Steven R. Guess
Mr. Guess primarily represents Kidman Law clients in litigation. Mr. Guess has handled all aspects of litigation in a wide array of matters, including: eminent domain and valuation, political law, election law, intellectual property and patent infringement, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, interference with contract and prospective economic advantage, landlord-tenant, disparagement of title, slander, construction defect, products liability, and employment discrimination. Mr. Guess secondarily represents Kidman Law clients in Brown Act and Public Records Act compliance and in transactional matters, including contract drafting, review and analysis, and resolving a number of disputes before they become litigation.
Mr. Guess recently served as lead trial counsel in a seven-week complex eminent domain jury trial where the property owners claimed $2.65 million in severance damages for two subterranean sewer tunnel easements underneath a multi-million dollar coastal bluff property. The case involved substantial expert witness testimony related to complex geotechnical and environmental issues pertaining to the public project. The jury awarded the property owners less than one percent ($25,000) of the $2.65 million claim.
Mr. Guess also recently argued as lead counsel at a bench trial on behalf of a water district. In a case that made statewide news, a local taxpayer association filed a petition to compel the water district to place a referendum on the ballot regarding its water rate restructure. The Court ruled in favor of the water district, ruling that a rate resolution is not subject to a referendum that would interfere with the revenue necessary to provide essential government service.
Mr. Guess earned his B.A. in 2005 from the University of California, Berkeley where he was a double major in Economics and Ancient World History. Mr. Guess received his Juris Doctor degree in 2010 from the University of California, Hastings College of Law. While in law school, Mr. Guess worked as Editor-in-Chief of the Hastings Business Law Journal, and received a number of distinctions for oral advocacy in Moot Court Competitions, including an Outstanding Achievement in Oral Advocacy Award from the 2009 Traynor Moot Court Competition.
• Judicial Extern, Honorable Stuart Pollak, California Court of Appeal, First Appellate District
• Judicial Extern, Honorable Susan Illston, United States District Court, Northern District of California
• State of California
• United States District Court, Central District of California
• Business Litigation
• Product Liability
• Employment Litigation
• Conditional Use Permits
Eminent Domain and Valuation Litigation:
• Valuation Litigation
• Board of Directors, Legal Aid Society of Orange County