Stephen McLoughlin advises public and private agencies on a wide variety of transactional and litigation issues. He represents California community college districts, universities and school districts in education-related matters, providing advice and counsel concerning compliance with Title IX, transgender accommodations, First Amendment, and other constitutional rights of students and employees and related federal and state laws. He represents education clients in grievance arbitrations, administrative hearings, and civil litigation in state and federal court.

Mr. McLoughlin also drafts and negotiates contracts for property and general service matters, including technology-related services. He has experience with various land use issues, including the drafting of licenses, leases, easements and joint use agreements. Mr. McLoughlin has provided clients with analysis and guidance regarding federal regulations such as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Mr. McLoughlin has experience in all aspects of civil litigation, including claims against public agencies concerning contract administration and public works projects. Mr. McLoughlin also advises and represents school districts and community college districts on all construction- related matters.

Honors & Recognitions

Mr. McLoughlin was named a 2015 and 2017 Southern California Rising Star by Super Lawyers. This honor is given annually to top attorneys under 40 years old, based on their legal work and peer recommendations.

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Events & Speaking Engagements

Mr. McLoughlin is a speaker at many events and conferences. He provides presentations and trainings for postsecondary institutions and school districts focused on compliance with Title IX and the Clery Act, in addition to related confidentiality provisions under FERPA. He has also spoken about federal regulations such as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.


Mr. McLoughlin is a frequent contributor to the firm’s publications and to external publications. His published writing includes: 

  • Co-author, “Green Materials and Construction” chapter in ABA’s The Law of Green Building 
  • “Stewards of Justice in a Business World: How Lawyers Can Use the Theory of Procedural Justice to Keep Their Clients Happy and Protect the Integrity of Alternative Dispute Resolution Forums,” Trinity Law Review
  • Co-author, “California Court of Appeals Clarifies Payment Obligations under Prompt Payment Statutes,” Associated General Contractors of California, Volume 40 Number 3

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J.D., University of Notre Dame Law School
University of California, Berkeley


  • 2007, California
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