Stephen Cornwell - Cornwell & Sample

Stephen Cornwell

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2012
Phone: 559-431-3142

Stephen was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, educated at San Jose State (BS 1964) and the University of California, Berkeley – Boalt Hall (JD 1967). He was admitted to the bar in 1967. He spent three years as a prosecutor in the Ventura County District Attorneys Office prosecuting criminals. In 1970, he joined the firm of McCormick, Barstow, Sheppard, Coyle & Best (later named McCormick, Barstow, Sheppard, Wayte & Carruth). At McCormick he specialized in a civil tort practice trying over one hundred and twenty-five jury trials.

His experience involved trials in the areas of general negligence actions representing both plaintiffs and defendants, flood damage, employment representing both plaintiffs and defendants, fire, electricity, professional liability, crop damage, law firm dissolution, governmental entities, the defense of day-care centers, premises liability and products liability actions. He has defended several judges in matters before the California Commission on Judicial Performance. He has served, by appointment of the court, as Chair of the Defense Steering Committee for the 1994 Dust Storm suits, the largest motor vehicle accident in the history of the United States. He has appeared in the United States District Court, the Fifth District Court of Appeal and before the California Supreme Court.

San Jose State UniversityBS 1964University of California BerkeleyJ.D. 1967
American Board of Trial AttorneysAmerican College of Trial Lawyers

Office Location

7045 North Fruit Avenue
Fresno, CA 93711
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2014 Lawyer of the Year in Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants of the San Jose Metro Area
Stephen Cornwell has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2014!

Practice Areas

Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs

Other Information

Gender: Male