Steven Garcia

Stephen M. Garcia has specialized in civil trial practice since 1994, following nine years of focusing on criminal trial advocacy. He has served as lead counsel on behalf of disenfranchised consumers in cases including, insurance bad faith, medical malpractice, elder abuse and products liability. Mr. Garcia served as counsel in class actions brought on behalf of consumers against such major diverse corporations as Allstate Insurance Company, Tenet Healthcare, Pennzoil, Medtronics, Hewlett Packard, Countrywide Home Loans, Sun Healthcare Corporation, The County of Los Angeles, Sony, British Airways United Airlines, Motorola, State Farm Insurance Company and AT&T.

Mr. Garcia has been honored to be named one of the "500 Leading Lawyers in America" by LawDragon Magazine. Mr. Garcia was one of only 100 Plaintiff's lawyers throughout the nation named to the LawDragon list. Mr. Garcia was also honored to be named a recipient of the California Lawyer of the Year (CLAY) award for elder law. Previous honors received by Mr. Garcia include Mr. Garcia being named one of the "500 leading Plaintiff's Lawyers in America" by the national publication LawDragon Magazine, as well as one of 2500 nationwide "Fellows of The American Academy of Trial Counsel" (whose membership is by invitation only and limited to one half of one percent of America's lawyers). Mr. Garcia was honored to be named a member of the prestigious "Super Lawyers" of Southern California by Los Angeles magazine each year for over the last ten years (including being named one of the "Super Lawyers Top 100") and was listed as a member of the "Billion Dollar Club" by the Los Angeles Daily Journal for having generated more than 10 million dollars in fees in a calendar year (the second occasion in the last five years in which Mr. Garcia has been so honored.) The Consumers Attorneys of California named Mr. Garcia a finalist for their distinguished "Street fighter of the Year" award.

Mr. Garcia has served as lead class counsel in the nationally certified class actions Morgan v. Medtronics and In Re Bluetooth; as well as serving as lead counsel in the California action certified for class approval effecting the lives of over 22,000 elder and infirm California residents in Smietana v. Pleasant Care et al.; lead counsel in the California action certified for class approval effecting the lives of over 25,000 elder and infirm California residents in Benkle v. Longwood; lead counsel in the California action certified for class approval effecting the lives of over 35,000 elder and infirm California

residents in Williamson v. Ensign Group., lead counsel in the California action certified for class approval effecting over 4000 elder and infirm adults in California and another 2000 in Oregon in In Re Sunwest Healthcare, as lead class counsel in the California action certified for class approval effecting over 2000 elder and infirm adults in California In Re Sun Mar and as class settlement counsel for fraudulent practices by AOL and Best Buy in a national class action settlement entitled Gergel v. AOL and Cwik v. Harvest Management. Mr. Garcia has also been named to the executive committee of numerous national class actions.

Mr. Garcia is admitted to practice in all State Courts of California, Washington, Texas and Arizona as well as the United States District Court for the Northern, Southern, Central and Eastern Districts of California, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington, the United States District Court for Arizona and the Ninth Circuit.