Stephanie M. Barnett

Stephanie M. Barnett

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Los Angeles, CA

Barnett Law Group
 | 10990 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 1220
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Phone: 424-834-0001
Fax: 424-834-0022
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2020
Selected To Rising Stars: 2010 - 2012
Licensed Since: 2003
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Spanish
Attorney Profile

Stephanie is a family law attorney representing high-net-worth individuals in a variety of domestic matters, including divorce, custody, premarital and post-nuptial agreements, and paternity. She is certified as a Specialist in Family Law by The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.

Stephanie handles cases involving multi-layered business structures, complex domestic and international investments, extensive real estate holdings, stock options and other intricate compensation packages, law practices, medical practices, family trusts and foundations, characterization of retirement assets, personal conduct restraining orders, custody and visitation of minor children, parentage (paternity), spousal support and child support.

Prior to forming Barnett Law Group, Stephanie was a Founding Partner of Shebby | Barnett LLP and a Partner of Jaffe and Clemens, a preeminent family law firm in Beverly Hills. Prior to joining Jaffe and Clemens in 2005, Stephanie was a law clerk with the Family Law Department of the Los Angeles Superior Court. Working concurrently with five family law judges and court commissioners, Stephanie addressed a wide variety of complex legal matters that affect parents, children and divorcing spouses, as well as more specialized matters such as same-sex partner disputes over child custody, the putative spouse doctrine, calculation and determination of spousal and child support arrearages, routine and convoluted discovery disputes, and requests to seal the public court file in high-profile cases.

In the community, Stephanie serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law, a non-profit organization that provides legal education and pro bono legal services for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged members of the Los Angeles community, including victims of domestic abuse. She also previously served as an officer on the Executive Committee of The John Thomas Dye School Parents’ Association Board of Directors. Stephanie currently volunteers as a Daily Settlement Officer for the Los Angeles County Bar Family Law Section. Daily Settlement Officers are experienced family law attorneys who volunteer their time to assist the Los Angeles Superior Court in resolving family law cases via mediation.

Certificates and Credentials

California Board of Legal Specialization

About Stephanie Barnett

Admitted: 2003, California

Professional Webpage: https://barnettlawgroup.com/team/stephanie-barnett/

Honors/Awards:

  • Chambers HNW 2019 has included Stephanie M. Barnett in the Family/Matrimonial: High Net Worth Rankings for California. Chambers described Ms. Barnett, as follows: "Stephanie Barnett of Shebby | Barnett LLP enjoys a promising reputation among interviewees for her family law expertise. One source states: "She will be a leader in the next generation of family lawyers, she is very smart and focused."   , Chambers High Net Worth (HNW), https://chambers.com/lawyer/stephanie-m-barnett-high-net-worth-21:25605779, 2019
  • Chambers HNW 2018 has included Stephanie M. Barnett, Founding Partner of Shebby | Barnett LLP in the Family/Matrimonial: High Net Worth Rankings for California. Chambers described Ms. Barnett, as follows: “Stephanie Barnett recently left an established LA family law firm to found boutique practice Shebby | Barnett LLP. She advises wealthy clients on a range of matters, including divorce, custody, and prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. “She’s great, very reasonable – she’s done a lot of work on domestic violence and non-profit,” reports a source. “She’s easy to deal with,” says another, who describes her as “sharp, tough and pleasant.”, Chambers High Net Worth (HNW), https://www.chambersandpartners.com/12059/2735/editorial/21/1#Top, 2018

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Stephanie is certified as a Specialist in Family Law by The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Association of Certified Family Law Specialists (ACFLS), 2019
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA), 2019
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association (BHBA), 2019
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC), 2019

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • The Harriett Buhai Center For Family Law, Board of Directors 2012-present (Executive Committee, Secretary 2014-2016), 2019
  • Daily Settlement Officer, Los Angeles Superior Court, 2016-present, 2019
  • The John Thomas Dye Parents' Association Board, Recording Secretary 2016-2017, 2017
  • The John Thomas Dye Parents' Association Board, Treasurer 2012-2014, 2014
  • The John Thomas Dye Parents' Association Board, Assistant Treasurer 2011-2012, 2012
  • Sunshine Preschool, Brentwood, Treasurer 2008-2010, 2010

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Stephanie M. Barnett speaks at the 2019 AFCC California Chapter Annual Conference with renowned domestic violence expert, Alyce Laviolette, M.S., M.F.T., The Honorable Reva Goetz, Retired, and Ilene Fletcher, experienced supervised visitation monitor and owner of Family Visitation Services, Inc. Designed for mental health professionals, attorneys, judicial officers and other professionals and staff who require current knowledge of family law, this annual conference presents insights from leaders in the field about breaking developments, legislation and trends in family law. Barnett’s panel addressed recent changes to the California domestic violence statutes and tips for drafting domestic violence orders with specificity and detailed findings to keep children and families safe. Renowned domestic violence expert, LaViolette, presented regarding the continuum of aggression and abuse, power and control, coercive control, danger assessment, answer versus abuse, strangulation as a precursor to lethality, and commonly recurring issues and concerns with custody., Speaker, “Domestic Violence: Drafting Orders to Keep Children and Families Safe, AFCC Chapter Annual Conference, Costa Mesa, California, 2019
  • On March 8, 2019, Stephanie M. Barnett and Susan C. Rempel, Ph.D., presented “Legal Custody: an under-appreciated area of family law.” Ms. Barnett and Dr. Rempel facilitated a discussion of possible alternatives to management of decision-making in high conflict cases, including consideration of sole and joint legal custody, and “carving out” areas of legal decision-making.  The speakers also presented an update regarding the recent amendments to the California Family Code concerning the impact of Domestic Violence in family law matters., Speaker, Legal Custody: an under-appreciated area of family law, AFCC Luncheon, 2019
  • Stephanie M. Barnett presented “How to Take a Deposition” for the Beverly Hills Bar Association’s Family Law Section on Monday, July 23, 2018. Stephanie was joined by co-panelist Neal R. Hersh, founding partner of Hersh Mannis LLP. The program provided legal and practical information regarding depositions, including strategy and preparation for depositions, taking depositions of parties and non-parties, and the effective use of depositions at trial., Co-Lecturer, How to Take a Deposition, Beverly Hills Bar Association, 2018
  • Stephanie M. Barnett presented “Supervised Visitation Dilemmas” at a luncheon for the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) Los Angeles Study Group.  Moderator Mary Lund, PhD, lead a discussion regarding supervised visitation of minor children with Ms. Barnett and two professional monitors, Ilene Fletcher and Eileen Hastings., Co-Lecturer, Supervised Visitation Dilemmas, AFCC Luncheon, 2018
  • Stephanie M. Barnett presented a webinar, ‘Words Matter More after Minkin,’ for the California Lawyers Association on February 15, 2018, with Debra Ravden of Klopert & Ravden, LLP. The program addressed Marriage of Minkin and its impact on the drafting of language in judgments and stipulations regarding bonuses, stock options and other income subject to bonus support provisions., Co-Lecturer, Words Matter More After Minkin, California Lawyers Association, 2018
  • Stephanie M. Barnett spoke at the Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law’s ‘Custody and Visitation Orders’ MCLE on November 17, 2017, with Serine Tsuda, Esq. of Law Offices of Lee W. Salisbury and Cheryl Segal, Senior Attorney at the Harriett Bahai Center for Family Law., Co-Lecturer, Custody and Visitation Orders , The Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law, 2017
  • Stephanie M. Barnett speaks at the Beverly Hills Bar Association’s Family Law Section regarding ‘Complex Privacy Issues in Family Law Cases’ on Wednesday, June 29, 2016. Stephanie joined a panel which included Judge Reva Goetz, Retired, Los Angeles Superior Court, ARC and Stephen Sitkoff, a criminal lawyer and partner at Takakjian & Sitkoff, LLP. The program provided legal and practical information regarding management of privacy issues that arise in the courtroom, in discovery, and in the ethical practice of family law., Co-Lecturer, Complex Privacy Inssues in Family Law Cases, Beverly Hills Bar Association, 2016
  • Stephanie M. Barnett was invited to speak on Friday, March 11, 2016 to the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) Los Angeles Study Group. She talked about how mental health professionals can provide invaluable assistance to family law attorneys, from containing client emotions, tempering expectations, interpreting data, and beyond. The discussion included insight into what attorneys really want from mental health professionals and how mental health professionals can give attorneys what they want while maintaining professional ethics., Co-Lecturer, How Mental Health Professionals Can Provide Invaluable Assistance to Family Law Attorneys , AFCC Luncheon, 2016
  • A Look Back At Family Law In 2014, Co-Author, A Look Back At Family LAw in 2014, Daily Journal, 2014
  • Stephanie addresses the uncertainty of spousal support waivers in premarital agreements., Author, The Uncertainty of Spousal Support Waivers, The Recorder, 2013
  • Income Available for Support, Co-Lecturer, Income Available for Support, CalCPA Education Foundation, Los Angeles & San Francisco, 2013
  • Best Practices For Case Management, Moderator, Best Practices for Case Management, Los Angeles & San Francisco, CalCPA Education Foundation, 2013

Educational Background:

  • ABA/NITA Family Law Trial Advocacy Institute, an intensive training program focused on trial skills., 2014
  • Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, J.D., 2002
  • UCLA, B.A., 1999
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Office Location for Stephanie M. Barnett

10990 Wilshire Blvd
Suite 1220
Los Angeles, CA 90024

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Last Updated: 10/2/2019

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