Stephen was born on a U. S. Military base in Germany, the youngest son of two American military parents, he was a U.S. citizen at birth, yet holds a German birth certificate. As a result of his father’s military career, Stephen grew up as a young man moving frequently. All this moving and changing schools allowed Stephen to learn how to adapt quickly and make new friends. This broad background upbringing gave him the skills to succeed in many diverse situations. After completing his military service in the Navy, Stephen went on to graduate from San Diego State University and had a long and successful career at a Fortune 100 company quickly excelling in a large multi-million-dollar communications systems sale and rapidly moving into senior management building are running his own profit center. Then in 2000 he founded his own nationwide technology company. He sold his position in the company he founded in 2009 to follow a lifelong aspiration of becoming a lawyer.
As a lawyer, Stephen work in Southern California until mover to Northern California and starting The Sterling Law Group, A P.C. in 2014. As a lawyer, Stephen has brought a lifetime of skills to become recognized by Super Lawyers as one of the area’s finest attorneys in Northern California. Stephen has successfully litigated very large and complex business and trust matters and has gained the reputation as on of the top “go to” lawyers for trust litigation in the State. With his decades of business success, he knows that often it is better to negotiate a reasonable settlement, saving the client’s time, money and aggravation. But there are other times when this is not possible, and to try is to waste time and money. Sometimes it takes fierce litigation to get justice.
Stephen James Slocum Founding Partner
Estate Litigation: I have litigated Will contests in many Northern California Counties, Trust contracts, Elder Abuse Claims. I have surcharged Trustees for breach of their fiduciary duties, and undue influence etc.
Estate Planning: Since the Sterling Law Group litigates so many estates in probate or trust, we prepare our Estate Planning documents to the highest standards to ensure that they will survive judicial scrutiny. I have personally prepared hundreds Complete Estate Plans with Inter Vivos Trusts, Pour over wills, Healthcare Directives, Durable Powers of Attorney (immediate and springing), HIPAA Directives. Trust Advisors, and administration. Some of these trusts have been QDOT Trusts (where one of the creators/Settlors of the trust in not a US citizen), Asset protection trust, Life Insurance Trusts, Special Needs Trusts, etc. We are Members of the WealthCounsel and use their trust system as well as the CEB trust and estate systems.
Probate:Filed Probates for clients under a Will and under Intestate Succession (No Will) in Northern California Counties.
Civil: Admitted to the Central and Eastern U. S. District court in California, where I defended Trade Infringement under 15 U.S.C. § 1114/ Lanham Act, and California Business and Professions Code § 17200, Music Publishing Copy and Mechanical Rights, among others. Negotiated multiple business conflicts and contract issues, experience in business organization, government contracting, and FINRA complaints
Criminal: California Superior Court, Riverside County, provided Criminal Defense for Clients in a range of legal conflicts.
Purpose and Scope: Delivered energy, insight, acumen and leadership that defined and achieved growth and P&L objectives for a provider of telecommunications solutions to Nortel distributors across 14 states. Formulated business plans, budgets, operational policies, infrastructure and systems governing 7 physical and virtual offices. Brokered agreement terms with dealers and major clients. Recruited and directed 25 managers, engineers and technicians. Allocated assets, secured financing; mitigated risks, and rendered unparalleled quality service; achieved $1.8 million in mostly high margin services. Lead our network partners to secure $1 billion in network and equipment sales.
• Launched a start-up venture and shepherded growth to 2 brick and mortar and 5 virtual offices, which generated millions in yearly sales; executed contracts with Qwest, Sprint, and Toshiba.
• Expanded income opportunities; identified prospects; brokered partner agreements with Toshiba telephone systems, Nortel Networks, and service providers like Qwest, Sprint, AT&T and others.
Awarded the top security clearances for work on communications projects utilized by federal agencies; US Marshalls, FBI, CIA, NSA and others.
Developed, implemented and managed the Sales and Engineering of telecommunications equipment to governments in the Western U.S. Increased GSE division annual sales revenue to $20 million and 28% net earnings. During this time, I was also the registered lobbyist to the state of California for Nortel.