Steven M. Torigiani

Steven M. Torigiani: Attorney with Young Wooldridge, LLP


Born and raised in the farming community of Buttonwillow, Steven M. Torigiani has unique life experience that he has combined with great technical abilities in the legal areas of agricultural, land use, eminent domain, California Environment Quality Act (CEQA), water and public agency law.

He attended both Garces and Shafter high schools and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where he graduated cum laude with a bachelor of science degree in 1990. Steve earned his juris doctorate from the McGeorge School of Law at the University of the Pacific and was admitted to the California State Bar in 1993.

Steve effectively represented the Arvin Edison Water Storage District in an appellate court case that upheld the validity of an ordinance banning the application of certain classifications of bio-solids on Kern County agricultural lands. In other appellate court cases, Steve successfully represented the North Kern Water Storage District against Kern Delta Water District, where the court applied the law of forfeiture to reduce senior pre-1914 appropriative water rights on the Kern River; and the Semitropic Water Storage District which prevailed in a CEQA case where the court upheld a negative declaration for a water storage project. The North Kern Water Storage District case resolved a water dispute that had arisen decades earlier and involved two lengthy trials and appeals.

Steve has also successfully represented a group of landowners against the City of Bakersfield arguing that CEQA was violated when the city approved amendments to a hillside development ordinance based on a negative declaration when an EIR was required.

When away from the office, Steven enjoys spending time with his wife Sarah, cycling, running, cooking and pizza making.

Business & Professional Associations:

- Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce

- Buttonwillow Chamber of Commerce

- Italian Heritage Dante Association

- Kern County Bar Association

Honors, Awards & Achievements:

- Martindale-Hubbell Rating: BV

- Attorney Coach, Stockdale High School Mock Trial Team, Kern County Champions (1997-2001)

- Law Offices of Young Wooldridge, LLP, Marketing Committee Member (1999 — 2006)

- Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Bakersfield Class of 2000

- Law Offices of Young Wooldridge, LLP, Capital Partner (2001 — present)

- Law Offices of Young Wooldridge, LLP, Co-Managing Partner (2006 — present)

Areas of Practice (1)

  • Water, Land and Environmental Law

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
661-520-5319  Phone
661-327-1087  Fax
University Attended:
California State Polytechnic, San Luis Obispo, B.S., Agricultural Management, cum laude, 1990
Law School Attended:
McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, J.D., 1993
Year of First Admission:
1993, United States District Court, Eastern and Central Districts of California; 1993, California
Kern County Bar Association; State Bar of California.
Birth Information:
Bakersfield, California, March 21, 1967
Payment Information:
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Accepts Visa and MasterCard

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  • 4.2/5.0 (9 reviews)
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