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Brooke N. Stephens

Brooke N. Stephens

Brooke Stephens is a founding partner with Merus Law, APC. Her law practice focuses on the areas of family law, guardianships, adoptions, and grandparents’ rights. Brooke is a graduate of Pepperdine University School of Law and Oregon State University. She is licensed to practice law in both California and Oregon. Brooke has made the Super Lawyers Northern California Rising Stars list for three consecutive years, 2013 through 2015. She has also been named 2015 “10 Best Under 40” in Client Satisfaction by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys and 2014 Top 10 Family Law Attorneys Under 40 in Northern California.

Prior to co-founding Merus Law in 2012, Brooke was an associate with a local law firm for five years where she represented clients in family law and adoption matters, including divorce, paternity actions, child support, spousal support, pre-nuptial agreements, domestic violence restraining orders, name changes, step-parent adoptions, and grandparents’ rights. Brooke previously worked for a civil litigation firm in Portland, Oregon where she participated in a variety of cases from medical malpractice, to eminent domain, to child sexual abuse, and was involved in drafting over thirty claims against the Archdiocese of Portland on behalf of victims abused by priests.

While at Pepperdine University, Brooke served on Moot Court Board and was a representative to the Student Bar Association. She was awarded the Dean’s Merit Scholarship, the Gunnar Nicholson Endowed Scholarship, and was an active member of Advocates for Public Interest Law, and the Christian Legal Society. Following her first year of law school, Brooke participated in a judicial clerkship for the Honorable Donald W. Hull, Seventh Judicial District, State of Oregon. Over the next two years she participated in internships with Woolf Simmonds Solicitors in London, England, and the International Justice Mission in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

Brooke attended Oregon State University for her undergraduate education, where she graduated summa cum laude from the University Honors College with Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Political Science and International Studies, as well as a minor in Spanish. Brooke wrote her Honors Thesis on the international reconciliation movement, entitled, Reconciliation and Forgiveness: The Promise of Healing for Wounded Nations. Immediately following college, Brooke worked as an AmeriCorps/VISTA volunteer for a non-profit community development corporation. Brooke currently resides in Rocklin with her husband and their three children. She sits on the Temporary Judge Attorney Mediator subcommittee of the Placer County Bar Association, Family Law Section. Brooke is an active member and on the deacon board at Bayside Church in Granite Bay. She is also a member of Daughters of the American Revolution.

 

Brooke K. Bryant

Brooke K. Bryant

Brooke K. Bryant is a founding partner with Merus Law, APC. Brooke K. Bryant is a graduate of the University of California, Davis School of Law, where she was the events coordinator for the International Law Society, and also served as a representative for the Environmental Law Society.

Prior to attending law school, Brooke graduated summa cum laude from the University of the Pacific Honor’s Program with Bachelor of Arts degrees in both English and History. While pursuing her undergraduate degree, Brooke served as vice president of the honors fraternity, Phi Kappa Phi, and was also a member of the Mortar Board Society. During her third and final year at the university, she was nominated as a Rhodes Scholar, which marked the school’s first ever nomination of a student for that prestigious award.

In 2003, Brooke joined the law students at the University of California, Davis School of Law. While attending law school, Brooke served as a liaison for the visiting L.L.M. (Master of Laws) students, and helped to organize and promote intercultural events, which allowed the students to broaden their concept of international law. During the summer of her second year, she attended an international law program, hosted by the University of Oklahoma, in which she studied in Brussels, Belgium, and Geneva, Switzerland. While in Geneva, Brooke was able to work at the United Nations, specifically involving herself in the Working Group for Indigenous Peoples, which promotes the rights of various small communities around the world.

After law school, Brooke worked as an independent contractor for an environmental action firm, which helps businesses comply with Environmental Protection Agency regulations. During this time, she was able to develop storm water and hazardous waste management plans for Beale Airforce Base. In 2007, Brooke began practicing family law as an associate at a local firm. She decided to add bankruptcy law to her areas of practice in 2009 and has performed numerous Chapter 7 bankruptcies since that time. She enjoys working with debtors and helping to give them a fresh start.

Brooke currently lives in Placerville with her family and two dogs.