Stephen Larson Among Daily Journal’s “Top 100 Lawyers”

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The annual special edition celebrates California attorneys doing cutting-edge legal work and who have had the most impact in the legal industry in the past year.

Partner Stephen G. Larson is recognized for the sixth consecutive year as one of the “Top 100 Lawyers in California” by the state’s leading legal newspaper, Daily Journal. Stephen’s profile highlights his successes over the past year, including representing the proposed classes against Amplify Energy Corp. (“Amplify”)—litigation that arose from the 2021 oil spill off the Orange County coast. Stephen was selected as interim co-lead counsel for the proposed classes with Wylie Aitken of Aitken Aitken Cohn and Lexi Hazam of Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP. He and his co-lead counsel reached a tentative settlement in late August 2022 with Amplify and its affiliates.

In addition, the profile details a case personal to Stephen that is part of the firm’s budding civil rights litigation practice—the case of Ernest Simon, Jr.. Mr. Simon is a 31-year-old Black man who was driving in the predominantly white L.A. neighborhood of Tarzana while working as a production employee for “Grey’s Anatomy” when he was involved in an unlawful traffic stop by Los Angeles Police Department officers. Multiple officers ultimately forced Mr. Simon, who was unarmed and fully cooperative, to lie spread eagle on a hot asphalt lot for over 20 minutes while being held at gunpoint in front of his co-workers.

“This was a tragic incident, and I’m disappointed at the city’s response and failure to take responsibility,” Stephen said. “The LAPD has a long and notorious history of racial discrimination against African Americans like Mr. Simon.”

The last case the profile highlights is Larson’s eight-month investigation into Riverside County’s foster care system, which concluded with a 634-page report presented to the Riverside County Board of Supervisors, who voted to adopt the report’s 75 recommendations for improvement. “I hope our report serves as a model for other counties,” Stephen said.

Larson LLP congratulates Stephen and all of this year’s honorees on being recognized as the very best California attorneys.

See the full list of the “Top 100 Lawyers in California” on the Daily Journal website here and read Stephen’s full profile here (subscription required).

About Daily Journal

Across Los Angeles and San Francisco, Daily Journal provides California attorneys with the news and information they need, covering the courts, regulatory changes, State Bar, and legal community. Learn more on the Daily Journal website here


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