Stephanie Talavera


Stephanie Talavera is a litigation associate in the Newport Beach office of Newmeyer & Dillion LLP.  She focuses her practice in land use and environmental law and brings a unique blend of skills and experience to the team.  

Stephanie first became interested in environmental litigation while at the University of California, Irvine School of Law.  At UCI Law’s Environmental Law Clinic, she worked on a variety of matters, including those arising under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the Endangered Species Act (ESA).  Primarily, Stephanie developed a comprehensive strategy to challenge a proposed pipeline through a right-of-way on federally managed, public land.  In doing so, she learned the value of certain jurisdictional determinations early on in the development process, particularly when facing the potential for additional levels of environmental review. 

After school, Stephanie continued to hone her writing and analytical skills as the 2015-2016 Environmental and Land Use Fellow for the Center for Land, Environment and Natural Resources.  At the Center, Stephanie participated in conferences on emerging topics in land use and environmental law.  She worked with experts, agency officials, and policymakers to draft reports on a variety of subjects, including renewable energy development in Indian country, permit process coordination for endangered species and aquatic resources, adaptive management of California’s coastal and marine areas, tools for public participation in local land use decisions, and methods for economic development following redevelopment dissolution in California.  

Following her fellowship and prior to joining the firm, Stephanie litigated insurance disputes arising under individual policies and employer-sponsored plans.  In this position, she represented clients throughout the course of litigation, often including pre-litigation administrative appeals.  As a result, Stephanie is comfortable developing an administrative record under various standards of review, as well as all aspects of litigation in federal court.  

Stephanie values hard work and strives to produce excellent work product as efficiently and effectively as possible.  Leveraging a creative approach to problem solving on behalf of the firm’s clients, her substantial writing experience, combined with her dedicated work ethic, has proven to be a competitive advantage.  

• Orange County Bar Association
      • Young Lawyers Division 
      • Environmental Law Section - 2019 Chair-Elect
      • Mentor on Demand Committee

• Co-presenter, "Land Use & Environmental: Hot Topics and Builder Strategies," N&D 2019 Builder Update seminar

FCC Takes Bold Steps to Win Race to 5G, RCR Wireless (December 26, 2018).
Improving Water Quality and Ecosystem Health in California's Marine Managed Areas, 48 ELR 10818 (Sept. 2018).
Insurers’ Intermediaries: The Implications of Actions Taken By Agents, Employers, and Third-Party Administrators, O.C. Lawyer Magazine (July 2018).
Ruling Addresses When a Third-party Acts as ERISA Fiduciary, Daily Journal (April 6, 2018).
Ruling Clears Up Attorney Fees in ERISA Cases, Daily Journal (Nov. 9, 2017).
An Agent of the Insurer, Daily Journal (Oct. 9, 2017).
Ruling Limits Who Can Bring Suit Under ERISA, Daily Journal (April 13, 2017).
Emerging Regulatory Experiments in Permit Process Coordination for Endangered Species and Aquatic Resources in California, 46 ELR 10131 (2016).

• California, 2015
• U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
• U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

• University of California, Irvine School of Law, J.D., 2015
     Faculty Awards (highest performance in course): Environmental Law Clinic (2014, 2015)
• University of California, Santa Barbara, B.A., 2011