Admitted to California Bar, 2003
Education: Santa Clara University School of Law (JD 2003); University of California at Santa Barbara (BA 1999).
Steve is a partner in Stimmel, Stimmel & Roeser, as well as the principal of Roeser Law, and works with businesses, executives, employees, families and individuals across a wide range of practice areas including corporate, real estate and construction, estate planning, employment, and other fields on select matters in transactions and litigation. The Roeser Law team’s practical yet aggressive solutions to complex transactions, situations, and disputes yield remarkable results for clients. The firm’s practice area teams are comprised of professionals with extensive and unique experience in their respective fields, and all have a high level of business acumen. The team works seamlessly together to achieve successful outcomes for clients. Steve is a long-term member of the Stimmel, Stimmel & Roeser team.
Steve started out at a well-known Silicon Valley law firm in San Jose handling primarily transactional corporate, estate planning and tax matters. He made his way south and worked exclusively in corporate and real estate transactions at two southern California law firms before returning to northern California and expanding his skill set into litigation matters while continuing with his transactional practice. Steve’s background and extensive experience in transactions and litigation, while learning from high-level attorneys along the way, equips him to strategically and intelligently analyze and handle most legal situations his clients present to him. He is committed to open and honest communication and case assessment with clients, and strategic solutions to generate cost-benefit oriented results.
In his litigation practice, Steve represents clients in cases involving a wide array of legal issues, including but not limited to breach of contract, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, will and trust contests, business torts, trade secrets, corporate and partnership disputes, real estate litigation, and employment litigation. In his transactional practice, Steve represents clients primarily in business, real estate and estate planning matters, including entity formations, asset and entity purchases, IP transactions, sales, financings, mergers and acquisitions, complex contract negotiations, commercial transactions, real estate syndications, land use planning, development and acquisition, leasing matters, and employment matters.
A native of Silicon Valley, Steve holds a J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law, a B.A. from University of California at Santa Barbara, and has been licensed to practice law in the State of California for 15 years. Steve is the principal attorney at Roeser Law. Outside of work, Steve enjoys his family life with his wife and two boys (and their four dogs), exercise and getting outdoors, sports, music, and reading the Bible. Steve looks forward to working with you.
Business is involved in every aspect of law, whether it be a commercial contract, real estate transaction, trust or estate administration, division of assets in marital dissolution proceedings, or litigation arising from any of the foregoing. Litigation is a part of life in the business world as things don’t always go as planned. The areas of law often overlap and intertwine; for example, a trust litigation or marital dissolution proceeding often involves ownership of small businesses, real property, and accounts, some of which constitute separate property and some of which involve community property issues. When the parties litigate to determine their rights, the laws of real property, business, community property, contracts, trust and estates law, and family law may be involved. Having an understanding of each is key to successfully advocating a favorable resolution on behalf of the client.
I have had the privilege and opportunity to work with some of the best attorneys specializing in business contract law, estate planning, commercial real estate, and commercial litigation in my fifteen years of practice. I learned a great deal from each of them and am now well equipped with the knowledge and skill set to handle various legal issues with the skill set of an attorney specializing in one area.
While a good lawyer enjoys a hard battle, the reality of today’s business climate often results in a cost benefit analysis that does not warrant litigation. My background in working on both business deals and fights arising from such deals provides me with a unique perspective and ability to assess a particular dispute or issue and corresponding course of action that other attorneys may not agree with. My approach always keeps the bottom line best interest of the client in the forefront of the strategy, while other attorneys may see an opportunity to make some good money. We understand that the reason we have been around for the long haul and are always busy is because we serve the client. Our clients stick around for decades due to this relationship of trust. It results in more work and more referrals for us. We routinely turn down cases because the cost benefit analysis won’t result in much more than an uncollectible judgment for the client … a win on paper but a loss to the client’s bank account. We are also too busy with our client base and corresponding matters to take every new case. With that said, we welcome new cases and look forward to hearing from you.