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Steven Curtis Gnau

Car accident Attorney at Murrieta, CA

5.0   12 reviews

also known as "Get Help Now, Call Steve Gnau"

  • Licensed for 28 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1995
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Steven

Learn Steven’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Car accident

    28 years, 3,000 cases

  2. Litigation
    Injury and professional negligence cases from the insurance claims stage through trial. Professional responsibility and fiduciary duty litigation defense. Occasional business litigation, contract dispute representation and criminal defense.

    28 years, 800 cases

  3. Personal injury
    Injury claims and litigation arising from car accident injuries, injuries at stores and businesses, injuries from defective products, damages from wrongfully denied insurance claims. For more information please see our website.

    28 years, 3,000 cases

  4. Divorce and separation
    On rare occasions in the past, I have been involved in family law matters, especially where one spouse tires of the delays and continuances that often occur in family law cases. In order to address this need, my firm is expanding into this area of law with our associate Britney Malpiede who can be reached at (619) 756-6000

    28 years, 80 cases

Since obtaining his law license in 1995, Mr. Gnau's focus has been obtaining results for clients as quickly as possible.  As a result, Mr. Gnau looks to obtain the maximum client result and determines on a case-by-case basis whether the best way of achieving that result is by pursuing litigation or engaging in ADR.  Sometimes cases need to be litigated and some cases need to go to trial for resolution.  Mr. Gnau has represented numerous clients at trial and other San Diego lawyers refer their litigation cases to him for trial.  This approach also flows over into the family practice where the client's best result does not come from endless continuances and delay but rather by getting the matter before a judge and achieving a decision.  Mr. Gnau started his own practice in 1995 and has continuously grown the practice to the multi-attorney, multi-faceted law group that it is today.  Along the way various groups and entities have endorsed Mr. Gnau's work including the Trial Star award given in 2011, various Top Attorney regonitions by his peers through the San Diego Daily Transcript, and his 'Superb' 10/10 ranking determined by Avvo.  Mr. Gnau handles complex and serious injury cases as well as divorce and family law matters.

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Gnau & Tamez Law Group, LLP
24640 Jefferson Ave.
Murrieta, CA, 92562
Gnau & Tamez Law Group LLP
707 Broadway
Suite 1700
San Diego, CA, 92101
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Posted by Dean | July 22, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
very pleased with my attorney !!!!
I would recommend Gnau & Tamez law group they were very informative keep in close contact were always interested in my health and how I was doing , I will be happy to refer them to anybody who may need attorney services , I am very pleased with there service and the outcome of my case. Thank you Dean Fontana
Posted by Darlene | June 16, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney!!!
Was involved in a car accident and was referred to Mr.Gnau. I redirected best service by the entire firm. It was very clear that the staff goes above and beyond to make their client feel comfortable and will do anything to make you feel at ease. I would highly recommend this firm especially if you want people who care about your health above anything else. Thank you for all of your services. Greatly appreciate all of you and your staff hard work.
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Posted by Eddie | May 20, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Great experience...
Traffic Accident Law Center has great communication, always felt like they had my best interest in mind, and very easy to work with. They explained everything in ways I could understand every step of the way, absolutely professional in every way. I would highly recommend them to anyone else unfortunate enough require their services in a time of need.
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Posted by Marina | April 27, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Very Knowledgeable!!
Steve Gnau definitely knows what he is talking about. He clearly explains any scenario that may happen through your case. He would always call me and explain the situation on my case. I was always well informed of what was happening in my case. I will definitely refer anyone to Steve Gnau.
Posted by Howard | April 1, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
They are a no bs Firm. Extremely professional and very knowledgeable. They know exactly wgt they're doing! I was kept well informed of my options and my case was professionally executed.
Posted by Denise | October 22, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Brilliant, Kind, and Passionate
I have been searching for an attorney for about six months. It has been a frustrating process to try to find an attorney that seems like they have passion for their work and a clear strategy for proceeding forward with my case. It was so uplifting finding Steve! He is brilliant, kind, and filled with passion. I can't recommend him enough.
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Posted by Richard | April 16, 2013
Steve Gnau Traffic Accident Law Center Personal Injury Attorney
In the begining when I asked Steve why I should hire him and his response was "I will go to trial and the opposition knows it" Steve is extremely committed in protecting you're interests. Steve's knowledge of personal injury law is absolutely the best I have worked with.. His many years of experience helped resolve my case for the best possible outcome. He explained everything in detail, answered all my questions and made me feel confident throughout the process. Steve is honest, ethical, empathetic and his passion for his work and his clients is readily apparent. I give Steve and his firm my highest recommendation should you ever need legal representation with auto accidents or personal injury.
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Posted by Natalie | January 11, 2013
Personal Testimony
From the first encounter with Steve Gnau we felt very comfortable and knew that we had selected the right lawyer for our case. Steve Gnau is honest, straight forward and extremely knowledgable. He accepted our case, clearly communicated the process and set our expectations for what would transpire in the coming months. Steve was always accessible and professional from beginning to end. We won our case and we would highly recommend Steve Gnau to anyone who needs a Traffic Accident Lawyer.
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Posted by Martin | January 2, 2013
Best Personal Injury Lawyer!
We were injured in an accident and had initially retained another highly recommended law firm. After a few months the insurance company denied liability and even that law firm decided not to pursue our case citing the complexities of our case. Luckily, they referred us to the Gnau and Tamez Law Group who are recognized as very aggressive trial attorneys. Steve and his firm walked with us through the long drawn out legal process (discovery, deposition, mediation) and we finally got an excellent settlement about a month before trial (almost three years after the accident). Steve’s firm doesn't shy away from complex cases. Steve is a fearless and aggressive attorney who is not afraid to go to trial if that is what the case requires. Although we moved out of the San Diego area during the process, his firm handled the logistics exceptionally and made sure the distance was not an issue in the case. Steve took the time to fly from San Diego to be with us during our deposition in San Jose. He is extremely committed in protecting our interests. His knowledge of personal injury law is absolutely top notch. His years of experience provided him with the wisdom and expertise to deal with all parties and complexities involved in our case. He explained everything in detail, answered all our questions and made us feel comfortable throughout the long difficult process. He is honest, ethical, empathetic and his passion for his work and his clients is readily apparent. We give Steve and his firm our highest recommendation to all our friends and loved ones should they ever need legal representation with auto accidents or personal injury.
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Posted by Sue | December 19, 2012
I would highly recommend Steve !
After a auto accident which was disputed by the other party involved as to liability while on vacation in CA, and being a resident of PA, I knew I needed a CA lawyer to look after my interests. Not knowing any lawyers in CA, I basically opened the yellow pages, dropped the book, and there was Steve. With only having less than a week before returning to PA, I was given an appointment the following day for a consultation. Almost 3 years later my case has now been settled and I would recommend Steve in a heartbeat! Each step of the process he kept me informed long distance by phone and/or email, and allowed me to make the choices necessary to continue my case after explaining all options in detail. Steve is a knowledgeable, compassionate and courteous legal advisor which I would highly recommend to any CA resident or out of state individual as myself.
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Posted by anonymous | July 7, 2011
Car Accident
I was involved in a rear end car accident and Steve Gnau and his firm were willing to go to trial against the insurance company when my other attornies would not. I was very happy with their representation and would reccomend them.
Posted by Daniel | November 17, 2010
The Best Attorney in San Diego
My son was involved in a slip and fall accident resulting in physical damage to his spine. he was initially represented by a "useless" attorney named Gary Senaker. This attorney decided to drop his case one week before a scheduled arbitration meeting. he felt he could not represent my son out of fear of going to trial .I immediately asked for the advice from a well known attorney in San Diego. Unfortunately he was involved in a national case and could not find the time to help my son. Fortunately , he referred us to Mr Steven Gnau. First of all , i must mention I am a physician in practice for 23 years. I was extremely impressed with Mr. Gnau's medical kowledge and his professionalism. He is a fearless attorney who had no problems going to trial if needed . Fortunately, the defense knew what they were facing so they decided to settle out of court with great compensation for my son.
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Contingency 33%-45%
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.4 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner / Attorney
  • his own practice established in 1995.
  • 1995 - Present


  • California Western School of Law
  • Law - Juris Doctor
  • 1995
  • University of Texas
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1992

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Zora v. Barno
  • Split verdict
  • Gibbs v. Briganza
  • Jury Verdict
  • Pasco v. Andrews
  • Jury Verdict
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  • Consumer Attorney Association of San Diego
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • UT Reader's Poll Top 5 Favorites
  • San Diego Union Tribune
  • 2017
  • 10 Best Client Satisfaction Award
  • American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys
  • 2017
  • Outstanding Trial Lawyer Award
  • Consumer Attorneys of San Diego
  • 2011

Speaking Engagements

  • TALC Talk
  • Moderator
  • 2015
  • How To Take a Deposition 101
  • Trial Practices
  • 2014
  • Recent Developments in Tort Litigation
  • Tort Litigation (moderator & presenter)
  • 2009
  • Recent Developments in Tort Litigation
  • Tort Litigation (presenter)
  • 2008
  • Recent Developments in Tort Litigation
  • Tort Litigation (presenter)
  • 2007
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Attorney endorsements

Received (18)
Given (28)
Endorse Steven
Personal injury Attorney | Aug 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Mr. Gnau. Very knowledgeable and caring attorney who achieves great results in representing clients! I want all people to contact him for help."
Car accident Attorney | Aug 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"If you need a lawyer you can choose from thousands of lawyer in California. However, If you need to win your case you need to choose Steven C. Gnau its that simple! I endorse him!"
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Exceptional attorney that I have known for years. Fights tirelessly and aggressively to obtain the best possible results for his client. I would recommend Steve unreservedly."
Car accident Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"A truly excellent attorney well respected in the legal community. I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of his clients and getting them the most favorable result possible."
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Steve Gnau is ethical and in the upper echelon of SD personal injury lawyers."
Personal injury Attorney | Nov 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. The attorney works very hard for the clients and keeps up with the law by attending legal seminars to assist them in this regard. I endorse this attorney."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Gnau is an exemplary attorney who I would recommend to everyone and anyone. Hiring him might very well be the best decision that you have ever made. His answers on Avvo are perfect. I have practiced for 24 years as a judge, magistrate, prosecutor, and private attorney and he is one of the best I have encountered."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Attorney Gnau. From his answers and time on Avvo, it is clear he is dedicated to serving those in need and his clients. It's rare that lawyers spend so much valuable time helping the community, for free, and I applaud him for doing it to such a great level. Kudos"
Personal injury Attorney | May 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | May 13
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Steve is a great all around lawyer and an even better trial lawyer!! I had a trial with him last year where he gave my client and I all we could handle!! He is very professional and has the special ability of connecting with a jury!! I highly endorse this lawyer!!"
Personal injury Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Steve Gnau is an excellent attorney. He has a tremendous knowledge of the law and extremely adept at handling all phases of cases. Steve has excellent working knowledge of medicine and, moreover, is an honest and caring person."
Car accident Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Steve is an excellent personal injury attorney. He gets great results for his clients. He is honest and trustworthy and I endorse him as a fellow lawyer."
Car accident Attorney | Jan 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Steve is the go-to attorney for personal injury cases! Steve has an incredible knowledge of not only the law and damages that one may be able to recover, but also of the key players likely to be involved, such as the insurance providers and their counsel, the doctors, the experts and the judges. When I have a question about anything relating to personal injury litigation the first call I make is to Steve Gnau. He is also very giving as a mentor and colleague. His passion for his work is inspiring."
Litigation Attorney | Jul 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Steve's reputation as being a hard-working and effective advocate for his clients is well deserved. His many years of experience, mature judgment and tenacious litigation style have resulted in many excellent results for his clients."
Litigation Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Steven Gnau is a highly professional attorney who is always focused on getting the best result for his clients. He is extremely professional and a pleasure to work with. Steve is a fantastic attorney and I endorse his work."
Personal injury Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known of Steven's reputation for several years. He is known as a tough lawyer who fights for his clients, and does excellent work. I would have no hesitation referring him a client, or using him as an attorney myself. I endorse Steven."
Personal injury Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Gnau has a tremendous amount of experience in matters of personal injury and professional negligence. I can attest from experience that he a fierce advocate for his clients, and a gentleman. I have no hesitation to endorse his work."
Personal injury Attorney | Apr 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I have known Mr. Gnau for years. Not only is he a dedicated and hard working attorney, but he achieves excellent results for his clients."
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