Stephen is a professional mediator in Orange County, California. He volunteers as a mediator in state court through Orange County Human Relations, and he formerly served on the mediation panel of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. During the last banking and financial crisis, he served as the Managing Counsel of the FDIC office in Irvine from its inception in early 2009 until it closed in 2012. Because of his substantial experience with the FDIC, he has particular expertise in dealing with complex commercial litigation, including cases involving banking and lending, bankruptcy, breach of contract, creditor/debtor, and real estate. He also has significant experience with employment, EEO (employment discrimination), and ERISA (employee benefit plan) cases.