Our Team

The Roeser Law team’s practical yet aggressive solutions to complex transactions, situations, and disputes yield remarkable results for clients.

Our practice area teams are comprised of professionals with extensive and unique experience in their respective fields, and all have a high level of business acumen. Our team works seamlessly together to achieve successful outcomes.

Steven R. Roeser, Esq.

Steve is the principal and Managing Partner of Roeser Law, and works with businesses, executives, employees, families and individuals across a wide range of practice areas including corporate, construction, real estate, estate planning, and employment. Steve and his team work on transactions and litigation, providing a comprehensive legal solution for firm clients. His team’s practical yet aggressive solutions to complex transactions, disputes and litigation yield successful results for firm clients. The firm’s practice area teams are comprised of professionals with extensive substantive experience in their respective fields, and all firm lawyers have a high level of business acumen. The team works seamlessly together to achieve successful outcomes for clients. Steve also serves as the Managing Partner for the Stimmel, Stimmel & Roeser firm.

Steve started out at a well-known Silicon Valley law firm in San Jose handling primarily transactional corporate, estate planning and tax matters. Steve next worked exclusively in the construction, real estate and corporate fields at two prominent southern California law firms before returning to northern California. Steve then expanded his skill set into litigation, while continuing with his transactional practice. Steve’s background and extensive experience in transactions and litigation, learning from high-level attorneys along the way, equips him to strategically analyze and successfully handle the diverse legal situations his clients require. He is committed to open and honest communication and case assessment with clients, and strategic solutions that generate cost-benefit oriented results.

In his litigation practice, Steve represents clients in cases involving a wide array of legal issues, including but not limited to construction disputes, corporate and commercial disputes, real estate disputes, will and trust disputes, and employment disputes. In his transactional practice, Steve represents clients primarily in construction, business, real estate, and estate planning matters.

A native of Silicon Valley, Steve holds a J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law, a B.A. from University of California at Santa Barbara, and has been licensed to practice law in the State of California since 2003. Outside of work, Steve enjoys his family life with his wife and two boys (and their 4 dogs), exercise and getting outdoors, sports, music, and reading the Bible. Steve looks forward to working with you.

Lee D. Stimmel, Esq. Of Counsel

Lee D. Stimmel, Esq. is the owner and managing attorney of Stimmel, Stimmel & Smith, PC, one of the oldest law firms in San Francisco.

Education: University of California (A.B.); Harvard University (J.D.).
Admitted to California and Federal bar, 1973.

Lee Stimmel is a well-known San Francisco attorney and has been practicing law for decades. Lee specializes in complex business formation, international business structures, agreements and negotiations, business and real estate litigation, arbitration and mediations, estate planning and probate and trust litigation, real estate developments, and construction law. Lee is known for his strategic and aggressive approach to practicing law, yielding remarkable results for clients across many fields of law.

James Burns, Esq. Of Counsel

Education:University of San Francisco School of Law, J.D., 2005
U.C. Davis, B.A., 2002

Of Counsel attorney Jim Burns has extensive experience litigating a wide range of legal disputes, including but not limited to business and commercial disputes, construction disputes, estate and trust disputes, and personal injury and wrongful death disputes. Prior to joining Roeser Law, he practiced at three prominent California litigation firms for a total of 13 years, where he gained invaluable hands on litigation experience, litigating cases from intake through trial. Mr. Burns represents plaintiffs and defendants, including businesses and individuals. He approaches every phase of litigation pragmatically to achieve the best results possible, implementing a cost-benefit, return on investment-oriented approach. Certain cases call for early resolution, while others require taking the case through trial, depending on the specific facts of the case, possible outcomes, cost of litigation, and amounts in controversy. Mr. Burns has achieved great success with dispositive motions, mediations, and trial verdicts. He has a proven record of victory at trial. Mr. Burns focuses on client service, and always makes sure to communicate strategy and case developments to clients each step of the way. Every case receives his utmost attention, no matter the size or complexity, and he is energized by the challenges presented in litigation. Mr. Burns is an integral member of the firm’s litigation team. Mr. Burns is a Bay Area native, where he has practiced law his entire career.

Ronak Patel, Esq. Associate Attorney

Education: Suffolk University Law School (JD 2013); University of Washington (BA 2008).
Admitted to California Bar, 2014.

Ronak Patel’s practice is focused on litigation and transactions in the areas of business and real estate law, employment law, probate and trust law, and family law. With respect to his litigation practice, Ronak has extensive court and trial experience, and is well versed in taking depositions, conducting discovery, and drafting complex pleadings. Ronak assertively advocates in the best interests of his clients to help them achieve favorable results in litigation and transactional matters. While born and raised in Oregon, Ronak has practiced law in San Francisco his entire career. He resides in the Bay Area with his wife and children. Outside of practicing law and spending time with his family, Ronak is a sports fanatic, and holds an athlete’s agent license.

Stephanie Gidney Executive Legal Assistant and Office Manager