Mayor Pro Tem John Stephens

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John Stephens
Mayor Pro Tem John Stephens was elected on Nov. 8, 2016 collecting the second highest number of votes in a field of seven candidates. He was sworn in on Dec. 13, 2016.

As a resident of Costa Mesa since 1989, John has deep community ties and has served on the city’s Pension Oversight Committee, the Costa Mesa High School Foundation, Costa Mesans for Responsible Government and is a founding member of the St. John the Baptist Finance Council and Pastoral Council.

He was a leader of the “No” on the Charter campaigns in 2012 and 2014, including intervening in a lawsuit between the City of Costa Mesa and the Orange County Registrar of Voters in 2012 and is a member of the Orange County Bar Association’s Judiciary Committee, which evaluates judicial candidates for the governor.
He is currently the Chair of the Association of California Cities-Orange County Homelessness Task Force.

A practicing attorney since 1989, his firm Stephens Friedland LLP employees five full-time lawyers and a staff of 10 employees.
John was born in Pasadena, and raised in San Gabriel and attended San Gabriel  High School. He then went on to get a bachelor’s degree in business administration and marketing Cal Poly Pomona, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1986. He then attended the UC Davis Law School where he received his law degree in 1989 and was named to the Order of the Coif (top 10%), Law Review and Trial Practice Honors Board.

John has been a business litigation attorney since 1989 and regularly gives talks to the OC Bar Association on litigation-related issues, such as electronic discovery and witness
preparation. He has been recognized as a Super Lawyer, Best Lawyers of America and Top Attorneys in Orange County.

John has been married for 32 years to his wife, Amy, and they have four children: Tom, Nate, Carolyn and Olivia, all four of whom graduated from St. John the Baptist Catholic School in Costa Mesa. He has been chair of the St. John the Baptist Festival and served as event’s emcee since its inception in 2000.

John has coached either baseball, softball or basketball for 19 years and is proud that approximately 30 girls that he coached played high school softball. He also served on the boards of the Costa Mesa American Little League and the Fountain Valley Girls Fastpitch Softball league for many years.

And oh yeah, he’s an avid golfer and amateur karaoke performer.


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Term expires: November 2020 (1st term)
E-mail: John Stephens
Phone: (714) 337-1872


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