After a 15-year career as a trial attorney, Steve Cerveris began volunteering with the Los Angeles Superior Court as a panel mediator. He quickly discovered that mediation was his true professional calling and seamlessly transitioned into full-time mediation by 2000. In 2001, Mr. Cerveris was honored as the recipient of the Volunteer of the Year Award from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and the Los Angeles County Dispute Resolution Program for his services as a volunteer mediator. Since that time, Mr. Cerveris' mediation career has flourished and he has been recognized by the Daily Journal as one of California's Top Neutrals, nationally honored with his inclusion in the publication, The Best Lawyers in America in the field of Alternate Dispute Resolution and locally honored as a Southern California "Super Lawyer" in ADR. He has spent the last 10 years serving on the LASC's ADR Committee, 5 years on the State Bar of California's ADR Committee, including serving as its Chair in 2009 as well as serving on the Board of the Southern California Mediation Association. He has lectured extensively on mediation, including at the Constitutional Rights Foundation's Summer Law Institute at UCLA Law School. Mr. Cerveris is currently an Adjunct Professor of Law at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. Steve has been described as tenacious, patient, committed and engaging while artfully incorporating facilitation and evaluation in his approach to mediation. After a particularly arduous mediation, one of Steve's attorney clients commented "You came highly recommended for yesterday's mediation, and I can clearly see why. You did an outstanding job on the parties' behalf. In my 12 years of practice on the defense side, plaintiff's side and as a neutral, I've never seen a lawsuit result in that kind of positive, forward-looking result."
Deputy Public Defender, Los Angeles County (1985-1988)
Associate with Hayes, Hume, Petas & Langberg (1988-1989)
Law Offices of Steve Cerveris (1989-1999)
Cerveris Mediation (1999- Present)
Education & Professional Affiliations
J.D., Loyola Law School, Los Angeles (1984) (Law Review author and Editor)
B.A. in Communication Studies, UCLA (cum laude) (1981)
Licensed to practice law in California & Colorado
Fellow, International Academy of Mediators
Diplomate Member, California Academy of Distinguished Neutrals
Member, National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals
Adjunct Professor of Law, Loyola Law School – Los Angeles
Achievements & Awards
Mr. Cerveris was named by Los Angeles Magazine as one of California's "Super Lawyers", 2014, 2013 and previously, in the field of Alternative Dispute Resolution.
Recognized by the Daily Journal as one of California’s “Top Neutrals”
Recognized by the publication “Best Lawyers in America” in ADR
Past Chair of the State Bar of California’s ADR Committee
Honored as “Volunteer of the Year” by the LA County Board of Supervisors
Hobbies & Interests
In his spare time Mr. Cerveris enjoys skiing, tennis, travel, music (especially jazz), eating out, occasionally beating his son at Madden Football on the X-Box and relaxing with his family and Golden Retriever.