Attorney Profile – Nicole Stednitz

Nicole M. Stednitz, Owner


I spent my early years living in the South Bay of Los Angeles, attending elementary school in Gardena, California, before relocating to the desert with my family and graduating from Indio High School.  I studied at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for five years as an undergraduate student and graduated with dual bachelors degrees in Political Science and History (Dean’s List Honors).

I earned my Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the University of Oregon School of Law.  I took advantage of my law school’s programs in Legal Research and Writing (LRW) and Appropriate Dispute Resolution (ADR), each of which are ranked as “Top 10” legal programs in the United States by U.S. News & World Report.  During law school, I served as an Associate Editor for Oregon Law Review, tutored Legal Research and Writing, trained colleagues on Westlaw & WestlawNext, and externed for the Honorable John V. Acosta, Federal Magistrate Judge for the United States District Court for the District of Oregon.  I earned a Certificate in Mediation from the University of Oregon School of Law’s Appropriate Dispute Resolution Center.  I am a licensed attorney in the State of California.


Ending Family Trauma Without Compensation: Drafting § 1983 Complaints for Victims of Wrongful Child Abuse Investigations, selected for publication in Oregon Law Review, available here as a PDF.


From 2013-2018, I volunteered pro-bono time at the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Domestic Violence Project at the downtown Los Angeles courthouse.  As one of dozens of attorneys around Los Angeles who volunteer for the Project, I devoted time each month to the Project to assist victims of domestic violence obtain temporary restraining orders against abusers.  I feel responsible to help protect victims of domestic violence, and I feel that the Project was a perfect venue to put my passion and skills to use and help those in need.

From 2015-2018, I have taught legal seminars at various Los Angeles County Law Libraries throughout the county.



I enjoy traveling, discovering new restaurants in the Los Angeles food scene, hiking, and cooking.

Contact Nicole M. Stednitz at Torrance Family Law, APC, for a 60-minute initial consultation today.

Nicole M. Stednitz at Torrance Family Law, APC serves the southern California and South Bay areas, including Los Angeles and Orange Counties, including the cities of Torrance, Los Angeles, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills Estates, Long Beach, Lomita, El Segundo, Inglewood, Compton, Hawthorne, Carson, Lawndale, Gardena, San Pedro, Westchester, Wilmington, Culver City, West LA, Santa Monica, Marina del Rey, Palms, Venice, Playa del Rey,  Lakewood, Paramount, Bellflower, Norwalk, Huntington Park, Harbor City, Bell Gardens, Glendale, Pasadena, Alhambra, El Monte, Rosemead, Montebello, Pico Rivera, Downey, Cerritos, Whittier, Lynwood, Aliso Viejo, Anaheim, Brea, Buena Park, Costa Mesa, Cypress, Dana Point, Fountain Valley, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Irvine, La Palma, La Habra, Laguna Beach, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Hills, Laguna Woods, Lake Forest, Los Alamitos, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, Orange, Placentia, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Santa Ana, Seal Beach, Stanton, Tustin, Villa Park, Westminster, and Yorba Linda.