An experienced California health care, licensing and government relations attorney, Steve has expertise in physician, physician assistant, nursing, psychologist, pharmacy and veterinary board licensing and disciplinary matters. He has served as a medical malpractice defense attorney for the University of California, approved by the U.C. Office of the President (UCOP), Legal Affairs. He is also a faculty member for Professional Boundaries, Inc. (PBI), a professional health education program accredited by the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine and the California Department of Consumer Affairs to provide Professional Boundaries, Ethics, Prescribing, and Medical Record Keeping courses for Physicians, Nurses, Veterinarians, Pharmacists, Physician Assistants and other health care professionals. Steve is a member of the California Academy of Attorneys for Health Care Professionals (CAAHP). The Academy membership includes California's top attorneys with significant experience representing licensed health care professionals in administrative law, licensing and disciplinary matters. In 2019, Steve reduced his schedule as a partner in the firm and now serves as Of Counsel.
Steve's extensive legal background includes 15 years as a Deputy Attorney General for the State of California. During that time he worked for 10 years in the Health Quality Enforcement (HQE) Section where he was appointed Attorney General’s Liaison to the California Medical Board and the Osteopathic Medical Board. Steve also served as a legislative advocate for the Attorney General, receiving the Attorney General’s Award for Excellence for his efforts.
Prior to law school Steve was a Special Agent of the F.B.I. (New York) in counter-terrorism, foreign counterintelligence, and organized crime. He is an F.B.I.-D.E.A.-certified Narcotic and Drug Specialist. Steve is also certified as an Clinical Instructor for the internationally renowned National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA).
Steve has experience handling legal matters with the following agencies:
- U.S. Department of Justice; F.B.I., Drug Enforcement Administration (D.E.A.) licensing & enforcement.
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (Medicare, Office of Inspector General matters).
- U.S. Department of Homeland Security; Consular matters.
- Medical Board of California
- Osteopathic Medical Board of California
- Physician Assistants Committee
- California Board of Registered Nurses
- Physical Therapy Board
- Pharmacy Board
- California Board of Psychology
- Respiratory Care Board of California
- California Department of Social Services (Elder Care, Day Care licensing & enforcement)
Raised in San Francisco, Steve attended St. Monica's School, St. Ignatius College Preparatory, and the University of San Francisco before completing his law degree at U.C. Davis' School of Law, King Hall, where he was Managing Editor of the UCD Law Review. He also holds an M.A. degree in Political Science from U.C. Santa Barbara, where he studied Courts, Judges and Politics under the late Professor C. Herman Pritchett, a nationally acclaimed scholar in Constitutional Law.
"Dolphin-safe Tuna, What's In A Label?", Natural Resources Journal, University of New Mexico School of Law. Summer 1992. Presented upon invitation to Stanford University's North American Forum, 1994.
"The Least Dangerous Branch", California Peace Officer Magazine, December 1982.
"Medical Law Blog": http://www.Californiamedicallicenselaw.com
Conversant in Spanish, Italian and Japanese
Outside the Office:
An avid outdoorsman, Steve is a certified open-water scuba diver and supporter of the Ocean Defenders' Alliance (ODA), a nonprofit organization of divers committed to ridding the oceans of man-made hazards to fish and wildlife. He is also a long-board surfer with a preference for warm water, having grown up frequenting the frigid waves of San Francisco and Santa Cruz. He and his wife, Harumi, are members of Zen Heart Sangha in Woodside, California. They are frequent visitors to Japan where Steve has engaged in Zen study.