Stephen J. Strauss, Attorney at Law

Firm Overview

I accept a small number of very select plaintiff's malpractice cases where an attorney has fallen below the standard of care causing loss of an otherwise meritorious case. Often this involves failure to file a lawsuit on time, insufficient investigation or trial preparation, settlement without authority, conflict of interest, or unconscionable retainer agreements
For those clients who have fee disputes with their attorneys, I offer assistance at fee arbitration, including representation, expert witness testimony, and ghost written briefs and statements.

Example cases

A school teacher slipped and fell over an unattended year old toddler at a Ross Dress for Less store in Costa Mesa. She broke her nose requiring three surgeries over two years to repair. All the while she suffered chronic headaches and drainage problems with her sinuses. She hired a lawyer who failed to sue Ross stores in time. The teacher then hired me to sue the lawyer and get her what she would have gotten from Ross had the lawyer timely filed suit. The case settled on very favorable terms at mediation just about a year after being filed.

A father was going through a divorce after marrying an English citizen. He hired an attorney when the wife took the child back to England and did not return. The lawyer filed for divorce in California but failed to use the provisions of the Hague Convention on international child abductions to which the United State is a signatory. The father lost custody of the child. The father then hired me to sue the divorce lawyer which we successfully did and recovered monies to compensate him for the loss of his son.

Main Office
1107 Fair Oaks Avenue, #885
South Pasadena  CA  91030
  • (323) 221-2286


Free Initial Consultation?
You can expect a free initial consultation for 30 minutes. Document review and investigation available at discounted rates.
Services Offered For Fixed Fees?
Contingent fees available for qualified cases. No recovery, no fee. You only pay costs.
Hourly Rates
From $265

Is your firm willing to help a client with one discrete part of a case, without taking on the whole case?

Yes, unbundled legal services are available.

How frequently does your firm use mediation, arbitration, or collaborative law to resolve cases?

Mediation and arbitration are becoming more necessary especially here in LA county where a plaintiff can wait up to 5 years before getting his day in court. Insurance defense companies know this and try to run up the costs of litigation with prolonged discovery wars.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

No associates, paralegals or office managers stand in the way of the attorney client relationship, you can expect personal service with no middle men.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

I believe the client should know the good, the bad and the costs and benefits associated with various outcomes bet hey settlement, arbitration, or trial.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

Yes, I will gladly review documents drafted by non lawyers but you are paying for my independent professional judgment and I am going to tell you the truth, not just what you may want to hear.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?


Steve Strauss

Established in 2001.

  • Bar Number: 129648
    California , 1987

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