Stephen Backus

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Surety Attorney in Los Angeles, CA

Backus & Ernst, LLP
 | 444 S Flower Street, Suite 2160
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Phone: 213-277-8538
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1981
Practice Areas:
  • Surety (40%),
  • Real Estate: Business (30%),
  • Professional Liability: Plaintiff (10%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Defense (10%),
  • Constitutional Law (10%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney Stephen Backus is a partner with the Backus & Ernst, LLP, law firm in Los Angeles, California. A highly versatile trial lawyer with more than 25 years of legal experience, Mr. Backus represents a diverse range of clients throughout the greater Los Angeles metro area who have legal needs involving any of the following practice areas:

·        Real estate litigation

·        Construction litigation

·        Personal injury

·        Professional liability

·        Transportation industry issues

·        Commercial disputes

Throughout the course of his history, Mr. Backus has defended the rights and interests of corporations, school districts and other entities against personal injury and liability claims as well as numerous licensed professionals during administrative hearings and civil litigation. He also has extensive experience representing real estate and construction professionals, including contractors, developers, engineers, architects and others, in a variety of litigation matters involving commercial, industrial and residential properties. In addition to his successful litigation practice, he has also handled numerous arbitrations and mediations.

A 1973 graduate of Colgate University, Mr. Backus obtained his Juris Doctor from Pepperdine Law School in 1980. Along with practicing before all of California's state courts, he is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.

Widely regarded as a leader in his field, Mr. Backus maintains active involvement in his legal community. He serves as a commercial panel neutral for the American Arbitration Association, and he is a member of the Building Industry Association, the Defense Research Institute and both the Legal Affairs Forum and the Risk Management Institute of the California Association of Realtors.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Surety (40%)

Real Estate (30%)

Professional Liability (10%)

Personal Injury - General (10%)

Constitutional Law (10%)


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Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2020

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About Stephen Backus

Admitted: 1981, California

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Bar/Professional Activity:

  • California Association of realtors Risk Management Institute
  • California Association of Realtors – Legal Affairs Forum
  • Defense Research Institute – Member, Construction Section
  • Building Industry Association
  • California
  • American Arbitration Association – Commercial Panel Neutral
  • U.S. Court of Appeal, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S.  District Court, Central District 

Educational Background:

  • B.A., Colgate University, 1973
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Office Location for Stephen Backus

444 S Flower Street
Suite 2160
Los Angeles, CA 90071

Phone: 213-277-8538

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Last Updated: 6/27/2019

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