Steven Pontell

Steven Pontell

Steven Pontell is a highly esteemed litigation attorney who specializes in business, condominium and cooperative housing law; insurance coverage disputes; professional malpractice suits; estate and probate litigation as well as estate administration litigation in both New Jersey and New York courts. He has successfully litigated cases before both state and federal tribunals.

He is one of the founding members of La Jolla Institute, as well as an authoritative voice in community development, housing affordability and neighborhood transformation. He has organized regional, state and national symposiums about affordable housing issues as well as testified before Congress about such matters.

Early Life and Education

Steven Pontell hails from Big Bear Lake in California. He received both his undergraduate degree from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo and master’s in business administration from Claremont Graduate University.

Entrepreneur, business executive and policy expert. He established the La Jolla Institute and led regional, state, and national symposiums on community development, housing affordability and neighborhood transformation. Additionally, he serves on several organizations’ boards such as Hope Through Housing Foundation and American Bar Association.

Martindale-Hubbell has recognized him with their highest BV Distinguished Attorney rating and admits him to practice in both New Jersey and New York states. Additionally, he belongs to Bergen County Bar Associations as well as New Jersey State Bar Associations.

Professional Career

Steven Pontell is a Principal with Verde Steinberg & Pontell LLC. His practice areas encompass real estate, business and litigation issues pertaining to real estate transactions and civil/commercial litigation cases; in addition to being an experienced mediator.

He has lectured widely at universities and government offices worldwide, while his research into deviance and social control, white-collar crime, punishment and criminal justice system capacity issues, financial fraud, identity theft, political corruption, comparative criminology, has been profiled extensively by national media outlets.

Bruce and Aaron welcome Steve PonTell, CEO and President of National CORE, one of the country’s largest affordable housing developers based out of Rancho Cucamonga. National CORE’s acquisition, development, management and social services nonprofit owns, operates and manages over 9,000 units throughout California – nationally recognized for creating forward-thinking organizations to accommodate evolving market environments.

Achievement and Honors

Steve Pontell is widely recognized for his leadership in community development and affordable housing. Additionally, he founded the La Jolla Institute – a California-based think tank dedicated to improving our understanding of key elements necessary for communities and corporations alike to attain sustainable economic competitiveness.

He has presented lectures at universities and government offices around the world, testified before the U.S. Senate regarding financial fraud, and conducted domestic and comparative research in deviance/social control, white collar crime/corrupt practices/corporatized corruption issues as well as criminal justice system capacity issues. Dr. Kahane was also founding member/president of Western Society of Criminology as well as elected fellow of American Sociological Association.

His research on victims of crime and the administration of criminal justice encompasses nearly every facet of those topics – pre-trial processes, police officers, prosecutors and defense counsel are just some examples.

Personal Life

Steve PonTell, an accomplished entrepreneur, business executive, and policy expert is joining Bruce and Aaron this week as they host National Community Renaissance’s President & CEO; one of the largest affordable housing developers in the US; as well as co-founding La Jolla Institute as a non-profit think tank that explores ways for communities and corporations to achieve sustainable economic competitiveness.

He was an advocate of Big Bear Lake area, helping establish its first parking district and bring water service under city control. Additionally, he worked to build up downtown Village area development while supporting and encouraging a local helicopter company. Finally, he was an avid collector of World’s Fair artifacts.

Net Worth

Born and raised in Loma Linda, CA, Steve has led many entrepreneurial ventures as well as held several public-private leadership roles. He currently serves as President and CEO of National Community Renaissance; founder of La Jolla Institute; nationally-renowned expert on housing affordability/neighborhood transformation/regional revitalization issues (regional/state/national symposiums; testifying before Congress/California Assembly to provide insights and strategies); serves as President & CEO for National Community Renaissance; founded La Jolla Institute ; and founder/CEO for National Community Renaissance/La Jolla Institute respectively – being President/CEO for all three roles simultaneously!

Steven Pontell holds membership at both the New Jersey and New York bars and serves as senior partner of Verde Steinberg & Pontell of Fort Lee, NJ. Additionally, he belongs to the Litigation Section of the American Bar Association and strives to uphold ethical and professional standards of excellence in his practice.

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