Steve Dippell

Steve Dippell is of counsel at Davis, Bengtson, & Young. Steve's legal career spans over thirty years. He joined the firm after serving ten and a half years as a senior deputy city attorney for a large municipality where he handled litigation in the state and federal courts and in administrative proceedings, primarily pertaining to police practices, construction and personal injury. He also provided legal counsel in support of the city's regulatory oversight of cardroom gaming and abatement of public nuisances.

Prior to his public service, Steve was assistant general counsel for a construction company for five years, proving legal counsel in support of the company's operations, preparing an assortment of legal documents, and overseeing outside litigation counsel. He also learned how to operate a loader and drive a haul truck.

Steve spent the first sixteen years of his legal career with a large law firm where he started while still in law school, had the opportunity to be mentored by some of the best lawyers in the region, and ultimately became a partner. Steve's practice was split between defending public entities in a variety of matters, often having to do with police practices, and handling large multi-party business and commercial litigation, including class actions.

Preceding and overlapping his legal career, Steve spent approximately twenty-six years in law enforcement, from a police cadet, to a dispatcher, police officer, patrol sergeant, detective sergeant, and finally, after embarking on the practice of law, as a reserve police officer until his "retirement" from the reserves in 2008.

Steve's interests include music, motorcycles, golf, the San Francisco Giants, yoga, and playing the ukulele.


  • Santa Clara University School of Law, J.D.
  • University of San Francisco, B.A.