Attorney Stephen E. Cockriel Sitting in His Office

Believe it or not, my initial interest in becoming an attorney came from the Perry Mason show. Perry used his mind and deduction skills to help people, and I loved watching him do it. My inspiration also came from my father and grandfather working in the petroleum production business. They — and in turn, I — spent a lot of time around lawyers, and seeing the type of work they did on TV and in person made an impression on me that lasted.

The only complaint my clients have is that they didn’t come to me sooner.

Like most other attorneys, I like to help people. That's why I've chosen the practice areas that I have — I get to help people determine their goals, plan for them and accomplish their objectives in order to attain a positive future for themselves and their families. I like the fact that I get to develop long-term relationships with the clients I work with. I also enjoy watching these goals and plans develop, rather than simply seeing clients come in and out of my door.

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1973
  • U.S. Federal Court, 1973
  • JD - Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, 1973
  • BS - University of Southern California, 1970
Professional Association & Membership

  • Long Beach Community Services Development Corporation, 1982
  • Long Beach Local Development Corporation, 1982
  • United States Jaycees, 1978-1980