Steve Schon is a director with the firm who practices civil litigation with an emphasis on complex commercial disputes. Mr. Schon's extensive experience includes counseling and litigating matters in the area of professional responsibility and liability, as well as securities, antitrust and real estate litigation. He also has a growing practice in mediation and alternative dispute resolution.
Mr. Schon has served as counsel in a variety of complex litigation matters including insurance litigation, antitrust and unfair competition litigation, partnership disputes and a number of substantial real property disputes.
In his role as a professional liability litigator, Mr. Schon has been chosen to represent numerous law firms, including several of the largest law firms in San Francisco, as well as other national and regional firms around the country and their offices around the world. Substantial representations include defending lawyers against various claims of legal malpractice, securities fraud, RICO violations, conflict of interest, breach of fiduciary duty and malicious prosecution. Mr. Schon also has substantial experience in litigation and resolution of disputes relating to law firm dissolutions, mergers and separations of attorneys from their former firms. Mr. Schon is also frequently engaged in issues relating to professional ethics and conflicts of interest.
Mr. Schon joined Howard Rice in 1977, after serving as law clerk to Judge J. Edward Lumbard, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
He has been a panelist on a number of legal panels, including the Bar Association of San Francisco/The Rutter Group's presentations on "Civil Procedure Before Trial," and CEB and ABTL panels on Avoiding Legal Malpractice.
Mr. Schon has also authored publications on issues relating to civil litigation, including pre-trial and trial practice.