• Steven H. Gardner

    Steven is a trial and transactional attorney with 40 years of experience focusing on civil, commercial, employment, probate and trust/fiduciary litigation in state, federal, and appellate courts. He has been lead counsel in numerous contested matters including jury and court trials, arbitrations and mediations. His clients include individuals, small businesses, and large domestic and foreign industrial entities. Steven represented Mobil Oil Corporation for over twenty years as outside litigation counsel in PMPA, premises liability, eminent domain, real estate, commercial, antitrust, and franchise litigation matters. He is AV rated and voted a Super Lawyer in 2012, 2017 and 2018.

    Bar Memberships:

    • California State Bar, 1977
    • Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1994
    • United States Tax Court, 1984
    • United States Court of Military Appeals, 1984
    • United States District Court, Central District of California, 1977
    • United States District Court, Southern District of California, 1982
    • United States District Court, Eastern District of California, 1989
    • United States District Court, Northern District of California, 2002
    • United States District Court, District of Colorado, 1989


    • J.D. Loyola Law School, 1976
      Law Review
    • B.A. California State University, San Diego, 1972
      With Honors; With Distinction in Political Science

    Professional Societies:

    • American Bar Association, Member
    • American Bar Association Foundation, Life Fellow
    • National Conference of Bar Foundations, Past-Trustee/Secretary
    • California State Bar, Member
    • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Member
    • Beverly Hills Bar Association, Member, Past Board of Governors
    • Beverly Hills Bar Association Barristers, Past President
    • Beverly Hills Bar Foundation, Past President
    • Association of Business Trial Lawyers, Member
    • LACBA, Litigation Inn of Court, Member

    Published Opinions:

    • Kurwa vs. Kislinger (2017) 4 Cal. 4th 109
    • People, ex.rel. Department of Corporations vs. SpeeDee Oil Change Systems (1999) 20 Cal. 4th 1135
    • Williams v. County of Los Angeles (1978) 22. Cal.3 d 731
    • Sessions Payroll Management, Inc. v, Noble Const. Co. (2000) 84 Cal. App. 4th 671.


    • "Talent Agencies," The Musician's Business & Legal Guide, 1979, 1980, 1986, 1991, 2001, Jerome Headlands Press.

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  • Recognition:

    • AV rated (highest), Martindale-Hubbell
    • Super Lawyer 2012, 2017, 2018
    • Mobil Oil Corporation, Recognition for Significant Contributions to Rincon Oil Piers Decommissioning Project
    • Beverly Hills Bar Association Service Award
    • Beverly Hills Bar Association Board of Governor's Award
    • Beverly Hills Bar Association Committee for the Arts Award

    Professional Pro Bono Activities:

    • Temporary Judge, Los Angeles Superior Court
    • Loyola Law School, Mentor
    • Volunteer Attorney, PVP Guardianship Panel and Workshop
    • Volunteer Attorney, Public Counsel
    • Beverly Hills Bar Association, Citizen's Law School
    • Judge, Pepperdine University School of Law National Entertainment Law Moot Court Competition
    • Judge, Loyola Law School National Civil Trial Competition

    Community Activities:

    • Community Processes Committee, General Plan Update, City of Beverly Hills, Member
    • Beverly Hills Lacrosse Club, Past Director and Secretary
    • Pacific Hills School, Past Trustee
    • Emerson Middle School Site Council, Past Member
    • Fairburn Elementary School Site Council, Past Member
    • Children Uniting Nations, International Day of the Child, Past Mentor
    • Beverly Hills Bar Association, Past Mentor

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