Stephen Warren Solomon

Stephen Warren Solomon

Founder and Managing Partner 1939-2020

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Stephen Warren Solomon, co-founder and Managing Partner of SSJ Law, is recognized by his industry peers as a leader in his practice areas. Stephen has represented clients in all aspects of gaming, gambling and entertainment licensing, regional and national clients in sports arbitrations, Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) and Liquor license & compliance issues, liability and employment issues, and personal injury cases resulting in large verdicts and settlements. A seasoned litigator, Stephen is licensed to represent clients throughout California and Massachusetts and has appeared in all levels of the court as well as arbitrations, mediations, and administrative matters.

Stephen has represented private and public corporations, small businesses, high profile clients and everyday people, bringing his personal zeal to the courtroom and the media. Stephen also serves as a Judge pro tem for the Los Angeles Superior Courts, has sponsored and lectured at numerous legal events, and is a member of the National Association of Licensing and Compliance Professionals. He is the author of numerous articles, op-ed pieces on the state of the law as well as scholarly articles regarding case holdings.


Stephen has represented clients before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Central and Southern Districts of California, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, and the U.S. Federal Claims Court. He is a member of the Intertribal Court of Southern California.

Stephen has accumulated a myriad of awards for his legal work including the rating of AV Preeminent® from Martindale-Hubbell for the highest achievement in legal ability and ethics. He is a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, was voted by his peers as a SuperLawyer® consecutively for the last 15 years and is rated 10/10 on AVVO.

Stephen is the co-creator, co-host and Co-Executive Producer of the Emmy® award-winning television show Cheap Eats. He also co-hosted and was the Co-Executive Producer of Legal Help Live, a call-in legal show for radio and television.

In his spare time, Stephen is an accomplished fisherman who enjoys competing and often winning awards in the annual Fish Derby.


  • Gaming: Indian Gaming/Sovereignty and ABC Law, Card Clubs, Internet – eGaming, Sports, Fantasy Sports, Horse Betting, Gaming Apps.
  • Land Use Planning – Liquor Law, Conditional Use Permits
  • Administrative/Governmental Relations
  • Appellate Law – State and Federal
  • Constitutional Law
  • Civil Litigation – Business and Personal Injury
  • Products Liability and Malpractice
  • Employment
  • San Pasqual Supreme Appellate Tort Claims Court, Chief Justice Emeritus – 2019
  • Best Lawyers in America – 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016
  • SuperLawyers – 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004.
  • Profiled in Southern California’s Top Rated Lawyers – 2013, 2012
  • Los Angeles Magazine, February 2004
  • Member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum®, The Top Trial Lawyers in America®.
  • Rated ‘AV® Preeminent™’ by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating available for legal ability and general ethics.
  • Certificate of Appreciation – Los Angeles Superior Court Temporary Judge Program 2009 – Present
  • 2013 Winner, Star Award, Producer, Legal Help Live
  • 2012 Winner Los Angeles EMMY Awards Academy of Television, Arts & Science, Producer, Cheap Eats
  • California, 1964
  • Massachusetts, 2018
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California
  • Intertribal Court of Southern California Bar Association Member
  • Court of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah)
  • UCLA JD 1964
  • UCLA BA 1961 Economics & Political Science
  • 2012 Winner Los Angeles EMMY® Awards Academy of Television, Arts & Science, Cheap Eats
  • 2012 Nominee Los Angeles EMMY® Awards Academy of Television, Arts & Science, Cheap Eat
  • 2011 Presenter Los Angeles Area EMMY® Awards Academy of Television, Arts & ScienceTelevision Co-host and Co-creator, “Cheap Eats”™ 2009 to date – Channels 16 & 36
  • Star Award Winner #2 – Cheap Eats – SCAN NATOA 2012 – Magazine
  • Television Co-creator, Co-producer, Co-host “Legal Help Live” 2005 to date – Channels 16 & 36 and 30 others
    Star Award Winner #2 – Legal Help Live – SCAN NATOA 2011 – Talk
    Star Award Winner #3 – Legal Help Live – SCAN NATOA 2008 – Talk
    Star Award Winner #2 – Legal Help Live – SCAN NATOA 2006 – Talk
  • Television Co-host “It’ Your Call” – homeless issues in Southern California 2007, 2008 – Channels 16 & 36 Television Co-host “Get Out” – fun things to do in Santa Monica 2008 – Channel 16 Radio Talk Show Host for “Legal Help Live” 2000 to 2006 – KRLA Radio AM 870

Recent Articles

“Constitutional Law: Taxes, Guns & Privacy: We Need A Pardon!” – Metropolitan News, Co-Author, May 23, 2018

“Count 1: Practicing law without a license” – Los Angeles Daily Journal, December 8, 2017

“Marijuana is Here to Stay” – Metropolitan News February 16, 2017

“Court Shines Light on Liquor Licensing” – Metropolitan News, Co-Author, October 20, 2015

“Inside the Minds: Gaming Law and Litigation Strategies” ISBN 978-0-314-29255-1 – Aspatore Books, Co-Author, Copyright 2014

“E-Cigarettes – Poison or Panacea? Are Local and State Governments’ Regulations Right-On or Overboard?” – Metropolitan News, Co-Author, March 17, 2014

“Temporary Judges: Critical Asset During Budget Crisis” – Daily Journal, Co-Author, Sept. 2012

“In a State of Denial About Pot?” – Los Angeles Business Journal, Co-Author, Feb. 6, 2012

“No Indian Casinos in Los Angeles County? Why Not?” – Indian Country Today, Co-Author,November 22, 2011

“Letting the Genie Out of the Bottle?” Indian Intrastate Internet Gaming – Indian Country Today, Co-Author, January 7, 2011,

“Is it an Elephant or a Mouse?” – 2010 Los Angeles Daily Journal, Co-Author

“Identity Swap: California and Amsterdam” – Los Angeles Daily Journal, 2009 Co-Author

“Into the Cookie Jar” – 2009 Los Angeles Daily Journal, Co-Author

“Indian Casino Liquor: Licensing Impacted by Anti-Indian Forces” – 2006 Indian Country, Co-Author

“The Wal-Mart Way – The Nation’s Largest Retailer Should Inspire Respect Instead of Animosity” – 2006 Los Angeles Business Journal, Co-Author

“Extreme Makeover: Identity Upgrades” – 2006 Los Angeles Daily Journal, Co-Author

“Who’s the Judge? Or, How Those Backroom Decisions Are Made” – 2004 California Beverage News, Co-Author

“Sovereign Indian Nations and California’s ABC” – Nov 5, 2003 Indian Country, Co-Author

“Native American Nations Should Set Their Own Liquor-Licensing Rules” – 2003 Los Angeles Journal, Co-Author

“Judges Should Not Permit Consultants to Practice Law” Los Angeles Daily Journal, Co-Author

“Administrative Law, Alcoholic Beverage licensing” (Chapter 18) – 1994 Matthew Bender, Co-Contributing Editor

Annual Updates, ABC and OLCC Licensee Handbooks

  • Speaker and co-creator of Alcohol Beverage Law and Land Use Planning Seminars,- continued education of the State Bar Approved 1994 to Present
  • Speaker, “The Trips & Traps of Alcoholic Beverage License Ownership”
    Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals, LA Chapter
    September Meeting, 2007
  • Speaker “How to Select a Qualified Attorney” Projustice Summit, 1996
  • Speaker, Legal Rights Seminar, San Bernardino, CA, 1996
  • Speaker “Understanding the Laws, Rules, and Regulations of the ABC and Growing Problem With Use Permits”, Business Opportunity Council of CA, April 1996
  • Speaker: “Zoning and Use Permits by Cities and Counties to Regulate or Abolish Retailing of Alcoholic Beverages”, National Association of Beverage Retailer Convention, Las Vegas, NV 1996
  • Speaker “Protect Your Business From Police and Decoy Stings” CA Grocers’ Association, Retail Food Industry Show, Oct. 1996
  • Instructor, Labor Relations, UCLA Extension
  • Instructor, International Association of Chiefs of Police
  • Lecturer, ABC Law and Land Use Planning Seminars, 1994 to present
  • Speaker, 19th Annual State Convention, “How to Survive in Business Under the new ABC Statutes and Land-Use Planning”.
  • Administration Bar Association: Past President
  • American Bar Association
  • California Indian Law Association
  • Certificate of Appreciation – Los Angeles Superior Court Temporary Judge Program 2009 – Present
  • Crossroad High School, Past Member, Board of Trustees
  • Eagle & Badge Foundation, Life Member
  • Long Beach Police Officers Honorary Association
  • Pepperdine Law School: Moot Court Program Judge
  • UC Santa Barbara Chancellor Associates, Past Member
  • UCLA Coaches Roundtable
  • UCLA Chancellor Associates, Past Member
  • UCLA Law School: Judge, Moot Court Program
  • Windward High School, Past Member, Board of Trustees


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