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Stephen R. Thames

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Stephen R. Thames is an attorney in the firm's Orange County office. Having practiced exclusively as a trial lawyer in complex business and real estate-related disputes for nearly 30 years, Steve's clients include Fortune 50 retailers, state and county governments, institutional lenders, commercial and residential developers, and nonprofit charitable organizations. Steve has represented his clients in a wide variety of business and real estate litigation, in state and federal courts, including:

  • partnership and contract,
  • unfair business practices and competition,
  • zoning and land use,
  • construction defects,
  • commercial landlord/tenant, and
  • insurance coverage and corporate governance.


  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers (ABTL)
  • Federalist Society
  • American Bar Association
  • Orange County Bar Association


  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Rated
  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in the field of Commercial Litigation (2013 - 2018)


Steve received his J.D. degree in 1982 from the UCLA School of Law and his B.A. degree in 1978 from the University of California, Davis.

Bar Admissions

  • California

Court Admissions

  • all California state courts
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California