Steven E. Young

Steven E. Young

Partner, Head of Litigation
Los Angeles, CA
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ABOUT

Steven E. Young has over 45 years of experience as a commercial litigation attorney, focusing on intellectual property, entertainment transactional matters, real estate, and general business litigation. He has conducted numerous jury and non-jury trials in both State and Federal Courts, State and Federal Appellate Courts, as well as arbitrations. Steve has extensive experience in all aspects of licensing of products such as fashion items, furniture, automotive performance products, luxury brand liquor, and other lifestyle products, involving, among other things, television and motion picture characters, sports teams and personalities, as well as original works of art. Steve is well versed in all aspects of movies and television law, including production, marketing, distribution, and publicity.

Additionally, Steve’s practice focuses on real estate litigation, including, title; escrow; broker; boundary (including easement) disputes; lateral and subjacent support disputes; purchase contract disputes, access and view disputes, construction defects and condemnation actions. He has represented clients ranging from individuals to publicly traded companies, including in shareholder and derivative litigation matters.

Steve has been awarded an AV Preeminent® Rating by Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review, the highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards, and named to the Southern California Super Lawyers list for three consecutive years (2016-2018), a designation bestowed on only the top 5% of lawyers in Southern California. Prior to joining Practus, Steve was a Senior Attorney at Theodora Oringher as well as partner at Freeman, Freeman & Smiley LLP.

A musician from the ripe old age of 8, Steve has played the trumpet since third grade. He is a member of an 18-piece band called, (wait for it…) the Big Band of Barristers, and the LA Lawyer Philharmonic Orchestra. He is a former Board Chairman of the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles and enjoys collecting, restoring, and racing automobiles.

ADMISSIONS

  • California 1974

LANGUAGE

  • English

EDUCATION

University of Southern California
J.D
University of California – Los Angeles
Political Science

AWARDS

Super Lawyers, “100 Top Bet The Company Litigators”


FUN FACTS

FAVORITE QUOTE

Favorite Quote

“Everyone is entitled to their own opinion-but nobody is entitled to their own facts.” Daniel Patrick Moynihaneduane

Stephen Covey
  • Favorite Book
    Favorite Book

    Winds of War by Herman Wouk

  • Favorite Song
    Favorite Song

    “Some Enchanted Evening” by Oscar Hammerstein

  • Favorite Movie
    Favorite Movie

    Casablanca

  • Favorite Vacation
    Favorite Vacation

    Italy

  • Favorite Meal
    Favorite Meal

    Steak baked potato and superb red wine.

  • Favorite Artist
    Favorite Artist

    Hiro Yamagata

ALTERNATE CAREER PATH

Alternate Carrer Path

If I weren’t a lawyer, I would be a professional race car driver or producing quality films.

ADMISSIONS

  • California 1974

LANGUAGE

  • English

EDUCATION

University of Southern California
J.D
University of California – Los Angeles
Political Science

AWARDS

Super Lawyers, “100 Top Bet The Company Litigators”

RELEVANT EXPERIENCE

Steve spent 20 years as a parity partner at Freeman Freeman & Smiley, LLP, handling major litigation matters in all manner of business disputes, with a heavy emphasis on Real Estate, Intellectual Property and Entertainment (film and television) as well as
transactional work in both Entertainment and Intellectual Property transactions. While there, he served as the vice chair of their Litigation Dept. He also spent time as a Senior Attorney at Theodora Oringher and as a partner at a Beverly Hills boutique law firm.

Steve’s areas of expertise include:

Real Estate Litigation, Entertainment Transactions and Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation and Licensing, and Commercial Litigation


REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS

Successfully represented multi-location restaurant operator in trade dress infringement case

Successfully represented infomercial product manufacturer in malpractice claim against law firm for failing to provide intellectual property product protection

Successfully represented major garment manufacturer in breach f license agreement against the Walt Disney Company

Successfully represented two iconic race car manufacturers in trade dress infringement action

Successfully represented manufacturer of unique special event chairs for trade dress infringement action

TALKS/SEMINARS

“Show Me The Money”- the conversion of dormant name brands into new areas of enterprise

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS & BOARD MEMBERSHIPS

Chairman of the Board of the Petersen Automotive Museum (2007-2012) Board of Directors of Beverly Hills Bar Foundation

CONNECT WITH ME

At Practus, we handle complex and challenging legal matters. I look forward to talking to you about how we can best meet your goals.

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