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Steven Mir Sepassi

Mediation Attorney at Encino, CA

4.8   5 reviews
  • Licensed for 27 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1995
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Practice area
  1. Mediation
    An effective mediator can resolve a dispute where the parties have reached an impasse. A mediated resolution is almost always more beneficial than taking a case through the trial phase.

    22 years

The famous phrase by the late Jim McKay of ABC Sports, “the thrill of victory, and the agony of defeat” is a powerful expression that is now commonly used in the context of sports and the realm of competition. As I see it, this expression touches upon certain distinctions and emotions that are just as much a part of litigation as they are part of sports and a competitive culture. For example, there is a winner and a loser; there are risks and rewards associated with participating; the outcome is all or nothing; and there are a variety of tangible and intangible costs involved irrespective of whether you win or lose. What is more interesting is that athletes or competitors who taste “the agony of defeat” often have a second chance to win or redeem themselves - they can have another shot at the title. Except in rare circumstances, a party involved in litigation, who loses the case, does not get a second chance. In short, determining the winner and loser in the context of litigation has an air of finality about it.

Perhaps the foregoing explains the popularity of mediation and other ADR processes to resolve cases. What makes mediation such an effective tool in resolving cases is that there are no winners or losers. Rather, with the aid of a skillful mediator, both sides negotiate the terms of a settlement that is acceptable to both sides. Furthermore, the mediation process places control over the outcome of the case squarely in the hands of the parties as opposed to a judge or a jury, who are far removed from the parties’ emotional and financial investment in the case.

​Since starting my law practice in 1995, I have handled a multitude of personal injury, real estate and business litigation matters, to name a few. I have handled hundreds of low, mid, and high exposure cases. As a result, I am familiar with the usual life cycle of a case, and as a mediator I frequently use my litigation and trial experiences to assist the parties to predict or forecast the possible

outcomes or scenarios that they may face if the case settles or if the litigation continues. Most importantly, having represented both plaintiffs and insured defendants in litigated matters, I believe I have a firm grasp on the relative interests about which each side is concerned.

As a mediator, my task is to ascertain from each side the acceptable and the unacceptable outcomes (i.e., the points that are deal-makers and those that are deal-breakers), and then guide the negotiations towards the sweet-spot where the agreed-upon outcome is considered a win by both sides. Whether or not a case settles, my goal is to ensure that the parties and their counsel
deem both the process and the outcome as being fair - that is the essence of being a third-party neutral peacemaker.

​1995-2012: Law Offices of Steven M. Sepassi

2012-2021: Sepassi & Tarighati, LLP

2022- : The Sepassi Firm, APC


1995 - J.D., Southwestern University School of Law

1985 - E.D.C.E., University of Southern California

1981 - M.S.C.E., University of Missouri - Columbia

1979 - B.S.C.E., University of Missouri - Columbia


National Association of Distinguished Neutrals

Judge Pro-Tem (former), L.A. Superior Court

Los Angeles County Bar Association

San Fernando Valley Bar Association, Trustee (2017-2022)

​Mediation Panels:

U.S. District Court, Central District of California

U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Central District of California

California Court of Appeals, Second District

Ventura County Superior Court, California

Los Angeles County Superior Court (former), California

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Posted by Ensieh | June 1, 2010
Mr. Steven Sepassi
One of the most trustworthy, responsive and knowledgable attornies I have ever come across. I have been extremely happy to be working with Steve. I know I am in good hands and am very much confident that my case is getting excellent care and attention. I have been happy with the outcome of my case so far.
Posted by Zaven | May 22, 2010
Best law firm in town!
Sepassi has been our family attorney for over 10 years.
Posted by nahid | May 17, 2010
how i feel about my lawyer
when you have a legal issue ,you need an expert not just with profassinal knowledge but someone who understands your stress and frusteration.someone who provide you accurate information and advise and meanwhile is patient with you and kindly walk you throuth the whole hard process .i had this experience in mr .steven mir sepassi law office .mr mir sepassi and his staff were always available to answer my questions nicely and patiently and i strongly recommend him to anybody who needs legal assistance .
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Posted by HOSSEIN | May 15, 2010
A real lawyer you can trust.
I took advantage of knowledge,trust, and hard work of Mr. Mir Seppassi in couple of cases. I am very please with his performence and result.
Posted by A.A | May 19, 2010
Review for Mr. Sepassi
It was my first time using an attorney for anything, and he was great at keeping me informed and answering all of my questions in a way that I could understand them. I would absolutely recommend him.


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Work Experience

  • Senior Partner
  • Sepassi & Tarighati, LLP
  • 2012 - Present
  • Owner
  • Law Offices of Steven M. Sepassi
  • 1995 - Present
  • Intern
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court (Hon. Arthur Greenwald)
  • 1994 - 1995
  • Intern
  • U.S. Attorney's Office (Civil Tax Division)
  • 1994 - 1994
  • Manager
  • Rockwell International Space Division
  • 1984 - 1989
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  • Pepperdine Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution
  • 2003
  • Southwestern Univ SOL
  • Law
  • 1995
  • University of Southern California
  • Engineer
  • 1985
  • Univ of Missouri
  • undergraduate
  • 1979
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Legal Cases

  • SP22, Inc. v. Yurdumyan, et al.
  • Judgment for Clients, including punitive damages


  • San Fernando Valley Bar Association
  • Member of Board of Trustees
  • 2017 - Present
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles
  • Member
  • 1997 - 2012

Languages Spoken

  • Farsi
  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Mediator Appreciation
  • Bankruptcy Court of Central Dist. of California
  • 2009
  • Pro Tem Appreciation
  • Los Angeles Superior Court
  • 2009

Speaking Engagements

Attorney endorsements

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Mediation Attorney | Apr 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend Steven as an exceptional mediation attorney. He is professional, patient, and has a strong sense of justice and equity. He is an extremely competent, ethical, and conscientious mediator. In addition, he is an exceptional litigator who is pleasant, talented and thorough with the best interests of his clients in his mind."
Personal injury Attorney | Jul 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He knows the law and will represent his clients will zeal and dedication."
Litigation Attorney | May 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Steve is one of the best chapter 7 bankruptcy and auto accident litigators I have the pleasure of knowing. He has a great understanding of the law and approaches his practice in a meticulous manner. He has been practicing law for over 16 years and I recommend Steve without reservation."
Litigation Attorney | May 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Steve is one of the best litigators I know. He not only practices law in a competent and ethical manner, but he truly aims to use the law to help people's lives. He is highly intelligent, resourceful, and articulate. I recommend Steve without hesitation."
Car accident Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Real estate Attorney | May 15
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Steve is very professional, detail oriented and truely cares for the clients' best interests. He is very bright with a double major in both law and engineering. Steve is very accessible to his clients and colleages and returns messages promptly. He is a wonderful lawyer to work for as well as a high class human being."
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