Jennifer Settani-Stephens is a litigator with experience in a multitude of California counties. She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Science from California State University Chico cum laude, and Juris Doctorate from Taft Law School.
Driven by a genuine desire to help others, she has focused her career on assisting under-served populations and promoting the best interests of children and families. She has a well-rounded legal experience as a result of her prior employment as law enforcement, as a lead attorney for a California non-profit firm, providing legal representation pursuant to contracts with the State of California, and managing her own private practice.
Ms. Settani-Stephens has a wealth of knowledge and experience in juvenile dependency from working in a role akin to a child welfare social worker to actively handling all facets of dependency cases for the bulk of her tenure as an attorney. Complementary to dependency, she has been significantly involved in contested child custody matters having served in parents’ and minors’ counsel roles, restraining orders, and guardianships. Ms. Settani-Stephens has two published appellate cases, reversals in favor of her clients: Patricia W. v. Superior Court (2016) 244 Cal.App. 4th 397 and M.C. v. Superior Court (2016) 3 Cal.App. 5th 838.
In addition to zealously representing her clients, she enjoys mentoring and teaching others. She teaches law at her alma mater, and enjoys volunteering with non-profit and educational organizations.