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San Francisco, CA

Allan Steyer

Founding Partner | Steyer Lowenthal Boodrookas Alvarez & Smith LLP

Allan Steyer has been recognized as a Distinguished Professional.

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With nearly forty years of experience, Allan Steyer is a widely lauded trial attorney based in San Francisco, California. Mr. Steyer is a founding partner of Steyer Lowenthal Boodrookas Alvarez & Smith LLP, a boutique litigation firm with a focus on complex antitrust, investment fraud, and real property matters. A leading figure in both plaintiff and defense work for class action lawsuits, antitrust litigation, and the representation of entrepreneurs in litigative labor disputes, Mr. Steyer has tried cases for many organizations and persons of prominence, including the NFL and Eduardo Saverin, the co-founder of Facebook. Mr. Steyer has been chosen by his peers to Northern California Super Lawyers® every year since 2004.

After obtaining his B.A. magna cum laude in sociology from the State University of New York–Buffalo, Mr. Steyer went on to earn his Juris Doctorate from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 1981. Describing his motivations for pursuing a career in the law, he noted his desire to pursue a field of work which would keep him on his toes:

I figured I could make a better living as an attorney than as a school teacher, but I could still be intellectually challenged.

Since its founding in 1993, Steyer Lowenthal Boodrookas Alvarez & Smith LLP has become renowned among Bay Area attorneys, judiciary, and clients alike for its high degree of professionalism and exceptional track record. Combining white-glove service offered in an economical manner with strategic, experienced litigation skills, Mr. Steyer and his team of attorneys demonstrate an extraordinary commitment to their clients.

It is Mr. Steyer’s willingness to go above and beyond for his clients combined with his wealth of experience which sets him apart from his peers in antitrust law. To date, he has litigated more than fifty complex litigation matters and has been co-lead counsel or played a prominent role in various class and representative cases, including a case which settled for $1.1 billion on the eve of the trial, the largest ever indirect purchaser case settlement. Mr. Steyer has also successfully defended numerous clients, including recently having represented USS-POSCO Industries in an alleged market allocation antitrust case, in which the district court granted summary judgment to the defendants and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the ruling.

As a thought-leader in his field, Mr. Steyer is a member of numerous professional organizations and has contributed to many articles and publications. He has also shared his experience with his peers at a number of state and nation bar engagements and seminars, presenting on topics including unfair competition claims, advanced business litigation, and punitive damages, among others.

Not one to be deterred by changing tides, Mr. Steyer intends to continue pushing his practice forward for the benefit of his clients. He is currently working alongside three other firms to represent plaintiffs in an antitrust case against Sutter Health and is also defending a start-up beverage company in a commercial dispute. Looking to the future, Mr. Steyer intends to offer his clients the award-winning service for which he has become known for many years to come.

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Areas of Practice

  • Business Litigation and Civil Appeals
  • Class Action Litigation
  • Real Property and Construction

Professional Memberships & Community Involvement

  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of California
  • The American Association for Justice
  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers – Northern California
  • San Francisco Bar Association (Member; Former Board of Directors Member)
  • San Mateo County Bar Association (Member: Bench and Bar Committee, 1990, 1994, 1996-2004; ADR Committee, 1994-1996)
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • San Mateo County Trial Lawyers Association (Member, Board of Directors, 1987-1996; President, 1995)
  • San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association (Member, Board of Directors, 1996-2008)
  • Anti-Defamation League – Board Member (former Regional Chairperson) of Central Pacific Region
  • American Committee for Weizmann Institute of Science (Board Member, Bay Area Region)

Education

  • State University of New York at Buffalo, B.A., Sociology, magna cum laude (1973)
  • University of San Francisco School of Law, J.D. (1981)

Publications

  • “Era of Accounting Irregularities” (May 2002)
  • “Comprehensive General Liability Policies, 1993: Obligation of the Parties,” Practicing Law Institute
  • “Insurance Claims and Coverage Litigation”
  • “The Unfair Settlement Practices Regulations: Issues Relating to Discovery, Admissibility of Evidence In Civil Actions, and Exhaustion of Administrative Remedies” (June 1993) 
  • “Cross-Examination: Seven Steps To Success,” California Litigation, Spring Issue (1991)

Awards & Honors

  • Northern California Super Lawyers® (2004-Present)

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