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Steven Riess 
Attorney at Law
San Francisco, CA 94107
Telephone: (415) 989-1970
FAX: (866) 298-6055


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1968 to 1971 University of California, Berkeley 
1973 to 1974 University of California, Davis, B.A. Geology

1978 to 1980 Northwestern School of Law, Lewis & Clark College, J.D. 
1980 to 1981 University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco 
2001 to 2002 Visiting Scholar, University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law 
2002 to 2004 Golden Gate University School of Law, LL.M. with honors

1981 to 1982 Law Offices of Steven Riess, San Francisco 
1982 to 1983 City & County of San Francisco, Deputy City Attorney 
1983 to 1986 Trembath, McCabe, Schwartz, Evans & Levy, Concord, Associate 
1986 to 1994 Riess & Riess, Partner 
1994 to 2003 Law Offices of Steven Riess, Walnut Creek, Principal 
2005 to -- Law Offices of Steven Riess, San Francisco, Principal 

2000 to 2003 Hastings College of the Law, Adjunct Professor 
2002 to 2006 Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Münster, Germany, Visiting Professor 
2004 to 2006 Universität Passau, Passau, Germany, Visiting Professor 
2003 to 2006 Associate Professor and Director of Legal Writing, John F. Kennedy University, School of Law

Tried approximately 30 jury trials to judgment. 

Past board member and president of the Contra Costa Barristers Association. Organized and administered the Judge Pro Tempore Program for the Contra Costa Superior Court, Small Claims Appeals.  Judicial arbitrator for the Contra Costa Superior Court. Certified arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association. Recognized as personal injury trial specialist by the California Trial Lawyers Association. 2009 recipient of the Elder Financial Abuse Network Sentinel Award.

Settlement Practice In California: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, John F. Kennedy University Law Review, Volume 10, Number 1
Deutsch-Amerikanische Juristen Vereinigung Newsletter, 2/2002
Legal Reasoning and Writing: Principles and Exercises for the German Student of the Common Law, ISBN: 3-8258-7769-8, Lit-Verlag Publishers, Germany, 2004
Legal Methods, SFLINCPublishers, San Francisco, 2003
Legal Writing, SFLINCPublishers, San Francisco, 2003
Legal Research, SFLINCPublishers, San Francisco, 2004 
Diary Of An American Lawyer: Principles and Exercises for Understanding How the American Legal System Works, ISBN: 7-5343-7663-7, Jiangsu Educational Publishing House, People’s Republic of China 
Timing Is Everything: What Is the Period of Limitations for Elder Financial Abuse Actions?, California Trusts and Estates Quarterly, Vol. 12, Issue 3, Fall 2006 
Does Your Elder Have Standing?, California Trusts and Estates Quarterly, Vol. 13, Issue 1, Spring 

2007 SB611 (Steinberg): Authorizes issuance of a right to attach order in actions for elder financial abuse; codified as Welfare & Institutions Code § 15657.01 

2008 SB1140 (Steinberg): Expands elder financial abuse to include undue influence and lack of capacity; imposes vicarious liability on employers; authorizes the recovery of compensatory damages; extends the statute of limitations to four years; codified as Welfare & Institutions Code §§ 15657.5, 15657.6, and 15657.7 

2008 SB1136 (Alquist): Revises the Consumers’ Legal Remedies Act to authorize the recovery of compensatory and mandatory treble damages for charging unreasonable fees to those seeking public social service benefits; codified as Civil Code § 1780. 

2013 AB140 (Dickinson): Creates an expanded definition for "undue influence" for purposes of financial abuse and all probate matters; codified as Welfare & Institutions Code § 15610.70 and Probate Code § 86.

2013 AB381 (Chau): Expands Probate Code § 859 to include claims brought by elders and dependent adults.

Darrell Steinberg, California State Senator
President Pro Tem

Dave Jones 
California Insurance Commissioner

Richard Frankel, attorney
State Bar Board of Governors 

R. Prescott Cole, senior staff attorney 
California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform