Mediator's Profile

Stephen Hewitt

Business Name: Hewitt & Raphael

Stephen Hewitt brings 38 years of trial experience in a variety of areas on both sides of the bar, along with 20 years of dispute resolution skills gained while serving as a neutral, settlement conference officer, mediator and arbitrator in Los Angeles and Orange County programs.

His fierce professional independence, career-long penchant for tackling complicated and difficult cases, and commitment to maintaining an unbiased understanding of both sides of a conflict make him naturally suited for the challenges of dispute resolution.

Stephen has focused on complex litigation with emphasis on health care, professional & products liability, employment law & sexual abuse, sports & leisure, and administrative claims. He has particular expertise in recreation and entertainment, having represented professional football teams, scuba diving and motorsports organizations, racing venues, and promoters, among many others.

Areas of Expertise

  • Healthcare (Medical Malpractice, Managed Care)
  • Elder Law (Long Term Care, Elder/Financial Abuse)
  • Administrative Law (Professional & Environmental)
  • Personal Injury (Premises Liability, Auto, Wrongful Death)
  • Professional Liability (E&O, A&E, Brokers, Accountants, Lawyers)
  • Products Liability (Medical Products, Underwater Products, Manufacturing, Vehicles)
  • Recreation (Scuba Diving, Motorsports, Competitive Events)
  • Entertainment Liability (Concerts, Amusement Parks, Sporting Events)
  • Sexual/Child Abuse
  • Insurance Law
  • Business & General Counsel


  • California Western School of Law, JD, Law, 1981
  • UC Santa Barbara, BA, Philosophy/Law & Society, 1978
  • Mediator Training / Certificate – Pepperdine University 2019

Bar Admissions

  • Member of the State Bar of California (1982)
  • Member of the State Bar of Hawaii (1999)

Court Admissions

  • United States District Court for the Northern, Central, Eastern and Southern Districts of
  • United States District for the District of Hawaii
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court

Professional Organizations

  • Advocate Member Rank – American Board of Trial Advocates
  • AV Preeminent Rating – Martindale Hubbell; Super Lawyers
  • Member of Southern California Mediation Association
  • Member of FORUM – Arbitration, Mediation, International Association
  • Approved Multistate Continuing Legal Educator – Insurance
  • Periodically Approved Continuing Legal Educator – Attorneys – California
  • Author of Sport and Leisure Waiver & Release and Assumption of the Risk Law, 6th Edition

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