Since 1980, Gary N. Stern has been known as a lawyer’s lawyer, passionate about his clients and equally passionate about bringing honor, dignity and respect to the legal profession. For 39 years, he represented people from all walks of life. Those who know Gary know that as steadfast as he has been in the pursuit of justice, he has been equally committed to professionalism at every stage of a proceeding, earning the respect and admiration of opposing counsel, judges, mediators, arbitrators and his fellow trial lawyers.
Mr. Stern’s practice as a consumer attorney emphasized medical malpractice cases, product and premises liability cases, elder abuse cases involving nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, automobile and truck accident cases as well as wrongs committed in the workplace, including sexual harassment and disability discrimination. He resolved hundreds of cases resulting in six and seven figure recoveries, through mediation, arbitration and trial.
On January 1, 2019, Mr. Stern opened SternLaw: Law Office of Gary N. Stern. His emphasis is now conflict and dispute resolution. He is available to serve as a mediator and arbitrator in all areas of personal injury law, with a special emphasis on the mediation of health care negligence and nursing home neglect/abuse cases as well as employment torts. Mr. Stern will continue to provide personal legal advocacy in select cases as well as litigation support to his colleagues, whether by means of court and deposition appearances, preparation of legal documents or case strategy and planning.
Mr. Stern prepared for his career as a lawyer and problem solver by earning a bachelor’s degree in political science from UCLA and his law degree from Southwestern University. He served as a Field Representative and Legislative Aide for Congressman Henry A. Waxman and the late Assemblyman Herschel Rosenthal, where his work was instrumental in passing legislation that protects renters from security deposit abuses and legislation that provides senior citizens with preference in civil trial date calendaring.
Mr. Stern is widely published in the areas of elder abuse and nursing home reform, disability discrimination, medical malpractice and arbitration. In addition, he is a well-respected speaker for both legal and lay audiences.
In July 2019, Mr. Stern completed the world renowned Pepperdine University School of Law Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution week long course on "Mediating the Litigated Case." Since early 2019, he has been an active settlement officer with the Los Angeles Superior Court's new MSC program.
A community activist, Mr. Stern has volunteered his time for a wide variety of organizations, including Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters Association of Los Angeles, the State of California Respiratory Care Board and the Glendale Crescenta Volunteers Organized in Conserving the Environment.
Mr. Stern has been married to Sandy for 35 years. His son Daniel has a Masters’ Degree in Special Education and works at The Help Group, the leading education and research institution for autistic children. His daughter Laura retired in 2018 after 7 years as a cast member with Disney on Ice where she also served as a media coordinator and mentor for the Disney on Ice owners, Feld Entertainment. Along with her partner Michael DeMarco, Laura is preparing herself for a career in real estate sales.
Gary Stern on Elder Abuse, L.A. Times 1997 (docx)Download
GNS on reforming nursing homes, L.A. Times 1999 (docx)Download
Gary Stern (with co-author Joseph Spooner MD) on diabetes and the elderly, CAOC Forum 2004 (docx)Download
Gary Stern on balancing consumer protection and health care worker rights, L.A. Times 2001 (docx)Download
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