Stephen W. Dale, Esq., LL.M Attorney and Counselor at Law

Stephen W. Dale received his JD from Armstrong Law School and his LL.M. in Taxation from Golden Gate University. His law firm is dedicated to providing quality estate planning to clients by working cooperatively with the clients’ tax, financial and insurance professionals.

Mr. Dale is a disability rights advocate and spends much of his time attending disability rights activities, including legislative hearings and serving on boards and committees of disability-right’s organizations. He is a frequent speaker on a variety of disability related topics across the country, and is the recipient of the 2010 Theresa Foundation Award and the 2007 NAELA Powley Award. Additionally, Mr. Dale is a long standing member of the Special Needs Alliance, a national, not for profit organization of attorneys dedicated to the practice of disability and public benefits law

Mr. Dale regularly teaches courses to the public, financial professionals, and other attorneys on special needs trusts and trust administration with a special emphasis on achieving independence while maintaining essential government benefits. He also offers benefits and estate planning courses to his clients as well as administration workshops for professional trustees. Steve has received accreditation for his professional courses by the California Department of Insurance and the California State Bar.

The Dale Law Firm, PC has an office in Pacheco with three full time associates dedicated to providing quality estate planning to clients by working cooperatively with the clients’ tax, financial and insurance professionals.


Terri Dale Chief Executive Officer

Terri received her Bachelor of Arts in Management from Saint Mary's College in Moraga in 1996 and her degree of Juris Doctor from John F. Kennedy University, School of Law in 2002.  Terri began working with Stephen as the Office Manager of the Law Firm in 1996.  Prior to joining Stephen at the law firm, Terri gained over thirty years of Accounting and Office Management experience. Terri is responsible for the business management and practice development of the firm.

Terri regularly attends many of the conferences and seminars with Stephen including the Special Needs Alliance, Stetson University, Wealth Counsel Study Group, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, as well as numerous California Bar Associations and Estate Planning Counsels.

Her major focus has been on effective practice management that allows the Dale Law Firm to provide quality legal services.


Jennifer L. Steneberg, JD Attorney and Counselor of Law

Jennifer L. Steneberg joined the Dale Law Firm as an associate attorney in February 2008.  Jennifer graduated with honors from the Golden Gate University School of Law in May 1999, where she also earned a Public Interest Law Certificate.  Jennifer’s personal and professional commit to advocating for persons with disabilities is long established, and she has spent much of her adult life working in the area of disability rights.  Prior to joining the Dale Law Firm, Jennifer practiced disability civil rights law where she represented persons with disabilities in their fight to end discrimination, and in her pre-legal professional life, Jennifer spent fourteen years serving as a Congressional aide focusing on disability-related policy issues.

Jennifer also generously volunteers her time and energy in support of several community-based non-profit organizations.  She currently serves as President of the Board of Directors of East Bay Innovations, a supported and independent living and supported employment agency serving clients with developmental disabilities, and is on the Board of Directors of Alegria Community Living, a residential care provider for individuals who have transitioned from Agnews State Developmental Center to a community-based home.  Jennifer’s past volunteer activities include serving on the Boards of Protection & Advocacy, Inc. (now known as Disability Rights California), the Contra Costa County Developmental Disabilities Council, the Epilepsy Foundation of Northern California, Bay Area Family Services, and the YWCA of Contra Costa County.

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