Steve Young is one of the name partners of Keesal, Young & Logan and is based in the firm’s Southern California office in Long Beach. Steve graduated in 1970 from the University of California, Los Angeles (cum laude) and thereafter obtained a J.D. degree from the University of Southern California in 1973. He has spent the last 40 years representing stock brokerage firms and their employees in a wide array of litigation, regulatory, and employment matters. Steve has handled well over 1,200 securities litigation and employment matters in federal and state courts, and in arbitrations before the NYSE, NASD, FINRA, and AAA. He has extensive trial experience, having litigated to verdict or award over 200 securities matters in over a dozen different states. Steve has also represented more than 50 investment brokerage firms and their employees in regulatory actions brought by the SEC, the NYSE, the NASD, FINRA, and the State of California. Steve has been recognized as a Southern California “Super Lawyer” in the category of Securities Litigation for ten consecutives years through 2014. He has also been recognized as a “Best Lawyer in America” from 2009 through 2013. He has been a LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent rated attorney since 1993.
In addition to his litigation experience, Steve has been active in alternative dispute resolution and has successfully handled over 375 mediations.
Over the years he has been a speaker at seminars sponsored by FINRA and the Law & Compliance Division of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association and has spoken on a variety of issues, including: Handling Securities Cases, Handling Commodities Futures Cases, Regulatory Cases, Arbitration, Research Analyst Issues, Compliance, Supervision and Discovery. He has been instrumental in the building and management of the Aquarium of the Pacific and has served on its Board of Directors and Executive Committee since 1997. He is also a member of the Peninsula Committee Children’s Hospital and an officer of the Whitney Young Children’s Foundation. He and his wife Marlene recently were named Palos Verdes Peninsula’s “Citizens of the Year” by the Chamber of Commerce in recognition of their 33-year history of volunteering and philanthropy.