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Kathryn A. Stebner

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San Francisco, California


  • Senate Bill 2947, California Assembly and Senate, Elder and Dependent Adult Abuse: Waiver of Rights.
  • Senate Bill 558- Standard of Proof for Physical Elder Abuse Cases.

Kathryn Stebner was recently profiled in the February 2013 edition of Plaintiff’s Magazine.

Presentations/Speaking Engagements

  • “Cluster Cases and Staffing to Acuity”, 11/16/13, CAOC Convention, San Francisco, CA
  • “Is It Working?”, 11/23/13, CANHR Elder Law Convention, Monterey, CA
  • New Models for Nursing Home Cases, 11/17/12, CANHR Elder Law Conference, Monterey, CA
  • "Money Not Medicine: Proving Corporate Recklessness" 11/10/12 CAOC 51st Annual Convention, San Francisco, CA
  • "Resident Rights Litigation: A Tool for Quality Care" 11/19/11, CANHR Elder Law Conference, Monterey, CA
  • "Elder Abuse: Focus on the Corporation" 11/12/11, CAOC 50th Annual Convention, San Francisco, CA
  • “Proving a Rape or Molestation Case with Unknown Perpetrator,” 10/10/14, Santa Clara County Trial Lawyers Association, 2014 Belli Seminar, San Jose, California

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • Oregon


  • University of San Francisco School of Law, San Francisco, California
    • J.D. - 1985
  • University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon
    • B.A. - 1982
    • Major: Political Science

Published Works

  • "Practice and Procedure in Actions Against Residential Care Facilities", Chapter Five, California Elder Law Litigation: An Advocate's Guide (Co-Author with Peter Lomhoff), Continuing Education of the Bar, California
  • "Litigating Financial Abuse Actions Against Institutions, Agents and Fiduciaries", Chapter 6A, California Elder Law Litigation: An Advocate's Guide (Co-Author with Kirsten Fish), Continuing Education of the Bar
  • "Drop That Negligence Claim for a Claim of Custodial Neglect", The Trial Lawyer, Spring, 2008
  • "Elder Neglect Cases in Acute Care Facilities: It’s Not Just a Nursing Home Problem", Journal of Consumer Attorneys Associations for Southern California (Advocate), February, 2008
  • "Elder Abuse and Medical Malpractice: Intersection with Parallel Roads?", Forum, January/February, 2006
  • "Pressure Sore Cases in Acute Care Facilities: No Matter What the Defense Tries to Tell You, These Are Elder and Dependent Neglect Cases", Forum, January/February, 2006
  • "Recent Decisions In Elder Abuse Law: 'Take Up The Cause'", Trial Lawyer, 2006
  • "Pressure Ulcers in Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly - Look at the Regulations", California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform, Winter, 2005
  • "Practice and Procedure in Actions Against Residential Care Facilities", Chapter Five, California Elder Law Litigation: An Advocate's Guide, Continuing Education of the Bar, California, 2003
  • "Elder Abuse: Do You Know It When You See It?", The Trial Lawyer, Fall, 2003
  • "Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly: The New Frontier in Litigation", Forum, June, 2002
  • "'Transfer Trauma' Class Action Filed Against California Nursing Home Operator", Nursing Home Litigation Reporter, August 9, 2002
  • "Discovery for the Motion to Amend for Punitive Damages in an Elder Abuse Case", Forum, July/August, 2000


  • Elder Abuse, University of San Francisco, 2006 - Present
  • Ten Tips to Minimize Litigation and the Costs of Litigation - The Plaintiff Attorney's Perspective, Annual Conference Aging Services of California, Long Beach, California, May 4, 2010 - May 5, 2010
  • Kaiser Home Health – Discovery into Common Areas of Neglect, Consumer Attorneys of California, Oakland, California, April 20, 2010
  • Financial and Physical Abuse to the Elderly, Class Action and Individual Cases, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, April 13, 2010
  • Potential Strategies in Skilled Nursing Facility Cases, Consumer Attorneys of California, Live Webinar, December 10, 2009
  • Legal Nurse Consultant Developing Partnership with Elder Abuse Litigation Team, American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants, Phoenix, Arizona, April 24, 2009
  • Direct Examination of an Adverse Witness-Evidence Code section 776, Consumer Attorneys of California, Tahoe, California, March 21, 2009
  • Elder Abuse: Plaintiff and Defense Perspectives, Individual and Class Action Cases, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, San Francisco, California, March 10, 2009
  • Gender Bias in the Courtroom, Consumer Attorneys of California College of Trial Arts and San Joaquin County Trial Lawyers' Association Presents Masters Seminar-Stockton,CA, January 23, 2009
  • Elder Abuse and Long Term Healthcare Litigation (Plaintiff vs. Defense Perspective-Debate), Consumer Attorneys of California, 47th Annual Convention, November 8, 2008
  • Remedies for Financial Abuse, Class Action Cases in Financial Elder Abuse, Continuing Education of the Bar - California, August 14, 2008
  • Mock Trial – Plaintiff and Defense Day-Long Mock Trial, California Association for Healthcare Quality, June 25, 2008
  • Update on Long-Term Care Litigation, Point/Counterpoint: Plaintiff and Defense Perspective, Common Ground: Estate Planners and Litigators Working Together, 12th Annual Elder Law Conference, California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform, May 9, 2008 - May 10, 2008
  • Assisted Living: Three Different Perspectives, West Legal Education Center, April 24, 2008
  • Using the Elder Abuse Statute To Its Fullest, Business and Professions Code section 17200 and Financial Elder Abuse Cases, San Francisco Trial Lawyer and Litigation Practice, April 22, 2008
  • One Stop Shop - Ethics, Consumer Attorneys of California 46th Annual Convention, San Francisco, California, November 11, 2007
  • Medical Malpractice vs. Elder Abuse, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles Las Vegas, Nevada, September 8, 2007
  • Ways of Helping Your Jury Get to Know Decedent, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association San Francisco, CA, June 12, 2007
  • Financial Elder Abuse Class Action and Individual Cases, California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform Elder Law Conference, Berkeley, CA, May 5, 2007
  • Elder Law Seminar, New College of California, School of Law, 2006
  • Elder Abuse: Point/Counterpoint with John Supple, California Regional TLA Conference, Santa Barbara, CA, June 9, 2006
  • The Many Faces of EADACPA, California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform, Los Angeles, CA, May 13, 2006
  • Using EADACPA in Actions Against Hospitals, California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform, Manhattan Beach, CA, May 12, 2006
  • Elder Abuse, Golden Gate School of Law, 2005
  • Can The Expert Be Destroyed? Live Prep and Unrehearsed Cross of Real Experts, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, December 13, 2005
  • Long-Term Care Litigation and EADACPA Issues, California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform, San Francisco, CA, November 19, 2005
  • The Home Brewed Multi Media Trial: Presenting High Tech and Old School Demonstrative Evidence, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, November 15, 2005
  • Who Are These Plaintiff Attorneys and Why Are They Saying These Awful Things About Us?, QCHF Institute 2005 & CAHF August Quarterly Conference, San Diego, CA, August 15, 2005
  • Elder Abuse in Acute Care; Elder Financial Abuse: Relevance, Representation and Remedies; Elder Abuse Litigation: Ethical Advocacy, California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform's Elder Law Conference, Monterey, CA, 2005
  • When You Least Expect It-Elder and Dependent Neglect in Hospitals, California Regional Trial Lawyers Association Conference, MCLE Program, June 3, 2005
  • Gender and The Law, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, March 7, 2005
  • Elder Abuse", University of San Francisco, 2004 - 2005
  • Elder Abuse: Cases and Controversies; Elder Abuse Litigation: Point/Counterpoint-A Panel of Defense and Plaintiff Litigators; The Role of Experts in Elder Abuse Litigation; Scams, Scandals and Elder Fiduciary Abuse; Elder Abuse Litigation: New Directions, California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform's Elder Law, Pasadena, CA, 2004
  • How to Produce a Film of the Incompetent Plaintiff-Let The Jury Get to Know the Plaintiff Maximizing the Value of Your Case Through Its Greatest Asset-The Plaintiff-Litigation Practice, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, San Francisco, CA, September 7, 2004
  • Defendants Gone Wild! What To Do When Discovery Issues Are Taking Over Your Case (And Your Life). Roundtable Discussion, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, November 18, 2003
  • Representing Elders, Minors and Sexual and Racial Minorities, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, San Francisco, CA, September 9, 2003
  • Relevant Code Sections and Causes of Action-Scams, Scandals and Elder Fiduciary Abuse, California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform's Elder Law, 2003
  • Remedies for Physical Abuse and Neglect, Education of the Bar, Elder Law Litigation, May 10, 2003
  • Current Elder Abuse Law-Physical and Financial, California College of Trial Arts/Consumer Attorneys of California's 42nd Annual Convention, 2003
  • Elder Abuse, Golden Gate School of Law, 2002
  • Residential Care Facilities-The New Frontier in Litigation, Consumer Attorneys of California's 41st Annual Convention, 2002
  • Trial Advocacy, Hastings College of the Law, 2002
  • Transfer Trauma-The Perfect Psychological Injury Tort, San Francisco Trial Lawyer's Association, July 11, 2002
  • Long Term Care and Medi-Cal and Long Term Care Litigation, California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform, December 1, 2001
  • Elder Abuse Litigation: Early Investigation and Discovery; Trial Preparation, California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform, 2001
  • What is Elder Abuse and Why is it Not Med-Mal?, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association-Elder Abuse Litigation, 2000
  • SNF Litigation, California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform's Workshop, November 4, 2000
  • Investigating Elder Abuse, Alameda County District Attorney's Office, 2000
  • Elder Abuse Litigation, California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform's 4th Annual Elder Law Conference, 2000
  • Issues and Advocacy, California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform's 3rd Annual Elder Law Conference, April 30, 1999 - May 1, 1999
  • Elder Abuse & Long Term Litigation Workshop, California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform, November 14, 1998
  • Law Practice Management: Elder Abuse Litigation; The Outer Limits: Elder Abuse Litigation., California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform's First Annual Elder Law Conference, 1997
  • Toxic Torts, Willamette University School of Law, 1995

Honors and Awards

  • "Super Lawyer," Elder Abuse, 2009 - 2013
  • "Presidential Award of Merit," Consumer Attorneys of California, 2008
  • "Legal Advocate of the Year," California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform, 2002
  • "Trial Lawyer of the Year," San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, 2000
  • "Volunteer of the Year," San Francisco Bar Association, 1990
  • Marvin E. Lewis Award from CAOC, 2012

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Consumer Attorneys of California, Board of Governors
  • San Francisco Trial lawyers Association, Past-President, 2012

Past Employment Positions

  • Lopez, Hodes, Restiano, Milman, Skikos & Polos, San Francisco, California, 2000 - 2003
  • Law Offices of Edward J. Nevin, San Francisco, California, 1998 - 2000
  • Law Offices of Dan Bolton, San Francisco, California, 1997 - 1998
  • Williams and Troutwine, Portland, Oregon, 1993 - 1996
  • McTernan, Stender & Walsh, San Francisco, California, 1990 - 1992
  • Hoberg, Finger, Brown, Cox & Molligan, San Francisco, California, 1986 - 1990
  • Lewis & Lewis, San Francisco, California, 1986
  • Law Offices of Jesus M. Maldonado, Oakland, California, 1986
  • Law Offices of Kathleen Lucas-Wallace, San Francisco, California, 1986
  • Public Advocates, San Francisco, California, Law Clerk, 1985
  • US Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Employment and Voting Sections, Washington, D.C., Law Clerk, 1984
  • Oregon Department of Justice, Oregon State Attorney General, Trial Division, Salem, Oregon, Law Clerk, 1984
  • Paul Cominskey, Attorney at Law, San Francisco, California, Law Clerk, 1984
  • Superlawyers
  • SFTLA | San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association
  • The BAR association of San Francisco
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • CANHR | Elder Justice Advocates


"On behalf of my mother, my siblings and myself, I want to sincerely thank Stebner and Associates for their high degree of professionalism, advocacy and passion in representing us in an elder abuse case against a nursing home. While my father had been victimized and neglected which was extremely emotional and sensitive for our family, in Stebner we found a firm that listened, that actively engaged, that demonstrably believes that everyone has a right to compassionate and professional-level care. In particular, we'd like to thank Kathryn, Karman and George who all worked tirelessly on our behalf. Their efforts significantly contributed to an ultimate resolution that we believe was appropriate for our case."

~ Tom P., San Jose, CA

"I couldn't have asked for a better firm than Kathryn's when it came to dealing with my father's untimely death. Their knowledge of issues within the arena of assisted living facilities, and the problems inherent in many of these institutions, exceeded my expectations. They guided me through each step of the involved legal proceedings with patience and compassion. Since this was my first foray into the litigation process, I had many questions and concerns. Kathryn and her associates, George and Karman, provided me with information that allowed me to feel assured and confident that I was pursuing the appropriate course of action. This firm is a caring and personal one. Their relaxed, though always professional, attitude put me at ease from the start."

~ Laurie Bernstein

"When my mother was seriously injured after a fall in a nursing home I was hesitant to try to pursue anything about this incident. It was upsetting and I didn't feel confident anything would change or be accomplished by my acting on this, but I knew that the home had been negligent and I didn't feel right just ignoring the situation. After sharing my mother's experience with a lawyer who specializes in elder abuse, he told me that the one person he would recommend was Kathryn Stebner. Karman, Kathryn's associate, returned my initial call and immediately put me at ease.  After giving all the pertinent information needed, Kathryn's office set off to do all the leg work, research and investigation necessary in this case. Both Karman and Kathryn comforted me on a personal and professional level all the way through the process. I never felt they wasted any of my time, and had no doubt that my mother and I were in good hands. With all my reservations about pursuing this case, their concern and personal attention made it a positive and painless experience. The case was settled quickly and fairly with an excellent outcome. I was personally happy the facility would have to change some of it’s policy so no other family would experience what we had. I am forever grateful to Kathryn and Karman for their help and recommend this office without reservation."

~Donna Stillwell

"Kathryn and Karman were professional and friendly and very knowledgeable about assisted living care facilities and the problems that occur there.  Kathryn and Karman were available for questions throughout the process and were very patient and compassionate.   When Kathryn and Karman had to appear in court for another case, they kept my brother and I in the loop which we appreciated.  We ultimately settled the case and were very happy with everything they did for us.  They would have made my Mother very happy!"

~Kathy Degliatoni

"I wish to state, how pleased my sisters and I were with the services of Kathryn Stebner and her associates, George and Sarah. The law firm handled a very delicate situation with our older sister, age 80. They respectfully treated my older sister with kindness, dignity and a lot of patience. My sister’s case was settled efficiently to the satisfaction of all.  The settlement was a lot more than anticipated. I can’t thank the Stebner and Associates enough, for all their efforts and diligence."

~Lee Stoodley

"In my first venture into the process of litigation, I was fortunate to be referred to Stebner and Associates. Kathryn and Karman provided excellent advice and counsel and I found them to be thorough and professional. They were successful in getting a settlement for my family."

~Ray VanBuskirk

"If you want a Law Firm that epitomizes a winner’s attitude, then Stebner and Associates is the one firm that I would recommend. They’re personal, honest, trustworthy, professional and compassionate about representing their clients during challenging and difficult times. My siblings and I appreciated their due-diligence in handling our case that took over a year to resolve to our satisfaction. Don’t doubt or delay regarding making that call to Stebner and Associates to determine if you have a legitimate lawsuit. You will appreciate a law firm that will fight for you and your loved ones' rights. I made the right call to Stebner and Associates, will you?"

~Stanford Williams

Candace Farris

"Kathryn Stebner replied to my email the same day I sent it. This meant the world to me given the anguish and heartbreak my family and I had been enduring due to the untimely death of my sister. She and her staff were always respectful and supportive of our feelings throughout the process, but also made sure we understood what was going on at all times."

~Candace Farris

"When I needed help for my elderly aunt and uncle, I found that it was challenging finding legal representation. I was lucky enough to find Kathryn Stebner and Karman Ratliff of Stebner and Associates. The firm specializes in elder law and the staff understood the issues surrounding a case involving two plaintiffs that were 95+ years old. Their hard work, compassion, professionalism and expertise lead to a fair settlement for my relatives."

~Mary Stompe

"I found Kathryn and Lee of Stebner and Associates to be kind, caring, efficient and appropriately assertive. Additionally, they won my case to my great satisfaction."

~Joanne Yinger

"Kathryn Stebner- a cacophony of elder law expertise, honesty, fairness, compassion and professionalism. Ms. Stebner is a winner that enjoys winning- a woman to be reckoned with and admired. I'm sure glad she was on my side!"

~Phillip Strong

"I had no idea I was about to be represented by a person of such grand integrity. Kathryn kept me informed and aggressively sought every avenue to effectively settle my claim. But Kathryn went much further than just doing a great job. She talked to me and explained every detail throughout the process; she put being a superb attorney second to being a warm person who actually cared about the nature of my claim, which was anything but straightforward. At the end of the day, most people believe they've done what they could. I hope Kathryn closed my case knowing that she went above and beyond! She can hold her head high because in the course of my settlement, she consistently did so with kindness, honor and enormous professionalism."

~Twila Halter

Office Location:

Stebner & Associates
870 Market Street, Suite 1212
San Francisco, CA 94102

Telephone: 415.362.9800
Toll Free: 1.888.362.9199
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Fax: 415.362.9801
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