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Adina T Stern

Litigation Attorney at Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

5.0   4 reviews
  • Licensed for 40 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1983
    Active No misconduct found

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Practice areas
  1. Litigation
    Representation of clients in state and federal courts. Practice includes mediations, arbitrations, jury and court trials as well as appeals.

  2. Real estate
    Includes commercial and residential landlord/tenant issues, homeowners' issues, purchase and sale agreements, loan modification and short sale representation, lis pendens, easements, boundary disputes and construction contracts and disputes.

    40 years

  3. Business
    Corporate, partnership and LLC formation, business purchases and sales, licensing, manufacturing, and technology agreements, shareholder and partnership disputes and business dissolution.

    40 years

  4. Cannabis Law
    We assist licensed cannabis companies with their business needs including business structure, agricultural and facilities leases, construction contracts, distribution agreements, spot toll agreements, and other common and not so common agreements.

  5. Contracts and agreements
    Includes negotiating and writing contracts and agreements in a wide variety of contexts including business, manufacturing, real estate, construction, business purchases and sales, real estate purchases and sales, leases, licenses, equine transfers, property transfers, easements, settlement agreements and partnership agreements

    40 years


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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Adina T. Stern, A Professional Law Corporation
30021 Tomas Ste 300
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, 92688


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Posted by smoncur | December 18, 2013
Integrity; Diligent; Commited!
Stern Law Offices were amazing! They came thru for us for us when 3 other attorneys told us to give up & give in. She was able to show that we we're truthfull & forced the other side to fix all their mistakes. Her staff as well always followed thru & their commitment to detail insured that all problems were solved.
Posted by anonymous | July 1, 2013
Wow great job!!
I did not expect to get my deposit back without going to small claims court. I trusted Adina Stern and followed her advice and was extremely please with the results she save me time and money.
Posted by Aida | June 30, 2010
Residential Agreement
I went to Adina T. Stern without any references, other than the words on my PC. I took the chance because she was the closest Lawyer I could find to do what I needed done. She was friendly, courteous and extremely professional. I got what I needed in a very short time and very presise. I thank her for all she did and I certainly would recommend her to anyone.
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Posted by Shannon | January 29, 2010
We love Adina
Adina has represented our family and business for over 10 years. She has become part of our family and we could never thank her enough for all of the hard work she has done for us.


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Work Experience

  • 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
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  • Southwestern University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1983
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1980

Legal Cases

  • Zephyr Equities v. Brookfield Natomas, LLC
  • Judgement in excess of $520,000 plus declaratory relief worth an estimated $7 - 20 million
  • Hanks v. Grubb
  • Judgment in excess of $560,000.00
  • Palm Beach Park Association v. Beardslee
  • Judgment for $111,656.82
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  • 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
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 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
  • Certificate of Recognition
  • California Legislature Assembly
  • 2009
  • Top Lawyer in Orange County
  • OC Metro Magazine
  • 2009
  • Special Recognition
  • DEA Citizen's Academy
  • 2008
  • Best Advocate
  • Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition
  • 1983
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Speaking Engagements

  • Moderated Presentation by Three OCSC Judges
  • Tips from the Bench
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

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Given (1)
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Lawsuits and disputes Attorney | Jul 21
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"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!"
Business Attorney | Feb 23
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"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."
Litigation Attorney | Sep 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Adina is an excellent litigator and trial lawyer with impressive results."