Laura M. Stornetta

Deputy County Counsel

Laura Stornetta joined the Office of the County Counsel in June 2021 and works on the Workers’ Compensation Team.  Her practice focuses on the litigation of workers’ compensation claims and she appears at various District Offices throughout Northern California.  She has successfully resolved hundreds of workers’ compensation cases through informal resolution, litigation, and mediation.  Ms. Stornetta began her legal career at Sonoma County Counsel before spending approximately 10 years defending workers’ compensation claims for a broad base of clients, followed by three years representing primarily peace and safety officers as an applicant’s attorney. 

Laura’s professional expertise includes:

  • Worker’s compensation litigation
  • Appellate litigation
  • Subrogation litigation

Education

  • Indiana University Mauer School of Law, J.D., 2007

    • Merit Scholar; Dean’s Honors (2006)
    • CALI Award for Excellence, Estate Planning (2007)
    • Certified Mediator at the Family and Children Mediation Clinic
    • Admissions Fellow and voting member of the admissions committee (2006-2007)
    • Student Affairs Fellow (2006-2007) & Peer Group Advisor (2005-2006)
  • University of California, San Diego, B.A. with Distinction, 2002

Professional Associations

  • California Applicant’s Attorney Association (2018-2021)

Prior Experience

  • Associate at Rains Lucia Stern St. Phalle & Silver (2018-2021)
  • House Counsel at Berkshire Hathaway Homestate Companies (2015-2018)
  • Associate and Office Managing Attorney (Santa Rosa) at Hanna, Brophy, MacLean, McAleer & Jensen (2010-2015)
  • Associate at Laughlin, Falbo, Levy & Moresi (2012)
  • Deputy County Counsel at Sonoma County Counsel (2008-2009)

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