Steven J. Aaronoff


  • Commercial Litigation
  • Intellectual Property
  • Class Actions

Steve Aaronoff has 25 years of complex litigation experience in fields encompassing securities, intellectual property, real estate, finance, entertainment and class actions.   He was a partner at McDermott Will & Emery in Irvine and Christensen Miller Fink Jacobs Glaser Weil & Shapiro in Los Angeles.  Before that he was an associate at Strook Strook & Lavan.  His experience also includes being a key member of a trial team that won a $350 million verdict in 2009.

Steve has handled a variety of huge, complex trials for both defendants and plaintiffs, all over the nation.

  • In Valassis Corp. v. ADVO, Inc., during the second half of 2006, he represented a public acquiror in expedited litigation before the Delaware Chancery Court to redress alleged fraud in the negotiation of a multi-billion dollar merger. On account of market issues, intensive expedited discovery involving over fifty witness and expert depositions and exchange/analysis of millions of pages of documents had to be conducted within a four month period. Immediately thereafter, in December 2006, he second-chaired the trial before the Honorable Leo Strine, with the Wachtell Lipton firm as opposing counsel. After presentation of plaintiff’s case, the opposing party capitulated.
  • From mid-2002 through mid-2007, in In re CMS Energy Securities Litigation, he represented a publicly held utility/energy holding company and its senior management in complex federal securities fraud/ERISA/derivative litigation in the Eastern District of Michigan and in Michigan state court. The matter involved cutting-edge issues in the relevant practice areas and a massive number of percipient witness and expert depositions, as well as practice before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals on class certification issues.
  • In Tracinda Corp. v. Daimler Chrysler, commencing in 2000, he represented Kirk Kerkorian’s holding company as plaintiff regarding Section 10(b) and other claims against a German corporation and its directors, arising from misrepresentations concerning the merger of Chrysler Motors with Daimler Benz.
  • In Jonathan Mitman, et al. v. Rally’s Hamburgers, et al., from 1994 through 2000, he represented a publicly held fast food company and its directors and officers against a class of shareholders pursuing claims under Section 10(b). The lawsuit was one of the last cases prosecuted by public shareholders prior to institution of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, and involved years of intensive motion practice, conventional discovery and expert discovery. Eventually, dismissal for defendants was won on summary judgment.
  • In John Silberman, et al. v. Lido Iacocca, et al., he represented the former chairman of Chrysler Motors in a lawsuit in Los Angeles County Superior Court claiming fraud and breach of fiduciary duty in connection with a startup venture.
  • In Scott Enyart v. City of Los Angeles, et al., he represented the City of Los Angeles and the L.A.P.D. in litigation concerning alleged loss or destruction of photographic evidence regarding the 1968 assassination of Senator Robert F. Kennedy. This case involved a two-week jury trial in Los Angeles County Superior Court, which he second-chaired.