Steven Velkei has served as lead trial counsel on matters totaling several billion dollars in potential exposure over the course of his nearly thirty year legal career. He concentrates on complex litigation matters and investigations, and has tried cases nationwide. Mr. Velkei gets great satisfaction out of taking difficult cases and succeeding where others have failed. Mr. Velkei also provides strategic risk assessment services to avoid litigation while advancing the client’s business goals.
Mr. Velkei started Velkei Law after successful stints with some of the country’s most prestigious major law firms. He has been recognized by California Super Lawyers, Super Lawyer, Benchmark Litigation and Law Dragon. He has also been quoted in a number of periodicals (including LA Business Journal, Daily Law Journal and Law360) and has lectured extensively on government investigations and enforcement actions, trial technique and diversity within the legal profession.
Diversity in the workplace is important to Mr. Velkei. He frequently lectures on diversity issues, and has been a regular presenter at the American Bar Association conferences, as well as made presentations before the Association of Corporate Counsel, the statewide conference of the California Association of Realtors, GOOD (“Guys Overcoming Obstacles to Diversity”) Guys, and others. For three years, Mr. Velkei acted as chair of the US Diversity and Inclusion Committee for the world’s largest law firm. He has also consulted with private companies on best practices for promoting diversity in the workplace, and has lectured on regulatory issues and trial advocacy. Mr. Velkei is himself from a diverse background. His mother is Latina, and his father is an immigrant from Hungary,
Mr. Velkei is involved with a number of major charitable groups in the Los Angeles area and is active politically. He serves on the Steering Committee of GOOD Guys, an advocacy group for greater equality for women in the workplace and associated with the National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations. He is the first man to serve in that capacity.
Before beginning his legal career, Mr. Wilson spent several years working in the labs of major pharmaceutical and biotechnology firms, including Upjohn and Schering-Plough. After graduating from The George Washington University School of Law, he joined the in-house legal group at eBay, Inc., where he worked closely with multiple software development teams in managing the company’s intellectual property. There, he also worked with the legal group to negotiate and execute multiple patent licenses, and to manage the company’s patent litigation. Afterward, Mr. Wilson joined Sidley Austin, and later, Wilson Sonsini as a patent litigator. At both firms, he litigated multiple patent infringement actions, running the gamut of technologies, including pharmaceuticals (Hatch-Waxman litigation), spinal fusion devices, smart phone user interface design, and internet security software.
More recently, Mr. Wilson has focused his work on e-discovery related matters, leading and managing teams through a variety of actions. These include hospital and health plan mergers, hospital bankruptcies, health plan anti-trust litigation, Medicare fraud/False Claims Act litigation, trade secrets misappropriation of DNA microarray technology, rideshare app arbitrations, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act litigation in commodities and ForEx trading, and many more.
OUR PHILOSOPHY: DIFFERENT (in a good way).
Velkei Law is dedicated to creating a diverse environment where lawyers and staff feel empowered to be different, and encouraged to express their views for the good of our clients. Countless studies have found that diverse environments generate greater productivity and better results for the clients those organizations serve. Problem solving, at its core, requires looking at a problem from all angles, and having a diverse team ensures that a problem will be reviewed from a number of perspectives. This is essential where, as here, Velkei Law manages complex disputes that are not subject to easy answers or solutions.
A flexible work environment is also essential to Velkei Law’s philosophy. We believe that people are most productive when they can control their own space and ensure they are comfortable in it. In that regard, the firm embraces a remote work policy that allows lawyers and staff the flexibility to work remotely and which uses the office as a creative space to gather and collaborate. We still take time every week to get together, if only remotely, and do something fun together, whether it is solving a murder mystery, hearing from an expert on mindfulness (and managing stress) or just simply catching up over lunch.
Velkei Law P.A.
1801 Century Park East
Los Angeles, CA, US 90067