Margaret P. Stevens
Margaret P. Stephens

Founding & Managing Partner

Los Angeles 310.272.8101
San Francisco 415.523.8377


Loyola Marymount University School of Law, Los Angeles, JD
University of Southern California, BA

Bar Admissions

State Bar of California
U.S.D.C. Central District of California
9th Circuit, Court of Appeals


Margaret is a Founding and Managing Partner of Daehnke Stevens LLP and works in the Los Angeles and San Francisco offices.  She has a general civil litigation background in California state and federal trial courts, courts of appeal and arbitration with a wide range of practice areas.  She is currently focusing on wage and hour and consumer class actions, product liability, employment, business litigation, and design defect.  Most recently she served as co-counsel on a helicopter crash wrongful death case and secured a multi-million dollar settlement for the victim’s family.

In law school, she was recognized for her outstanding advocacy, receiving awards in evidence and appellate law, culminating in the American College of Trial Lawyers’ highest honor: National Oral Advocate.  More recently, she has been recognized for several years running as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers, and has been lead appellate counsel on cases ranging from employment discrimination to product liability.

Margaret was installed as the President of the Los Angeles County Bar Association in June 2016, having served as a Trustee, President of the Barristers (new and young lawyers), Finance Committee Chair, and as a member of the Judicial Evaluation Committee for nominees appointed by the Governor of California.  She also volunteers as a judge for the National Trial Competition co-sponsored by Loyola Law School and Greene Broillet & Wheeler LLP, and plays clarinet with the Los Angeles Lawyers Philharmonic.

Before attending law school, Margaret enjoyed a successful career in public relations and advertising, representing a broad range of clients from nationwide department stores and film studios to hospitals and airports.

Notable Matters

Appeals –Counsel of Record

  • Nantes, et al v. Robinson Helicopter Company, Court of Appeal Case No. B246834, Los Angeles Superior Court Case No. BC484604 (Product Liability)
  • Salas v. Sierra Chemical Co., Court of Appeal Case No. C064627, San Joaquin County Superior Court Case No. CV033425, review granted (Employment Discrimination)
  • Manning v. Investors Capital Corp., et al, Court of Appeal Case No. B196915, Los Angeles Superior Court Case No. BC334250 (Securities)
  • Ball v. Westfield Corp., Inc., et al, Court of Appeal Case No. B192842, Los Angeles Superior Court Case No. SC 079521 (Premises Liability)

Publications and Speaking Engagements

  • California Women Lawyers Conference “Building A Fulfilling Career: Lessons for Success” (2011)
  • State Bar of California Annual Conference “Ethics 101” (2002)

Distinctions & Affiliations

Awards and Honors

  • Daily Journal Top 100 Lawyers in California (2016)
  • Daily Journal Top 100 Women Lawyers (2016)
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star
  • Loyola Marymount University School of Law, Los Angeles, JD
    • Student Bar Association President, Vice President
    • Byrne Trial Team
    • American College of Trial Lawyers Best National Oral Advocate
    • Beverly Hills Bar Association Graduation Award

Bar Activities

  • American Association of Justice – Member
  • California Bench-Bar Coalition – Member
  • Chancery Club – Member
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
    • President (2016-2017), President-Elect (2015-2016), Senior Vice President (2014-2015), Vice President (2013-2014), Assistant Vice President (2011-2013), Treasurer (2010-2013), Board of Trustees (2002-2011)
    • LACBA Counsel for Justice (2014-2016), Director and Governance Committee Member
    • Co-Chair, President’s Advisory Committee on Women in the Profession (2013-2016)
    • Finance Committee (2006-present, Chair 2011-2014)
    • Judicial Appointments Committee (2004-2011)
    • Outstanding Jurist Committee Chair (2010), Co-Chair (2009)
    • Barristers Blue Ribbon Task Force (2009-2010)
    • Shattuck-Price Committee Member (2008)
    • Ad Hoc Committee on Technology (2005)
    • Barristers President (2003-2004)
  • State Bar of California
    • Board of Trustees – California Young Lawyer Section Representative (2002-2003)
    • Executive Committee – California Young Lawyers Section (2001-2002)
  • Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles – Member

Publications & Media