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Bahara Stapelberg

Bahara was born and for most of her life raised in New York, until her family moved to Simi Valley, CA. She attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and graduated in 1994 with a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature. She rowed on the UCLA crew team and while at College, was an intern at Surfing Magazine.

From 1994 through 1999, she worked in marketing and public relations in the surf and surf clothing industry among others for Rusty Apparel, Quiksilver and MKM (which handled the US Open of Surfing). She started and managed the Digital Imaging department for Quiksilver and Roxy, which included photography and graphic design. And she worked closely with outside creative agencies.

Then in 2000, Bahara decided to become a lawyer, went to law school at Chapman University, graduated and passed the California Bar in 2004 all the while being a full-time mom of a newborn and toddler. During law school, she was an extern for Congressman Chris Cox.
While raising her three children in Southern California, Bahara became a PTF Board member at St. Margaret’s Episcopal School, sat on the Executive Board for a number of years and chaired various committees. At the same time, she supported various charities such as Surf Aid, Surfrider, Oceana and the Ecology Center.

In early 2016, Bahara joined the firm as an independent contractor to fulfill her dream of becoming a practicing lawyer. She handles general corporate and employment issues, as well as maritime and aviation trade licenses, port tariffs and schedules, and business litigation.
In her (not so) spare time, she likes to travel, find the best new restaurant in town and attend her children’s water polo and soccer games.

Bahara Stapelberg

Bahara Stapelberg

Practice Areas:

Business Law
Maritime Law


Chapman University: Law (JD – Juris Doctor 2004)
University of California, Los Angeles: Bachelor of Arts in English Literature (1994)