Cristina Stella

Deputy County Counsel

Cristina Stella joined the Office of the County Counsel in 2023. She is a member of the Environment and Land Use Team and the Finance and Government Operations Team.  Previously Cristina practiced high-impact environmental and administrative law primarily focused on agriculture-related issues at the Animal Legal Defense Fund and the Center for Food Safety, two Bay Area nonprofit organizations.  Cristina also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Warren M. Silver on the Maine Supreme Judicial Court.  Prior to becoming an attorney, Cristina worked to support sustainable local food systems in Portland, Oregon.

Cristina’s professional expertise includes:

  • Administrative law
  • Environmental law
  • Federal Food & Drug law
  • Impact litigation


  • Georgetown University Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2011
  • Villanova University, B.A., magna cum laude, 2007

Prior Experience

  • Managing Attorney at Animal Legal Defense Fund (2017-2022)
  • Staff Attorney at Center for Food Safety (2012-2017)
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Warren M. Silver, Maine Supreme Judicial Court (2011-2012)

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