Stephen R. "Steve" Cornwell

Stephen R. "Steve" Cornwell


Cornwell & Sample

Recognized since 2012

Fresno, California

Practice Areas

Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2021 - Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2014 - Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
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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.

Contact & Links

Location

  • 7045 North Fruit Avenue
    Fresno, CA 93711

Education

  • University of California Berkeley , J.D., graduated 1967
  • San Jose State University, BS, graduated 1964

Bar Admissions

  • California, The State Bar of California

Affiliations

  • American Board of Trial Attorneys - Diplomate
  • American College of Trial Lawyers - Fellow

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2021 - Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2014 - Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs, Fresno (2021)
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, San Jose (2014)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022 for work in:

  • Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs

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