Through her varied involvement in the courts and community, Stella has established a network of colleagues and experts to assist her in strategizing settlement.
Stella entered the legal profession by managing small law firms in Alaska and Texas for over 10 years. At the same time, she earned an undergraduate degree in 1980 from the University of Alaska in Anchorage with a major in Business Administration, and a law degree from the University of Houston Law Center in 1986.
She gained experience as a family law attorney at Keller Rohrback and Casey Gordon Davis, civil litigation firms in the Seattle area. She then opened a partnership practice in Seattle focusing primarily on family law.
In her own family law practice, Stella concentrates on restructuring families through integrity and problem-solving. She believes in the concept of transformational law, which defines law as a healing profession whose purpose is to optimize human well-being in their complicated relationships with other humans.
Stella is a member of the American Bar Association, Washington State Bar Association, King County Bar Association, and King County Washington Women Lawyers, for which she served as president in 1996. She regularly conducts continuing legal education seminars on family law issues.
Stella serves on the Family Law CASA Board of Directors and participates in the committee meetings in order to support children's well-being. She is passionate about creating support systems for children who are affected by the court process. Every year Stella hosts a table at the CASA fundraisers and she regularly donates to various charitable causes.