Stephen E. Horan


Using the disciplines of undergraduate degrees in both science and economics, Steve delivers excellent legal representation. His defense philosophy employs a logic-oriented scientific approach combined with the cost-sensitivity and efficiency demanded by economically-savvy clients.

Born in Oakland in 1960, Steve lived in Central and South America as a child. He finished in the top ten percent of his class in his first year at McGeorge Law School. He joined Porter Scott after graduation and became a shareholder in 1993.


University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law (J.D., 1986)

University of California at Davis (B.A./B.S., 1983)

  • Double Major in Zoology and Economics
  • Economics Honors
Practice Areas Admitted to Practice
  • All California State Courts
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of California

Professional Memberships & Awards

  • State Bar of California

Representative Trials

  • HR Management v. Alameda County (Pending – 2017)
  • Avery v. Roseville [Public Entity Liability]
  • Coleman v. Department of Consumer Affairs [Whistle-Blower/Defamation]
  • Friedrich v. Plumas [Inverse Condemnation]
  • Hauselt v. Butte County [Inverse Condemnation]
  • Rayburn v.¬†17th District Agricultural Association¬†[Dangerous Condition]
  • Rogers v. County of Sacramento [ADA/Premises Liability]
  • Smith v. Department of Corrections [Discrimination/Retaliation]
  • Su v. Aryani [Copyright]
  • Stuart v. Scripps Howard [Motor Vehicle Negligence]
  • Watson v. Roseville [Inverse Condemnation]
  • Wright v. Lawrence [Premises Liability]

Representative Appeals

  • Customer Co. v. City of Sacramento (1995) 10 Cal.4th 368
  • Diruzza v. County of Tehama (9th Cir. 2003) 206 F.3d 1304
  • Hauselt v. County of Butte (2009) 172 Cal App. 4th 550
  • Jackson v. County of Amador (2010)184 Cal.App.4th 514
  • Youngberg v. Bekins Co. (E.D. Cal 1996) 930 F. Supp.1396

Alternative Dispute Resolution

  • Settlement Conference Attorney for El Dorado County