- Pepperdine University, J.D.
- Indiana University, B.S.
- California, 1985
- United States Court of Appeals Ninth Circuit
- United States District Court Central, Eastern, Southern, Northern Districts of California
Steve Caine's practice is focused on professional liability defense (primarily architects, engineers, attorneys, accountants and other licensed professionals), commercial and corporate litigation, homeowners’ association liability, civil RICO claims, insurance "bad faith" actions, toxic exposure claims including asbestos litigation and California's "Prop. 65," and general liability tort claims, all in both state and federal courts.
Steve has authored over 110 appellate briefs and writ petitions, all arising from civil litigation. The topics covered include numerous aspects of personal injury litigation, professional liability, real estate law, government tort claims, and commercial litigation.
- Dismissal of RICO claims obtained based on single occurrence of a purported bribery and fraud occurring before personal injury action is filed. Smith v. BP America, Inc. (U.S. Dist. Ct. E.D. Cal.) 07-cv-00293-LKK, and on appeal of summary judgment (affirmed) 324 Fed. Appx. 690 (9th Cir. 2009)
- Summary judgment obtained against allegations of fraud, unfair business practices, and violation of federal pricing and consumer notice guidelines. Baudino v. SCI California Funeral Services, Inc (Superior Court for the State of California, Los Angeles County), and on appeal of dismissal (affirmed) 169 Cal.App.4th 773 (2008)
(16 Code Fed. Reg. §§ 453.1 – 453.9 (2008)).
- Defended homeowners’ association against claims of fraud and breach of fiduciary duties established in homeowners’ association CCRs when one homeowner alleged he was treated unequally when Board made discretionary decisions on the installation of drainage systems that allegedly diminished the value of his house. Brutocao v. The Hunt Club Community Association (Superior Court for the State of California, Orange County), on appeal of trial judgment G037266, 2008 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 1717
- Defended real estate agent in dispute over erroneous appraisal and misrepresentations in a purchase transaction caused by inconsistent standards for measuring the square footage of houses. Incomplete release language in a form real estate purchase contract creates liability for misrepresentations by real estate professionals during sale negotiations that would normally be barred in a properly drafted contract. Furla v. Jon Douglas Co. (Superior Court for the State of California, Los Angeles County), and on appeal of summary judgment 65 Cal.App.4th 1069 (1998)
Professional and Community Activities
- American Bar Association
- Association of Southern California Defense Counsel
- Defense Research Institute
- Los Angeles County Bar Association, and its Appellate Courts Committee
Speeches and Presentations
- Beverly Hills Bar Association Luncheon: Mediation Confidentiality in California – Is Legislative Action Needed? (May. 24, 2012)
- Southern California Super Lawyers (2012-2014)