Steven F. Leichter, B.S., J.D.

Of Counsel 

Steven F. Leichter, Esq. brings to the firm a unique and varied perspective having a background in both business and science as well as the law.

Mr. Leichter studied chemistry at the University of California at Irvine. As an undergraduate he had a fascination with chemical analysis and looked for areas where he could pursue that interest. He took advantage of an opportunity to assist in ongoing University research projects learning to perform neutron activation analysis and gamma ray spectrophotometry. He also participated in an effort to develop an artificial intelligence protocol for mainframe computers and made an early computer animation movie.

Mr. Leichter received his Juris Doctor degree with scholastic honors from Western State University College of Law in Fullerton, California. He was awarded Director's Scholarships and was on the Dean's Honor Roll for much of the time he was in law school. Mr. Leichter was twice awarded the American Jurisprudence Award for academic excellence and was honored by being selected to participate in the publication of the University's Law Review. In his final year, Mr. Leichter served as the Administrative Editor of that academic journal.

Mr. Leichter's interest in criminal law led him to serve in both the Riverside and Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office where he gained considerable practical courtroom experience. During his tenure with the Los Angeles office he was selected to be on the trial team of a high profile murder prosecution.

In 1980, Mr. Leichter helped start a manufacturing, distribution and foreign trade company. When he retired as President he had helped build it to one of the top suppliers of its type in the country. He supervised product development as well as the operation of seven stocking warehouses nationwide. He is quite comfortable dealing with banks and government agencies and is an accomplished business negotiator. Insisting on a high level of customer service, he was well respected within his industry. He was twice elected to the Board of Directors of an international trade association and served one term as Vice President of that Association. He still provides business and legal counsel to that organization.

Mr. Leichter is very community-oriented and for several years has given his time and expertise to the Volunteer Lawyers Project which provides free legal services to those in need and unable to afford counsel. For many years, Mr. Leichter has also been involved with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department where he is in charge of a unit of highly trained communications volunteers that provide specialized field and command post communications for the Sheriff's Mountain Rescue. He is also a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association.

Mr. Leichter is a Southern California native, is married and is the stepfather to two grown children. He is a private pilot with both land and sea plane ratings and is a certified scuba diver.