Steve is currently serving as the Chair of the California State Bar’s Committee on Alternate Dispute Resolution. He will be concluding his fifth year on that committee in September 2009. Steve was recognized as one of California’s “Top Neutrals” by the Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal. He has been recognized as a Southern California “SuperLawyer” in the field of Alternate Dispute Resolution by Law & Politics and Los Angeles Magazines for the last four years. He is a Distinguished Fellow with the International Academy of Mediators and a Diplomate Member of the California Academy of Distinguished Neutrals.


Steve has served on the Los Angeles Superior Court’s ADR Committee and its Operations and Quality Assurance Sub-committees since 2001. He served on the Board of Directors of the Southern California Mediation Association (SCMA) from 2000 through 2004 where he Chaired the Employment/Workplace and Courts Committees.


Steve is a frequent speaker on Mediation, having addressed audiences at Bar Associations, Universities, Mediation Organizations, the Los Angeles Superior Court and as a Guest Lecturer at the Constitutional Rights Foundation’s Summer Law Institute at UCLA Law School. He recently became an Adjunct Faculty Member of Loyola Law School in Los Angeles where he will be teaching a course on Negotiation. He has authored a number of articles on mediation, some of which are available on this website.


In 2001, Steve was honored as the recipient of the Volunteer of the Year Award from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and the Los Angeles County Dispute Resolution Program for his services as a volunteer mediator with the Los Angeles Superior Court.


His ADR Profile appears in the June 20, 2001 edition of the Los Angeles Daily Journal's Verdicts & Settlements.


Having recently relocated his offices, Steve, along with his colleague and fellow-mediator, Gig Kyriacou, purchased and renovated a building in the Burbank Media District where they have created a comfortable atmosphere particularly conducive to dispute resolution. Steve’s patience, persistence, humor and excellent communication skills continue to contribute to his success and effectiveness as one of California’s “Top Neutrals.”