Law Office of Stephanie J. Finelli, Sacramento, CA
August 2003 to present.
In August of 2003, after working for Freidberg Law Corporation for over 7 years, Stephanie J. Finelli opened her own law practice, focusing on civil litigation and appeals. Since then, she has tried numerous cases before both judges and juries, in various counties, including Sacramento, Placer, Calaveras, Santa Barbara, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Alameda, and Marin.
Ms. Finelli’s practice also includes appeals in many civil and family-law issues. Published appellate opinions include In re Marriage of Davis (2015) 61 Cal.4th 846, in which she obtained a reversal of the First District Court of Appeal’s and trial court’s decision on the issue of date of separation, creating new law in the form of a bright-line rule on the issue. Other published opinions include Fowler v. Golden Pacific Bancorp, Inc. (2022) 80 Cal.App.5th 205; In re Marriage of Mullonkal & Kodiyamplakkil (2020) 51 Cal.App.5th 604; Bayramoglu v. Nationstar Mortgage LLC (2020) 51 Cal.App.5th 726; Pasco v. Pasco (2019) 42 Cal.App.5th 585; C.A. v. C.P. (2018) 29 Cal.App.5th 27; Guardianship of A.L. (2014) 228 Cal.App.4th 257; In re Marriage of Woolsey (2013) 220 Cal.App.4th 881; Burrill v. Nair (2013) 217 Cal.App.4th 357; Conn v. Western Placer Unified School District (2010) 186 Cal.App.4th 1163; In re Marriage of Carlsson (2008) 163 Cal.App.4th 281; and Thomas v. Gustafson (2006) 141 Cal.App.4th 34, among others.
After serving as vice-chair of the Sacramento County Bar’s appellate section in 2011, she served as a chair in 2012 and has continued to serve as a director ever since. In 2013, she joined the advisory committee and from 2015 to 2019 served as chair of the executive committee of the Law and Public Policy Academy of McClatchy High School, where she also volunteers as a mentor.
In 2014, the American Bar Association published Coaching for Attorneys, which Ms. Finelli co-authored with performance coach Cami McLaren. And she has been named a “Super Lawyer” of Northern California from 2016 through 2022, as well as one of the “Top Lawyers of Sacramento” according to Sacramento Magazine.
Ms. Finelli has continued to maintain a strong focus on appellate work, but also handles many cases at the trial level. Clients include individuals, small businesses, and corporations. Stephanie J Finelli represents both plaintiffs and defendants in a variety of legal matters. While she believes that in some instances settlement is the best option, she is a zealous advocate for the rights of her clients, and knows that court is often the only place where true justice can be achieved.
Freidberg Law Corporation, Sacramento, CA
Associate attorney from 1996 to 2003
Stephanie J. Finellis’s seven years working for Edward Freidberg provided her with the basis for her legal education experience. While at Freidberg Law Corporation Stephanie J Finelli wrote and argued countless pretrial motions, including motions for summary judgment and oppositions thereto, SLAPP motions, and other potentially dispositive motions on a variety of civil cases. She also took and defended numerous depositions, including those of parties and expert witnesses. But the highlight of her career at Freidberg Law Corporation was preparing appellate briefs on over a dozen separate appeals, including Zaxis v. Motorsound (2001) 89 Cal.App.4th 577 and First Interstate Bank v. Murphy, Weir & Butler (2000) 210 F.3d 983, and arguing before the First District Court of Appeal, the Third District Court of Appeal, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Criminal Justice Legal Foundation, Sacramento, CA
Fellowship 1994 – 1995
Wrote amicus curiae briefs to California and United States Supreme Courts on various constitutional issues in criminal matters. Filed amicus brief supporting the state’s right to obtain injunctions against gang members in Gallo v. Acuna (1997) 14 Cal.4th 1090, which paved the way for city counsel to enjoin gang members from conducting gang activity in their communities.