Prior to attending law school at the University of Michigan, Mr. Stephenson worked as a software engineer for over twenty years. Mr. Stephenson worked for the United States Department of the Navy, for various Federal contractors, and for commercially focused companies such as Qualcomm, Inc. For much of that time, Mr. Stephenson also managed software projects and the software engineers that worked on those projects.
Mr. Stephenson served for three years as the Vice President of Operations and Corporate Counsel for a small engineering company in San Diego. In that capacity, he was responsible for overseeing many of the company’s operational functions such as human resources, contracts (including Federal contracting and subcontracting) and export compliance.
Mr. Stephenson has served on the boards of directors of both small private and small public companies and, at times, has served as the corporate secretary of such companies.
Mr. Stephenson is presently registered with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority as a general securities principal. This allows Mr. Stephenson to bring industry-specific knowledge to assist clients in the securities industry with their regulatory compliance.
Mr. Stephenson leverages this real-world experience, both technical and operational, to provide representation to small business clients, assisting them on a wide range of business areas, from business formation and governance to employment practices to contracts.
Mr. Stephenson was admitted to the State Bar of California in 2012 and to the State Bar of New York in 2017. Mr. Stephenson is authorized to practice law in the State of California and in the State of New York.
Order of the Coif, University of Michigan, 2012
J.D., University of Michigan School of Law, Ann Arbor, Michigan, December 2011.