Wednesday, June 5, 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Pacific via ZOOM

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Meet Steven K. Yoda

Steven K. Yoda spent 10 years as a corporate and white-collar criminal litigator at some of California’s most prestigious law firms, prior to practicing family law. During that time, he represented clients, in both state and federal court, in a wide array of cases relating to business torts, insurance recovery, intellectual property, securities, professional malpractice, and real estate. Steve draws upon this diverse experience, as well as his energy and attention to detail, to help his clients obtain successful outcomes in complex family law matters. In 2021, he received his accreditation as a Certified Family Law Specialist. Steve is a graduate of Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. From 2004 to 2005, Steve served as a federal law clerk to the Honorable James Ware, United States District Judge for the Northern District of California.


Actively engaged in the legal community, Steve has served as President of the Japanese American Bar Association (JABA), a Trustee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA), and a Board Member of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association (APABA). He currently serves on the editorial board of the Family Advocate, the American Bar Association’s quarterly family law magazine. Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine named Steve a “Super Lawyer” from 2017 to 2022 and a “Rising Star” from 2013 through 2016. Chambers and Partners has ranked Steve in Band 2 for its 2023 High Net Worth Guide for Family Law.

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Each month on Direct Examination, Dan Bemel and Lauren Youngman interview a Family Law practitioner, judicial officer, or mediator.


Our conversations focus on various technical aspects of family law practice: how to build a case, managing relationships with clients, arguments judicial officers find most persuasive, and how to avoid common pitfalls. We will often discuss how to work most effectively with opposing counsel, especially when faced with difficult personalities or aggressive styles.


Grounded in case law and the code, together we also explore each guest’s personal and professional history including key moments in their career, landmark family law cases, and legislation that has special resonance.

The series continues on the first Wednesday of the month at 12:30pm.

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