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Owen P. Stephens

Mass Torts Counsel

Owen joined Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger in April 2018 to assist survivors of California wildfires and other mass torts in their quest for long term recovery in the aftermath of devastating events.

He pursues this goal with empathy and passion, working closely with impacted families and business to understand their rights and options, problem solve, and efficiently navigate what sometimes seems like an overwhelming process.

Owen was often the first attorney that wildfire survivors spoke with at Walkup, and continues to be one of the primary contacts throughout the settlement process. Having settled hundreds of claims, he explains how the Fire Victim Trust is organized and helps client evaluate their offers and options to support appeals. He is available to answer questions, help overcome obstacles and work to verify and validate damage claims in a way that will be understood by the Trust.

An experienced public servant and community organizer, Owen spent a decade working on public policy and social justice issues before entering the legal field. In 2006 he was appointed to the Treasure Island Development Authority Board of Directors, and more recently served on the Transbay Joint Powers Authority Citizens Advisory Committee from 2019 to 2021. In law school he specialized in environmental and public interest law, with a special focus on energy policy. Owen served as Editor-In-Chief of the Golden Gate University Environmental Law Journal, and he filed comments to the CPUC in support of clean energy technology as an Environmental Law and Justice clinician.

Owen is a board member of the Alice B. Toklas LGBTQ Club in San Francisco, and he has performed over one hundred civil marriage ceremonies at San Francisco City Hall as a Deputy Marriage Commissioner. In his spare time, Owen is an avid hiker, a painter, a youth camp counselor, and an aerial acrobat.

Community Involvement

From the founding of our firm in the 1960s up through the present, Walkup team members have consistently contributed to the welfare and improvement of the people and communities of the Bay Area and Northern California.

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Bar Admissions

    • California, 2016