STEPHEN P. AJALAT
Stephen P. Ajalat has over 20 years experience in handling probate, trust
and estate matters. He has successfully handled numerous probate and trust
administrations, as well as a wide range of probate and trust disputes,
many of which have been extremely contentious and involved complex issues.
Steve regularly appears in the probate court in Los Angeles and many other
counties throughout Southern California. Steve also represents parties
involved in conservatorship proceedings whether the client is the petitioning
party, a contestant or the proposed conservatee.
In addition to his probate practice, Steve has had extensive experience
throughout his legal career in handling general civil litigation matters.
His general litigation practice spans many different practice areas, but
more recently has focused on real estate claims and disputes, and employment
cases involving wrongful termination, discrimination, wage and hours claims,
and contract disputes. Steve will also handle select medical malpractice
and personal injury matters.
Notably, earlier in his career Steve handled several recognized cases involving
children's rights with respect to child abuse reporting. As the lead
attorney in the nationally-recognized caseAlejo v. City of Alhambra (which imposed liability on a police officer for the failure to report
and investigate child abuse), Steve attracted national and statewide attention
in these types of cases. Attorneys across California have sought his consultation
or retained Steve to handle trial and appellate level cases involving
child abuse reporting laws as applied to law enforcement officers, social
workers and medical professionals.
- J.D., Western State University College of Law, 1990
- B.A., California State University, Northridge, 1985
Professional Memberships & Affiliations
- State Bar of California
- Los Angeles County Bar Association (Member and Board of Trustees, 2002-2003)
- Lawyers Club of Los Angeles County (President 2000-2002, Board of Governors
- San Fernando Valley Bar Association, Past Member
- Consumer Attorneys Association of California, Past Member
Jacqueline T. v. Alameda Child Protective Services (2007) 155 Cal.App.4th 456 (social services failure to properly investigate
reported child abuse)
Calderon v. Glick (2005) 131 Cal.App.4th 224 (physician's failure to warn of dangerous patient)
Alejo v. Alhambra (1999) 75 CA App. 4th 1180 (law enforcement failure to investigate reported
Cotran v. Rollins Hudig Hall Int'l (1998) 17 Cal.4th 93 (employment sexual harassment)