Stephen J. Estey

Stephen J. Estey: Attorney with Estey & Bomberger, LLP


Stephen J. Estey is a founding partner of Estey & Bomberger, LLP with 20 years of legal experience.

In 2012, Mr. Estey was named “Trial Attorney of the Year” by the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego for his many outstanding verdicts. His last three verdicts were for $30 million, $11.2 million and $23 million. He has also been named Super Lawyer each year since 2008, included in The National Trial Lawyer’s “Top 100 Trial Lawyers” since 2010 and The Best Lawyers in America since 2011.

He is a graduate of San Diego State University and earned his Juris Doctor from California Western School of Law in 1992. Mr. Estey is admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, as well as the State of California.

His specialties include childhood sexual abuse, plus catastrophic personal injury (including automobile, truck, motorcycle and bicycle accidents and injuries, dog bites, slip and fall, products liability, construction accidents, product defects, brain injury, airplane crash litigation, elder law, nursing home abuse and neglect, insurance bad faith, birth injuries and wrongful death).

Areas of Practice (59)

  • Personal Injury
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Products Liability
  • Brain Injury
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Clergy Malpractice
  • Child Sexual Abuse
  • Childhood Sexual Abuse
  • Clergy Sexual Misconduct
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Professional Sexual Misconduct
  • Bicycle Accidents
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Birth Injuries
  • Truck Accidents
  • Automobile Accidents and Injuries
  • Dog Bites
  • Slip and Fall
  • Wrongful Death
  • Severe Burns
  • Construction Accidents
  • Product Defects
  • Head Injury
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents and Injuries
  • Admiralty Law
  • Maritime Accidents
  • Airplane Crash Litigation
  • Elder Law
  • Discrimination
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Wrongful Termination
  • Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
  • Insurance
  • Insurance Bad Faith
  • Birth Trauma
  • Medical Negligence
  • Obstetric Malpractice
  • Accidents
  • Automobile Accidents
  • Automobile Negligence
  • Bodily Injury
  • Bus Accidents
  • Catastrophic Injury
  • Commercial Vehicle Liability
  • Electrical Injury
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Pedestrian Injuries
  • Plaintiffs Personal Injury
  • School Bus Accidents
  • Spinal Injury
  • Premises Liability
  • Inadequate Security
  • Negligent Security
  • Premises Security
  • Automotive Design Liability
  • Automotive Products Liability
  • Bicycle Products Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Professional Malpractice

Education & Credentials

University Attended:
San Diego State University, B.S., 1989
Law School Attended:
California Western School of Law, J.D., 1992
Year of First admission:
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth and Eleventh Circuits, U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of California; U.S. Supreme Court; 1992, California
American Bar Association; American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA); American Trial Lawyers Association; California Trial Lawyer Association; Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, Consumer Attorneys of California (Presidents Club); Million Dollar Advocates Forum; Inns of Court; American Association for Justice
Birth Information:
Pasadena, California, July 13, 1966
Reported Cases:
Morris v. DeLaTorre (2005) 36 Cal 4th 260; Cervantes v. United States of America (9th Cir. 2003) 330 F. 3d 1186.

$60 million default judgment, Jane Does 1, 2 and 3 v. Marc Gitelman, for three young female athletes, survivors of sexual molestation by their Taekwondo coach

$30 million verdict, John Doe v. Giarretto Institute, for a child enduring physical and sexual abuse due to the negligence of the private company that licensed the foster home in which he lived

$23 million verdict, Matt Doe v. LA Unified School District, for a boy's sexual abuse by his teacher

$15 million settlement, Doe v. Evergreen School District, for a child's sexual abuse by a teacher, and the school district’s failure to report the abuse

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