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Stephanie Gutierrez

Associate | Los Angeles


Professional Experience

Stephanie regularly provides advisory and transactional services to local governments and other public agencies on a wide range of municipal law issues. Her practice focuses on advising clients on a variety of issues, including the Brown Act, the Political Reform Act, the Public Records Act, conflicts of interest, and general constitutional law issues. Stephanie also routinely drafts contracts, ordinances, resolutions and other development related agreements for public entity clients. In addition, Stephanie has represented city councils and city planning commissions at their meetings and she provides trainings to local government officials.

Prior to joining Richards, Watson & Gershon, Stephanie was an associate at Burke, Williams and Sorensen, LLP for several years. In that capacity she served as primary counsel at planning commission meetings, helped prepare and develop agendas for public entity meetings, advised management staff and drafted city documents, handled code enforcement cases, and provided trainings both for her clients and at conferences. She also assisted in preparing regular updates to clients on various legislative changes in the field of municipal law.

While in law school, Stephanie served as a judicial extern for Associate Justice Carol D. Codrington of the Fourth District Court of Appeal and was Editor in Chief of the Journal of Law Business and Ethics.



J.D., University of La Verne College of Law

M.P.A., University of La Verne

B.A., California State University, San Bernardino

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