy & Knowledgable - Great Attorney
I have had the pleasure of utilizing Mr. Yamin's services during the past 3 years and have worked with him on numerous real estate cases pertaining to my commercial properties. Steve has always provided top notch service both in response and knowledge and has been a trustworthy asset and ally on all these cases. He is steadfast in his approach and ensures that, as the client, I am always kept abreast with the latest updates regarding the cases. Not only is he brilliant, but he actually really cares. He wants to do the right thing for all involved. I would certainly recommend his services to others.
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Posted by anonymous | October 3, 2013
Positive, professional attorney service
I had an ordeal that needed legal attention. I was referred to Mr. Yamin-Esfandiary and was called immediately to review the facts of my case and setup an in person consultation. Since hiring Mr. Yamin-Esfandiary, he has taken every step to ensure a successful case for me. From describing legal terms & processes to me in common English to using every relevant legal strategy available to help fight my case. He was very professional, knowledgable and most importantly, caring. I will refer him to my friends and family.
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Posted by Sydney | October 2, 2013
Excellent Lawyer
When I had a car accident, my friend introduced me to Steve who he had used in a similar situation. I am so glad that I was put in touch with him because he handled my case flawlessly. He got me great results on my car accident, but unlike most lawyers, he always made time to answer my questions and was very responsive.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 200-295 per hour
  • Contingency 33%-40%
Payment methods
Cash, Check


AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Senior Associate
  • Goodkin & Lynch LLP
  • 2006 - 2013
  • Associate
  • Liner Grode Stein Yankelevitz Sunshine Regenstreif & Taylor
  • 2005 - 2006
  • Associate
  • Richardson & Patel LLP
  • 2004 - 2005


  • Loyola Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2004
  • Univ of California at Los Angeles
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2001

Sample of Legal Cases

  • CIM v. McCarthy
  • Jury verdict for client
  • Hunt v. Extengine
  • Obtained 12-0 jury verdict
  • YFP v. JPMorgan
  • Favorable settlement
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  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Century City Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Landau Lawyers League
  • Player
  • 2004 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Farsi
  • French
  • Spanish
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Honors and Awards

  • Clients' Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2013
  • Most Valuable Player
  • Landau Lawyers League
  • 2005
  • First Honors Award - Trusts and Wills
  • American Jurisprudence
  • 2004
  • Cum Laude
  • Order of the Coif
  • 2004
  • Member
  • St Thomas More Society
  • 2004
  • First Honors Award - Evidence
  • American Jurisprudence
  • 2003
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Speaking Engagements

  • Landlord's Remedies
  • Commercial Leases
  • 2010

Attorney endorsements

Received (15)
Given (11)
Endorse Steven
Personal injury Attorney | Oct 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Steve is extremely smart and capable. If a family member was injured, I would recommend they call Steve."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Steven is an exceptional litigation attorney whose reputation speaks for itself. Highly recommended lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Jun 16
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Steve is a talented and ethical lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Dec 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Working with Steve is fantastic. He brings focus, determination and skill to representing his clients. His clients are lucky to have a fantastic attorney."
Personal injury Attorney | Nov 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the privilege of knowing Steve for over 15 years. He was one of the best and brightest in law school, finishing near the top of our class. He has blossomed into an exceptional plaintiff's personal injury attorney. He is sharp, personable, and truly cares about his clients, which translates into results and client satisfaction. I wholeheartedly endorse him."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Very competent and hard working."
Personal injury Attorney | Jul 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I fully endorse Mr. Yamin. I have known Mr. Yamin for years and know that he cares deeply for his clients. Mr. Yamin is well-connected in the industry and steeped in experience."
Personal injury Attorney | Nov 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse Steve. I share a suite with Steve and on a daily basis see his dedication and passion for helping his clients."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Very skilled attorney who represents clients with passion and zeal."
Personal injury Attorney | Nov 21
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have known Steve for over ten years and he is an excellent lawyer. The results Steve has obtained over the years for his clients (ranging from fortune 500 companies to individuals) in different areas of the law speak volumes about his skills, abilities, and dedication as a lawyer. I feel very proud and fortunate to call Steve my business partner and his clients can rest assured they will get top notch legal representation."
Personal injury Attorney | Oct 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Steve is a consummate professional. He draws on a clear understanding of the law and years of experience to obtain great outcomes for his clients. I strongly endorse him."
Personal injury Attorney | Oct 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Steve is the lawyer you want on your side. He is great at many types of real estate and personal injury cases. Steve fights hard for his clients and gets them fantastic results."
Litigation Attorney | Oct 10
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Oct 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Steve Yamin is a new addition to the team of lawyers working with my office. From the first moment you meet Mr. Yamin you can sense his keen legal knowledge and expertise. An experienced litigator, Mr. Yamin has represented Fortune 500 companies as well as "the every man". I am proud to be working with Steve and look forward to many years of representing clients together."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Steve is a very smart, effective, caring & knowledgeable advocate. He is always mindful of his client's goals and objectives and provides result-producing representation. I highly recommend his services."
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Los Angeles Personal injury Lawyer Steven Sibouye Yamin-Esfandiary
Steven Sibouye Yamin-Esfandiary
Personal injury Attorney
Los Angeles, CA
Licensed for 19 years