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Stephanie L. Safdi

Deputy County Counsel

Stephanie Safdi joined the Office of the County Counsel in 2018.  She is a member of the Social Justice & Impact Litigation and the Finance, Government Operations, and Environment Sections.  She advises the Consumer and Environmental Protection Agency and the Planning and Development Department.

Prior to joining the Office of the County Counsel, Stephanie represented public agencies and community groups in environmental, land use, and energy-related matters at Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger LLP.  Stephanie served as law clerk to Judge Michelle T. Friedland on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and Judge Ricardo S. Martinez on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington.  During and prior to law school, Stephanie worked with indigenous and community groups on issues at the intersection of human rights, land use, and environment law.

Stephanie’s professional expertise includes:

  • Environmental law
  • Land use law
  • Renewable energy regulatory policy
  • Affirmative litigation


  • Yale Law School, J.D., 2013
    • Founder and Chair, Yale New Directions in Environmental Law Conference
    • Co-President, Yale Environmental Law Association
    • Board Member, American Constitution Society
  • Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, M.E.M., 2013
    • ​Switzer Environmental Fellow
  • University of Cambridge, M.Phil., 2006
  • Harvard College, A.B., summa cum laude, 2005

Professional Associations

  • Contributing author, California Bar Environmental Law Section’s Quarterly Environmental Law Updates (2016-2018) 

Prior Experience

  • Environmental Law Fellow at Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger, LLP (2016-2018)
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Michelle T. Friedland, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (2015-2106)
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Ricardo S. Martinez, United States District Court for the Western District of Washington (2013-2015)
  • Fulbright Fellow, Israel (2008-2009)​

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