Stephanie commissioned in the United States Air Force as a First Lieutenant and member of the Judge Advocate General’s Corps in 2011. She served until 2018, having achieved the rank of Major. She comes from an honorable line of Air Force veterans. Her grandfather served as a gunner on the B-29 Superfortress during the Korean War. Her father served in Aircraft Maintenance for a variety of airframes, including the A-10 Thunderbolt II, F-4G Wild Weasels, F-15 Eagle, and F-16 Fighting Falcon. He deployed in support of Operation Southern Watch, and retired as the Equipment Maintenance Squadron Production Supervisor. Some of Stephanie’s favorite memories are from growing up around her dad’s shop on the flight line. Other members of her family have served in different services and eras, dating back to the Revolutionary War.
After Stephanie commissioned, she earned a reputation as one of the Air Force’s best litigators through her intense work ethic, natural talents in the courtroom, and dedication to her clients. Early in her career, she became the Chief of Military Justice of the busiest military justice base in the United States. She supervised the prosecution of 30 criminal trials, including multiple fully-litigated complex cases, while personally prosecuting criminal trials and serving as the legal advisor for federal law enforcement investigations.
Stephanie was competitively selected to become a Defense Counsel, where she represented hundreds of Air Force members facing criminal and administrative proceedings throughout the United States. She has represented clients accused of rape, sexual assault, domestic violence, aggravated assault, theft, drug offenses, and a number of other types of charges. She is skilled in working with medical, forensic, and cross-cultural experts. She is experienced in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury. Her results speak for themselves, and her reputation earned her a rank as one of the top defense litigators in the world.
Because of her performance in court, Stephanie was chosen by The Judge Advocate General to become a senior prosecutor, or Senior Trial Counsel. She was one of the Air Force’s elite prosecutors, whose sole job is to handle the most complex, high-profile courts-martial. She has prosecuted multi-defendant conspiracy, drug, physical and sexual assault, domestic violence, child pornography, child abuse, child sexual assault, and financial fraud cases, among others. She served as adjunct faculty at beginner and intermediate litigation courses and provided training to over 100 attorneys. She was also selected as #1 out of 535 speakers at the Air Force Squadron Officer School for her presentation and critical analysis of the military justice system.
Through her time as a prosecutor, she became intimately familiar with the military justice system. Stephanie decided to leave the Air Force and dedicate her legal practice 100% to defending those accused of crimes. She wanted to use her knowledge of how a prosecutor builds their case to her clients’ advantage by attacking every aspect of litigation from investigation to trial. She represents military members in courts-martial and military administrative proceedings, as well as people accused of crimes in San Diego courts.
Licenses and Education:
Stephanie is licensed in California and Nevada. She is eligible to practice in all military courts and federally in the Southern District of California.
Stephanie graduated cum laude in 2010 from William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, having received the top grade in five of her classes. She graduated from Iowa State University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts in French Studies and Political Science, with an emphasis in Political Theory.
STRONG. PASSIONATE. DEDICATED.