Steve Coopersmith

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in San Diego, CA

The Coopersmith Law Firm
 | 555 W. Beech St., Suite 230
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 619-238-7360
Fax: 619-785-3357
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1996
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (70%),
  • Securities Litigation (10%),
  • General Litigation (10%),
  • Employment & Labor: Employer (10%)
Attorney Profile

Steve Coopersmith is the founder of The Coopersmith Law Firm in San Diego, California. He represents clients throughout Southern California in a wide range of business and commercial litigation matters, including those stemming from corporate and partnership dissolutions, securities and financial fraud violations, bet-the-company litigation, executive-level employment disputes, and fine art law disputes. Mr. Coopersmith also handles select matters of public significance, including planning and development disputes.  

After receiving a bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania, Mr. Coopersmith earned his Juris Doctor from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. During law school, he served as a note editor for the Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly and was a judicial extern for the presiding justice of the 1st District Court of Appeal. After graduation from law school, Mr. Coopersmith served in the Judge Advocate General's Corps of the U.S. Army, providing legal advice to officers and trying felony criminal cases at courts-martial.  Before starting his own firm in 2008, Mr. Coopersmith gained valuable experience in business litigation with several well-known San Diego law firms.

Mr. Coopersmith is licensed to practice law in California and before the U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Central, Eastern and Northern Districts of California. He is also licensed to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces and the Supreme Court of the United States.

In recognition of his professional skills and ethical standards, Martindale-Hubbell has awarded Mr. Coopersmith its AV-Preeminent rating, and his firm is listed in the Bar Register of Pre-Eminent Lawyers for all years since 2014. He was named as a Top Attorney in 2012, 2013 and 2014 by The Daily Transcript, prior to that award's cessation.

Mr. Coopersmith was selected as one of 50 Top Influential Business Leaders in San Diego by The Daily Transcript in both 2017 and 2018.

In his spare time, Mr. Coopersmith enjoys playing jazz piano, and he is an avid ocean swimmer and cyclist.  

 

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Business Litigation (70%): Trade Secret, Non-Compete Agreements

Securities Litigation (10%)

General Litigation (10%): Litigation

Employment & Labor (10%): Whistleblower, Sexual Harassment

Focus Areas

Trade Secret, Non-Compete Agreements, Litigation, Whistleblower, Sexual Harassment

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 6 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2019

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About Steve Coopersmith

Admitted: 1996, California

Professional Webpage: http://www.stevecoopersmithlaw.com/profiles/coopersmith/

Honors/Awards:

  • Peer-Review Rated as "AV-Preeminent" by the Martindale Hubbell International Law Directory since 2011., "AV -- Preeminent" Rating from Martindale Hubbell International Law Directory, Martindale Hubbell International Law Directory, 2011
  • Listed as one of the Top 50 Influential Business Leaders in San Diego County by the San Diego Daily Transcript.  , Top 50 Influential Business Leaders in San Diego, San Diego Daily Transcript, 2017
  • Listed as one of the Top 50 Influential Business Leaders in San Diego County by the San Diego Daily Transcript.  , Top 50 Influential Business Leaders in San Diego, San Diego Daily Transcript, 2018
  • Listed in the prestigious Bar Register of Pre-Eminent Attorneys for each year since 2014., Bar Register of Pre-Eminent Attorneys, Martindale Hubbell Law Directory, 2015
  • Selected as one of the Top Ten "Top Attorneys" in the area of Corporate Litigation for 2012 by the San Diego Daily Transcript Newspaper, San Diego Daily Transcript , San Diego Daily Transcript, 2012
  • Selected as a "Top Lawyer" in the area of Business & Commercial Litigation in 2013 by San Diego Magazine. , San Diego Magazine "Top Lawyers," Business and Commercial Litigation, San Diego Magazine, 2013
  • Listed in the prestigious Bar Register of Pre-Eminent Attorneys for each year since 2014.  , Bar Register of Pre-eminent Attorneys, Martindale Hubbell Law Directory, 2017
  • Listed in the prestigious Bar Register of Pre-Eminent Attorneys for each year since 2014.  , Bar Register of Pre-Eminent Attorneys, Martindale Hubbell Law Directory, 2014
  • Selected as one of the Top Ten "Top Attorneys" in the area of Corporate Litigation for 2013 by the San Diego Daily Transcript newspaper., San Diego Daily Transcript, , San Diego Daily Transcript, 2013
  • Selected as one of the Top Ten "Top Attorneys" in the area of Corporate Litigation for 2014 by the San Diego Daily Transcript newspaper., San Diego Daily Transcript, , San Diego Daily Transcript, 2014, Top Attorneys, Corporate Litigation, San Diego Daily Transcript, 2014
  • Listed in the prestigious Bar Register of Pre-Eminent Attorneys for each year since 2014.  , Bar Register of Pre-Eminent Attorneys, Martindale Hubbell Law Directory, 2016
  • Listed in the prestigious Bar Register of Pre-Eminent Attorneys for each year since 2014.  , Bar Register of Pre-eminent Attorneys, Martindale Hubbell Law Directory, 2018, Bar Register of Pre-Eminent Lawyers, Martindale Hubbell, 2018

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Member of U.S. District Courts, Eastern District of California, 2000 - Present
  • Member of U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, 1999 - Present
  • Member of U.S. District Courts, Central District of California, 2000 - Present
  • Member of California Bar, 1996 - Present
  • Member of U.S. District Courts, Southern District of California, 2000 - Present
  • Member of U.S. District Courts, Northern District of California, 2000 - Present
  • Member of U.S. Supreme Court Bar, 2004 - Present

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Serve on the Advisory Board of the Lux Art Institute since 2015.  , 2018
  • Member, San Diego Rotary Club 33.  Member of this distinguished downtown Rotary Club since 2011.  Significant community service work with various aspects of Rotary, including club, local community, and international Rotary service.   , 2011

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Dolan King II: Fourth District Adds Another Chapter to Dispute Between Homeowner and Community Association, Trial Bar News, April 2004
  • Pleading Requirements in "Substantial Factor" Products Liability Cases, Trial Bar News, April 2000
  • Fourth District Court of Appeal Solves Circuity Of Liens Problem, Trial Bar News, October 2001
  • U.S. Supreme Court Permits Restriction Of Developing Land Without Compensating Owners, Trial Bar News, November 2002

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • Representation of sports business broker responsible for purchase and sale transactions of interests in major national sports franchises.  Representation included resolution of mutual claims against brokerage arising from dispute about compensation and deal direction issues. , 2018
  • Representation of Fortune 500 insurance company arising from claims that carrier did not properly administrate workers' compensation claims for plaintiff company, which increased risk ratio and premiums.  After significant discovery efforts, obtained highly favorable result for client., 2019
  • Settlement of massive case which will affect all permitting and planning in downtown San Diego.  After four years of litigation against the City of San Diego and Civic San Diego, the Firm's clients, Dr. Murtaza Baxamusa and the San Diego County Building and Construction Trades Council, AFL-CIO, reached a resolution of its claims against the City and Civic San Diego to involve the withdrawal of the delegation of permitting and planning authority to Civic, a non-profit organization which had been performing these actions in downtown since Redevelopment authority from the State of California was rescinded in 2012.   Through a dozen depositions, discovery of 100,000 pages of documents, and thorough investigatory and litigation efforts, we learned that Civic had become corrupt, including sole-sourced contracting, conflicts of interest, pressure to otherwise independent hearing officers, and in general, approval of development projects without regard to good City planning efforts like transportation, parking, public parks and art, and other infrastructure.   This settlement will change the way that downtown is permitted and planned, and although certainly some may grouse about the potential effect this may have on development in downtown San Diego, it has been acknowledged as a significant, and positive change, for the City.  https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/business/growth-development/story/2019-03-29/san-diego-downtown-planning-agency-stripped-of-power, 2019
  • Highly favorable defense settlement of fraud, misrepresentation and other similar claims against C-Level client made by inside investor who blamed client for failure of company notwithstanding plaintiff's knowledge of insider status of company and active recruitment of investors.  Case resolved for a fraction of the large amount demanded against client after significant, years-long litigation involving multiple depositions and tens of thousands of documents produced. , 2017
  • Settlement on behalf of a number of investors in a substantial entity which had misrepresented matters involving the interests held by management, value of shares, and intent for future business.  Investor clients received their entire investments back.  , 2017

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Participation in Catalina Channel Swim Relay -- overnight, open water swimming relay from Catalina Island to Long Beach, 2018
  • Participation in Catalina Channel Swim Relay -- open water swimming relay from Catalina Island to San Pedro, officially sanctioned by the Catalina Channel Swimming Federation.  Participation in this event for the 5th time in 2018, 2017

Educational Background:

  • University of Pennsylvania, B.A. in International Political Science, 1992
Office Location for Steve Coopersmith

555 W. Beech St.
Suite 230
San Diego, CA 92101

Phone: 619-238-7360

Fax: 619-785-3357

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Last Updated: 4/11/2019

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