Lauri J. Stock | Partner
Lauri Stock's client-first focus and passionate commitment to community service have helped make her one of San Diego's most trusted advocates for over 23 years. With an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell's respected Peer Review, signifying the highest level in legal ability and ethical standards, experience representing clients in dozens of jury trials and regularly litigating cases in Family Court, Lauri is well qualified to be your advocate. In addition, she is a formally trained and experienced Mediator, serves as a settlement judge (pro tem) in Family Court, and has served as court-appointed Minor's Counsel.
After seven years in the Navy, Lauri began her career at the San Diego City Attorney's office as a Deputy City Attorney and then Police Legal Advisor. She moved into private practice and applied skills acquired as a prosecutor to her criminal defense practice, which she still maintains. Her trial experience provided a natural transition to family law as a second practice area. Lauri served for two years on the board of directors for the Tom Homann Law Association, San Diego's LGBT bar association, and served on the Police Chief's Advisory Board.
Among Lauri's most rewarding accomplishments, in 2011 she prevailed in a precedent-setting trial case in family court. The case involved a same-sex couple where the two women had never been married, nor had they been registered domestic partners. Lauri represented the non-biological mother of the couple's 9-year-old son, whom the other woman had adopted. Lauri secured a judgment of full legal parental rights for her client. The trial court decision was later upheld on appeal, and the opposing party abandoned further appeals.
As the past President and charter member of the San Diego Uptown Sunrise Rotary Club, Lauri serves the community directly through her club's "Service Saturday" program. She traveled to Africa with Rotary to help in administering much-needed vitamins to impoverished children, has volunteered at the Mary and Gary West Senior Wellness Center, and at Birney Elementary School reading to developmentally challenged kids, and is an active fundraiser for AIDS Walk and for her nonprofit outrigger canoe club. Outside of work and volunteering, Lauri is an accomplished athlete and has competed successfully in numerous 5K road races, triathlons, and most recently in outrigger canoe races.
- University of San Diego, J.D.
- University of Florida, B.A.
Achievements and Affiliations
- State Bar of California
- San Diego County Bar Association
- San Diego Uptown Sunrise Rotary
- Greater San Diego Business Association
- BNI Strategic Referral Alliance
- Tom Homann Law Association
- Martindale Hubbell AV® Preeminent Rating
- Navy Commendation Medal
- Rotary Foundation Paul Harris Fellow
- GSDBA Business of the Year 2009
- SDDT San Diego County Top Attorneys: 2011 Semi-Finalist
- SDBJ Women Who Mean Business Awards: 2011 Finalist
- SDBJ Women Who Mean Business Awards: 2012 Finalist
Publications and Lectures
- "Hurdles LGBT couples face in adopting children", The Daily Transcript, May 2, 2013