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My legal practice focuses on providing high quality, personalized criminal defense representation to each of my clients. In each case, I rely on my 14 years of experience as a criminal defense lawyer, trial attorney and a civil rights attorney as I look for every opportunity to undermine the prosecutor's theory both legally and factually. As a supplement to my legal experience, I also draw on the skills I developed as a public school teacher before law school and as a father of two after.  The philosophy underlying my approach to every case is to persude and achieve my client's goal by  "educating" the judge, the prosecutor and/or the jury in a way such that they open up to understanding the case from my perspective. The reality is that trial is a very high stakes risk that defendants are unwilling -- and often should not --- take.  So, it is imperative to me that I use my skills, working closely with my clients, their families, experts, employers, clergymen or anyone else that can help, to redefine the case and the defendant in ways that will impact the prosecutor or judge positively.  In that way, I work to connect a real person to each case for the prosecutor and position my client's apart from the stack of faceless files on the prosecutor's desk so that a better, more appropriate, and more just result is possible instead being locked into the prosecutor's default "standard" deal. And the results I have produced for my clients through my unique, personal approach have been consistently excellent


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 75%
    12 years
  2. Litigation: 15%
    18 years
  3. Family: 10%
    7 years


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

The Law Offices of Steven C. Valerio

1107 Fair Oaks Avenue
Suite 874
South Pasadena, CA, 91030


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerHunton & Williams2006 - 2007
PartnerO'Donnell & Mortimer LLP2005 - 2006
AssociateO'Donnell & Mortimer LLP2002 - 2005
AssociateArnold & Porter, LLP2000 - 2002
AssociateLitt & Associates1999 - 2000
Public Interest FellowHall & Associates1998 - 1999
Public Interest FellowBernabei & Katz1997 - 1998
Publication nameTitleDate
United States Supreme Court BriefHamdan v. Rumsfeld -- amicus brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court challenging the government’s authority to impose military tribunals for the trials of accused terrorists held at Guantanamo Bay2006
Los Angeles Daily JournalScope of Manager's Privilege Hinges on the Subjective Intent of the Advisor2002
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
New York University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1997
University of ChicagoEconomicsBA - Bachelor of Arts1992
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Rio Hondo Police Academy -- Cadet Reports and Writing ClassPerspectives on the Roles, Relationships, and Responsibilities of Law Enforcement Officers and Criminal Defense AttorneysN/A