John H. Stephens, a prominent San Diego business and real estate attorney, has been selected to the University of California Hastings College of the Law Foundation Board of Trustees. As a UC Hastings alum (‘78), Stephens is proud to serve an institution that provided the bedrock for an illustrious legal career for him and so many others. As the oldest and largest law school in the University of California system, Hasting is strengthening its reputation as one of the country’s most illustrious legal education institutions.
“I am excited to join the Board at a time of transformative growth and expansion for Hastings,” Stephens said. “I’m glad to put my business and real estate law experience to work for the school as it embarks on dramatic new developments that will benefit students, the legal profession and the community for decades to come.”
A La Jolla resident, Stephens lived and worked in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York before returning to San Diego. He is a partner at Mulvaney Barry, handling real estate and business litigation and transactions.
He joins the Board of the San Francisco law school just as it opens a six-story, $58 million academic building this month. The campus expansion will continue with a two-block development to house students and joint programs with the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center as part of an academic village in San Francisco’s Civic Center.
While attending UC Hastings, Stephens clerked for former San Francisco Mayor and renowned anti-trust lawyer Joseph L. Alioto. After law school, Stephens joined the Los Angeles law firm that established the Hearst Corporation and handled its West Coast business. He then moved to New York where he earned his master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University while working with former CBS News President Fred Friendly on the PBS series “Media, Law & Society.” He attended the University of California, Irvine for his undergraduate degree. Stephens’ litigation career includes numerous complex federal and state trials, as well as appeals, many resulting in published opinions. In his real estate practice, Stephens has represented buyers and sellers of urban and rural properties, many with contamination, earthquake fault and environmental implications, including landslides and view blockages issues.