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

Publication

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Insights and Resources

The spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) is causing disruption throughout the US that we have not seen in generations. Governmental entities, academia, and the private sector are working diligently to contain COVID-19 while it...

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Farella Braun + Martel Recognized in 2020 Chambers High Net Worth Guide for Private Wealth Law in Northern California

SAN FRANCISCO, July 10, 2020: Farella Braun + Martel’s Private Client Industry Group earned recognition in the 2020 Chambers High Net Worth (HNW) guide as a leading firm in the Private Wealth Law category...

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Engineering, Procurement and Construction Agreements for Utility-Scale Battery Projects

The negotiation of an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) agreement for a battery energy storage systems (BESS) project typically surfaces many of the same contractual risk allocation issues that one encounters in the negotiation...

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Treatment of Commercial Leases in Tenant Bankruptcy - The Basics

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc with the nation’s economy, we have started to see bankruptcy filings by well-known companies such as GNC, J. Crew, Neiman Marcus, Modell’s, 24 Hour Fitness, Gold’s...

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PDC 2020 PD Virtual Summer Camp

Sarah Good will be speaking at the Professional Development Consortium's live webinar, "Diversity Sponsorship Law Firm Programs." Details: Sponsorship is critical to the retention and advancement to partnership of associates at law firms. We will...

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Community Reinvestment Groups Sue Trump Administration for Unlawfully Gutting Anti-Redlining Rules

Amid COVID-19 Pandemic, OCC’s Rushed Rule Lessens Accountability for Banks, Silences Communities Impacted by Systemic Lending Discrimination National Community Reinvestment Coalition, California Reinvestment Coalition Seek to Halt Unlawful Rule, Protect Vulnerable Communities Federal Reserve...

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7th Annual Partner Compensation One-Day Workshop

Brian Donnelly is presenting the case study session, "Managing Partner Performance" at Fairfax Associates' 7th Annual Partner Compensation One-Day Workshop. Click here for more information.

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7 Tips for Creating a COVID-19 Essential Business Travel Policy

As states are relaxing COVID-19-related restrictions, employers should remain cautious about business travel. California’s public health orders still limit travel to an “urgent matter” or that which is “essential to your permitted work.” Given...

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Reexamining Indirect Discharges and the Clean Water Act After County of Maui, Hawaii v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund

Sarah Bell will be speaking on this Strafford live webinar, "Reexamining Indirect Discharges and the Clean Water Act After County of Maui, Hawaii v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund ." This CLE webinar will discuss the...

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Farella Names New White Collar Defense & Internal Corporate Investigations Practice Co-Chairs

SAN FRANCISCO, June 29, 2020: Northern California legal powerhouse Farella Braun + Martel announces that Senior Associates Aviva J. Gilbert and Janice W. Reicher have been appointed co-chairs of its White Collar Defense and...

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