My name is Stephanie Story (formerly Stephanie Barbata). I grew up in West Covina, CA and graduated from Nogales High School in 1989. I attended the University of California, Riverside, where I was a member of Sigma Kappa Sorority for 4 years. I also lived in Washington, D.C., for a semester working as a Congressional Intern for Congressman William Thomas of Bakersfield. I graduated from UCR in 1993 with a B.A. in political science/law and society. I then attended McGeorge School of Law, part of the University of the Pacific, in Sacramento. I was the Vice-President of the Latino Law Students' Association for 2 years. While a law student, I worked with the California State Public Defender and the Sacramento County Juvenile Public Defender. I graduated from law school in 1998, and moved back to Sourthern California and got married in 1999.
In 2004, I started working for Attorney Andrew L. Ellis in El Segundo as a law clerk until I obtained my license in 2009. I worked with Mr. Ellis in his personal injury law firm for over 6 years before joining L.A. Law Group in 2011. My legal career began with general civil litigation in personal injury, including car and motorcycle accidents, slip and falls, wrongful death, and other similar cases, and even employment and civil rights cases. Beginning around 2012, I began expanding my practice to include family law, and gradually began focusing on family law cases exclusively, prompting me to start my own firm in October, 2014, with the sole focus on family law.
My practice is focused on father's rights, including child custody, child support, modifying existing orders, as well as representing clients in child support court. I also handle divorces, both initiating filings and responding to filings, and all issues that pertain to these cases, including division of property, custody, visitation, spousal support, attorneys' fees, etc. I understand that the legal issues involved in these family cases carry high emotions, and I strive to make my clients feel at ease through this troubling time, as well as zealously representing their interests in a professional and competent manner. My goal is to obtain the most favorable outcome possible for my clients while also making them feel as comfortable with the legal process as possible.
I have done volunteer work with the L.A. County Barrister's Domestic Violence Project, helping people obtain temporary restraining orders; Public Counsel's Adoption Project, helping foster parents adopt their foster children; and The Alliance for Children's Rights Adoption Project.
Right after I graduated from college, I met the man who would become my husband. We were married in 1999, and had our first child, Samantha, in 2006. Sam is now a 2nd grader and a Brownie Girl Scout, who is into acting and modeling classes. I currently serve as the Girl Scout Cookie Chairperson for her Brownie Troop, responsible for managing the Girl Scout Cookie season, and I am also her 2nd grade Room Mom, in charge of all the holiday parties. Running my own practice allows me the flexibility to be involved in her life while still being able to focus on my clients.
Our second daughter, Audrey, was born in 2012, and is a precocious and thriving 2 year old. My family means everything to me, and I strive to help other families get through whatever difficulties they are facing by helping them navigate the legal process, which can sometimes seem daunting, but is actually available to all. My hobbies include (besides spending as much time with my family as I can), playing softball on a great team in Burbank, which I have been a part of for over 12 years, and have no plans of stopping!
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Top Lawyers as Chosen by Their Peers||Pasadena Mazgazine October/November 2014||2014|
|Top Lawyers as Chosen by Their Peers||Pasadena Magazine September/October 2013||2013|
|Attorney at Law||Law Offices of Stephanie E. Story||2014 - Present|
|Associate||L.A. Law Group||2011 - 2014|
|Clerk/Associate||Ellis Law Corp.||2004 - 2011|
|Contract J.D.||Law Offices of Gary A. Schlessinger||2003 - 2004|
|Contract J.D.||Howrey, Simon Arnold & White||2001 - 2003|
|Contract J.D.||Kelly Legal Services||1998 - 2001|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|L.A. County Bar Association||member||2009 - Present|
|Women Lawyer's Association of Los Angeles||member||2009 - Present|
|Consumer Attorney Association of Los Angeles||member||2009 - Present|
|Sigma Kappa Sorority||Alumni Member||1993 - Present|
|Allen Harris v. City of Los Angeles||$2.3 million settlement after plaintiff jury verdict with co-counsel Dennis P. Wilson of Wilson Law Group, Tony Luti of Luti Law Firm, and Jim DeSimone of Schonburn DeSimone Seplow Harris & Hoffman|
|Elaine Kosogon v. Wawanesa Insurance Company||Awarded $26,000 minus the $15,000 previously paid = $11,511 award for Elaine Kosogon|
|In re Marriage of Anthony Magpali v. Tammy Le Magpali||Resolved by Stipulated Agreement|
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|McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1998|
|University of California - Riverside||Political Science/Law and Society||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1993|