Bar & Court Admissions
- State Bar of California
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Central District of California and District of Columbia
Association of Trial Lawyers
Century City Bar Association
Los Angeles County Bar Association
Sports Lawyers Association
Del Rey American Little League
Georgetown University Law Center, J.D.
University of Maryland, B.S.
Peter L. Steinman
With nearly twenty-five years of experience, Peter Steinman focuses his practice on construction, real estate and business matters, as well as entertainment and sports litigation and complex commercial disputes in both state and federal courts.
More particularly, Mr. Steinman has represented individual and corporate clients in a wide array of cases involving contracts, legal malpractice and business torts. He has also defended and prosecuted various allegations involving real estate purchase agreements, construction defect and developer actions; counseled numerous businesses through employment matters regarding breach of contract, discrimination, harassment and retaliation based on California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act; and has successfully defended Fortune 500 clients in multi-million dollar wrongful termination claims.
In addition, Mr. Steinman has significant expertise in entertainment law, having represented major motion picture studios in fraud actions between artists and their managers, record labels and production companies. He has also successfully resolved several commercial disputes for sports franchise owners and athletes, some of which involved agents and others pertaining to territorial rights.
Finally, Mr. Steinman's broad-based experience extends to family law litigation, including the defense of palimony actions and representation of corporations affiliated with one or both spouses.
Within M&R, Mr. Steinman Co-Chairs the firm's Conflicts, Ethics & Opinions Committee.
Mr. Steinman received his J.D., cum laude, from the Georgetown University Law Center, in 1989, where he served as a senior staff member on The Tax Lawyer. He earned his B.A., cum laude, from the University of Maryland in 1986, where he earned a Distinguished Scholar Award, among other honors.
Business Litigation: Mr. Steinman successfully defended a leading credit card processor in two “bet-the-company” class actions involving usury and violation of the California Invasion of Privacy Act (CIPA) claims. Mr. Steinman was able to obtain dismissal of the usury class action claims at the pleading stage by demonstrating that a class action waiver was enforceable and not procedurally and substantively unconscionable as the plaintiffs had argued. The trial court issued an order striking the class action allegations, which transformed a multi-million dollar action into an $18,000 claim. The ruling was affirmed on appeal. The individual plaintiff was forced to settle for a waiver of appellate costs. Mr. Steinman also favorably settled one CIPA claim by demonstrating that individual issues would predominate over common issues, rendering class action status improper.
Business Litigation: Mr. Steinman obtained a $400,000 settlement of a complex fraud and family law matter against a Hong Kong resident. The case emanated from a contentious divorce proceeding in which the opposing spouse fraudulently underreported the estate’s assets. After the client was forced into bankruptcy, Mr. Steinman was able to obtain bankruptcy court approval to prosecute a fraud action, forcing the defalcating spouse to settle on favorable terms.
Construction Litigation: Mr. Steinman obtained a $600,000+ settlement in a complex construction defect matter, representing a prominent professional football player against a builder/developer and over 20 subcontractors.
Construction Litigation: Mr. Steinman obtained a $1 million+ settlement for a developer and general contractor in litigation against the design professionals of a large mixed use project in Burbank, California.
Employment Litigation: A former employee of Mr. Steinman’s client, a wealthy elderly housebound woman, claimed the defendant had repeatedly cursed at him and made gay and ethnic slurs. After initiating discovery and conducting a background investigation, the plaintiff agreed to dismiss all claims.
Entertainment Litigation: Mr. Steinman was successful in the defense of a major motion picture studio in a $20 million profit participation and fraud action. He not only successfully defended the studio against the plaintiff television series co-creator's claim, but also obtained a $1.5 million award of attorneys' fees and costs.
NHL Arbitration: Mr. Steinman successfully represented a prominent National Hockey League player in the first arbitration under the former NHL collective bargaining agreement. The player was sued by his former agent for breach of contract and fraud based on a standardized contract he did not understand. After vacating a default judgment, Mr. Steinman successfully moved for binding arbitration and obtained a favorable resolution for the player.
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- Law360, July 21, 2015
- Daily Journal, January 12, 2015
- The Recorder, January 12, 2015
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