Steve Strauss

Senior Counsel

Fortune 500 companies and other market leaders have depended on me for decades to win their most complex and contentious litigations.

Steve Strauss is a first chair trial lawyer in Cooley's global litigation department with 35 years of experience achieving trial verdicts and settlements in excess of $10 billion. Steve is one of the country's most sought after trial lawyers for complex commercial litigation, including business, intellectual property, environmental and real estate matters.

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  • Steve Strauss Trial Record 

  • Steve Strauss Appellate Record 

  • Manchester Financial Closes $425 Million Refinance of Fairmont Austin Hotel 

  • Appellate Win for Major Pipeline Company in Easement Rental Disputes 

  • Complete Victory for Qualcomm 

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Strauss' client list reads like a who's who of Southern California. – The Daily Transcript

  • University of California at Los Angeles School of Law
    JD, 1981

  • Claremont McKenna College
    BS, Political Science, Literature
    magna cum laude, 1978

Admissions & Credentials



  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers (IATL)

  • American Inns of Court

  • San Diego County Bar Association

  • American Business Trial Lawyers Association

  • California Trial Lawyers Association

  • San Diego Lawyers Association

  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)

Rankings & Accolades

    Daily Journal: Top Verdict
    (Javo Beverage Co. v. Stephen Corey;
    Bee-Dee Investments v. Rady)

    Daily Journal: Top 100 Attorneys in California

    Daily Journal: Top Appellate Reversals (Union Pacific Railroad Co. v. Santa Fe Pacific Pipelines Inc. et al.)

    Financial Times - Innovative Lawyers: Standout, Dispute Resolution
    (Union Pacific Railroad Co. v. Santa Fe Pacific Pipelines Inc. et al.)

    Daily Journal: Top 75 Leading IP Litigators in California

    Daily Journal: Top 50 Development Lawyers

    The National Law Journal: Energy & Environmental Trailblazer

    Benchmark Litigation Star

    Best Lawyers in America: Commercial Litigation, Construction Law and Real Estate Law

    Chambers: Litigation: General Commercial 

    Lawdragon 500 Leading Litigators in America

    Southern California SuperLawyers: Top 50 Attorneys in San Diego for Business Litigation

    San Diego Daily Transcript: Top San Diego Attorney

    The San Diego Trial Lawyers Association: 3 Outstanding Trial Lawyer Awards


Strauss is an energy & environmental trailblazer – National Law Journal