Stephen M. Hauptman


Stephen “Steve” Hauptman is a partner in the Newport Beach office of Newmeyer & Dillion.  For more than a decade, Mr. Hauptman has been litigating complex construction, real estate and business disputes. 

In the construction arena, Mr. Hauptman has extensive experience both in prosecuting and defending multifaceted, multi-million dollar construction claims.  He recognizes the importance that property ownership and the construction industry play in our economy, our values and our everyday way of life, and he considers it an honor and serious obligation to assist clients in this field.

On the plaintiff side, Mr. Hauptman has assisted his individual owner and community association clients in the recovery of tens of millions of dollars for the defective construction of their homes and properties.  On the defense, Mr. Hauptman has helped many of the firm’s regional, national and publicly traded builder and developer clients successfully defend and resolve countless construction defect claims.  It is his experience on both sides of these complex cases that makes him uniquely qualified to provide high level legal counsel on essentially all matters related to real estate and construction. 

Mr. Hauptman has also developed a proficiency handling complex insurance claims.  He has been involved in many complicated insurance coverage disputes, and also has significant experience handling cases against insurance companies directly for the recovery of unpaid benefits and bad faith damages.

Mr. Hauptman is licensed in California, Florida and New York.  He performed his undergraduate studies at Duke University, where he also played for the Varsity Soccer Team; and he received his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Miami School of Law, where he was also a member of the University of Miami Law Review.

•    Co-Author, "Clarifying the Procedure for Claiming Loss of Business Goodwill in Eminent Domain Cases," Newmeyer & Dillion, May 24, 2017

•    University of the Miami School of Law, J.D., 2002
•    Duke University, B.A. 1999

•    Florida, 2002
•    California, 2003
•    New York, 2007
•    United States District Court, Central District of California
•    United States District Court, Southern District of California
•    United States District Court, Northern District of California
•    United States District Court, Eastern District of California
•    United States District Court, Southern District of Florida