Yukevich Cavanaugh

Yukevich | Cavanaugh


Attorney Details

Attorney Details

Steven D. Smelser

Steven D. Smelser, Partner

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Office: Los Angeles


TEL (213) 362-7777 Ext. 206

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FAX (213) 362-7788

Steven D. Smelser is a civil litigator and trial attorney with expertise in product liability, toxic tort, negligence and business litigation.

Licensed to practice in California and Hawaii, he has successfully defended the interests of some of the largest corporations in the world in virtually all aspects of litigation. He has also defended mass tort claims filed in federal and state courts.

In product liability litigation, Mr. Smelser has defended the design, manufacture and performance of a diverse range of products for over 17 years. Some of those products include motor vehicles, heavy trucks, tires, automotive friction products, ball bearings, construction equipment, industrial machinery, power generators, and recreational equipment. He has coordinated and executed a nationwide effort by an automobile manufacturer to defend, negotiate, and settle hundreds of pending lawsuits and claims throughout the United States with respect to a nationwide recall. His published opinions are Aldaba v. Michelin North America, Inc. (2005 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 37934), and Adams v. Ford Motor Company (2011 S.O.S. 5700).

In toxic tort litigation, Mr. Smelser has defended cases involving automobiles, heavy trucks, air conditioners, and railroads.

Mr. Smelser has lectured on numerous topics including jury selection, defending and mediating cases that involve an automotive recall, trial techniques for effective litigators, and defending a product's liability case from start to finish.

Mr. Smelser was born and raised in Southern California, and graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles with a bachelor's degree in political science and a bachelor's degree in History in 1992. In 1995, he graduated from Loyola Law School. Prior to joining Yukevich | Cavanaugh, his practice focused on the defense of scuba diving equipment manufacturers and business litigation.

Representative Matters

  • Currie v. Ford Motor CompanyRead Details
    HarrisMartin – March 22, 2017
  • Garcia v. Ford Motor CompanyRead Details
    September 26, 2013
  • Petitpas v. Ford Motor CompanyRead Details
    August, 2012
  • Morrison v. Ford Motor CompanyRead Details
    Law360 New York – 2011
  • Goebel v. Ford Motor CompanyRead Details
    Daily Journal; Verdicts & Settlements – 2009
  • Clarendon National Ins. Co. v. Ford Motor Company
    Garage and vehicle fire alleged to have been caused by a recalled speed control component. Defense verdict.
    El Centro, California – 2009
  • Adams v. Ford Motor Company
    Verdicts & Decisions – 2009