Steven J. Barnes

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11622 El Camino Real Suite 100 San Diego, CA 92130

Area of Practice:

Trust and Probate Litigation; Financial Institutions, Commercial and Business Litigation; Elder Abuse Litigation.

Steven J. Barnes


Mr. Barnes has more than 21 years of experience in California representing corporate and individual fiduciaries and beneficiaries in various disputes involving trust administration, estate administration, accountings, fiduciary appointment and removal, trust and will contests, probate, creditors’ claims and elder abuse issues at the trial and appellate levels.

Prior to relocating to California in 1997, Mr. Barnes practiced general civil litigation in the state and federal courts of New York for 12 years and served for three years as Principal Law Clerk to Honorable Renee R. Roth of the New York County Surrogate’s Court (Probate Court) in Manhattan. Mr. Barnes is licensed to practice law in both California and New York. Before and during law school, Mr. Barnes worked for a decade as a computer programmer and consultant in the financial services industry.

Legal Experience
Principal Law Clerk to Honorable Renee R. Roth, Surrogate of New York County, 1993-1996 (responsibilities included researching and analyzing complex legal issues, providing confidential advice and assistance to a judicial officer, conducting settlement conferences, communicating with counsel and unrepresented litigants, helping manage extensive court docket); Skadden Arps, 1981-1992 (associate attorney in litigation and trusts and estates departments).

Other Professional Expierence
Computer programmer and consultant to financial institutions and corporations, 1972-1980. Junior high school teacher, Brooklyn, New York, 1968-1971


Pennsylvania State University (B.S., 1968); Brooklyn Law School (J.D., 1978). Recipient: Surrogate Ivan Rubenstein Award (1978); American Jurisprudence Award in Wills (1977). Bar Admissions: New York (1979); U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York (1985); U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York (1986); California (1997); U.S. District Court, Southern District of California (1997).

Professional Activities

San Diego Country Bar Association; California Lawyers Association Trusts and Estates Section (including service as articles editor); Probate Attorneys of San Diego