stephen duron

Mr. Duron is a member of the civil litigation division. Mr. Duron received his B.A. in History from the University of California, Los Angeles and his J.D. from Whittier College, School of Law. While in law school, Mr. Duron was a member of the prestigious Moot Court Honors Board and traveled across the country to compete in national Moot Court competitions. Mr. Duron received the CALI award for Appellate Advocacy in 2000 having reached the “final four” at the Cardozo/BMI Entertainment and Communications Law Moot Court Competition in New York, NY. Mr. Duron was honored by being elected by his peers to serve as Chief Justice on the Moot Court Honors Board in 2000-2001.

Mr. Duron is a skilled employment litigator and counselor, with experience in individual and class action matters involving wrongful termination based on discrimination, retaliation, harassment, wage and hour, and whistleblower actions. He is seasoned trial attorney with successful appearances before various administrative bodies and 13 jury trials as lead counsel.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Duron had his own law practice and provided business counsel and litigation services. He advised clients on policy decisions ranging from contract negotiation strategy to dispute management and settlement. His representation included fraud claims, personal injury, tort, real estate transactions andlitigation. He has advised corporate clients on policy related to public relations, employment issues, good will, and more. When necessary, Mr. Duron provided aggressive litigation services to achieve client goals.

Mr Duron has been a member of several legal organizations, including the California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA), Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA) and the Beverly Hills Bar Association (BHBA).

Mr. Duron has been a public servant most of his life. His passion for making a difference in and improving the lives of others are traits his parentsinstilled in him. Mr. Duron has volunteered his free time in a variety of worthwhile endeavors including: protecting the rights of children and victims of domestic violence; advocating for renters’ rights, affordable housing and a livable wage; serving as a committee member overseeing Santa Monica’s efforts to ensure its beach, the ocean and marine life are protected; serving as a volunteer educator at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium; and serving on the Santa Monica/Malibu Unified School District Child Development Services Advisory Committee to inform and make recommendations to the Board of Education regarding early childhood educational and developmental programs.

Mr. Duron is currently serving his first term as Commissioner on the Santa Monica Rent Control Board.

Mr. Duron gets much joy playing with his kids and spending time with family. In his free time, he likes to play his ukulele.