About Stephen Pappas

Steve was born and raised in Palo Alto, CA. After graduating with honors from Stanford University in 1981, Steve received his Juris Doctor in 1984 from Boalt School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley. He then worked several years as an associate at one of Seattle’s largest law firms, before starting a solo practice in Seattle. Steve returned to the Bay Area in 1993, acting as co-counsel representing Mr. Freeman in the insurance bad faith case of West America Insurance Company v. Freeman, in which the Mr. Freeman received a $13.3 million verdict which was later affirmed on appeal.

Steve founded his solo practice in Palo Alto in 1994.  Since then, he has represented a wide range of businesses and individuals in business planning, business litigation, and personal injury matters.  Another memorable case on which Steve received nationwide publicity was Davenport v. Berlex, Inc., et al., a case involving a clinical trial patient. For further description, please see the Wall Street Journal article.

Mr. Pappas has been a Director of the Palo Alto Area Bar Association and the Chair of its Solo and Small Firm Practice Group, a member of the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce and the Palo Alto Kiwanis Club. He is a youth soccer coach, flyfisherman, hiker, cross-country skier, and finger-style guitarist. Mr. Pappas was the 2007-2008 Attorney Coach for the Palo Alto High School Mock Trial Team, Santa Clara County Champion and 9th  in the California statewide competition.