After 38 successful years as a trial attorney whose practice has been limited to all aspects of personal injury and civil litigation, Steven R. Kuhn, Esq. is
focusing his career on Dispute Resolution. He has mediated and arbitrated cases in the field of personal injury, medical and legal malpractice, and business litigation,
as well is in other fields such as homeowner association, real estate, employment and construction defect matters.
Mr. Kuhn is respected for his professionalism, sensitivity,
knowledge and preparedness. His integrity and fairness are matched by his willingness to persist and resolute calmness through complex and difficult hearings. He has a success
rate in excess of 90 percent in resolving mediated matters. One attorney commented "In my opinion, Mr. Kuhn's solid grasp of the law together with his strong reputation in the
community helped me get my matter resolved to my client's complete satisfaction
I would like to thank Steve for his time and effort. He went beyond whatever any other mediator would do. Not only is that good business practice, it how much he cares about bringing these cases to resolution. I admire his drive to actually try to make a difference.
- Attorney, Los Angeles, California
Steve Kuhn did an excellent job at getting both sides together and settling a very difficult case with punitive damages. Steve is very professional and has a good track record with a 99% success rate of settling my cases.
- Attorney, Orange County, California
I really appreciate Steve's direct approach and his ability to cut through some of the issues that can bog down a case. I have worked with many mediators and I can say that he is among the greatest. We will definitely seek his services in the future.
- Attorney, San Diego County, California
I would like to thank Steve for his excellent work. I was very pleased with the result and felt that he handled the entire proceeding masterfully. I am heartily recommending him to my colleagues.
- Attorney, Los Angeles County, California
Law Offices of Kuhn & Belz, specializing in personal injury, professional negligence, business, construction defect and real estate litigation cases. Served as a private mediator (1998 - 2009)
Law Offices of Steven R. Kuhn, an emphasis on personal injury, attorney negligence and business litigation cases (1979-1998, and 2009-2011)
Associate, Hunt, Liljestrom & Wentworth, Santa Ana, CA., with emphasis in plaintiff personal injury (1976-79)
Defendants defaulted on a lease of property used as a bar. Some of the defendants were judgement proof, but combined settlement of the remaining defendants was reached at $25,000.
Breach Of Contract
Plaintiff claimed wrongful eviction as a tenant following Unlawful Detainer Judgment against property owner. Case complicated by former owner/landlord failing
to give any notice to his tenant who occupied a small unit on the foreclosed property. New owner entered property and removed single female tenant who alleged
emotional distress damages, punitive damages and attorney fees based on statutory violations.
Home Owners Association
HOA case where homeowner sued the association and its board for failure to maintain proper reserves, breach of fiduciary duty for failure to maintain the
the common areas, allowing them to go in disrepair. Case was settled for payment by the association for the plaintiff's attorneys fees. HOA to hire a forensic accountant
to audit the financials of the HOA; an oversight committee will be formed to make sure the repairs and construction being done is done properly. The HOA was to send out
a monthly update on the construction project as well as a letter to the members of the HOA advising them of the settlement and that the plaintiffs filed the lawsuit in
the best interests of the community.
Landlord tenant dispute wherein the tenant claimed the landlord failed to maintain the property, alleging an unsafe conditions and failure to proper landscape maintenance which compromised view from the property. Settled for $20,000 and return of security deposit.
Child struck by an unattended commercial vehicle, causing severe injuries. Case settled with a structured settlement for the minor in excess of $1.9 million.
Slip & fall accident while plaintiff was in the course and scope of her employment. Case settled for $20,000 with the worker's compensation carrier waiving their lien in exchange for a 3rd party C&R
Minor severely bitten by defendant's dog, with issue of potential trespassing involved. Case settled for $200,000.
Plaintiff slipped and fell on liquid in an aisle of the grocery store. The defendant claimed no notice. Plaintiff sustained a shoulder injury resulting in arthroscopic surgery. Case settled for $135,000.
51-year-old female bit on mouth by a dog. Defense claiming comparative fault for disturbing the dog when it was eating. Facial scaring that can be improved with plastic surgery. Case settled in mediation.
Automobile accident involving 3 different policies of insurance with UM Coverage. Case settled for $150,000 divided equally among the 3 insurance carriers.
Plaintiff was pedestrian who was struck in a crosswalk by defendant's vehicle, a commercial vehicle. Plaintiff suffered multiple fractures. Case settled for $500,000 general damages.
Automobile vs. motorcycle accident resulting in complaints of complex regional pain syndrome, and also knee surgery. Defense claimed plaintiff was speeding. Case settled for $350,000.
Contested liability auto vs. auto accident. Plaintiff had both a cervical and lumbar laminectomy as a result of the accident and had to retire early. Case settled for $950,000.
Auto incident dispute that involved issues with liability, causation and damages. Plaintiff had two lumbar surgeries with poor results. Defense asserted that plaintiff ran red light and was subjected to unnecessary surgery as the impact was minor. Case settled in mediation for a 6 figure amount.
This was a 3 car automobile rear-end accident. At the second session a Mediator's Proposal was made which was initially accepted by the plaintiff and rejected by the defendant. After continued follow-up by the mediator, the case was set for a 3rd session of mediation at which time the case settled.
Mediated and settled case involving plaintiff who had two lumbar surgeries. Problems on liability, causation and damages.
Plaintiff was driving a tractor trailer when he was rear-ended by defendant's tractor trailer at 55 MPH. Plaintiff sustained low back injuries and PTSD. No
surgery for low back but he did receive injections in his low back. Case settled in mediation.
3 year old went down an old slide in a city park and caught his pinky finger on a protruding dangerous weld on the slide. This caused a traumatic amputation of the finger. Attempts to reattach the finger were unsuccessful.