Gene J. Stonebarger
Gene J. Stonebarger is the founder of Stonebarger Law, APC. Mr. Stonebarger was selected as a Northern California Super Lawyer in 2014, 2015, and 2016. In 2014, Mr. Stonebarger was the recipient of the Consumer Champion Award from the Consumer Federation of California. Mr. Stonebarger received a 2012 California Lawyer Attorney of the Year Award (the "CLAY Award") from California Lawyer magazine for the significant impact his legal work made in the area of Consumer Rights in 2011. Mr. Stonebarger argued the seminal privacy rights case entitled Pineda v. Williams-Sonoma Stores, Inc., 51 Cal.4th 524 (2011), wherein the California Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision in favor of Plaintiff and Appellant protecting the privacy rights of California consumers, reversing the decisions of the two lower Courts and remanding the case for further proceedings. Mr. Stonebarger had the distinct honor of being the first attorney to present oral argument before Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye as she began her tenure at the helm of the California Supreme Court and of California’s vast judicial branch.
Mr. Stonebarger was awarded the Buck Scholarship in 1993 upon graduation from Linden High School and then went on to receive a Bachelor of Science Degree from U.C. Davis in 1997 and the Degree of Juris Doctor from the University of San Diego School of Law in 2000. Mr. Stonebarger began his legal career working at the prestigious Damrell law firm, where he handled complex civil litigation matters and Class Actions. In January, 2004, Mr. Stonebarger founded Lindsay & Stonebarger, APC, with James Lindsay. Mr. Stonebarger founded Stonebarger Law, APC in January, 2010. Mr. Stonebarger currently specializes his practice in the areas of Class Action and Complex Business Litigation. He is admitted to practice law before all courts of the State of California, the United States District Courts in the Northern, Eastern, Central and Southern Districts of California, as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth and Ninth Circuits, and the Supreme Court of the United States.
Mr. Stonebarger has successfully represented clients in numerous litigation forums in both Federal and State Court, including but not limited to, the Judicial Council of California, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, The Department of Consumer Affairs, California Courts of Appeal, Trial Courts throughout the State of California and Federal District Courts across the country. Mr. Stonebarger is a member of the American Association for Justice, the State Bar of California, the Consumer Attorneys of California, the Sacramento County Bar Association and the Capitol City Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Stonebarger is also a licensed Real Estate Broker through the California Department of Real Estate.
Richard D. Lambert
Richard D. Lambert is a partner of the firm. Mr. Lambert was named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine for both 2014 and 2015.
Mr. Lambert graduated from Grace M. Davis High School in 2000. Mr. Lambert attended Occidental College earning his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics in 2004. Mr. Lambert attended California Western School of Law, receiving his Juris Doctor Magna Cum Laude in 2007. While in law school, Mr. Lambert was a member of the California Western Law Review & International Law Journal, an Academic Honors Instructor, and earned three Awards for Academic Achievement (Evidence, Alternative Dispute Resolution, & Trial Practice).
Mr. Lambert specializes his practice in the areas of Class Action and Complex Business Litigation. He is admitted to practice law before all courts of the State of California. Mr. Lambert is a member of the State Bar of California, the Consumer Attorneys of California, the Sacramento County Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the California Employment Lawyers Association.
Mr. Lambert currently serves as the firm's lead counsel in the following actions brought on behalf, and for the benefit, of consumers:
Ramos v. AM Retail Group (false price advertising at GH Bass outlet/factory stores)
Rodriguez v. Bebe Stores, Inc. (violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act)
Herron v. Best Buy Stores, LP (false representations regarding laptop computer battery life)
Ginsburg v. City of Alameda (seeking refund for the imposition of unlawful taxes)
Linderman v. City of Los Angeles (seeking refund for the imposition of unlawful taxes)
Green v. City of Palo Alto (seeking refund for the imposition of unlawful taxes)
Wyatt v. City of Sacramento (seeking refund for the imposition of unlawful taxes)
Hinkey v. Coach, Inc. (false price advertising at Coach outlet/factory stores)
Bihari v. Cross Roads Of The West Gun Show (violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act)
Mendez v. C-Two Group, Inc. (violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act)
Guess Outlet Stores Pricing Cases (false price advertising at Guess outlet/factory stores)
Brown v. Health Systems Direct (violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act)
Delman v. J. Crew (false price advertising at J. Crew outlet/factory stores)
Wilson v. Metals USA, Inc. (successor liability for a non-manufacturing entity based on defective roof tiles)
Hobbs v. Modesto Irrigation District (seeking refund for the imposition of unlawful taxes)
Ramos v. PVH Corporation (false price advertising at Van Huesen outlet/factory stores)
Lopez v. Sam's Club (adulterated diaper wipes)
In Re Samsung Galaxy Smartphone Marketing And Sales Practices Litigation (defective smartphones)
Mr. Lambert also serves as general counsel for a number of businesses located in the Central Valley and Bay Area.
Crystal L. Matter
Crystal L. Matter is Of Counsel of the firm. Ms. Matter graduated from Loretto High School in 2000. Ms. Matter attended Saint Mary's College of California where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in 2004. Ms. Matter attended University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, receiving her Juris Doctor in 2011. While in law school, Ms. Matter received academic honors and interned for the Honorable Ronald H. Sargis.
Yvonne K. De Luze
Yvonne K. De Luze is the Office Administrator and the Chief Paralegal of the firm. Ms. De Luze is a San Francisco native who graduated from St. Paul's High School in Noe Valley and attended San Francisco State University. She ultimately earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services from the University of Phoenix in 2006 and graduated with Honors. Ms. De Luze's legal career began 30 years ago with the County of San Mateo where she worked for many years at the Northern Branch of the San Mateo County Superior Court and the Office of the District Attorney. Ms. De Luze relocated to the Sacramento area in the mid 1990's to raise her family and transitioned from working in the area of Criminal law to Civil litigation where she has worked primarily in the private sector for the last 22 years.
Stephanie J. Judd
Stephanie J. Judd is a Paralegal of the firm. Ms. Judd graduated from Del Oro High School in Loomis, California in 1993. Ms. Judd attended a career college which lead her to the Legal Field and has worked as a Legal Assistant/Paralegal since 1995. Thereafter, Ms. Judd attended the University of Phoenix and obtained an Associate of Arts degree in Criminal Justice in 2015. Most of Ms. Judd's legal background has been in the Civil litigation aspect of the law, and focused mainly on Construct Defect litigation as well as Insurance Defense.