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STEPHAN PASSALACQUA

Experience:

  • Founder, Stephan Passalacqua Law (2011-2017)

  • The District Attorney for the State of California, Sonoma County (2003-2011)

  • Prosecutor for the Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office (1989-2003)

  • Law Offices of Emil Passalacqua (1988-1989)

  • Justice William A. Ingram, United States District Court, Northern District (1987)

Education:

  • University of California, Davis (Wine Executive Program 2013)

  • Santa Clara University School of Law (J.D. 1988)

  • International Institute of Human Rights, Strasbourg, France (1987)

  • University of California, Davis (B.A. Political Science & Spanish 1985)

  • Institute of European Studies, Madrid, Spain (1983)

  • The Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theatre (New York, NY 1999-2000)

  • President, Student Bar Association

  • Finalist, West Regional Client Competition

Memberships & Associations:

  • Rotary International

  • American Bar Association

  • Association of Corporate Counsel

  • Sonoma County Bar Association

  • San Francisco Bar Association

  • Los Angeles Bar Association

Court Admissions:

  • California Bar

  • District Court of the United States, Northern District of California

  • United States Supreme Court

Public Service:

  • Served two terms as the elected Sonoma County DA (Leadership & oversight of a Staff of 130 employees and $25 Million budget)

Community Involvement:

  • Valley of the Moon Children’s Home Foundation, Board of Directors

  • Healdsburg Food Pantry, Board of Directors

  • Dancing with the Stars & Stripes, Grand Champion

Languages:

  • Fluent in Spanish

 

 

 
 
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POURIA YAZDI

Experience:

  • Stephan Passalacqua Law, Of Counsel

  • Apro, LLC In-House Counsel

  • Convenience Retailers, LLC In-House Counsel

  • Legal Intern Adib Law Firm

  • Legal Extern Estriatus Law

  • Golden Gate University Teacher’s Assistant

  • Extern with Cabinet d'Avocat B. Jelty D. Pichavant (Paris, France)

Education:

  • Golden Gate University, School of Law

    • Dean’s List - 2011-2013

    • 2013 Witkin Award - Highest grade in Alternative Dispute Resolution & Trade Regulations

    • CALI Excellence for the Future Award - 2012 in Business Associations & 2013 in International Contracts

    • Jessup International Moot Court Competitor, 2012 and 2013

  • University of California, Santa Cruz

    • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

 
 

MARIA ROCIO SANCHEZ

Experience:

  • Stephan Passalacqua Law, office manager & paralegal

  • Law practice for the Law Offices of Brian J. McCaffrey, San Francisco, CA

    • Prepare Probate and Litigation Documents

    • Handle In-State court Filing including E-Filing

    • Draft Legal Pleadings

  • Communications Operator for Occidental Petroleum Company, Bogota, Colombia

    • Established Communications

Education:

  • Universidad del Valle, Cali, Colombia (B.A. Modern Languages)

  • City College of San Francisco

    • Associates Degree

    • Paralegal Certificate

  

Languages:

  • Fluent in Spanish

 
 

 

SONYA BRYANT

Experience:

  • Stephan Passalacqua Law, Law Clerk

  • Drake University Law School Transactional Business/Nonprofit Clinic

  • Staff Assistant for Senator Mark Pryor in Washington D.C.

  • Intern for the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights under Law in Washington D.C.

  • Intern at Dowse and Co Solicitors in London England

Education:

  • Drake University Law School

    • Dean’s list

    • Juris doctorate candidate

    • Managing editor elect for Drake Law Review

  • Saint Lawrence University, NY (B.A. Government) (Minor Performance and Communication Arts)

    • Cum Laude Graduate, Class of 2009

    • Presidential Diversity Scholar

    • National Political Science Honorary

    • University of London, Saint Lawrence University. Study abroad program in British Politics, and The Economic Integration of the European Union