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Education
  • Pepperdine University, J.D.
  • Indiana University, B.S.
Bar Admissions
  • California, 1985
  • United States Court of Appeals  Ninth Circuit
  • United States District Court Central, Eastern, Southern, Northern Districts of California
Languages
Stephen  M. Caine
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Partner
scaine@thompsoncoe.com
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Los Angeles
12100 Wilshire Blvd
Suite 1200
Los Angeles, California 90025
310-954-2352 direct  |  310-954-2345 fax
Assistant:
Karla Gonzalez
310-954-2361 direct
kgonzalez@thompsoncoe.com
Overview

Steve Caine has been certified as a specialist in appellate law by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization since 2002.  He has authored over 120 appellate briefs and writ petitions, all arising from civil litigation.

In addition to civil appeals, his 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.

Representative Experience
  • Cassel v. Superior Court (2013) 51 Cal.4th 113:  Successfully obtained reversal of adverse rulings by the trial court and Court of Appeal regarding the admissibility of mediation communications offered in professional liability action.  The California Supreme Court rules that California’s mediation confidentiality statutes are to be applied broadly, and that all mediation communications are inadmissible and not subject to discovery. 
  • Baudino v. SCI California Funeral Services, Inc. (2008) 169 Cal.App.4th 773:  Obtained summary judgment for commercial client against allegations of fraud, unfair business practices, and violation of federal pricing and consumer notice guidelines (16 Code Fed. Reg. §§ 453.1 – 453.9), and obtained affirmance of the summary judgment on appeal.  
  • Brutocao v. The Hunt Club Community Assoc. (G037266) 2008 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 1717: Defended homeowners’ association against claims of fraud and breach of fiduciary duties established in homeowners’ association CCRs when homeowner alleged he was treated unequally in Board’s decision regarding design of common area amenities. 
  • Furla v. Jon Douglas Co. (1998) 65 Cal.App.4th 1069:  Defended real estate agent in dispute over erroneous appraisal and claimed misrepresentations arising from inconsistent standards for measuring the square footage of houses under California law.  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.  
Professional and Community Activities
  • American Bar Association
  • Association of Southern California Defense Counsel, and a member of its Amicus Committee
  • 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)
Professional Recognition
  • Southern California Super Lawyers (2012-2014)