Steven Gourley, Curriculum Vitae

Steven GourleySteven Gourley, Esq.
Curriculum Vitae

University of California, Boalt Law School, J.D., 1973
Rothschild Fellowship

University of California, Los Angeles, B.A., Political Science and Spanish, 1970
Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa

University of Madrid, Spain, 1968-1969
Fluent in Spanish

Harvard University
John F. Kennedy School of Government
Program for Senior Executives in State & Local Government
June 2003

Of Counsel, Malek & Malek, March 2004 to present
Malek & Malek is a full service law firm. My emphasis will continue to be securities and mortgage lending and brokering. I have represented over 300 mortgage brokers and lenders. I will also continue to represent clients in investigations and disciplinary actions by the SEC, the Department of Real Estate, and the Department of Corporations.

Director of DMV, January 2000 – November 2003

Chief Executive Officer for an agency with over 9,500 employees, 170 offices statewide, with a budget of over $680 million. The DMV has over 600 million contacts with the public each year, and it collects $6.5 billion in revenue each year.

Directly supervised 12 deputy directors, a chief deputy director, a chief counsel, and two special counsel.

Worked directly with the Legal Affairs Division and the Investigations Division on all legal issues facing the department, including over 1,000 Superior Court and Appellate Court actions per year. Final responsibility for disciplinary actions taken against car dealerships/salespersons.

Oversaw execution of various new consumer-oriented projects, including statewide Saturday service, Internet vehicle registration, Internet purchase of specialty license plates, social security number verification to prevent identity theft, and the replacement of technologically outdated field office terminals with personal computers.

Initiated unprecedented demographic study to determine department needs over the next 10 years, built three new offices while renovating many others and planning 12 additional offices.

Partner, 1983 – 1999

Specialized in securities and real estate lending law, including litigation and registration matters.

Clients included Blue Shield of California, Lloyds of London, Fireman’s Fund, Chubb Insurance Group, Royal Thrift and Loan Company, E.F. Hutton & Co., Inc., Republic of Austria.

Brought and prevailed in combined federal securities litigation/arbitration matter resulting in a $1.4 million judgment and collection, Aja vs. Morgan Olmstead, Kennedy & Gardener, Inc.

Chief Deputy Commissioner of Corporations, 1980 – 1983

Administered California Corporate Securities and Financial Services laws. Reviewed public offerings of securities in California.

Responsible for prosecution of state civil actions for violations of state securities, escrow, lending, and HMO laws and regulations.

Responsible for supervising and training all department litigation attorneys and for supervising 325 employees statewide.

Headed a statewide task force which brought 81 civil actions and 28 criminal actions to recover over $500 million in investor funds from unscrupulous mortgage brokers.

Attorney, 1977 – 1980
Specialized in state and federal court litigation involving state and federal securities laws, and Medicare and Medi-Cal reimbursement for large health care clients, such Mercy Hospital of San Diego, Community Hospital of Panorama City, Centinela Hospital, and Century City Hospital.

Trial Attorney, 1973 – 1977

Responsible for SEC administrative actions, investigations, and federal court proceedings involving violations of federal securities laws.


Mayor, City Councilman, City of Culver City, 1988 – 1996

Reorganized and simplified budget process, built reserves to nearly 50 percent of the city’s annual budget, redesigned and rebuilt the city’s faltering business district, and constructed a new city hall three months ahead of schedule and $1 million under budget.

Created citizen/business participation plan known as the “Charette” which brought together over 120 residents, business owners, landlords, and tenants to redesign and reconstruct downtown Culver City.

Accomplishments as member of the city council include creation of the Recycling Advisory Council, the Arts Advisory Committee, Art in Public Places Program, construction of a new fire station, an increase in the number of public safety employees, and implementation of a full service recycling and conservation program which reduced city waste by 25 percent.

Additional accomplishments as a member of the city council include the renovation and expansion of both Sony Studios and Culver Studios (assuring continued “clean industry” growth and revenue), the negotiation of a contract with Mobil-Exxon for the construction of a pipeline to pass through Culver City (the result of which led to a payment of over $900,000 by ARCO to the city in 2003) and continuing annual revenue of over $300,000 per year.

Member, Los Angeles County Commission on Judicial Procedures
1984 – 2001
Chairman, 1988 – 1989, 1996 – 1997
Accomplishments of Commission during this time include the planning and construction of the Ed Edelman Juvenile Dependency Courthouse, the creation of Alternate Public Defender’s Office, and the creation of a system of reasonable payment of expert witness fees in drug-related prosecutions by the District Attorney’s Office (which resulted in the county saving hundreds of thousands of dollars in expert witness fees per year).

Member, Culver City Redevelopment Agency, 1988 – 1996
Chairman, 1991 – 1992

During this time, the Redevelopment Agency was able to refinance its debt at lower rates several times and implement additional redevelopment projects. The Agency provided an additional $40 million in public improvement and contributed an additional $975,000 per year in assistance to the Culver Unified School District.


Admitted to practice in the State of California, all U.S. District Courts in California, the Second, Fifth, Ninth, and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.

Member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association Business and Corporations Executive Committee, 1980 – 2001

Chairman, Los Angeles County Bar Seminar on Securities Regulation, 1989

Member, State Bar Committee on Consumer Financial Services, 1996 – 2000

Expert witness in Los Angeles and Orange County Superior Courts, San Bernardino County, Alameda County and United States District Court for the Eastern District of California. Subjects included real estate law, fiduciary duty, securities fraud, usury, unconscionability, and auditing.

From 2003 to 2004 and 2009 to 2011 co-host Spanish language consumer information radio program with Alicia Alarcon on Radio Unica, 1580 AM.