Stephanie Barber Hess is a partner with Friedemann Goldberg LLP. Her legal practice primarily involves litigating business, banking, commercial, probate, and bankruptcy disputes. She has been practicing law since 1999.

She focuses her practice on analyzing and advocating her clients’ legal and policy positions. She excels at fostering communication with her clients as well as opposing counsel. Ms. Hess combines a communicative and responsive approach with strong analytical thinking to achieve the best possible results for her clients.

Ms. Hess received her bachelor of science degree from the University of California, Riverside, and received her law degree from Southwestern University School of Law, cum laude, working as an extern clerk with Los Angeles Superior Court. She practiced law as a litigator with Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP in Los Angeles prior to joining Friedemann Goldberg.

A resident of Sonoma County for nearly a decade, Ms. Hess is active on several boards and councils within the area, and has been recognized by community and civic organizations for her work. She was named one of the top Women in Business in the North Bay in 2015 by the North Bay Business Journal. She is also active with Sonoma County Women in Law and the Sonoma County Bar Association.

Specific Experience

Ms. Hess has nearly 20 years experience as an attorney for clients in matters relating to business litigation, probate litigation, creditors' rights/bankruptcy, and trust administration.

Business Litigation

While litigation is an outcome we always strive to avoid, it is sometimes the only way to achieve our clients’ goals. Our attorneys handle matters involving business torts, breach of contract, fraud, unfair practices, real property litigation and alternative dispute resolution.

Bankruptcy & Creditors' Rights

Our attorneys specialize in creditors’ rights and work with banks, lenders, firms, other financial-service providers, as well as individuals, in protecting cash and property collateral in private, commercial and real estate lending to maximize our clients’ recovery as well as minimize their risk of loss.

Probate Litigation

While it is always our goal to assure trust and probate matters are handled seamlessly and to settle disputes quickly, there are some matters that can only be resolved through litigation. As such, we are always prepared to advocate for our clients to the fullest extent. We explore every avenue in order to ensure that trust and probate matters are litigated efficiently and successfully.

Trust Administration

After trusts have been established, proper administration is essential. Our firm handles all matters of trust and probate administration including advising and consulting for trustees and executors, assisting with the transition of ownership, handling gift transfers, and working with charitable organizations. We strive to ensure our clients’ wishes are honored and their instructions are carried out dutifully.


  • Juris Doctorate, cum laude
  • Southwestern University School of Law

  • Bachelor of Science
  • University of California, Riverside


United States District Court
  • Central District of California
  • Northern District of California
  • Southern District of California


State Bar of California
  • Trusts & Estates Section
Sonoma County Bar Association
  • Board of Directors
  • Trusts & Estates Section
Sonoma County Women in Law
  • Board Member (2011-2012)
Sonoma County Probate Bench Bar Committee
  • Vice-Chair
Redwood Empire Estate Planning Council
  • Leadership Santa Rosa, Class XXVII, Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce
  • Named one of the top "Women in Business" in the North Bay for 2015