As a resident of Costa Mesa since 1989, Mayor Pro Tem Stephens 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 and Pastoral Councils.
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.
Additionally, Mayor Pro Tem Stephens serves on council ad hoc committees relating to the cannabis industry and Fairview Developmental Center. He has served on ad hoc committees for the Costa Mesa Motor Inn litigation and the City Manager recruitment.
Mayor Pro Tem Stephens initiated the City's Independence Day Celebration and has been Santa Claus at Snoopy House for the past four years.
A practicing trial attorney since 1989, his firm, Stephens Friedland LLP, employs four lawyers and nine employees. Stephens Friedland LLP was Veterans Legal Institute (VLI) Law Firm of the Year in 2019, and Mayor Pro Tem Stephens serves on VLI’s Lawyers for Warriors Committee.
Mayor Pro Tem Stephens has given talks to the OC Bar Association on 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.
Mayor Pro Tem Stephens has been married for 33 years to his wife, Amy. 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 entertainment chair of the St. John the Baptist Festival and served as event’s emcee for many years.
Mayor Pro Tem Stephens coached either baseball, softball or basketball for 19 years and is proud that over 30 girls that he coached played high school softball and some played in college. 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 karaoke enthusiast.
Video & newspaper links:
- Op/Ed: New language institute will enrich cultural life in Costa Mesa
- Op/Ed: Public safety is Costa Mesa's highest priority
- Op/Ed: Yellowstone case worth the fight
- Westside Listening Tour Recap
- Homelessness Forum
- Fireworks Forum
- ACCOC Homelessness Partnership Dinner
- Op/Ed: Animal Shelter
- Op/Ed: Immigrant Community Fears
- Op/Ed: Fire Contract was Fair
- Op/Ed: Answer to Homelessness
- Los Angeles Times Columnist Steve Lopez's column on Sanctuary Cities
- KOCI Stu News Sunday - Coronavirus
E-mail: John Stephens
Phone: (714) 337-1872
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