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Steven J. Mehlman, Managing Partner of the Business and Real Estate Group for Northern Caliifornia of Kimball, Tirey & St. John LLP. Mr. Mehlman has been practicing law in California for over 30 years.  Mr. Mehlman has a record of successfully representing individuals and business clients in a wide variety of civil lawsuits in both the California state and federal courts, as well as arbitrations.  He drafts all types of contracts and transactional documents in in his practice areas of real estate and business, drawing on his litigation experience to avoid the types of problems that lead to court battles.

He earned an undergraduate degree with a double major in communications/public policy and political science from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1976; graduating with highest honors in political science, great distinction in general scholarship and Phi Beta Kappa. He received both a juris doctor and master's degree in public policy from the University of Michigan in 1980, graduating cum laude. Admitted to the State Bar of California in 1980, he is also admitted to practice in the federal district courts for Northern, Eastern and Central California (including the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals) and the D.C. Circuit and the 5th Circuit Courts of Appeals.

Mr. Mehlman began his law practice at Furth Fahrner, Bluemle & Mason in San Francisco handling complex litigation involving some of the largest cases in the country, including antitrust cases and securities fraud matters. He shifted his focus to real estate and small business while working at Matthew B. Weinberg Professional Corporation in San Francisco from 1983 to 1990 and at Grant & Sternberg in Walnut Creek from 1990 to 1995.  He was managing partner at Turner & Mehlman in Walnut Creek (1995-2002), Mehlman TerBeek LLP (2002-2008) and Mehlman Law Group (2009-2012).

Mr. Mehlman believes strongly in community service.  He currently serves on the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce Education Committee and coaches tennis for Special Olympics of Northern California.  He also is the debate and speech coach for Las Lomas High School and the attorney advisor for the high school mock trial team. He served on the Contra Costa Planning Commission (2001-2006), the City of Walnut Creek Planning Commission (1989-1996), the Board of Directors and Land Committee for Save Mount Diablo, a non-profit land trust (1994-2006), the City of Walnut Creek Transportation Commission (1984-1989) and the Contra Costa Transit Authority Citizens Advisory Committee (1985-1989). With his experience in city and county planning and the law, Mr. Mehlman has developed substantial expertise in land use, from both legal and practical perspectives.  Mr. Mehlman is on the teaching staff of the paralegal program for California State University, Easy Bay, where he has taught legal research and writing.


We serve the greater San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California. Kimball, Tirey & St. John LLP is centrally located in Walnut Creek, on the border with Concord, in Contra Costa County, California. Our office is easily accessible with ample free parking.

Our Walnut Creek Office

Kimball, Tirey & St. John LLP

500 Ygnacio Valley Rd., Suite 290
Walnut Creek, CA 94598

(925) 935-3575
(925) 935-1789 fax


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  1. Lawsuits & Disputes: 34%
  2. Business: 33%
  3. Real Estate: 33%



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  • Scott H Z Sumner

    I've had the pleasure of knowing Steven for several years now, and of having referred my personal injury clients to him for business matters, with excellent reports back.


    Scott Sumner Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Christopher N Schneider

    Steven is an excellent real estate lawyer and a pleasure to work with.


    Christopher Schneider Estate planning Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

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Kimball, Tirey & St. John LLP

500 Ygnacio Valley Road
Suite 290
Walnut Creek, CA, 94596


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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing Partner No. CA Business & Real Estate GroupKimball, Tirey & St. John LLP2012 - Present
Principal AttorneyMehlman Law Group2009 - Present
Managing PartnerMehlman TerBeek LLP2002 - 2008
PartnerTurner and Mehlman1995 - 2002
Associate AttorneyGrant & Sternberg1990 - 1995
Associate AttorneyMatthew B. Weinberg Professional Corporation1983 - 1990
Associate AttorneyFurth, Fahrner, Bluemle & Mason1980 - 1983
Association namePosition nameDuration
Walnut Creek Chamber of CommerceEducation Committee Member and Leadership Contra Costa Graduate2002 - Present
Concord Chamber of CommerceMember2002 - Present
Contra Costa County Bar AssociationMember of the Real Estate Section1990 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
California Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB)Neighbor Disputes: Law and Litigation: Chapter 15 - Client Interview2013
Contra Costa LawyerIssues Affecting Same-Sex Couples in California2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Michigan, Ann ArborPublic PolicyN/A1980
University of Michigan Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1980
University of Michigan Law SchoolCommunicationN/A1976
University of California - BerkeleyPolitical ScienceN/A1976
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
State Bar Of California Real Property Law Section RetreatThe New Normal in Residential Foreclosures and Post Foreclosure For Homeowners, Lenders, Tenants and Cities2013
Rental Housing Association Meeting February 2013Employment Law: New Laws for 20132013
Alternatives to Foreclosure WorkshopForeclosure and Foreclosure Alternatives in California2011