Alexa Stephenson is an Associate Attorney in the litigation department of the Geraci Law firm.
Ms. Stephenson graduated cum laude from Chapman University School of Law in 2016. At Chapman, Ms. Stephenson was the Senior Symposium Editor for the Chapman Law Review, President of the Chapman Women Lawyers Association, and received five CALI awards for the highest class grade. Ms. Stephenson was also a recipient of a merit scholarship, academic achievement scholarship, and Commitment to Service Award. Ms. Stephenson’s experience includes Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings and California motion drafting and procedure.
Prior to law school, Ms. Stephenson obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2013 and was part of the Dean’s Honors list.
I recently spent ten days in Italy and traveled to Rome, Florence, Cinque Terre, and Venice. Everything was incredible — the food, the historical sights, the artwork, the people, etc. The highlight of my trip was climbing to the top of the Duomo in Florence and seeing every inch of the city from 463 steps up. Bellissimo!
Books currently reading
I am rereading A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin to get my Game of Thrones fix before the last season airs in Summer 2018.
John Mayer, Matchbox Twenty, the Eagles, and the Beach Boys.
I enjoy reading, line dancing, attending Angels games, and going to Paint Nite with friends.
The Holiday, Love Actually, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Fired Up.
"As one goes through life one learns that if you don't paddle your own canoe, you don't move." – Katharine Hepburn
What was it about the legal field that drew your interest?
I grew up believing that everything and everyone should be treated equally and I fought against injustice I perceived in my day to day life accordingly. The legal field seemed like the best way to continue this practice and to help my fellow man. I’ve never regretted my decision to enter the legal field.
What wisdom could you offer aspiring attorneys?
The only way to know whether you like something is to try it. Expose yourself to all different types of law and workplaces during law school so you can figure out what you truly want to do with your J.D.
Who is or was the most influential person in your life?
My parents. I am a very independent person, but I almost always get their opinion or advice on difficult decisions. They’ve always encouraged me to do anything I set my mind to and as a result, I have been able to set lofty goals and achieve them time and again.
If you could go back and change any aspect of your life, which would it be?
I wouldn’t change anything about my life. Everything I have done has led me to my current position and I’ve enjoyed every step of the way. As Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan said, “I have no regrets. I don’t believe in looking back. What I am proudest of? Working really hard . . . and achieving as much as I could.”
What is your proudest achievement?
Passing the California Bar exam on the first try is the first thing that comes to mind, but graduating law school cum laude and getting the top grade in my Legal Research and Writing class are close seconds.
What’s it like working at Geraci?
It is a wonderful place to work because everyone treats each other like family. They made me feel welcome and part of the team from the very first day. They truly are the model "unfirm" law firm. I'm very lucky to work in such a great environment with such wonderful attorneys and staff.
- California Supreme Court
- U.S. District Court, Central District of California
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
Chapman University, Dale E. Fowler School of Law, Orange, California
- Juris Doctor cum laude- 2016
- Law Review: Senior Symposium Editor, 2015-2016; Staff Editor, 2014-2015
University of California, Santa Barbara
- Bachelor of Arts in Political Science- 2013
Associations & Memberships
- Orange County Bar Association
- Los Angeles County Bar Association
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