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San Diego, CA 92101
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Steve Yunker Of Counsel

Our Lawyers and Staff: Steve Yunker

Steve Yunker is a graduate of West Point and the University of Chicago School of Law, where he served as a law review editor. He has practiced law in San Diego since 1983, and in Hawaii since 2014, primarily in business and real estate litigation. Before founding Yunker & Schneider, he was an AV‑rated partner at Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps, San Diego's oldest and finest litigation law firm.

Steve is unpretentious, outspoken, demanding of himself and his clients, and committed to the proverbial bottom line.


Since 1994 AV-rated name partner in law firm of Yunker & Schneider. Practice specialized in business and real estate litigation, with extensive experience in legal malpractice, construction defect, and class action litigation.
1983 – 1994 Partner in trial department of 150-lawyer San Diego firm of Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps.
1973 – 1980 United States Army infantry officer, and member of the U.S. Modern Pentathlon Team.


1980 – 1983 University of Chicago Law School, Chicago, IL J.D. degree awarded June 1983
Associate Editor Law Review
Beale Prize for legal writing
Comment published (U. Chi. Law Review, Spring 1982)
1969 – 1973 United States Military Academy, West Point, NY B.S. degree awarded June 1973
Dean's List 1969 – 1973
Honor Committee 1970 – 73
Thesis published (Military Review, June 1974)


  • Pro bono representation of migrant workers and political asylees, and service with organizations aiding them, including Esperanza International, RANCHO, California Rural Legal Assistance (local trial counsel), and the San Diego Volunteer Lawyers Program (board member 1992 – 2000, and President 1995 – 1997).
  • Member of the American, California, Hawaii, and San Diego County Bar Associations, the Enright Chapter of the American Inns of Court, the Consumer Attorneys of California and San Diego, and the Association of Business Trial Lawyers.


AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell annually since 1992.

Named "San Diego Super Lawyer" for business litigation annually since 2005.

Named "San Diego Top Lawyer List" for corporate litigation annually since 2008.

2003 recipient of the "Outstanding Advocate Award" of the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego.

2003 recipient of "1000 Heroes Award" given to all pro bono counsel for 9-11 victims and their families by the American Association of Trial Lawyers.

Member "Million Dollar Advocates Forum" since 1998.

1992 recipient of the San Diego KGTV Leadership Award.

1991 recipient of the "San Diego Pro Bono Attorney of the Year Award."

1991, 1993, 1997, 1998, 2000, and 2001 recipient of the "Distinguished Service Award" of the San Diego Volunteer Lawyers Program.

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