Honorable Stefany A. Tewell (Retired) Attorney in Austin Texas
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Honorable Stefany A. Tewell (Retired)

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Austin, TX

Biography

Judge Stefany Tewell (ret.) is a native Texan and proud Texas Aggie.  Stefany was elected to the bench at 33 years of age making her one of the youngest trial court judges elected in Nevada and was reelected by the public at large in four different general elections.  During her sixteen years on the bench, Stefany presided over complex civil matters, felony crimes, domestic litigation, and adult guardianships.   As a civil trial judge, Stefany handled jury trials, bench trials, appeals of lower and administrative court decision and requests for injunctive and declaratory relief.  Case types included class actions, mass torts, contract disputes, employment disputes, commercial business transactions, bad faith litigation, professional malpractice, products liability, homeowner association litigation, foreclosures, and wrongful death.

Stefany has also received 40 hours of mediator training from the National Judicial College.  She used this training to settle over 100 civil matters prior to trial.  Stefany is also familiar with civil appeals having also presided as a substitute Nevada Supreme Court Justice when another justice had a conflict of interest.    Stefany’s legal decisions have been affirmed by the Nevada Supreme Court in over thirty published cases.  Many of Stefany’s cases have also been the subject of media and television shows.

Prior to taking the bench Stefany worked for State Farm Insurance Company handling high value claims, extracontractual and bad faith claims, coverage issues and wrongful death claims.

While at State Farm, conducted hundreds of depositions of witnesses, parties and experts.  Stefany also attended the National Institute of Trial Advocacy and tried several cases to jury verdict obtaining favorable verdicts for her clients.

Stefany started her career as an associate attorney with the boutique civil litigation firm of Jolley, Urga, Wirth & Woodbury in Las Vegas, Nevada.  While at Jolley Urga, Stefany oversaw the personal injury division of the firm negotiating settlements in several multi-million-dollar cases.

Stefany is the proud mother of three wonderful sons.  In her free time Stefany likes to exercise and do anything outside and by the water.

Education

  • California Western School of Law, San Diego, California 1995 (with honors)
  • Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas 1993 (top 11% of graduating class)

Admissions

  • State Bar of Texas, 2019
  • State of Nevada, 1996
  • United States District Court, District of Nevada, 1996

Professional & Bar Association Memberships

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Nevada State Bar

Awards & Honors

  • Top 100 Women of Influence by Nevada Magazine
  • First Judge in the State of Nevada to allow remote access to the Courts for a bedridden litigant (2005)
  • First Judge in the State of Nevada to allow same sex couples equal adoptive rights. Was affirmed by the Nevada Supreme Court in a case of first impression. (2005)
  • Featured Speaker, Collective Bargaining Rights in Nevada.

Representative Cases

Nevada Power Co. v. 3 Kids, LLC, 302 P.3d 1155 (July 3, 2013). Affirmed.
REAL PROPERTY-Eminent Domain. Jury was permitted to consider restrictions imposed on property by county setback when determining fair market value.

Daisy Trust v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., 445 P.3d 846 (July 25, 2019). Affirmed.
REAL PROPERTY-Mortgages and Deeds of Trust. Freddie Mac did not need to be the beneficiary of record to establish its ownership interest in property sold at foreclosure sale.

Amaral v. Shull, 373 P.3d 890 (March 21, 2011). Affirmed.
COMMERCIAL LAW-Damages. Award of $40,000 in punitive damages was supported by the evidence in seller’s action against buyer of motor home.

Flores v. Las Vegas-Clark County Library District, 432 P.3d 173 (December 13, 2018). Affirmed.
GOVERNMENT-Weapons. Senate bill governing firearms regulation by the legislature did not
preempt library district from banning possession of firearms on its premises.

Pizarro-Ortega v. Cervantes-Lopez, 396 P.3d 783 (June 22, 2017). Affirmed.
TORTS-Discovery. Rule requiring pretrial disclosure of “computation of any category of damages
claimed” applied to claim for future medical expenses.

Torres v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., 317 P.3d 828 (January 30, 2014). Affirmed.
LITIGATION-Interest. There was no statutory authorization for award of compound interest on
judgment.

Alotaibi v. State, 404 P.3d 761 (November 9, 2017). Affirmed.
CRIMINAL JUSTICE-Lesser Included Offenses. Statutory seduction was not lesser included offense of sexual assault with a minor.

Sweat v. 8th Judicial District Court in & for County of Clark, 403 P.3d 353 (October 5, 2017). Affirmed.
CRIMINAL JUSTICE-Double Jeopardy. Defendant waived his right to be free from multiple
prosecutions for domestic violence by failing to follow terms of plea agreement.

Rodriquez v. State, 273 P.3d 845 (April 5, 2012). Affirmed.
CRIMINAL JUSTICE-Evidence. Text messages from victim’s cellular telephone following sexual
assault was not properly authenticated.

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