A native of Los Angeles, Steven G. Hittelman earned his J.D. in 1994 from Southwestern University School of Law. He was admitted to the California Bar in 1995 and became a Family Law Specialist Certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization in 2001. Mr. Hittelman was a Deputy District Attorney for Orange County, California (1995-1997), then a senior associate at Minyard Morris LLP. He is now the managing partner of the Hittelman Strunk Law Group, LLP, and is listed as a Super Lawyer since 2005.
A hallmark of Mr. Hittelman’s career in family law is his unparalleled engagement and active participation at every level in the community. His dedication and leadership are unmatched among Orange County family law practitioners; he is a tireless advocate who gives generously of his time and expertise to advance the interests of families and children throughout the state. In addition to the many leadership roles outlined below, Mr. Hittelman provides pro bono legal services through the Public Law Center, and volunteers his time at both the Human Options and Laura’s House legal clinics for victims of domestic violence.
Mr. Hittelman is a member of the:
Board of Directors of the Orange County Bar Association (2010 – 2016)
Orange County Bar Association's Blue Ribbon Committee on the Administration of Justice (2004-2005, 2007-2017)
Orange County Bar Association Family Law Section's Education Committee (1997-1999), its Legislative Committee (1996-2004),
OCBA Family Law Section Executive Committee and Public Outreach Committee (Chair) (2005). Mr. Hittelman was a member of the Executive Committee of the OCBA Family Law Section from 2001 through 2004, where he was Secretary (2001), Treasurer (2002), Vice President (2003) and President (2004). He is the current Secretary/Treasurer (installed 2017) and will serve, again, as the Section’s President/Chair.
California State Bar Family Law Section, Orange County Regional Chair (1999-2008)
California State Bar Family Law Executive Committee Member (2016 to current)
Orange County Asian American Bar Association
Orange County Celtic Bar Association
Orange County Jewish Bar Association (founding member)
Orange County Women’s Lawyer’s Association, where he was honored as Attorney of the Year in 2012.
OCBA Family Law Section Executive Committee Secretary (2001), Treasurer (2002), Vice President (2003) and President (2004).
2017 Secretary/Treasurer of the OCBA Family Law Executive Committee
OCBA D.A. Liaison Committee Chair (1998-2001)
OCBA Public Outreach Committee Chair (2005)
Co-chair of the Orange County Bar Association’s Bridging the Gap Committee (2000 - 2017)
Executive Committee of the OCBA Family Law Section
Orange County Jewish Bar Association (Founding Member)
Orange County Chapter of the California Association of Certified Family Law Specialists (Founding Member, serving on the Executive Committee)
Founding Fellow and Life Fellow of the Society of Fellows of the Orange County Bar Foundation (2015 Fellow of the Year)
President for the South Orange County Bar Association (after serving as Secretary, Treasurer and Vice-President)
Chair of California State Bar Family Law Section Property South Committee (2000); served on the Children's Issues Committee (South, 2005-2008)
Chairperson of the Orange County Regional Standing Committee reviewing affirmative and proposed legislation and forms impacting statewide Family Law practice for the California State Bar Family Law Executive Committee (2009 – 2015)
Legal Program Director for Kids First (2010 – 2015)
Served on Orange County Grand Jury Task Force for Children
Master Bencher with the William P. Gray Legion Lex Inn of Court (Barrister, 2000 – 2005)
Human Options Pro Bono Executive Committee
Attorney Mentor at the Legal Aid Society of Orange County
Co-chair and an instructor for the OCBA’s "Bridging the Gap” Committee since 2000, "Domestic Violence Legal Clinic Training” Orange County Bar Association and the Public Law Center (2001-2013)
"Hot Cases and Cool Technology” OCBA Family Law Section (1997)
"An Attorney's Guide to the Orange County District Attorney's Office, OCBA Family Law Section (1995-1997)
“All You Ever Wanted to Know About Child Support, Orange County Barristers (1996)
"Family Law Basic Training” Public Law Center (1998, 2000, 2003, 2008)
“Strange Bed Fellows: D.A. & Private Bar Support Enforcement Procedures,” OCBA Family Law Section (1999)
"Down and Dirty with Walrath”, California State Bar Conference, (1999)
"Children's Changing Developmental Needs as a Basis for a Legal Change of Circumstances” Association of Family and Conciliation Courts Southwest Regional and California Conference (1999)
"Not All's Fair”, State Bar Section Education Institute (Spring 2000); "California Family Law Practice," National Business Institute (2005)
"Obtaining the Best Result For Your Client in a Marital Dissolution," National Business Institute (2005)
"Handling Move Away Cases”, Legal Aid Association of California, Annual Family Law Conference (2008)
Public Law Center Training on Custody and Visitation (2008)
Interviewed on KOCE TV "Real Orange" broadcast for "Call-A-Lawyer” program (2008)
Ethics and Civility in Family Law with Judge Claudia Silber (2016)
Recent Developments in Family Law (2017)
Mr. Hittelman’s published articles include:
"License Suspension as an Enforcement Tool: A Roadmap to District Attorney Enforcement of Arrears through Welfare & Institutions Code Section 11350.6, Orange County Lawyer (June, 1997)
"U.I.F.S.A., F.F.C.C.S.O.A., C.EJ. – Deciphering Interstate Support Obligations” Orange County Lawyer (June, 1998)
"Spousal Torts: All's Fair in Love and War", Orange County Lawyer (February, 1999)
“Behind the Scenes at Bridging the Gap” Orange County Lawyer (June 2009)
Mr. Hittelman has served as a Judge Pro Tem in both Los Angeles Superior Court and Orange County Superior Court.
Mr. Hittelman's reported cases include Haywood v. LA.S.C. (Haywood) (2000) 77 Cal.App. 4th 949.