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.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Top Lawyer||Coast Magazine||2015|
|Top Lawyer||OC Metro Magazine||2014|
|Top Lawyer||OC Metro Magazine||2013|
|Top Lawyer||OC Metro Magazine||2012|
|Top Lawyer in Orange County||OC Metro Magazine||2011|
|Top Lawyer in Orange County||OC Metro Magazine||2010|
|Top Lawyer in Orange County||OC Metro Magazine||2009|
|Certificate of Recognition||California Legislature Assembly||2009|
|Special Recognition||DEA Citizen's Academy||2008|
|Best Advocate||Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition||1983|
|President||Adina T. Stern, A Professional Law Corporation||1992 - Present|
|General Counsel||EMR, Inc.||1996 - 1997|
|Associate||Cooper, Epstein & Hurewitz||1986 - 1992|
|Associate||Kehr, DeMeter, Factor & Herman||1983 - 1986|
|Intern - Law Clerk - Honorable Stephen Reinhardt||Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal||1982 - 1983|
|Law Clerk||Kehr, Siegel & DeMeter||1982 - 1983|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Orange County Trial Lawyers Association||Member||2001 - Present|
|State Bar of California||Member||1983 - Present|
|The Gavel||Editor||2009 - 2013|
|Constitutional Rights Foundation||Mock Trial Team Coach - Mission Viejo HS||2008 - 2013|
|Rotary Club of Rancho Santa Margarita/Coto de Caza||Member||2004 - 2007|
|Orange County Trial Lawyers||Director||2003 - 2016|
|Los Angeles County Bar Association, Domestic Violence Committee||Committee Member||1993 - 1995|
|Los Angeles County Bar Association, Conference of Delegates||Delegate||1992 - 1996|
|Hammersly v. Capistrano Animal Rescue Effort||Won on summary judgment, affirmed on appeal 7/2009|
|Harris v. Wickstrom etc., et al.||Plaintiff's dismissed case before demurrer heard|
|McTeggart v. Moldovan||Awarded in excess of $173,000 after Court Trial|
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|California Business Litigation Attorney Blog||How Do I Put a Lis Pendens On a California Property?||2015|
|California Business Litigation Attorney Blog||Hiring a Contractor: What you Need to Know about California Residential Remodeling and Construction Contracts||2015|
|California Business Litigation Attorney Blog||What to do if You Are Served With a Subpoena||2013|
|California Business Litigation Attorney Blog||How to Be Prepared for a Business Lawsuit||2013|
|California Business Litigation Attorney Blog||How to Buy a Business||2013|
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|California Business Litigation Attorney Blog||Avoid Being Sued for Improper Debt Collection Prctices||2012|
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|California Business Litigation Attorney blog||Addressing ADA Issues in Commercial Leases in California||2012|
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|California Business Litigation Attorney Blog||What is a Partition Action?||2012|
|The Gavel||Is Your Settlement Enforceable||2010|
|The Gavel||Making or opposing a Motion to Strike||2006|
|The Gavel||Checklist: Writs of Attachment||2006|
|The Gavel||Will your complaint get filed?||2005|
|Southwestern University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1983|
|University of California - Los Angeles||Political Science||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1980|
|Moderated Presentation by Three OCSC Judges||Tips from the Bench||2012|