Hon. Steven J. Stone (Ret.)

T: 213-620-1133
F: 213-620-0100
Business/Commercial
As a lawyer, Judge of the Superior Court, and as a Presiding Justice of the California Court of Appeal, Justice Stone has litigated, tried, presided over, settled, participated in and authored appellate opinions concerning many varieties and types of complex business and commercial disputes.

Since joining JAMS as a mediator and arbitrator, Justice Stone has successfully applied his negotiation skills to the settlement of complex business and commercial cases.

Representative Matters

  • Interpretation of complex settlement agreements between multiple parties, including public agencies and insurance companies
  • Mediation of a complex dispute between subcontractors on a large dam project
  • Mediation of a dispute between a businessman and his alleged franchisor
  • Mediation of a dispute between CALTRANS and a pipe contractor
  • Resolution of a dispute between attorneys and partners of a joint venture business
  • Resolution of a serious dispute between the buyer and seller of a gas station and car wash over environmental issues
  • Settlement of a lawsuit between a sophisticated technology company and departing key employees who set up a competing company
  • Settlements of a number of commercial disputes between real estate brokers and parties to real estate transactions

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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