Hon. Steven J. Stone (Ret.)

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F: 213-620-0100
Arbitration
Since joining JAMS as an arbitrator and mediator, Justice Stone has applied his extensive experience as a trial lawyer, Superior Court Judge, and Presiding Justice of the California Court of Appeal, to all types of arbitrations.

Representative Arbitrations

  • Attorney Fee Disputes: Arbitrations including valuation of service, and Cumis Counsel claims
  • Aviation: Claims against airport owners and operators, pilot error, inadequate maintenance, and design defects
  • Business Disputes: Claims involving breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty
  • Employment: Employment arbitrations including unlawful discrimination, wrongful termination, harassment, retaliation, and failure to promote
  • Entertainment: Artist claim against manager involving management fees, booking contracts and royalties
  • Insurance Coverage: Cases including allocation of liability, bad faith, loss of business income coverage, agent failure to obtain coverage, denial of coverage, and indemnity issues
  • Intellectual Property: Cases including proprietary billing practices
  • Mergers & Acquisitions: Buyer and Seller disputes following multi-million dollar mergers
  • Partnership Dissolution: Cases including valuation of assets, contract interpretation, and determination of equitable shares
  • Personal Injury: Arbitrations including catastrophic and wrongful death claims, issues of compound liability, uninsured and underinsured motorist claims
  • Professional Liability: Medical and legal malpractice claims including determination of standard of care, and code of conduct violations
  • Real Estate & Commercial Leaseholds: Disputes between tenants and owners of shopping centers and other real property disputes
  • Telecommunications: Several cases involving disputes between telecommunications companies including breach of contract and unfair competition

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Recognized as a Best Lawyer, Alternative Dispute Resolution Category, Best Lawyers in America, 2009-2016
  • Recognized as a Top California Neutral, Daily Journal, 2012
  • Selected as one of California's Most Sought-After Neutrals, Daily Journal Extra, 2002
  • Trial Judge of the Year Award, Ventura County Trial Lawyers Association, 1980 and 1982
  • Roger J. Traynor Appellate Justice of the Year Award by the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, 1998
  • Faculty of the Council on Judicial Education and Research and the California Judges Association teaching and training judges
  • State Bar Board of Governors Special Task Force on Discovery
  • "The Power of Pester," Daily Journal, ADR Profile, April 12, 2013
  • Received comprehensive training in JAMS in-house Entertainment Law workshops including, but not limited to:
    • "Net Profits and New Media: The Future of Entertainment Litigation"
    • "Legal Issues and Developments in Video Game Law"

Background and Education

  • Presiding Justice, California District Court of Appeal, 1982-1999
  • Judge, Ventura County Superior Court, 1976-1982 (Supervising Judge, Law and Motion, 1977-1980)
  • Private practice, Principal, Beach, Stone, Smith, Drescher & Romney, Santa Paula, CA, 1962-1976
  • J.D., University of California, Hastings College of Law, 1961; Associate Editor, Hastings Law Journal
  • A.B., Medical Sciences, University of California, Berkeley, 1958

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