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Horvitz & Levy is a solutions-based firm focused on appellate success. We are distinguished by our commitment to responsive service and on-going innovation in the areas of civil appellate litigation, amicus curiae support, and trial strategy consultation.

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Stephen E. Norris

Stephen E. Norris

Partner - Los Angeles Office

How Stephen Helps Clients

Property owners and developers seeking to overturn multi-million dollar awards in favor of contractors and their employees, look to Stephen (Steve) Norris for his broad-ranging experience and extensive capabilities in defending against premises liability claims. Many of the premises liability cases in which Steve has appeared involving the Privette doctrine have resulted in published decisions by the California Supreme Court and the California Court of Appeal imposing significant limitations on premises liability claims. Steve is also sought after for his trial strategy and appellate abilities in a wide range of matters, including catastrophic personal injuries, products liability, medical malpractice, insurance bad faith, insurance coverage, real estate, First Amendment, and intellectual property matters.


Steve is a partner at the firm, where he has been practicing since 1990. Steve has been lead appellate counsel on numerous cases before the California Supreme Court, California Court of Appeal, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. 

Prior to joining the firm, Steve was a Litigation Associate with Cooper, Epstein & Hurewitz and Mitchell, Lurie & DeMarco, and a Judicial Staff Attorney for the California Court of Appeal, First Appellate District.

Representative Matters

Barton v. Argen Corp. (2019)
California Court of Appeal affirmed summary judgment in favor of our client in products liability action 

Johnson v. Raytheon Co. (2019) 
California Court of Appeal affirmed summary judgment in favor of our client in action by contractor's employee for work-related injuries

Fireman’s Fund Ins. Co. v. Heller (2016)
California Court of Appeal affirmed summary adjudication on behalf of client, FFIC, on its claim for rescission of policy based on insured’s fraud and remanded for trial on restitution claim of $5 million paid for underlying settlement and attorney fees

Lozano v. AWI Management Corp.(2016)
California Court of Appeal affirmed summary judgment in favor of our client, an apartment management company sued by survivors of victims of apartment shooting

Morlin Asset Management v. Murachanian (2016)
California Court of Appeal affirmed summary judgment in favor of dentist in indemnity cross-action brought by landlord, our client

Glenn v. Radiant Services (2013)
California Court of Appeal affirmed summary judgment in favor of our client, a company sued by contractor for work-related injuries

SeaBright Ins. Co. v. US Airways, Inc. (2011) 
California Supreme Court affirmed summary judgment based on Privette doctrine [H&L filed amicus brief]

Tverberg v. Fillner Construction, Inc. (2010)
California Supreme Court limited scope of hirer liability to self-employed contractors

Padilla v. Pomona College (2008)
California Court of Appeal affirmed summary judgment in favor of a college in lawsuit by worker injured during remodel of a dormitory

Kinsman v. Unocal Corp. (2005)
California Supreme Court reversed $3.7 million judgment in asbestos exposure case

Uhrich v. American Home Assurance Co. (2004)
California Court of Appeal reversed $6.5 million judgment in insurance coverage dispute

Children’s School v. Folgner (1999)
California Court of Appeal reversed $5 million judgment in real estate dispute

Toland v. Sunland Housing Group, Inc. (1998)
California Supreme Court ruled in favor of defendant developer and general contractor, who prevailed before the Supreme Court in a case limiting liability of hiring parties for injuries to contractors’ employees [H&L filed amicus brief]

Partnership Placements v. Landmark Ins. Co. (1996)
California Court of Appeal reversed $12 million judgment against our clients in bad faith case

McLaughlin v. National Union Fire Ins. Co. (1994)
California Court of Appeal reversed $49 million judgment in bad faith case

Slottow v. American Cas. Co. (1993)
Ninth Circuit reversed $12 million judgment in insurance coverage dispute

Center Foundation v. Chicago Ins. Co. (1991)
California Court of Appeal reversed $2 million judgment in breach of contract claim

Education

  • University of San Francisco School of Law
    J.D., 1982
  • Princeton University
    B.A., cum laude, 1979

Clerkships

  • Hon. Joseph A. Rattigan, California Court of Appeal

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Awards

Publications

  • Drive Responsibly (Sept. 2017) Los Angeles Lawyer
  • Finding a Taking: Standards for Fairness (1982) 16 U.S.F. L. Rev. 743