Stephanie E. Story

Stephanie E. Story

Sole Practitioner
Burbank, California

My name is Stephanie Story (formerly Stephanie Barbata).  I grew up in West Covina, CA and graduated from Nogales High School in 1989.  I attended the University of California, Riverside, where I was a member of Sigma Kappa Sorority for 4 years.  I also lived in Washington, D.C., for a semester working as a Congressional Intern for Congressman William Thomas of Bakersfield.  I graduated from UCR in 1993 with a B.A. in political science/law and society.  I then attended McGeorge School of Law, part of the University of the Pacific, in Sacramento.  I was the Vice-President of the Latino Law Students' Association for 2 years.  While a law student, I worked with the California State Public Defender and the Sacramento County Juvenile Public Defender.  I graduated from law school in 1998, and moved back to Sourthern California and got married in 1999.

In 2004, I started working for Attorney Andrew L. Ellis in El Segundo as a law clerk until I obtained my license in 2009.  I worked with Mr. Ellis in his personal injury law firm for over 6 years before joining L.A. Law Group in 2011. My legal career began with general civil litigation in personal injury, including car and motorcycle accidents, slip and falls, wrongful death, and other similar cases, and even employment and civil rights cases.  I handled mediations and arbitrations with successful outcomes for our clients.  I also sat 2nd chair in two major trials. 

Beginning around 2012, I began expanding my practice to include family law, and gradually began focusing on family law cases exclusively, prompting me to start my own firm in October, 2014, with the sole focus on family law.  I have obtained divorces through default, stipulated agreement, and am currently involved in several disputed cases.  I have successfully modified child support orders, child custody orders, and handled clients who live out of state. 

My practice is focused on father's rights, including child custody, child support, modifying existing orders, as well as representing clients in child support court, although my main concern is the whole family.   I also handle divorces, both initiating filings and responding to filings, and all issues that pertain to these cases, including division of property, custody, visitation, spousal support, attorneys' fees, etc.  I understand that the legal issues involved in these family cases carry high emotions, and I strive to make my clients feel at ease through this troubling time, as well as zealously representing their interests in a professional and competent manner.  My goal is to obtain the most favorable outcome possible for my clients while also making them feel as comfortable with the legal process as possible.
I have done volunteer work with the L.A. County Barrister's Domestic Violence Project, helping people obtain temporary restraining orders; Public Counsel's Adoption Project, helping foster parents adopt their foster children; and The Alliance for Children's Rights Adoption Project.

Areas of Practice

  • 100% Family Law

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • California, 2009
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 2009


  • McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, Sacramento, California
    • J.D. - 1998
  • University of California, Riverside, California
    • B.A. - 1993
    • Major: Political Science/Law and Society

Representative Clients

  • Anthony Magpali v. Tammy Le Magpali
  • James Rios v. Ya Tu


  • Andrew L. Ellis
  • Dennis P. Wilson
  • Kris Falk
  • Anthony N. Luti

Honors and Awards

  • Pasadena Magazine Top Attorneys - Civil Litigation, 2013 - 2014

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Women Lawyer's Association of Los Angeles, Member, 2009 - Present
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Member, 2009 - 2012

Past Employment Positions

  • L.A Law Group, Senior Associate, 2011 - 2014
  • Ellis Law Corp., Clerk/Associate, 2004 - 2011

Pro Bono Activities

  • Public Counsel Adoption Project, 1998 - 1999
  • The Alliance for Children's Rights, 2011


  • English


  • Sigma Kappa