Steve Karcher, JD, is president of The Karcher Law Firm, APC, in Bakersfield. Steve began his career in the law, in 1983, as a clerk in San Francisco. In 1984, Steve received his undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from CSU East Bay, in political science and public administration. In 1988, Steve received his Juris Doctorate from the prestigious Emory University School of Law (Gambrell Hall), where he focused on trial advocacy. In May of this year, he received a Masters in Divinity, with an Anglican Studies Certificate, from Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminar.
Steve brings more than 23 years of experience as an attorney and 35 years in small business management– coupled with both an academic and a “boots on the ground” perspective. Amongst other things, Steve launched and managed a branch law office for a state-wide law firm for nine years. Steve has a vivid and "real life" understanding of the legal and practical concerns facing small to medium-sized businesses.
Today Steve specializes in business law, personal injury insurance litigation, and creditor rights, with considerable experience through California’s civil court. In fact, he is active in both state and federal courts, from Butte to San Diego counties, from the Northern to the Southern Federal Districts. His successful trial experiences include the defense of multi-million dollar tort claims, and complex contract disputes. He has been described by some jurors as delivering a “mesmerizing” closing argument.
A California native, Steve and his family have planted deep roots in Kern County. He has served on numerous non-profit boards, and has provided many years of volunteer service to the community through public and private schools, and service organizations.
A well-received candidate for California’s largest K-8 school board, Steve’s interest in public service has not waned. Today he speaks as an advocate for children, public civility, and legal, theological and business matters.
Steve has served as an Adjunct Professor at California State University Bakersfield, and presently serves as a member of the Eastern District’s Civil Rights Pro Bono Panel. He occasionally leads seminars through an outlet of Bakersfield Community College.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Paul Harris Fellow||Bakersfield East Rotary Club||2004|
|Managing Partner||The Karcher Law Firm, APC||2011 - 2013|
|Senior Cousnel||Ericksen Arbuthnot, Inc.||2009 - 2011|
|Office Managing Senior Partner||Ericksen Arbuthnot, Inc||1999 - 2009|
|Adjunct Professor Business Law||California State University, Bakersfield||1997 - 1998|
|Junior Partner||Borton Petrini. LLP||1992 - 1999|
|Associate Attorney||Ericksen Arbuthnot, Inc||1989 - 1992|
|Law Clerk on Contract, Injury and Defense Insurance Cases||Emory University School Of Law||1985 - 1988|
|Law Clerk||City & County Of San Francisco||1983 - 1985|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Kern County Bar Association||Member||1992 - Present|
|Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce||Member||N/A|
|State Bar of California||Member||N/A|
|Federal Eastern District Civil Rights Pro Bono Panel||Member||N/A|
|Thomas More Legal Society of Orange County||Member||N/A|
|Bakersfield East Rotary||Member||N/A|
|Paul Harris Fellowship||Rotary||N/A|
|City of Shafter, Chamber of Commerce Board||President||2008 - 2010|
|Kern County Bar Association||Chair||1999 - 1999|
|Kern County Bar Association||Chairman||1998 - 1998|
|Bakersfield City Schools Education Foundation||Board Member||1997 - 2001|
|The Bakersfield Californian||Homeowners Associations can be good or really, really bad||2013|
|Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary||MA - Masters||2013|
|Emory University School of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1988|
|California State University, Hayward||N/A||1984|
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