Hon. Steven J. Stone (Ret.)

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Intellectual Property
As a lawyer, Superior Court Judge and Presiding Justice of the California Court of Appeal, Justice Stone has litigated, tried, settled, and participated in written appellate opinions concerning disputes over intellectual property, technological, and proprietary trade secrets.

Since joining JAMS as a mediator and arbitrator, Justice Stone has successfully applied his negotiation skills to the settlement of intellectual property and proprietary trade secret matters.

Representative Matters

  • As a lawyer, Justice Stone successfully tried a case involving a suit brought by the owner of a unique technology corporation against departing officers accused of stealing proprietary technology and trade secrets.
  • As a trial judge and appellate justice, Justice Stone tried, settled and participated in appellate cases involving intellectual property, technology, and proprietary trade secrets.
  • Presided as a special master in a lawsuit between two telecommunications companies alleging each had misappropriated trade secrets and illegally competed with each other. Subsequently, Justice Stone was able to mediate the litigation to a successful conclusion.
  • Successfully mediated a dispute between a technology corporation and its former key employees who were accused of stealing technology and illegally competing with their former employer.
  • Successfully mediated a multi-state Federal lawsuit between the Apollo astronauts and a toy manufacturer regarding rights of publicity and privacy.

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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