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Steven Allan Meline

Workers compensation Attorney at Santa Ana, CA

4.9   29 reviews

also known as Meline & Vargas APC, The Law Offices of Steven A. Meline

  • Licensed for 37 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1986
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Steven

Learn Steven’s areas of practice.

Everyone hopes for a good settlement, and that is achieved in the vast majority of Mr. Meline’s cases. At the same time, Mr. Meline is a trial attorney. He is ready to go to court and trial anytime it will benefit his client. Many of his cases go to court because the insurance companies will attempt to ignore or under-pay any case they can. Mr. Meline's cases are not to be ignored. Every case is prepared for trial because if a case is ready to go to trial, it probably won’t have to, and a good settlement will then likely be acheived. The insurance industry’s consistent approach is to do and pay no more than what they have to. If their advantage is stripped away by a properly prepared case, they have nothing to gain, and a fair offer is forthcoming. Where the insurance company is not willing to be fair, we will be ready for trial.

There are large practices where the attorney is not personally involved in the actual representation and development of the individual’s case, and the cases are often handled by non-attorney "hearing representatives." Mr. Meline, however, personally oversees and handles each and every case and does not delegate legal decisions or appearances to non-attorneys.

Mr. Meline effectively represents clients throughout four Southern California counties, including:

  • Orange County
  • Los Angeles County
  • San Bernardino County
  • Riverside County

 

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Location

Steven Allan Meline
1600 E 4th St Ste 210
Santa Ana, CA, 92701

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4.9 / 5.0
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Posted by ronnie | January 20, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Life savers and the best lawyers for my family and I
I was seriously hurt on the job and the company fired me when they found out I needed surgery. MR Vargas and the team at The Law Offices of Steven A Meline in Santa Ana saved me and fought for me and my family like no one else would have or could have. I am very grateful for everything they did for me.
Posted by Connie | October 5, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Connie
I hired Steve Meline on a recommendation from a friend. I am so thankful that I did! The team of Steve Meline and Sean Vargas is absolutely awesome! They answered all my questions and always followed up with me. Offered some excellent advice with my case. Workman's Comp denied me and they were able to help me out and get my case settled. The office staff is also great! Very polite and very helpful. I recommend this law firm to anyone having issues with Workman's Comp. I am very happy with this team. Thank you Steve and Sean!!
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Posted by Theresa | September 21, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
God gave me an angel, instead of wings he had a law book:)
I can actually say I have never met anyone like Mr. Meline he is truly a rare breed of an workmancomp attorney he not just fights for your case but he fights for you the person and let's you know he is there for you. His character speaks for itself, he never let's you get lost among all the paperwork that comes with the many court decisions and dates, he fights for you at beginning all the way until the end. His office is just as caring as he is, no matter how frustrating the process may feel at times, they all have away of helping you through it. I thank you Mr. Meline for being there for me in my worse of days and making things as smooth as possible throughout and continue to make things better. God bless you and your staff aways. TS
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Posted by Alex | April 20, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Worker’s Compensation
Look no further. I was in need of an attorney when my Workers Compensation denied my case twice. I was frustrated and worried. Thankfully my wife heard an advertisement on a Christian radio station and she saved the contact information. I set an appointment and brought in all my paperwork I had been saving. Then the process began. They started to do what they needed to do. I was assigned a new Dr. for my work injury and the Workers Compensation accepted the claim. I got my surgery and physical therapy. And now my settlement closed. I want to thank everyone at the Law Offices of Steven A. Meline for helping me out. Above and beyond! Very professional Law office!! I thank God for leading me here. Please consider this Law firm for any of your Work related injuries. God bless this office!!! Thank you!!! Thank you!!! Thank you!!!!!!!!!!
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Posted by Marie | April 20, 2020
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Highly Recommend
I took a very bad fall at work. A dear friend of mine highly recommended The Law Office of Steve Meline to handle my Worker Comp case. The office staff, Sean and Steve were extremely professional and knowledgeable. This was my first experience with a lawyer so I was anxious. They reassured me each step of the way. They made sure I received all the medical services I needed. I highly recommend them. I am very satisfied with my settlement and extremely satisfied with the services I received from this firm. Don't hesitate to call them.
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Posted by Bernadette | March 27, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Steven Meline
Steven Meline was recommended to me through a friend at my husband’s job. He handled my worker’s compensation case. He was always kind and thorough when I interacted with him.
Posted by Pamela | March 4, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
AWESOME! BEST DECISION MADE!
I needed an attorney to take on Keenan and Associates, well known for their history of deny and force settlement.  I also had an old case, original injury 2007, past time limits for filing another claim due to disability that had spread from my original injury.   My 2 requirements were a law office that was Christian based and had successfully fought and won against Keenan and Associates. I found that with Mr. Steve Meline and Mr. Sean Vargas.  The staff at their office was always courteous, and I truly did call alot for status.  They helped me to understand the laws and what to expect.  Mr. Meline came up with a way to put pressure on Keenan and to help create the environment to want to settle in my favor,  while Mr. Sean Vargas was at all the hearings,  deposition and an awesome negotiator! An appeal was submitted to the State Work comp board by their office and the State overturned the previous denials that the Dr's office couldn't even get done.  I knew exactly what was happening,  what to expect and the outcome was amazing! Due to their experience,  they are familiar with high ranking Corporate Attorneys, and  knew just how to work with them on my behalf.  We just settled and we are thrilled to be out of the work comp fiasco so I can finally get the right care by my Dr for CRPS. CRPS is hard to prove and very debilitating and painful.  We always ended discussions with prayer for the right outcome and our prayers were answered.  If you want experienced,  competent, knowledgeable attorneys,  with the added grace of true faith in doing the right thing,  I highly recommend their office! I can't thank them enough for what is an extraordinary settlement!  They not only express their Christian values freely with you if you make your shared faith known to them,  but also are involved in the community as volunteers.  All glory to God for such an extraordinary team of Professionals!
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Posted by Frank | November 19, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Expectations exceeded...
Steve Meline saw there was hope for me in my situation even though I was concerned about factors and challenges regarding my circumstances. About four months after injuring my back at work, not being able to work, still having lower back pain, and running low on savings, I realized I needed help. It was a timely blessing learning about Steve's law firm through an ad playing on KWVE radio. I called for an appointment and Steve met with me later that same day. Though nervous at first not knowing what was before me, Steve set me at ease making me feel comfortable and welcome; I was greeted with compassion, sincerity and professionalism. As I presented details, Steve listened intently taking copious notes. With truth and honesty prevailing, I was pleased to hear he would take my case. Soon after, I was sent to see a much-needed doctor for the first time and thus began my journey towards recovery and restitution. All told, the legal team of Steve Meline and Sean Vargas believed in me and stood with me through to the end. In my time of need, they gave me hope, support, and the much-needed representation I desperately needed. The office staff performed tremendously behind-the-scenes, as well. Samantha and Maria, handled all my necessary paperwork in such efficient manner and whenever I had a question or concern, they took time with me, never leaving me feeling rushed and always being pleasant and accommodating. Now, having gone full circle, my case has finally settled. In the end, the team of Meline & Vargas were able to obtain a maximum settlement for my injury. I'm very thankful and now I'm able to get my life up and going again. I know I made the right choice being represented by Steve Meline & Sean Vargas and I would recommend them to anyone who's had the unfortunate circumstance of suffering a workplace injury.
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Posted by miguel | September 6, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Good attorney.
spoke with Mr. Meline about my case he was Caring person knowledgeable Mr.Meline guided me towards the right direction, ps are 7 hours apart or else I would be in good hands with his representation.
Posted by Linda | February 21, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent
I spoke to Steve about my case and received good sound information. I appreciated him taking the time to explain the process.
Posted by Mulu | April 21, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
5 star Lawyer
Mr.Steven A. Meline Is an EXCELLENT Workers Comp. attorney , He very understand of what the patient is going through. Mr. Steven Allan Meline is very professional and intelligent, He knows his job well. Mr. Meline have been my attorney for more than fifteen years, He all ways win a case, because he is justice and abide by the rule of the land and God fearing, honest Lawyer. I recommend to everyone who needs an honest Lawyer. Mulu
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Posted by Rose | February 21, 2017
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Awesome
I incurred a work injury (herniated disc in my neck) in 2013 and initially worked directly with my company's Safety department, medical provider and insurance company. The pain was excruciating but I continued working almost full time. Having never experienced a work injury, I quickly discovered that the Worker's Compensation system is not dedicated to the well-being of the employee but, instead, on claim/expense mitigation. I tried working through "the system" for three months and finally could not continue due to the physical pain combined with the stress of trying to get appropriate care. That's when I was referred to Mr. Meline. What a blessing! He spent time on the phone explaining the whole process and I easily understood why it is prudent for employees to have representation. He and his staff "took over" and relieved me of the stress of fighting the insurance company. Ultimately, I received the pain management regime that took away the pain (still pain free after 3+ years without surgery). All I wanted was to receive appropriate medical care and was not looking for or expecting a settlement but Mr. Meline explained that insurance companies do not want to pay for lifetime care - they want to "get rid of the problem" by settling the claim. In the end, he negotiated an amazing settlement. Personally and professionally, he is a very kind, gentle, caring, genuine and skilled attorney that has your best interest as his focus. I cannot imagine trying to navigate the insane world of Worker's Comp. without him. I recommend Mr. Meline without reservation.
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Posted by anonymous | November 16, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Highly Recommended
I worked for a company for almost 22 years and when I resig!rom from the company, I encountered symptoms regarding my back and other parts of my body. At first I was skeptical about doing anything about it but I found Steve's website and set up a consultation to see what options if any I may have since I had not reported any injury to company personnel before my resignation. After my consutation with Steve, he was very understanding and assured me that I had legal rights to go forward with litigation to make sure that I receive proper medical treatment and hopefully some type of monetary compensation to help me get back on my feet. Without Steve's help, I don't think I would have received all the medical attention that I did and a very fair settlement that he fought very hard for me to receive. I highly recommend Mr. Steve Meline to anyone looking for a WC attorney. Very nice office personell working for him that are always there to answer any questions you may have. Thanks Steve
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Posted by anonymous | August 11, 2016
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A perfect storm
Mr. Meline took my case in 2001, I had injured myself at work and tried to wait before reporting to see if the injury would rectify itself. When I came to him it was already too late to open a new claim, and the insurance company dug it's heels in, so I couldn't receive any medical assistance. Due to his understanding of the law, and his incredible negotiating skills, the insurance company chose to settle with a buy out, which helped me may the medical bills that I had built up. This man's compassion, humility, understanding of law, shrewdness and confidence combines to create a very effective tool to help you achieve the best possible outcome from an otherwise unfriendly system. More recently I had another claim that was a re-injury to an existing problem. I didn't feel that it was fair to rake them over the coals over something that didn't fully belong to them. The insurance company was being quite cooperative and I only wanted them to provide the medical care needed to recover. Mr. Meline was still available to me to assist through the process. His drive comes from wanting to help people, not profit. This I feel is what makes him the perfect man for the job, his drive is altruistic, and he appears to trust that it will all work out in the end. This faith is the beauty of his success.
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Posted by Amanda | March 24, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Highly recommended
My friend recommended Mr. Meline to me, after he had a good experience and result with his Workers Compensation case. My case has also been resolved now and I am very satisfied. I found Mr. Meline to be very sincere and I truly believe he had my best interest at heart. He also was very kind and respectful, which really meant a lot to me after going through the worker compensation experience. I highly recommend him.
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Posted by Teresa | December 15, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Wonderful Attorney - Worker's Compensation
Steven did everything he could to get me the best settlement, and fought for me even though the system is really not favorable for the claimant. He was very helpful, always answered my questions, and treated me with respect. I would definitely recommend Steven for any worker's comp claim anyone might have.
Posted by Wally | November 11, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Thank You
I would like to thank Mr Stefve Meline and his staff for all there help. Karen and Maria are very professional and they always returned my phone calls with an answer to my questions. I remember before each deposition we would say a prayer together, and thank you for paying for my parking ticket. I would use them again. Thank You Wally Hicks
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Posted by Linda | September 26, 2015
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Very blessed to have found him!
We had briefly looked in the Christian directory for an attorney and found Steve Meline. He had consulted with my husband and myself reguarding my husband's injury. His staff was nothing but extremely helpful and kind. My experience with them was very positive, and if I need a W/C attorney again, I would use them again. Very knowledgeable staff and were always able to answer any questions we had. If there was something that they were not sure of, they talked to Steve Meline and would call us back with information.
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Posted by Ted | June 18, 2015
Atty client
My case went on for 3 years.Mr Meline and his staff were very professional and patient through this long process.Karen kept me informed about progress and up to date on all aspects of the case Very professional and courteous
Posted by Dane | April 1, 2015
steven helped me through the labrynth that is workmans comp.
the first time i spoke with mr. meline he made me feel at ease knowing that i had him on my side.steve is very professional.he is honest,and i will recomend steven meline to anyone going through a workmans comp claim.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Contingency 15%-15%

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Offices of Steven A. Meline
  • 1998 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Stockwell, Harris, Woolverton & Muehl
  • 1985 - 1998

Education

  • Simon Greenleaf School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1985
  • California State University, California Polytechnic State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • N/A
  • California State University, Fullerton
  • MS - Master of Science
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • URIBE
  • Stipulation to 100% disability with lifetime future medical care.

Associations

  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Christian Legal Society
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • California Applicants' Attorneys Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles
  • Member
  • 2018 - 2020
  • Christian Legal Society, Orange County Chapter
  • President
  • 2007 - 2018
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top Contributor
  • Avvo
  • 2019
  • 10 Best, Exceptional and Outstanding Client Service Award
  • American Institute of Legal Counsel
  • 2019
  • Client Distinction Award for Quality of service
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Client Distinction Award for Overall Value
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Client Distinction Award for Responsiveness
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Client Distinction Award for Communication Ability
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
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Speaking Engagements

  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Intersection of Workers Compensation and Employment Law
  • 2019
  • Chapman University Law School Christian Law Society, Student Chapter meeting
  • Introduction to the Christian Legal Society, Orange County Attorney Chapter
  • 2019
  • Chapter Meeting
  • Workers Compensation Law
  • 2007

Attorney endorsements

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Given (13)
Endorse Steven
Unknown Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse and recommend Attorney Meline."
Workers compensation Attorney | Jan 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Steven is a highly experienced, skilled, knowledgeable, and ethical Workers' Compensation attorney."
Workers compensation Attorney | Jan 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Steve for ten years. He is highly knowledgeable in the workers comp field, and has a passion for zealously representing his clients. He is the best choice for an injured worker to choose to advance their claim."
Workers compensation Attorney | Jan 03
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Steve Meline has practiced workers' compensation law for over 30 years, and has gained a reputation for his honorable character. He treats clients extremely well and is respected by defense attorneys, applicant attorneys and judges alike. I highly endorse Mr. Meline."
Workers compensation Attorney | Oct 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"In my practice as a personal injury lawyer for the last 30 years, I have had the pleasure of referring my clients that were injured at work to Steven Meline. He and his staff have always handled their work comp cases in a expeditious and competent manner. My clients were thankful for their referral to Mr. Meline. If you have a work related injury, you will receive only the top quality services from Steven Meline and his staff. Joseph Tosti, Attorney"
Workers compensation Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have referred dozens of clients for more than twenty years to Mr. Meline when they were injured at work. He is able to provide a personal touch to what is often a high volume, low touch practice specialty. He will fight for you."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Workers compensation Attorney | Sep 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Workers compensation Attorney | Sep 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Steve is an excellent attorney. I refer all workers' compensation business to him. He will fight for his clients' rights."
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Santa Ana Workers compensation Lawyer Steven Allan Meline
Steven Allan Meline
Workers compensation Attorney
Santa Ana, CA
Licensed for 37 years
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