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. He has expertise in product liability, complex business litigation, automotive litigation and toxic tort matters.

Licensed to practice in California and Hawaii, he has successfully defended the interests of Fortune 500 companies in all aspects of litigation. He has also defended mass tort claims filed in federal and state courts. Mr. Smelser represents numerous clients in business litigation and breach of contract matters, trademark disputes, and unfair competition cases.

In product liability litigation, Mr. Smelser has defended the design, manufacture and performance of a diverse range of products for more than 23 years. Some of those products include motor vehicles, heavy trucks, trailers, tires, automotive friction products, police equipment, construction equipment, industrial machinery, power generators, and recreational equipment. He has coordinated and executed a nationwide efforts by an automobile manufacturer and an automotive supplier to defend, negotiate, and settle hundreds of pending lawsuits and claims throughout the United States with respect to a nationwide recalls. 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

  • Capps et. al. v. Safariland, LLCRead Details
    Stanley Mosk Superior Court, Los Angeles, CA – March 12, 2018
  • Michel v. Safariland LLC, et al.Read Details
    United States District Court, San Diego, CA – October 31, 2017
  • Currie v. Ford Motor CompanyRead Details
    Pasadena Superior Court, Pasadena, CA – March 22, 2017
  • Garcia v. Ford Motor CompanyRead Details
    Torrance Superior Court, Torrance, CA – September 26, 2013
  • Petitpas v. Ford Motor CompanyRead Details
    Stanley Mosk Superior Court, Los Angeles, CA – August, 2012
  • Morrison v. Ford Motor CompanyRead Details
    Stanley Mosk Superior Court, Los Angeles, CA – May 20, 2011
  • Goebel v. Ford Motor CompanyRead Details
    Stanley Mosk Superior Court, Los Angeles, CA – November 23, 2009
  • Clarendon National Ins. Co. v. Ford Motor Company
    Garage and vehicle fire alleged to have been caused by a recalled speed control component. Result: Defense verdict.
    Imperial County Superior Court, El Centro, CA – August 1, 2009