Stephen Y. Ma

Partner

Stephen Ma’s business litigation and trial practice includes securities litigation, entertainment matters, class actions, real estate disputes, professional malpractice, healthcare, and employment claims.

Mr. Ma has been recognized as a “Super Lawyer” for Southern California and was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2018 for Entertainment Law — Music. His recent publications include articles in Forbes and The U.S.-Korea Law Journal.  He currently serves on the Entertainment Law Committee for the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (“NAPABA”), and previously served on the Board of Directors for the Korean-American Bar Association.

Mr. Ma received his Bachelor of Arts in 1992 from Georgetown University, and his Juris Doctorate in 1995 from Northwestern University School of Law.

He is licensed to practice law in California and Illinois.

  • Represented technology and entertainment companies and their officers, directors and investors in connection with corporate governance, securities matters, and partnership disputes.
  • Defended music publishing company against contractual claims brought by Grammy Award-winning performer Bruno Mars.
  • Successfully achieved dismissals on the pleadings on behalf of former executives of California lending institution against claims of alleged mortgage securitization fraud.
  • Defended officers and employees of semiconductor company in connection with an insider trading investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
  • Advised music company in connection with contractual disputes with world's leading production music library.
  • Achieved summary judgment on behalf of East West Bank, resulting in the dismissal of liens of over $1.2 million.
  • Represented former senior executive of public company in restaurant industry in connection with U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission investigation of alleged insider trading.
  • Represented music publishing company against lawsuit filed by R&B singer-songwriter Johnny Gill.
  • Defended outside directors of public company in healthcare industry in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission investigation of stock options.
  • Represented national financial institution against U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission investigation of alleged misrepresentations and kickbacks regarding investment advisor services.
  • Achieved $2.7 million arbitration award against former owner of Montclair Hospital Medical Center for breach of acquisition agreement and improper retention of Medi-Cal Disproportionate Share Hospital (“DSH”) payments.
  • Attained summary judgment on behalf of Bob Barker, host of “The Price is Right,” against plaintiff’s employment discrimination claims.
  • Served as trial counsel in arbitration on behalf of selling shareholders of Ocean Pacific Apparel Corp. to enforce contractual earn-out and revenue sharing provisions.
  • Defended public company and outside directors in securities class action and shareholder derivative litigation in U.S. District Court and Nevada state court.
  • Defended former Chairman and CEO in securities class action, derivative litigation, and related proceedings, including claims by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice.
  • Represented film production company against claims brought by investors.
  • Defended law firms and lawyers against claims for professional malpractice and business torts.

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