Steven E. Bledsoe

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Steven Bledsoe’s practice focuses on complex, high-stakes litigation, including contract disputes, fraud and business torts, intellectual property, and insurance coverage litigation.

With more than 25 years of trial experience, Steven is known for taking the most difficult witnesses at deposition and on cross-examination at trial. He has successfully tried cases before juries, judges, and arbitrators. He has defended corporate clients in a variety of industries, including the aerospace and defense, automotive, consumer wholesale, energy, entertainment, healthcare, food and beverage, software, and financial services industries. In recognition of his career achievements, Steven was recently listed by the Los Angeles Business Journal as one of the "Top Litigators & Trial Lawyers" in Los Angeles. 

Steven has also led high-profile internal investigations, including an internal investigation concerning one of the largest Medicare frauds in U.S. history and an investigation involving tens of millions of dollars in missing investor funds.  

Steven was recently appointed by the President to serve as a member of the U.S. Department of State’s bipartisan Cultural Property Advisory Committee. Prior to joining Larson LLP when the firm opened in 2016, Steven was an equity partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP and later at Arent Fox LLP. During law school, Steven was on the BYU Law Review.

Representative Matters

  • Won a $15 million arbitration award for an industry-leading distributer of insulated wires and cables following 50 days of arbitration hearings.
  • Won a $10 million jury verdict against the Rose Bowl Aquatic Center.
  • Won a $1 million jury verdict against an insurer in a breach of contract action related to the company's refusal to cover real property damage.
  • Obtained a complete defense verdict for an automotive dealership group after a three-week trial in a multi-million dollar breach of contract and fraud dispute.
  • Won a seven-figure judgment following trial of an attorney fee dispute in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
  • Obtained a complete defense verdict for owners of medical office building after two week arbitration in multi-million dollar breach of contract suit brought by building developer.
  • Obtained summary judgment for a national fast food company, defeating class allegations that the company violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.
  • Represented foreign government in international arbitration concerning termination of joint venture agreement, obtaining dismissal of arbitration.
  • Represented foreign government in international arbitration concerning oil and gas dispute with Conoco Phillips.

Daily Journal

County agrees to pay $65M to acquitted developer

San Bernardino County, Colonies Partners L.P., and Jeffrey Burum reached a $65 million settlement to resolve the First Amendment civil case, retaliation, and malicious prosecution.

San Bernardino Sun | Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

San Bernardino County to pay $65M in Colonies case

San Bernardino County will pay Rancho Cucamonga developer Jeffrey Burum and his Colonies Partners investor group $65 million to settle a lawsuit filed by Mr. Burum in 2018 that alleged malicious prosecution.

Law360

County settles 'retaliatory prosecution suit'

San Bernardino County will pay $65 million to end the federal court suit accusing the county of the retaliatory investigation and malicious prosecution of Jeffrey Burum, the parties announced on Nov. 24, 2020.

Los Angeles Business Journal

Larson LLP named among L.A.’s most admired firms

Larson LLP is recognized as one of the “Most Admired Law Firms: L.A.’s Top Firms to Work For” of 2020 for consciously working toward creating a diverse, positive, and supportive environment to help drive the firm’s success.

Los Angeles Business Journal

Partners nominated as “Leaders in Law”

Partners Steven E. Bledsoe, Stephen G. Larson, and Hilary Potashner are among the 2020 “Leaders in Law” nominees.

U.S. Department of State

Steven Bledsoe appointed to State Dept. committee

Partner Steven E. Bledsoe has been appointed to the U.S. Department of State's Cultural Property Advisory Committee.

Best Lawyers©

Five attorneys recognized by Best Lawyers©

Four Larson O'Brien partners were recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© 2021 and one associate was included in the inaugural edition of the Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch.

Larson O'Brien Press Release

County loses bid to dismiss Colonies lawsuits

A new ruling by a federal judge leaves San Bernardino County facing hundreds of millions of dollars in damages over the politically motivated, 20-year persecution of Larson O'Brien client Jeff Burum and his company, Colonies Partners.

San Bernardino Sun

Judge OKs trial against San Bernardino County

A federal judge on July 29, 2020 denied a request by San Bernardino County to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Larson O'Brien client Jeff Burum alleging malicious prosecution in a nearly decade-long public corruption case that ended in his acquittal.

Daily Journal

Developer & officials acquitted of bribery can sue

San Bernardino County, its former district attorney, and his staff can be sued by Larson O'Brien client Jeff Burum and former county officials for alleged retaliation and malicious prosecution, a federal judge ruled on July 29, 2020.

Larson O'Brien joins Law Firm Antiracism Alliance

The national coalition of law firms aims to create large-scale, coordinated pro bono projects that address systemic racism.

The American Lawyer

DC Circuit resolves fee dispute in land trust suit

The U.S. Court of Appeals found that a lower court made the right call when it awarded California-based lawyer $2.88 million in fees plus interest.

Firm joins L.A. Represents pro bono initiative

Mayor Eric Garcetti's pro bono initiative is composed of top Los Angeles law firms providing free legal services to residents facing hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Law360

Chrysler dealers seek $1B for scuttled franchises

A group of former GM and Chrysler auto dealers will make their case in the Court of Federal Claims that the U.S. government owe them $1B for rejecting their franchise agreements.

Automotive News

Dealers finally get their day in court

Larson O'Brien set to begin two month trial of Chrysler dealers' claims in Court of Federal Claims.

Pasadena Star News

Larson LLP wins $10 million jury verdict

Jury finds Rose Bowl Aquatic Center at fault in molestation case, awards family millions

The American Lawyer

DC Circuit resolves fee dispute in land trust suit

The U.S. Court of Appeals found that a lower court made the right call when it awarded California-based lawyer $2.88 million in fees plus interest.

Daily Beast

Former client sues Michael Avenatti

A former client of Michael Avenatti alleges the lawyer secretly pocketed his money after helping him secure a settlement.

Bloomberg

Eleven lawyers depart Arent Fox to open boutique

Eleven lawyers have jumped ship from Arent Fox to start a litigation boutique in Los Angeles. Larson O'Brien LLP will focus on high stakes matters, including commercial litigation, internal investigations, appellate work and international arbitration.

  • EDUCATION

    J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University, J.D., magna cum laude

    California State University Long Beach, B.A.

  • ADMISSIONS

    California
    U.S. Supreme Court
    U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
    U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
    U.S. Court of Federal Claims
    U.S.D.C. Central District of California
    U.S.D.C. Eastern District of California
    U.S.D.C. Northern District of California
    U.S.D.C. Southern District of California