Executive Vice President

Steve joined the Company in 2021 as Executive Vice President.  His duties include assisting with the management of the company’s diversified portfolio of retail and office properties and identifying acquisition opportunities to further grow the company.  M.C. Strauss Co. currently owns 24 properties in California and Arizona with more than 1.7 million square feet of leasable space.

Steve is also a partner and first chair trial lawyer in Cooley LLP’s global litigation department with 40 years of experience achieving trial verdicts and settlements in excess of $10 billion.  Steve is one of the country’s most sought after trial lawyers for real estate, complex commercial and business litigation, intellectual property, and environmental matters.

Over the course of his career, Steve has been lead trial counsel for some of the most prominent companies in the world such as Qualcomm and Kinder Morgan.  Steve represents corporate officers and directors, owners, developers, investors and high net worth individuals.

Steve has received numerous accolades as a trial lawyer.  Steve is a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and is a current member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, California Trial Lawyers’ Association, San Diego Trial Lawyers Association, San Diego Bar Association and the American Business Trial Lawyers Association. Steve is a Master of the Welsh Chapter of the American Inns of Court.  He is on the Directors Council for the Cardiovascular Institute at UC San Diego and founded the Strauss Cardiomyopathy Center at UCSD.  He is also past President and a current Trustee of the La Jolla Playhouse and is the current President of the Board of Directors of The Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla

Steve received his undergraduate education in literature and political science, magna cum laude, from Claremont McKenna College in 1978, and law degree from University of California, Los Angeles in 1981, where he was a member and associate editor of the UCLA Law Review.