Steven Cohen, Esq.
Construction defect specialist Steven Cohen is not only an attorney-mediator but also holds two contractor’s licenses, a Real Estate Broker’s license and an MBA with a major in Finance and Economics. With nearly two decades of alternative dispute resolution experience, Mr. Cohen has been very successful in handling construction defect, contract, real estate and property management issues. In addition to serving as President and CEO of a Santa Monica-based property management and development company, Mr. Cohen teaches Arbitration, Mediation and Negotiation on the graduate, undergraduate and Corporate level and is currently an adjunct professor at Pepperdine School of Law.

Mr. Cohen is certified as a Property Mold Specialist in mold inspection and remediation. He holds the classification of “Master Arbitrator” with the Contractor’s State License Board and is approved by the Deputy Registrar for the CSLB. He has inspected over 1,000 properties for due diligence, construction defects and seismic problems. He is fully versed at reading and understanding blueprints, soil reports and building specifications.

In addition to Construction Defect and Real Estate matters, Mr. Cohen also handles related issues in Insurance Bad Faith. He is an approved mediator on the Construction and Commercial panels for the AAA as well as various Labor and Employment law panels.


Commercial and Residential Property; Inspection, Construction Defects & Damages; Identification and Remediation of Toxic Mold, Water Entry disputes, Building Code; Compliance and all other aspects of Construction
Defect and Real Estate law; Insurance and Bad Faith; Labor & Employment


  • J.D., British American University School of Law
  • MBA, Pepperdine University School of Business
  • BSL, Northwestern California University


  • Approved Neutral: L.A. Superior Court; Contractor’s State License Board; California State Department of Insurance
  • Department of Fair Housing and Employment; Center for Employment Dispute Resolution
  • Member, Association for Conflict Resolution;
  • American Bar Association; L.A. County Bar Association’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Section
  • Santa Monica Bar Association. Member and past president, Southern California Mediation Association.
  • Received special recognition in 1995, 1997, 2002 and 2003 in “Who’s Who in Business Professionals and Executives.”


Throughout California and Nevada.

Read Steven's article on "Tag Team Mediation" published in LOS ANGELES LAWYER magazine (requires Adobe Reader)