Steven A. Blum

Partner


EDUCATION
Yale Law School, J.D.

University of California, Los Angeles

PRIOR EXPERIENCE
Irell & Manella
Heller Ehrman
Berger & Norton

BAR ADMISSIONS
California

Representative Matters

Real EstatE

Hubie Brooks and Nedjiin Brooks v. City of Calabasas, et al.
A landslide case involving loss of multiple properties in Calabasas.  The case settled for a total of approximately $8 million from the HOA, insurers, neighbors, the City of Calabasas, the Las Virgines Water District and the County of Los Angeles.  

Mr. and Mrs. Larry Bridges v. City of Los Angeles, et al.
In a landslide case against the City of Los Angeles, settled for $16,300,000, the largest landslide award in California history for a single family home.  

Manulife Insurance Co. v. City of Los Angeles, et al.
In a $12 million land subsidence against the State of California, City of Los Angeles, and County of Los Angeles.   Part of the case settled and part of it went to trial.

Paul Haggis v. City of Los Angeles
In an inverse condemnation subsidence and landslide case against the City of Los Angeles. The Haggis home was completely destroyed by the earth movement.  This case was eventually appealed to the California Supreme Court.
 

BusinesS

SPPN Images, Inc. v. Halil-Shah, et al. 
A complex business fraud case involving a large historical film library, including issues of corporate mismanagement and fraud.  This case went through bankruptcy in the United Kingdom with a full recovery for my client.  We obtained a $16 million judgment against the primary fraud defendant.

Cook v. Alicata
A case involving issues of corporate mismanagement and fraud.

Marcia Diamond v. Provident Mutual Ins. Co., et al.
Claims of fraud by an insurance company and its agents arising out of the sale of life insurance policies.

Schramm v. JP Morgan Chase Bank.
Lead counsel in Federal Court class action alleging the bank made misleading disclosures on adjustable rate mortgages throughout California. 
 

Awards and Honors

The Dean Rusk Award from the American Society of International Law for the year’s best published article in the ILSA Law Journal (1987);

The Judge William Miller Prize from Yale Law School for the best paper in constitutional law; 

Director, Yale Law School Moot Court of Appeals; 

UCLA Distinguished Student Award (UCLA’s top scholarship award); 

UCLA Alumni Association’s Senior of the Year Award; Phi Beta Kappa.
 

Presentations and Publications

"Public Executions: Understanding The 'Cruel and Unusual Punishments' Clause," 19 Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly 413, 1991"

Tax-Free Exchanges of Appreciated Art," 14 Columbia-VLA Journal of Law & The Arts 557, 1990. 

"Intervention for the Purpose of Replacing Anarchy With a Sovereign Government: Trends Toward a Developing Norm," 11 ILSA International Law Journal 1, 1987 (Dean Rusk Award). 
 

Professional Affiliations

Adjunct Professor of Law, Loyola University School of Law; 

Member, Steering Committee, Bet Tzedek Legal Services; 

General Counsel, Los Angeles Central City Enterprise Zone Business Advisory Council, 1992-1994.