Steven Todd Coopersmith

Steven Todd Coopersmith: Attorney with The Coopersmith Law Firm


Drawing on a top-notch education and substantial experience in both government and the private practice of law with top-rated firms in San Diego, Steve Coopersmith founded The Coopersmith Law Firm in 2008.

Steve Coopersmith earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1992. He earned his law degree in 1996 from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, in San Francisco. During law school, he served as a judicial extern for Justice Carl W. Anderson, Presiding Justice, First District Court of Appeal, Division Four, and was the Note Editor for the Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly.

Prior to entering private practice in early 2000, Mr. Coopersmith was a military prosecutor with the U.S. Army’s Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps, where he held the rank of Captain. While serving as an Army JAG, he was stationed at Fort Lewis, Washington, where he tried felony criminal cases at Courts-Martial and gave legal advice to brigade-level (Colonel) commanders.

From early 2000 until founding this Firm, Mr. Coopersmith practiced business and commercial litigation with some of the most well-respected firms in San Diego. Mr. Coopersmith’s practice is primarily focused on business litigation, including partnership, contract, financial fraud, employment, real estate, and securities disputes.

Mr. Coopersmith has received an AV® Peer Review rating from the Martindale Hubbell International Law Directory.

The AV® Peer Review Rating shows that a lawyer has reached the height of professional excellence. He or she has usually practiced law for many years, and is recognized for the highest levels of skill and integrity. This rating is the result of a peer review system based upon the confidential opinions of practicing attorneys and members of the judiciary. For more about the AV rating click here. The Firm is also listed in the Bar Register of Pre-Eminent Lawyers.

Mr. Coopersmith was selected in 2012, 2013, and 2014 as a “Top Attorney” in the area of business litigation in San Diego by The Daily Transcript. He was listed as a “Top Lawyer” in San Diego Magazine for each year since 2013. He was also selected to the list of Super Lawyers for each year since 2014. In 2017, he was selected as one of the Top 50 Influential Business Leaders in San Diego by The Daily Transcript.

Mr. Coopersmith has published several articles, including: Dolan King II: Fourth District Adds Another Chapter to Dispute Between Homeowner and Community Association (Trial Bar News, April 2004); Pleading Requirements in “Substantial Factor” Products Liability Cases (Trial Bar News, April 2000); Fourth District Court of Appeal Solves Circuity Of Liens Problem (Trial Bar News, October 2001); and U.S. Supreme Court Permits Restriction Of Developing Land Without Compensating Owners (Trial Bar News, November 2002).

He has been a member of the California Bar since 1996, and is also a member of the bars of the U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Central, Eastern, and Northern Districts of California, the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, and the United States Supreme Court.

Mr. Coopersmith plays piano, clarinet and the saxophones. He is an avid ocean swimmer, trail runner, and cyclist, and enjoys taking advantage of San Diego’s incredible outdoors.

Areas of Practice (10)

  • Business Litigation
  • Employment Litigation
  • Financial Fraud
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Securities Litigation
  • Corporate Litigation
  • Arbitration
  • Business Arbitration
  • Commercial Arbitration
  • Complex Business Litigation

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
619-238-7360  Phone
619-785-3357  Fax
University Attended:
University of Pennsylvania, B.A., 1992
Law School Attended:
University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D., 1996
Year of First Admission:
2000, U.S. District Court, Southern, Central, Northern and Eastern Districts of California; 1996, California; 1999, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces; 2004, U.S. Supreme Court
San Diego and American Bar Associations; Association of Business Trial Lawyers.
Capt., U.S. Army JAG Corps, 1997-2000
Birth Information:
Suffern, New York, November 17, 1970
Reported Cases:
Laster v. T-Mobile USA, Inc., 407 F. Supp. 2d 1181 (S.D. Cal. 2005); Tuchscher Development Enterprises, Inc. v. San Diego Unified Port District, 106 Cal. App. 4th 1219, 132 Cal. Rptr. 2d 57 (2003); Time Warner Entertainment-Advance/Newhouse Partnership d/b/a Time Warner Cable v. Steadfast Orchard Park, L.P, 2008 WL 4350054 (C.D. Cal. 2008).
Payment Information:
  • Free Initial Consultation
  • Fixed Hourly Rates

Peer Reviews

  • 4.6/5.0 (16 reviews)
  • A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.
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  • Legal Experience

  • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Associate on 11/18/10 in Litigation

    Mr. Coopersmith has a strong background in trial work based upon his years serving as a trial attorney in the Army JAG and many years of civil litigation experience in private practice with very good law firms in San Diego. He is very diligent, meth... Read more

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    Mr. Coopersmith has a strong background in trial work based upon his years serving as a trial attorney in the Army JAG and many years of civil litigation experience in private practice with very good law firms in San Diego. He is very diligent, methodical, analytical and trustworthy. Read less

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  • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Partner on 11/29/10 in Civil Practice

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