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Adina T. Stern  has been a member of the California Bar since 1983 when she graduated from Southwestern University Law School with honors.  Ms. Stern has been recognized as one of Orange County’s “Top Lawyers” by OC Metro Magazine for the past three years in a row and has an extremely high success ratio in cases which have not settled before or during litigation or arbitration. 


Ms. Stern is often asked to consult with other law firms and attorneys who seek out her expertise, particularly in the areas of litigation, appellate law, real estate and equine law.  Having litigated a vast variety of civil disputes in state and federal court, our firm’s clients benefit from the broad experiential knowledge she offers when representing clients in both litigation and transactions.


One of Ms. Stern’s greatest strengths is in the area of law and motion practice.  As a result, Ms. Stern has been able to secure significant settlements for her Plaintiff clients and has also won a significant number of cases prior to trial after winning dispositive motions. 


Ms. Stern has been a long time member of the Board of Directors of the Orange County Trial Lawyers and was the editor of that organization's quarterly legal journal, The Gavel. She has written a number of "how to" articles for that publication and she is also active in the Constitutional Rights Foundation and has coached the Mock Trial team at Mission Viejo High School.


Adina Stern's background has made her uniquely qualified to represent clients in a wide variety of industries.  Ms. Stern was raised on a race horse farm and continues to be involved in the equine world today.  She understands horses and horsemen and has worked on equine legal issues in California and Kentucky. Prior to attending law school Ms. Stern worked for her family's construction and development company and through this experience developed an in depth understanding of the real estate and construction industries as well. 


During law school Ms. Stern was an extern law clerk to the Honorable Stephen Reinhardt on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal and served as the Executive Editor of the Southwestern University Law Review.  While in law school she was awarded many honors including being named the Best Advocate in the Western United States in the Jessup International Law Moot Court competition and being awarded both the Thomas Bradley and Ida Reese scholarships.  


After completing law school Ms. Stern practiced law with one of Beverly Hills’ largest and most prestigious law firms, Cooper, Epstein & Hurewitz.  In 1992 she formed her own Beverly Hills law firm.  Ms. Stern opened an Orange County office in 1998.  Since that time, Ms. Stern has made Orange County her home. 




Practice areas


  1. Lawsuits & Disputes: 30%
    33 years
  2. Real Estate: 30%
    33 years
  3. Contracts: 20%
    33 years
  4. Business: 20%
    33 years


Payment types:

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Attorney endorsements

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  • Troy Austin Pickard

    Let me put it this way - if you're going to litigate a case, you had better hope that Adina Stern isn't on the other side!


    Troy Pickard Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

  • Laura Christine Hess

    Adina and I tried a case against each other a few years ago. Adina is an outstanding trial attorney. She is very knowledgeable about the law and has the highest ethics. It was a pleasure working with her.


    Laura Hess Business Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact info

Adina T. Stern, A Professional Law Corporation

30021 Tomas Ste 300
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, 92688


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top LawyerCoast Magazine2015
Top LawyerOC Metro Magazine2014
Top LawyerOC Metro Magazine2013
Top LawyerOC Metro Magazine2012
Top Lawyer in Orange CountyOC Metro Magazine2011
Top Lawyer in Orange CountyOC Metro Magazine2010
Top Lawyer in Orange CountyOC Metro Magazine2009
Certificate of RecognitionCalifornia Legislature Assembly2009
Special RecognitionDEA Citizen's Academy2008
Best AdvocateJessup International Law Moot Court Competition1983
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PresidentAdina T. Stern, A Professional Law Corporation1992 - Present
General CounselEMR, Inc.1996 - 1997
AssociateCooper, Epstein & Hurewitz1986 - 1992
AssociateKehr, DeMeter, Factor & Herman1983 - 1986
Intern - Law Clerk - Honorable Stephen ReinhardtNinth Circuit Court of Appeal1982 - 1983
Law ClerkKehr, Siegel & DeMeter1982 - 1983
Association namePosition nameDuration
Orange County Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2001 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1983 - Present
The GavelEditor2009 - 2013
Constitutional Rights FoundationMock Trial Team Coach - Mission Viejo HS2008 - 2013
Rotary Club of Rancho Santa Margarita/Coto de CazaMember2004 - 2007
Orange County Trial LawyersDirector2003 - 2016
Los Angeles County Bar Association, Domestic Violence CommitteeCommittee Member1993 - 1995
Los Angeles County Bar Association, Conference of DelegatesDelegate1992 - 1996
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Hammersly v. Capistrano Animal Rescue EffortWon on summary judgment, affirmed on appeal 7/2009
Harris v. Wickstrom etc., et al.Plaintiff's dismissed case before demurrer heard
McTeggart v. MoldovanAwarded in excess of $173,000 after Court Trial
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Publication nameTitleDate
California Business Litigation Attorney BlogIs It Legal? Listing a Property on Airbnb or VRBO in California2016
California Business Litigation Attorney BlogHow Do I Put a Lis Pendens On a California Property?2015
California Business Litigation Attorney BlogHiring a Contractor: What you Need to Know about California Residential Remodeling and Construction Contracts2015
California Business Litigation Attorney BlogWhat to do if You Are Served With a Subpoena2013
California Business Litigation Attorney BlogHow to Be Prepared for a Business Lawsuit2013
California Business Litigation Attorney BlogHow to Buy a Business2013
California Business Litigation Attorney BlogMediation: What You Should Know2013
California Business Litigation Attorney BlogAvoid Being Sued for Improper Debt Collection Prctices2012
California Business Litigation Attorney BlogIs it Defamation? The Basic Elements of Slander and Libel2012
California Business Litigation Attorney blogAddressing ADA Issues in Commercial Leases in California2012
California Business Litigation Attorney BlogHow to Remove an Improper Mechanics' Lien2012
California Business Litigation Attorney BlogWhat is a Partition Action?2012
The GavelIs Your Settlement Enforceable2010
The GavelMaking or opposing a Motion to Strike2006
The GavelChecklist: Writs of Attachment2006
The GavelWill your complaint get filed?2005
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Southwestern University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1983
University of California - Los AngelesPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1980
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Moderated Presentation by Three OCSC JudgesTips from the Bench2012