WITH CLOSE TO FORTY YEARS OF EXPERIENCE BETWEEN US, WE HAVE LEARNED THAT STAYING CLOSE TO OUR CLIENTS AND UNDERSTANDING THEIR END GAME MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE.
SUCCESS DEPENDS ON BEING THERE, MAKING SURE OUR MESSAGE IS BEING HEARD AND INNOVATING THE STRATEGY AROUND ACHIEVING SUCCESS.
SIZE CAN BE AN OBSTACLE TO ACHIEVING THOSE OBJECTIVES.
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. He is LGBTQ. His mother is Latina, his father is an immigrant from Hungary, and his husband is African American.
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.
Matt Kugizaki has experience in all aspects of litigation. He represents companies, nonprofit entities, and individuals in disputes involving complex legal claims with an emphasis on breach of contract, professional malpractice, health care, and employment issues.
Throughout his legal career, Mr. Kugizaki has represented clients in high-stakes disputes involving difficult legal issues impacting his clients and, often, the community at large. Prior to starting Velkei Law, Mr. Kugizaki practiced law at various prestigious national law firms, including Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe and Loeb & Loeb.
Mr. Kugizaki is committed to pro bono representation and has provided hundreds of hours of service to various pro bono organizations. Among other things, Mr. Kugizaki has represented individuals seeking asylum and special immigrant juvenile status, as well as a class of individuals for issues related to telephone access in immigration detention. Mr. Kugizaki also served as a Lecturer in Law at UCLA where he co-taught “Introduction to the Lawyer-Client Relationship,” which focused on training law students to provide pro bono legal services in their community.
Mr. Kugizaki graduated from Boston University School of Law, where he received the Faculty Award for Academic Accomplishment and served as an Editor of Boston University Law Review. Mr. Kugizaki received his undergraduate and master’s degrees in Statistics from UCLA. At UCLA, he served as a teaching assistant and conducted empirical research in the field of epidemiology. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Mr. Kugizaki worked as a data analyst at a leading public policy opinion research firm.
Mr. Kugizaki has been recognized as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers Magazine in 2018, 2019, and 2020.
Velkei Law P.A.
1801 Century Park East
Los Angeles, CA, US 90067