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After graduating from University of Pennsylvania in 1992 and the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 1996, I served as a military prosecutor with the U.S. Army's JAG Corps.

I entered private practice in San Diego in early 2000, as a business litigation attorney.

In 2008, I founded The Coopersmith Law Firm. The Firm represents individuals and businesses at all stages of litigation, and advises clients on methods to avoid and minimize the risk of litigation. Strategic, straightforward, efficient, and effective, we understand and listen to the needs of our clients - a skill often forgotten in the modern business world.

The Firm's primary focus is business and commercial litigation, including contract, partnership, corporate, financial fraud, employment, real estate, and securities disputes.

Representing both plaintiffs and defendants, the Firm provides clear-thinking and intelligent advice to a wide range of clients, and offers the quality of much larger firms at a much lower cost. From the outset of a dispute through trial, The Coopersmith Law Firm guides its clients through the stormy and often uncertain waters of litigation and towards a positive result.



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Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 45%
    20 years
  2. Investment Fraud: 35%
  3. Employment: 10%
    15 years
  4. Landlord & Tenant: 10%



Hourly ($275-425/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Kevin Lawton Wheeler

    I endorse this lawyer. Steve is a zealous advocate for this clients. He is sharp minded and a master at strategically positioning his cases.


    Kevin Wheeler Securities and investment fraud Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Earll M Pott

    Steve is a tenacious litigator. He readily understands the value of a case and works hard to achieve that maximum value for his clients. A straight shooter with a wealth of real world trial experience and common sense.


    Earll Pott Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact info

555 W Beech St Ste 230
San Diego, CA, 92101


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Bar Register of Pre-Eminent LawyersMartindale-Hubbell2016
Super LawyerSan Diego Super Lawyers Magazine2016
Bar Register of Preeminent LawyersMartindale-Hubbell2015
Super LawyerSan Diego Super Lawyers Magazine2015
Super LawyerCalifornia Super Lawyers2014
Bar Register of Pre-Eminent LawyersMartindale Hubbell International Law Directory2014
Top 10 Lawyers, Corporate LitigationSan Diego Daily Transcript2014
Top 10 Attorneys in San Diego, Corporate LitigationSan Diego Daily Transcript2013
2013 Top Lawyers, Business and Commercial LitigationSan Diego Magazine2013
Bar Register of Preeminent LawyersMartindale-Hubbell2013
Top 10 Lawyers in San Diego, Corporate LitigationSan Diego Daily Transcript2012
AV-Preeminent Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell International Law Directory2012
Best Attorneys of 2011 NomineeSan Diego Daily Transcript2011
Power Lawyers and Law Firms 2011 -- ProfileRiviera Magazine2011
Pre-Eminent Rating and Inclusion in 2012 DirectoryBar Register of Pre-Eminent Lawyers2011
Lawyers and Law Firms You Need to Know -- ProfileSan Diego Magazine2011
AV Preeminent Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell International Law Directory2011
Moot Court JudgeUniversity of San Diego Paul A. McLennon, Sr. Honors Moot Court Competition2010
Moot Court JudgeUniversity of San Diego Moot Court National Criminal Procedure Competition2010
Commission as a United States Army OfficerPresident of the United States1997
Note EditorHastings Constitutional Law Quarterly1996
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing Attorney / FounderThe Coopersmith Law Firm2008 - Present
Senior CounselLa Bella & McNamara LLP2007 - 2008
AttorneyDuckor Spradling Metzger & Wynne2004 - 2007
AssociatePost Kirby Noonan & Sweat LLP2000 - 2004
Captain, Trial CounselUS Army JAG Corps1997 - 2000
Association namePosition nameDuration
San Diego Rotary Club 33Member2011 - Present
U.S. Supreme CourtMember of the Bar2004 - Present
Association of Business Trial LawyersMember2000 - Present
U.S. District Court, Southern District of CaliforniaMember2000 - Present
U.S. District Court, Central District of CaliforniaMember2000 - Present
U.S. District Court, Northern District of CaliforniaMember2000 - Present
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of CaliforniaMember2000 - Present
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed ForcesMember of the Bar1999 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1996 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Former Executive v. National Mortgage CompanyResolved highly favorably to client
Art Dealer v. ArtistResolved highly favorable to art dealer
Former Executive v. Prominent Commercial Retail Management CompanyResolved favorably for former executive
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Publication nameTitleDate
Trial Bar NewsDolan King II: Fourth District Adds Another Chapter to Dispute Between Homeowner and Community Association2004
Trial Bar NewsU.S. Supreme Court Permits Restriction of Developing Land Without Compensating Owners2002
Trial Bar NewsFourth District Court of Appeal Solves Circuity of Liens Problem2001
Trial Bar NewsPleading Requirements in "Substantial Factor" Products Liability Cases2000
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California, Hastings College of the LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor1996
University of PennsylvaniaInternational Political ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1992
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
National Conference, NFMATrademark Law: What You Need to Know To Protect Your Business2014
San Diego County Law LibraryThe World is Not Flat: Seeking Discovery Outside the Litigation Jurisdiction, including Outside the United States2013
National Convention, NFMATrademark Law: What You Need to Know To Protect Your Business2013
12 / 30 Group, La JollaFinancial Elder Abuse: How to Spot and Prevent It2013
CPA Expert Witnesses -- What Attorneys ExpectWhat a Business Trial Lawyer Expects from a CPA Expert2010
BisTalk Radio Show with Bob Ryan, KCEO, AM 1000How to Keep Your Business Out of Litigation2010
BisTalk Radio Show with Bob Ryan, KCEO AM 1000Business Owners' Guide to Business Disputes2010