Biography

As a trial attorney, Steve Lowenthal represents individual and business entities in all forms of trial and arbitration matters throughout the state and country including a variety of complex commercial matters. He has also developed a niche consulting practice, arising from his tenure at the Chairman of Farella (2005-2016), as a counselor to small, closely-held corporations, partnerships, law firms, trusts, or high net worth families dealing with operational issues, fiduciary duty questions, and related matters.

Professional services firms operating in competitive markets often find themselves grappling with complex legal and strategic issues relating to liability, strategic planning, structure, and similar questions. Addressing these issues requires an analysis of both the big picture, and operational details, and advice concerning their business activities.

Steve has a unique set of skills, drawn from the combination of his professional work as a litigator and his management roles at Farella. Whether he is analyzing the financial statements of a law or accounting firm, or meeting with and counseling the principals of an investment management firm, he represents an experienced, analytical, and forward-thinking voice that is a considerable competitive advantage for firms that benefit from a dispassionate, data-driven, and experienced point of view.

This same sense of pragmatism also guides Steve in his work as a litigator. He takes a decidedly businesslike approach to his practice of trial law, leading teams that provide practical advice, solutions, and efficient dispute resolution. His goal, where possible, is to seek a resolution of the dispute on terms favorable to his clients from a business and strategic perspective, but is prepared to handle the dispute through arbitration or trial when that approach is in the clients’ best interests.

He has taught trial advocacy at the Stanford University Law School Advocacy Skills Workshop and at the trial advocacy workshop at the University of San Francisco Law School. 

Distinctions

  • Northern California Super Lawyers (2005, 2007-2019)

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Past President of the Board of Governors of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers
  • Board member of the Legal Aid Society of San Francisco
  • Stanford Law School Center for the Legal Profession Advisory Committee
  • Advisory Committee for the Project for Attorney Retention

Firm Highlights

News

Farella Provides Amicus Support in Case Challenging Denial of CARES Act Funds to Incarcerated Individuals and Their Families

SAN FRANCISCO, August 31, 2020: Farella Braun + Martel, along with co-counsel the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Northern California, filed an amici curiae brief in support of the plaintiffs’ motion for a...

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California Expands Family and Medical Leave Law to Cover Small Employers

California Governor Gavin Newsom recently signed SB 1383, which expands employees’ leave entitlements under California’s Family Rights Act and New Parent Leave Act. Effective January 1, 2021, these leave provisions will apply to employers with...

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Farella Highly Commended by Chambers in "Inclusive Firm of the Year" Award Category

SAN FRANCISCO, September 24, 2020: Farella Braun + Martel is proud to announce that it earned recognition as the “Highly Commended” law firm in the “Inclusive Firm of the Year” USA category at today’s...

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Opportunity Zone Virtual Forum

Financing Ground Up Development During a Pandemic Farella's Julie Treppa is a speaker for  The Registry's Opportunity Zone Virtual Forum. The event will take a closer look at Opportunity Zones and the impact on...

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EPA’s New Guidance Mandate Leaves Superfund Cleanup Less Certain

Sarah Bell commented in the Bloomberg Law article "EPA’s New Guidance Mandate Leaves Superfund Cleanup Less Certain."    Read the full article here .

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Estate Tax Planning for Large Company Stock Holdings: Four Tips for Using Record-High Lifetime Exemptions

Published on MyStockOptions.com . Key Points Annual inflation-indexing continues to increase the historically high lifetime exemption amount for gift, estate, and generation-skipping transfer taxes. Those of considerable wealth who have not yet made gifts...

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14th Annual ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law Conference

Holly Sutton is a panelist on the 14th Annual ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law Conference live webinar, "Political Speech at Work: What is Fair and What is Foul." Details: Some believe that...

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Real Perspectives Podcast With Julie Treppa on Opportunity Zones

Click here for the audio recording of the "Real Perspective Podcast" by The Registry featuring Julie Treppa. She discusses Opportunity Zones, how they evolved, and what the new normal means for this very important...

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LSI's PFAS Contamination and Regulation in California Virtual Conference

Sarah Bell will be speaking at LSI's virtual conference on PFAS Contamination and Regulation in California live webinar, "PFAS and Hazardous Materials Cleanup Laws." Details: CWA violations, CERCLA designations, and NRD claims as potential game...

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Estate Planning During Uncertain Times

Farella's Wine Industry Education Series features Lauren Galbraith discussing "Estate Planning During Uncertain Times." Estate planning for vineyard and winery owners has come to the forefront during this unpredictable pandemic and in light of...

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