Stephen V. Kozak, III

Bar Admissions:

California, 2017
United States District Court for the Central District of California
United States District Court for the Southern District of California


Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law, LL.M. Business Law, 2017
Hofstra University Maurice A. Deane School of Law, J.D., 2013
University of San Diego, San Diego, California, B.B.A. Business Economics, 2009

Professional Associations and Memberships:
Orange County Bar Association
Orange County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division
California Licensed Real Estate Agent

Experience and Practice Areas:

  • Commercial and Residential Real Estate Transactions – Drafting, Reviewing, Negotiating
  • Commercial and Residential Leasing – Drafting, Reviewing, Negotiating
  • Easements
  • Land Leases
  • Licenses
  • Land Use
  • Eminent Domain
  • M&A
  • Corporate – Entity Formation and Maintenance
  • Contracts – Drafting, Reviewing, and Negotiating
  • Employment Counseling
  • Compliance

Stephen “Rusty” Kozak is an associate attorney at Merhab Robinson, Jackson & Clarkson and
practices in the firm’s transactional department.  Mr. Kozak received his juris doctor from
Hofstra University Maurice A. Deane School of Law in 2013 and earned a Master of Laws in Business Law
at Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law.  He received his undergraduate Business Economics
degree from the University of San Diego in 2009.  Mr. Kozak attended each university on academic

Prior to joining Merhab Robinson, Jackson & Clarkson as a transactional attorney, Mr. Kozak
worked as a litigation associate focusing on a wide-range of business and real estate matters.  He
also has experience as a Real Estate Specialist at a top Luxury brokerage where he assisted in the
representation of multiple types of entities and individuals in processing a broad spectrum of real
estate transactions ranging from residential purchases to complex land acquisitions slated for

While in law school, Mr. Kozak worked for his law school’s Community and Economic Development
Clinic.  He also served as a judicial extern for the California Court of Appeals, 4th
District, Division 3 in Santa Ana and has had internships with Orange County’s District Attorney,
County Counsel, Public Defender, and was the chief policy intern for former 3rd District
Supervisor, Bill Campbell.

Rusty was born and raised in Orange County and is a proud alumnus of Mater Dei High School.  When he
is not in the office, Mr. Kozak enjoys playing golf and softball, surfing, snowboarding, watching
sports, specifically the Angels and Chargers, participating in numerous civic activities for his
hometown of Tustin, and hiking/relaxing with his flat-coated retriever, MJ.