Gene J. Stonebarger is the founder of Stonebarger Law, APC. 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.