Hon. Steven A. Brick (Ret.)


THE HONORABLE STEVEN A. BRICK (Ret.) brings to his ADR practice at JAMS a reputation for wisdom and integrity earned by diligently resolving complex litigation matters of all kinds throughout his forty plus year legal and judicial career.   His ADR experience includes successfully conducting scores of settlement conferences during his 14+ years as a judge.  During his five years as a complex litigation judge in Alameda County, he tried to verdict several consumer and employment class actions and regularly presided over approvals of class settlements. He also tried and settled numerous environmental and Proposition 65 cases; and managed to disposition, including deciding key motions, many antitrust, unfair competition, employment, insurance coverage, products liability, securities and other fraud, contract, real estate, and other types of business cases.  Serving as a civil law and motion and a civil trial/case management judge for six years, he gained expertise in and resolved hundreds of other civil cases of all kinds, including many business and real estate disputes.  As a Justice Pro Tem of the California Court of Appeal, First District, Division Two, Judge Brick authored several published decisions and many unpublished decisions involving civil law issues. Judge Brick’s ADR experience began when he was a litigation partner at the Orrick law firm responsible for major cases over some twenty years.  During that period  he volunteered his time to serve as a neutral in numerous cases under the auspices of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of  California (mediations and ENE sessions), the San Francisco Superior Court (arbitrations and service as a judge pro tem), and the Bar Association of San Francisco (settlement conferences).  Judge Brick places a high premium on preparation and is highly regarded for his dedication to fairness and integrity.  By way of further background, Judge Brick served from 2014 until his retirement as Vice Chair of the Civil Advisory Committee of the Judicial Council of California and had chaired its Subcommittee on Case Management and Complex Litigation. He previously served as a member and co-chair of the Council’s Access and Fairness Advisory Committee. He has spoken at a large number of educational programs sponsored by state and local bar groups and national continuing education providers.  Prior to his appointment to the bench in January 2001, he was a member of the firm of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP from 1979 through 2000 and served on its Executive, Partners’ Compensation, Peer Review and Diversity Committees for many of those years. He also served as a lawyer delegate to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Judicial Conference from 1978-1988 and as Chair of the Conference (1985); President of the Bar Association of San Francisco (1991); and President of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers of Northern California (1999) and is currently a member of its board.  Judge Brick received his B.A. in 1969 from Williams College (with highest honors in history, Phi Beta Kappa) and his J.D. in 1972 (Order of the Coif) from Berkeley Law (Boalt Hall).