Mr. Cerveris is a member of the State Bar of California and an inactive member of the State Bar of Colorado. After fifteen years as a trial attorney he became a full-time neutral in 1999 and now devotes his practice to mediating litigated disputes.Mr. Cerveris established his own law firm in 1989 and continuously represented individuals and businesses as plaintiffs and defendants in a variety of civil litigation matters including business, employment, real estate, construction, entertainment, trust, probate and personal injury matters. He has served in an Of Counsel capacity for several civil litigation firms. Prior to establishing his own firm, Mr. Cerveris was associated with a business litigation firm, an entertainment law firm and also served as a Deputy Public Defender for Los Angeles County. He has extensive trial experience.He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Southern California Mediation Association (SCMA) where he co-chaired the Employment/Workplace and Court's Committees. He also served on the Los Angeles Superior Court's Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee and its Quality Assurance and Operations Sub-committees.
Steve served on the California State Bar's Alternate Dispute Resolution Committee and Chaired the Committee.
As a frequent speaker on mediation, Mr. Cerveris has addressed audiences at Bar Associations, Law Schools, Universities, Mediation Organizations and at the Los Angeles Superior Court. He has authored several articles on the subject, including his most recent article entitled "Striking An Accord" published in the Los Angeles Daily Journal's August 2, 2002 edition. He co-authored"Increasing Your Resolution Rates," a guide for mediators serving on the Los Angeles Superior Court's Judicially Mandated Mediation panel. Steve was honored as the recipient of the Volunteer of the Year Award for 2001 from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and the Los Angeles County Dispute Resolution Program for his services as a volunteer mediator with the Los Angeles Superior Court.
Steve is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles where he teaches negotiations.
Steve, along with his colleague and fellow-mediator, Gig Kyriacou, purchased and renovated a building in the Burbank Media District where they have created a comfortable atmosphere particularly conducive to dispute resolution. His patience, persistence, humor and excellent communication skills have all contributed to his success and effectiveness as a mediator.
Mr. Cerveris graduated Cum Laude from UCLA with a major in Communication Studies in 1981. He received his law degree in 1984 from Loyola of Los Angeles Law School where he was a published author and Note & Comment Editor on Loyola's Law Review.In addition to his fifteen years as a trial attorney, Mr. Cerveris has completed mediation training through the Los Angeles County Bar Association's Dispute Resolution Service as well as Advanced Appellate Mediation Training through the California Court of Appeals, Second Appellate District and through the Masters Forum at the Straus Institute at Pepperdine University. He has participated in numerous advanced mediation training courses and seminars as both participant and lecturer.
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