Hon. Steven J. Stone (Ret.)

T: 213-620-1133
F: 213-620-0100
Insurance
As a practicing lawyer, Judge of the Superior Court, and as a Presiding Justice of the California Court of Appeal, Justice Stone has litigated, settled, tried, presided over and participated in and authored appellate opinions concerning many issues arising in insurance matters, including coverage, policy construction and bad faith.

Since joining JAMS as a mediator and arbitrator, Justice Stone has successfully applied his negotiation skills to the settlement of insurance matters.

Representative Matters

  • Interpretation of agreements between members of a self-insurance pool
  • Successful mediation of a number of cases of alleged bad faith failure to pay theft loss insurance benefits
  • Successful mediation of alleged bad faith refusal to pay life insurance benefits
  • Successful resolution of alleged bad faith refusal to pay disability insurance benefits
  • Successful resolution of an alleged bad faith refusal to pay claims on an earthquake policy claim
  • Successful resolution of coverage issues and bad faith refusal to pay a multi-million dollar wrongful death judgment

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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