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Steven Rudolph Andrade

Personal injury Attorney at Santa Barbara, CA

4.4   7 reviews

also known as Andrade Law Offices, Steve Andrade

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  • Licensed for 45 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1978
    Active Lawyer disciplined by state licensing authority in 2012

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Our Tag Line defines the essence of who we are at Andrade Law Offices "A Passion for the Law,  Compassion for Our Clients" regardless of whether you come to us because you have been seriously injured or arrested for a crime.  At Andrade Law Offices in Santa Barbara, we are committed to providing positive results in criminal defense and personal injury cases. We have successfully defended clients charged with DUI, theft offenses, sex crimes, domestic violence, drug offenses, assault charges and even murder. In personal injury plaintiff law,  we obtained one of the largest verdicts in California's history.  In the noted case Fraiser v. Hanson, BC 186857, we obtained a $60.7 million verdict for a client who suffered severe physical injuries as a result of the defendants negligence. Multimillion-dollar results are not new to Andrade Law Offices. 


Our record of success in both personal injury and criminal defense cases stems from the experience of lead attorney, Steven R. Andrade. He is a former Assistant Attorney General and a former Supervising Deputy District Attorney . He is known for his willingness to take extremely difficult cases to trial and succeed. In many cases, it is our trial history that gives us leverage when negotiating with opponents. Insurance companies and prosecutors know that if they do not accept our demands to resolve a case, they will have to go up against us in the courtroom, and the courtroom is our battleground.  


At Andrade Law Offices, we understand that you are looking for a lawyer because you have encountered a potentially life-changing situation. Count on us to give your case the attention it deserves. We are deeply committed to every case we handle because we care about getting the best possible outcome for our clients. Our goal, for every case, is to  devise a strategy to obtain the best possible results.  In criminal cases, we may refer a client with alcohol drug or anger management issues to a treatment center or to a therapist.  In personal injury cases, after obtaining a large award, we often will recommend that a portion of the award be invested in a secure structured settlement. Using this strategy, the invested funds will grow over time and the client will receive tax free payments for years to come. We are experts at recommending the best settlement strategies depending on the age and economic needs our clients. 

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  7 customer reviews
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Posted by anonymous | September 11, 2012
One of the Top 10 Criminal Attorneys in California Hands Down!
Mr. Andrade is an excellent lawyer. He was always honest and up front with me about where my case was going and what to expect. Without him I think I would have been in a lot worse shape with the courts. He is a nice man and caring, very knowledgable attorney. Just sit through one consultation and you will know you are in the hands of someone who knows their stuff. There are a lot of lawyers in Santa Barbara but I would only trust my case with Andrade Law Offices.
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Posted by Rachael | February 22, 2013
An Attorney Who Really Cares About His Clients - Thank you! Thank You! Andrade Law Office
An excellent attorney! Mr. Andrade helped represented my son against the insurance company when he was severely injured in an accident. He recovered the maximum policy and even reduced his rates because of all of the medical costs so that my son would have more money in his pocket. I have worked with attorneys for different reasons in the past but Mr. Andrade has to be the best I have encountered. He and his office staff were highly professional at every step. Thank you! Thank you!
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Posted by Nicole | June 7, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank you
I just want to thank Steven and Kathleen both! And of course, all their staff, who we're involved in helping with my Mother's case. I deeply appreciate the thoroughness and kindness shown to my mom and in the details of her case. Thank you for continuing to fight for justice for her even after she passed. It's nice to know there are truly ones like you in your field that care so much for others and truly want what is best for their clients. Even to the extent of treating them like family, it is beautiful. I thank you from the bottom of my heart...
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Posted by Amy Ritchie | July 17, 2013
He Listens, Cares and Fights for you!
I contacted Mr. Andrade's office for my boyfriend who was in jail for his third DUI in a panic, late on a Sunday night. His office called me back that night and set up an appointment. I ended up meeting with one other lawyer and talking to several others over the phone. I'm so glad I went with Andrade. He FOUGHT for my boyfriend, kept me, my guy and his mother updated every step of the trial and got the result we were looking for in the face of many obstacles. Steven Andrade is the BEST!
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Posted by Alisha | August 11, 2012
This is the man you want in your corner, he fights for You, Outstanding
Its a awesome feeling when you know you made the best choice when it comes to your freedom and livelihood. Priceless to me is being able to relax knowing I have an attorney who can single handed make my mistakes go away. Thankyou , Sincerely A, Richenback
Posted by KJL | March 5, 2012
Trustworthy Hard Working Attorney Who Genuinely Cares About His Clients
I highly recommend Mr. Andrade. I consulted with him on a case a few years ago. Mr. Andrade listened to what I had to say and took the time to explain the possible outcomes of my case to me so that I could make informed decisions.
Posted by anonymous | May 13, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
This guy will take your money and then ghost you. He will say that it was his staff's fault. You will be out money and need a new attorney.
Response from Steven Andrade January 13, 2023
We do not recall any clients being dissatisfied with our services in 2022. There are no details to support this review.
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2012.

Discipline, Probation; no Actual Suspension issued in CA, 2012
updated on 01/20/2016

This sanction means the attorney had a suspension placed on hold (and ultimately removed) by complying with certain requirements.

Steven's comment: “This disciplinary action is a result of an accident due to low blood sugar. I have been a type 1 diabetic since I was a child. I had a low blood sugar reaction and hit parked car. I needed sugar so I returned to my office to get fruit juice which is where the police found and cited me. I was disciplined because I left the scene of an accident.”

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Andrade Law Offices
  • 1987 - Present
  • Attorney At Law
  • Commonwealth Of The Northern Mariana Islands Public Defender
  • 1986 - 1987
  • Assistant Attorney General
  • Commonwealth Of The Northern Mariana Islands Public Defender
  • 1984 - 1986
  • Deputy District Attorney
  • Ventura County District Attorney's Office
  • 1979 - 1984
  • Legal Research and Writing Instructor
  • University of California Davis School of Law
  • 1975 - 1976
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  • University of California at Davis School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1979
  • San Francisco State University
  • Undergraduate
  • 1974

Legal Cases

  • Attempted Murder and Gang Charges Dismissed
  • Life Imprisonment Charges Dismissed
  • Client Injured by Drunk Driver $535,000.00
  • Settlement At Mediation
  • Motorcyclist Receives $1.15M From Motorists Failure to Yield Right Of Way
  • Settlement at mediation
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  • Santa Barbara County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1989 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1978 - Present
  • Law Review
  • 1978 - 1978

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Million Dollar Advocate
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 2019
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocate
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 2019
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyer
  • Nation Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2014
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  • Aspatore Book publication
  • Inside the Minds: Strategies for Defending DUI Cases In California
  • 2015
  • University of California, Davis Law Review
  • Member
  • 1978
  • University of California, Davis Law Review
  • Rent Control Article
  • 1978

Speaking Engagements

  • Prosecuting Attorneys and Attorneys in Private Practice
  • Trial Tactics
  • 1993
  • Trial Attorney's Training Program
  • Trial Attorney's Training Program
  • 1984
  • California District Attorneys Association
  • Trial Tactics
  • 1983
  • Ventura County Law Clerk Training Program
  • Direct Examination in Trial
  • 1982
  • Women's United of Camarillo, CA
  • Criminal Prosecution of Violent Offenders
  • 1982
  • Ventura County Child Abuse Council
  • Prosecution of Child Abuse
  • 1982
  • Thousand Oaks Parents and Teachers Assoc.
  • Detection and Prosecution of Child Molestation Offenders
  • 1980
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Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (11)
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Personal injury Attorney | Sep 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I've sought advice from Mr. Andrade on some of my larger and more complex cases. His expertise and advice are founded on years of success in the courtroom and his view point is highly regarded. I would not hesitate to refer personal injury cases to him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am familiar with Steven Andrade's work for 15 years. In that time, I have been very impressed by his representation of clients, in the criminal defense, DUI and personal injury realms. Steve has the highest level of litigation experience. He provides aggressive representation for his clients, is a strong advocate, and obtains excellent results through his hard work, attention to detail, and preparation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer.Steve is an experienced trial attorney."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Steven Andrade is an extremely knowledgeable and aggressive criminal defense attorney He is also a highly successful personal injury attorney whose clients receive excellent representation."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Steven R. Andrade, an attorney with extraordinary capabilities, experience and results."
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Steven has proven himself repeatedly to be a strong and formidable opponent in the adversarial legal process of the courtroom. His skill set and calm demeanor combine to make him very effective in trial, as well as in pre-trial negotiations. I recommend him without reservation."
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | May 08
Relationship: Other
"If you need a personal injury attorney in the Santa Barbara area may I suggest Steven Andrade."
Personal injury Attorney | Mar 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"For over 30 years, Attorney Andrade has been a phenomenal advocate for the rights of injured victims. If you are in the Santa Barbara area and are in need of a top notch attorney, don't hesitate to contact him."
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Santa Barbara Personal injury Lawyer Steven Rudolph Andrade
Steven Rudolph Andrade
Personal injury Attorney
Santa Barbara, CA
Licensed for 45 years
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This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2012. See details