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

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Equal Pay Data Reporting, an Asset for the Strategic Employer

Join Holly Sutton and co-speaker, Erin Hastings, in the discussion on "Equal Pay Data Reporting, an Asset for the Strategic Employer." California’s recently passed SB973 requires certain employers to collect and report the number...

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Bankruptcy Provisions in COVID Relief Legislation Impacting PPP Loans, Commercial Leases and Preference Claims

With the COVID-19 pandemic stretching on into another year, businesses continue to experience adverse effects. Bankruptcy filings, especially among retailers, were higher than average in 2020, and it is likely that more companies large...

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What to Do When Commercial Leases End Up in Bankruptcy

The COVID-19 pandemic is forcing many businesses to close, leaving landlords in the lurch. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to shake up the nation’s economy. Long-standing companies such as JC Penney, J. Crew, Neiman Marcus, Modell’s...

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Lawyers Warn Those Bracing for Prop. 19’s Tax Hit: Act Fast

Evan Abrams spoke to the San Francisco Business Times for the article "Lawyers Warn Those Bracing for Prop. 19’s Tax Hit: Act Fast."  In the article, Evan said, “If you really want to do anything...

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Farella Braun + Martel Elevates Five to Partner

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Perspectives on Virtual Proceedings: ADR & Claims Resolution in a COVID World

Erica Villanueva will be speaking at the 2021 Virtual Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee CLE Seminar on "Perspectives on Virtual Proceedings: ADR & Claims Resolution in a COVID World."

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17 Firms Join Crowell in Seeking Trump's Removal

Farella is among 17 law firms joining Crowell & Moring in sending a joint letter to Vice President Mike Pence to call for President Donald Trump’s immediate removal from office and to urge Pence to invoke the 25th...

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The Pitfalls of Boilerplate Lease Agreements

Quinn Arntsen was featured in a GlobeSt Q&A on the pitfalls of boilerplate lease agreements. There are several provisions landlords should insist upon when renegotiating leases. But there are also several common pitfalls including...

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Prop. 19 Passed, Here Is What You Need to Know

Proposition 19, which passed last month, has important consequences for all real property owners in California. It is important to act quickly before Proposition 19's effective date of February 16, 2021. Proposition 19 has...

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Cannabis IP: Using Intellectual Property to Protect Your Assets and Grow Your Business

Join Nate Garhart and Ashley Roybal-Reid in the discussion on "Cannabis IP: Using Intellectual Property to Protect Your Assets and Grow Your Business." Intellectual property (IP) is a critical issue in the cannabis industry...

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