Steven C. Shonack
Loyola Law School
University of California, Berkeley
State of California
United States District Court
Partner Steven C. Shonack is the head of the Appellate division of the firm. Mr. Shonack began his legal career with the firm of Zimmerman & Kahanowitch in Woodland Hills, where his practice focused on the defense of mid- and large-sized businesses in civil litigation, emphasizing business and contract disputes, insurance, personal injury, and construction claims, on behalf of insurers, retailers, developers, and construction companies. He has drafted insurance policies for several major insurance companies and has extensive experience in complex business, insurance and commercial disputes. His legal experience has also included substantial intellectual property issues. He has written numerous appeals and writs, with the bulk of his appellate work resolving shortly after his filings were served on the opposition.
He is a graduate of Loyola Law School, where he was an Articles Editor on the Loyola of Los Angeles Entertainment Law Journal. He was awarded the prestigious Pickford Scholarship at Loyola for excellence in entertainment law. His bachelor's degree in Biophysics is from the University of California, Berkeley, where he was a National Merit Scholar and a UC Regents Scholar. Mr. Shonack is the author of Postmodern Piracy: How Copyright Law Constrains Contemporary Art in the Loyola of Los Angeles Entertainment Law Journal, and was the author of "Protecting Postmodern Art," in the Visual Artist's Business and Legal Guide, published by Prentice-Hall in 1995.
He has also served as the Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel of a startup high technology company, Applied Phase Transition, Inc. He was responsible for administration and implementation of a multi-million dollar research and development contract awarded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. He handled complex business and legal issues, including government contract compliance and performance, patent and trademark issues, product development, human resources, immigration, and corporate administration. Mr. Shonack concentrates his current practice on appellate work, business and contract law, commercial and banking law, insurance disputes, and employment law.