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 services to clients with a special focus on the needs of persons with disabilities and their families.
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-rights organizations. His interest in the disability community started at an early age as a member of a family that worked in California’s State Hospitals for three generations, spending much of his youth on the grounds of Agnews State Hospital. He later worked as a psychiatric technician for 17 years in many state hospitals and community programs. Mr. Dale 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. He is also a long standing member of the Special Needs Alliance, a national nonprofit organization of attorneys dedicated to the practice of disability and public benefits law.
Mr. Dale is currently the trustee of the Golden State Pooled Trust and 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.