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B.A. History – University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
J.D. – Southwestern University School of Law


State of New York
United States District Court, Southern District of New York
State of California
United States District Court, Central District of California


Real Estate Broker
Notary Public


Since he was old enough to pick up a pen and read a contract, Steve Hollatz was involved in the family businesses, from the auto repair shop to the real estate ownership and management businesses. He is now parlaying all of the acquired first-hand knowledge to aid and guide all of his clients, from individuals to corporations, lenders, developers, etc.

In 2006, Steve started a small boutique law firm located in West Los Angeles, handling a diverse caseload of transactional and litigation related matters. Prior to opening his own firm, Steve worked with Jeffrey Pheffer as an associate of the Pheffer Law Corporation.

In 2008, Steve joined the legal team at the Law Offices of Jose Mariano Castillo. Mr. Mariano Castillo is a well-respected Los Angeles attorney who recently served as the Honduran Ambassador to Mexico.

Steve now resides in the New York City area with his amazing wife, Laura. Steve and Laura welcomed the birth of their amazing son in December 2011.

Steve received his bachelor’s degree from the University of California – Los Angeles (Go Bruins!) and went on to receive his law degree from Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles, where he participated in the SCALE legal program, a rigorous curriculum that challenges a select number of students to complete all law school requirements in two years rather than the traditional three year timeline.

Steve passed the California Bar Examination on his first try in July 2005. Steve passed the New York Bar Examination which he took in Buffalo, NY in February 2011. This was also Steve’s first attempt at the NY Bar Exam. Steve was sworn in by NY State Bar Examiners in October 2011 and is licensed to practice law in the State of New York.

Steve has received the Preeminent AV Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest possible rating in legal ability and ethical standards. The AV rating signifies that Steve has reached the height of professional excellence. Typically this rating is reserved for lawyers with many years of practice – Steve achieved this rating in less than 6 years.

Steve has a diverse background that contributes to his ability to adapt to and resolve difficult issues. The eldest son of immigrant parents, Steve formed a solid work ethic from a young age, working at the family business (a German auto repair shop) and later, aiding in the management of over 150 rental units owned by the family. Steve is a licensed Real Estate Broker in California and New York and is also a Notary Public.

Steve also has an extensive technology background, including work for a medium sized New York City software company serving as its Senior Network Engineer. He enjoys participating in numerous sport-related activities and is an avid amateur photographer.