Stephen R. Hunter


Stephen Hunter, a Partner at Pleiss Sitar McGrath Hunter & Hallack, maintains a diverse litigation practice with considerable experience handling all aspects of civil litigation. Mr. Hunter’s practice focuses on the defense of residential care facilities, skilled nursing facilities, and hospitals. He has successfully prepared, argued and won dispositive motions on behalf of his clients. He has represented health care professionals before the Office of Administrative Hearings. Mr. Hunter has also been very successful in enforcing arbitration agreements on behalf of long term care and healthcare providers, and has written and presented on the issue of enforcement of arbitration agreements in the long term care setting. He is frequently requested to present to long term care providers on issues impacting the defense of long term care claims.

Mr. Hunter is recognized as a leader in the defense of elder abuse, wrongful death and medical malpractice litigation with a strong reputation for achieving successful results for his clients. Mr. Hunter’s clients range from the largest senior living providers and skilled nursing operators in the nation to six bed care facilities and individual care providers.

Mr. Hunter has been admitted to practice before all of the courts of the State of California and the U.S. District Courts for the Central and Southern Districts of California. Mr. Hunter graduated from California State University, Hayward and obtained his Juris Doctor from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, California. He was honored in law school for his pro bono work at Thomas Jefferson’s Veterans Legal Assistance Clinic. He also received the Distinguished Volunteer Award for his work through the San Diego Volunteer program as well as that State Bar’s Wiley W. Manuel Pro Bono Award for Legal Service.

In addition to his California State Bar membership, Mr. Hunter is a member of the Defense Research Institute (DRI) and the Orange County Bar Association. He has participated in the Intercollegiate National Mock Trial Tournament held in Newport Beach, California and is also a repeat invitee and participant in USC’s Elder Abuse Mock Trial. The annual event features some of California’s leading elder abuse attorneys.

Mr. Hunter is the proud son of California Superior Court Judge David E. Hunter (Ret.), who is currently on the JAMS panel in San Francisco. His brother is a civil defense partner in a prestigious law firm in Oakland, California. Prior to following his father and brother into the practice of law, Mr. Hunter worked alongside his musician mother as a highly sought out piano instructor. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his wife Nicole – 2019 Teacher of the Year for the Fountain Valley School District – and his two wonderful daughters, Mikayla and Makenzie.