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Abigail G. Stephenson

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Abigail Stephenson

Abbey G. Stephenson is a Nevada and California licensed attorney. Abbey’s areas of practice focus on privately held companies and is able to meet the majority of their legal needs from formation through dissolution including intellectual property licensing and protection. Abbey also provides estate planning and probate and trust litigation services.

775.384.0022 x 309

Assistant:

Stephanie Small
775.384.0022 x366
ssmall@bkflaw.com

Paralegal Corporate:
Alexandria Tripoli
858.551.2440 x315
atripoli@bkflaw.com

Paralegal Estate and Tax:
Mari E. Wadsworth
858.551.2440 x329
mwadsworth@bkflaw.com

Bars and Courts
  • California Bar
  • Nevada Bar
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
Education
  • University of San Diego, School of Law, JD, Cum Laude
  • Macalester College, Saint Paul, Minnesota, BA, Cum Laude
Professional Affiliations
  • American Bar Association
  • La Jolla Bar Association (past Treasurer and Board Member)
  • San Diego County Bar Association (past chair of the Business & Corporate Law Section)
  • Washoe County Bar Association
  • Lawyers Club of San Diego
  • Estate Planning Council of Northern Nevada
  • Nevada Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology (NCET)
  • Northern Nevada Women Lawyers Association
  • Solutions and Resources Associates
Community Affiliations
  • Board Member, Northern Nevada HOPES
  • Artown
  • The Committee to Aid Abused Women (CAAW)
  • Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada (Member)
  • The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
  • Macalester College Alumni Association
  • Nevada Museum of Art
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northern Nevada
  • Sierra Arts Foundation
  • Co-Present, University of San Diego Torero Club (Reno/Tahoe Chapter)
Responsibilities

 

As leader of BKF’s Intellectual Property Group, counseling clients about and securing and maintaining federal trademark and copyright protections. Drafting, reviewing and negotiating intellectual property related license and assignment agreements.

 

Advising and representing privately owned companies in a variety of business and transactional matters including: entity formation and ownership structure; business succession planning; buying and selling of businesses; drafting, reviewing and negotiating commercial agreements; corporate governance; equity and debt financings; pre-litigation disputes; dissolution; and employment matters including employee termination, discrimination, maternity leave laws, wage disputes, harassment, and personnel policies and procedures.

 

Advising and representing clients in real estate transactions including commercial lease negotiations, property transfers, and tax-deferred exchanges.

 

Counseling clients on how to preserve and protect their assets and preparing appropriate estate planning and trust documents to meet their needs. Abbey’s licensure in Nevada as well as California enables her to take advantage of Nevada’s favorable trust laws including domestic asset protection trusts. Advising and representing clients in probate and trust disputes, and trust administrations.

Representative Transactions

 

Secured federal trademark registrations for several restaurant concepts for well-known Las Vegas restauranteur.

Formation and subsequent sale of technology company for $8 million.

Advised national insurance agency on regulatory issues including specific marketing initiatives and rebates.

Revised and negotiated lease for prominent local developer valued at roughly $1 million over the term of the lease.

Estate plan for new parents.

Publications and Speaking Engagements

 

Author: “A Snapshot of Pregnancy and Maternity Leave Laws Applicable in California,” SDCBA E-Newsletter
Author: “Demystifying Pregnancy and Maternity Leave Laws,” Lawyers Club News
Author: “Employment Agreement Drafting Dos and Doníts,” SDCBA Bar Report
Author: “Lawyers Club Commemorates Equal Pay Day: April 9, 2013,” Lawyers Club News
Author: “Check your lizard, engage your walnuts, and other tips to leverage your self-evaluation for professional advancement,” Lawyers Club News
Keynote Speaker: USD Law Student Leadership Luncheon
Moderator and coordinator: Employment Law Update
Moderator and coordinator: Business and Corporate Law update
Moderator and coordinator: Employment Contract Negotiations and Pitfalls to Avoid

Recognitions

 

2017 Rising Star Award Recipient, USD School of Law (one of two honorees selected annually)
2016 Rising Star in Business and Corporate Law, San Diego Super Lawyers
2015 Best of the Bar, San Diego Business Journal
2014 Young Attorney Nominee, San Diego Daily Transcript
2013 Woman of the Year Candidate for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, San Diego/Hawaii Chapter, raising over $50,000 during a 10-week fundraising campaign
2012 Young Attorney Finalist, San Diego Daily Transcript

Employment Background

 

Abbey taught the estate planning, trust and probate segment of the Civil Practicum at USD Law as an adjunct faculty member. Prior to joining BKF, Abbey clerked for the Honorable Bruce S. Jenkins at the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah. Abbey spent 6 years serving as a professional fundraiser and law school administrator for the University of San Diego School of Law.

Special Notes

 

Abbey is married to Carson City native Tyson Stephenson and is the proud mother of Cooper and Madeline. She rides her bike to work and in her free time, she likes to get outside as much as possible and spend time with friends and family.