Amanda A. Allen
Amanda provides legal services that are approachable, efficient and effective. Her practice focuses on helping clients grow their businesses, resolve disputes, pursue or defend against litigation and manage risk in business transactions such as partnership agreement and leases. She represents a broad range of clients including individuals, small businesses, property owners, non-profit organizations and entrepreneurs reaching for big dreams.
As a trusted advisor, Amanda is a key player on her client’s team. She provides valuable and thoughtful legal advice so her clients can make the best decisions for themselves, their families and their businesses. That being said, Amanda is a fierce advocate and when disputes cannot be resolved without litigation, she has the expertise and skills to see the case through trial. In addition to trial work, she works to mediate and achieve favorable settlements for her clients whenever possible.
Amanda is a native San Diegan and enjoys being involved in the community. The Lawyers Club of San Diego awarded Amanda with the 2013 C. Hugh Friedman New Attorney Award recognizing her as a champion in advancing the Lawyers Club’s mission and an attorney who has demonstrated leadership and professionalism within the San Diego legal community. In 2011, she was named as a Daily Transcript as A Top Young Attorney Finalist.
Service to the industries and communities she serves are key, not only to Amanda’s practice, but her commitment to civic involvement. Amanda served on the Building Industry Association of San Diego YGen Board of Directors from 2012-2014. In June of 2014, she will begin her three year term on the Lawyers Club of San Diego Board of Directors. Among other activities, her community work includes volunteering for Habitat for Humanity and serving women and girls through the Lawyers Club of San Diego.
John Wooden famously said, “Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.” Amanda practices law and lives each day with this intention. She obtained her undergraduate degree at the University of California, Los Angeles and her J.D. at the UCLA School of Law. She played on the National Championship softball team at UCLA and is devoted to being a life-long Bruin. She enjoys spending time with her family, crossfitting and doing anything outdoors.
Hillery M. Stones
Hillery represents clients in all types of real estate and civil business disputes, including matters relating to commercial leases, commercial contracts, construction law, purchase and sale transactions, landlord tenant law, title disputes, easement disputes, foreclosure, eminent domain, partition actions, unlawful detainer and other real estate disputes. Ms. Stones counsels private individuals, business owners, lending institutions, large and small commercial and residential developers, and contractors. She has successfully represented her clients through pre-litigation resolution, mediation, settlement, arbitration, and before both judge and jury.
Hillery also provides pro bono services for various clients, including through work with various clinics and non-profit organizations in San Diego. Ms. Stones is greatly honored to serve on the Advisory Council for the Kroc Center, an inspirational center which provides family support, education, recreation, and cultural arts for the community.
- Business Disputes / Commercial
- Real Estate Litigation
- Real Estate
- Real Estate Litigation
- Construction & Engineering
- Commercial Leases
- San Diego Kroc Center – Advisory Council Member (2014-Present)
- San Diego Council on Literacy – Board Member (2011-2014)
- State Bar of California
- San Diego County Bar Association
- Lawyers Club of San Diego
- Association of Business Trial Lawyers
- J.D., University of San Diego School of Law, 2005
- B.A., (Political Science), University of California, San Diego, 2000
- “What Happened to Our Antiquated Mechanics Lien Law?!” – December 6, 2010.
Seminars and Presentations
- Presenter: “Landlord and Tenant Obligations,” SES 8th Annual Residential Landlord-Tenant Law Seminar, San Diego, CA, October 2013.
- Presenter: “Landlord and Tenant Obligations,” SES 8th Annual Residential Landlord-Tenant Law Seminar, San Diego, CA, June 7, 2012.
- Presenter: “Developer’s Guide To Mechanics’ Lien Law,” Orange County, CA, March 2008.
Stefanie helps businesses navigate California’s complex regulatory structures and manage the associated compliance burdens and liability risks so that each client can focus on their business. Stefanie also counsels and negotiates for clients who are the target of federal and state government investigations and other private enforcement activity, and litigates to resolution cases in court and before administrative tribunals.
Stefanie’s experience includes:
- Defending class actions involving claims of violations of California’s Unfair Competition Law and False Advertising Law, and wage and hour-related claims, including:
- Defending, among others, a distilled spirits company and a food manufacturing company, in “all natural” class actions alleging false and misleading labels.
- Defending businesses against claims of violations of the California Invasion of Privacy Act in “recorded call” class actions.
- Defending employers in class actions and arbitrations involving wage and hour, misclassification and expense-reimbursement claims.
- Advising clients on compliance with California’s Brown Act (guaranteeing the public’s right to attend and participate in meetings of local legislative bodies) and Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act (governing meeting access for state agencies).
- Assisting clients in requesting, or responding to requests for, records under the California Public Records Act.
- Defending a resort operator in a class action brought by nearby property owners alleging water intrusion and mold growth. After successfully opposing plaintiffs’ motion for class certification, won summary judgment dismissing all claims.
- Counseling consumer product manufacturers and retailers on compliance with California’s Proposition 65 (the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act) and defending companies in toxic tort and product liability actions brought under Prop 65 and other laws, including:
- Developing and coordinating a national litigation defense strategy for a consumer products manufacturer in toxic tort and product liability cases.
- Conducting workplace investigations into harassment claims and possible trade secret misappropriation.
- Representing regulated parties in defense of environmental claims brought under the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), Clean Water Act (CWA) and Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), commonly known as Superfund, including:
- Defending a manufacturer in EPA administrative proceedings alleging disposal of hazardous waste in violation of RCRA permitting requirements.
- Representing property owners in prosecution and defense of environmental cost recovery/contribution claims in state and federal courts
- Representing public agencies and developers in California Environmental Quality Act and land use litigation.
Stefanie is a member of the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board, a former law clerk to the Honorable Irma E. Gonzalez of the US District Court for the Southern District of California, and in 2015 was recognized as a “Rising Star” by Southern California Super Lawyers and among the “Best of the Bar” by the San Diego Business Journal. Prior to joining Aguirre Allen, Stefanie practiced law at Dentons US (formerly McKenna Long and Luce Forward).
- “Ninth Circuit Rulings yield changes to Endangered Species Act rules and polices” ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, September/October 2015.
- “Seeking Clearer Waters? EPA Aims to Clarify Federal Jurisdiction in the New ‘Waters of the United States’ Rule,” Dentons Client Alert, May 29, 2015
- “Just Like We Learned From Mom: If You Don’t Have Something Nice to Say, Consider Whether You May Be Liable for Defamation,” SDS/ Newsletter, October 7, 2013
- “How to Stage Modern Sports Experience in Nontraditional Setting” – Sports Business Journal – May 20, 2013.
- “Ask the Expert: California Supreme Court Takes Stand to Protect Consumers and Online Retailers,” Transworld Business, February 13, 2013.
- “It Ain’t Easy Being Green in California,” SDSI Newsletter, October 5, 2012
- “Forty Million Reasons to Think Before You Make a Marketing Claim,” Transworld Business, May, 2012
- “California Throws a Penalty Flag on Retailers’ Zip Code Requests,” NSGA Retail Focus, November/December, 2011
- “Where Do You Live? … Retailers Want to Know!” Transworld Business, June, 2011
Community Involvement and Pro Bono
- Board Member, San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board
- Advisory Board Member, Fair Play for Girls in Sports
- Member, Honorary Committee for the 2015 ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship
- Board Member, The Thacher School Board of Trustees
- Volunteer, Challenged Athletes Foundation
- “Do (Your) Diligence: Managing Environmental Risks in Real Estate Transactions,” Association of Corporate
Counsel, San Diego Chapter, Real Estate Round Table, November 8, 2013
- “Environmental Issues in Commercial Transactions: From Dirt to Debt, Be Diligent! ” Association of Corporate Counsel, San Diego Chapter, Brown Bag Program, San Diego, October 7, 2010
Areas of focus
- Class Action Defense
- Commercial Litigation
- Environment and Natural Resources
- Environmental Regulation
- Litigation and Dispute Resolution
- Real Estate
- Emory University School of Law, 2005, JD, cum laude
- Emory University, 2000, BA (History and Political Science), magna cum laude
- Admissions and qualifications
- US District Court for the Central District of California
- US District Court for the Southern District of California