Hendler Flores Law Welcomes New Managing Attorney Stephen Demik

Tue 10 May, 2022 Firm News

Hendler Flores Law is proud to announce that Stephen Demik has joined the firm as the new Managing Attorney for Litigation. Stephen grew up in a small town called Kingsport in East Tennessee and attended college in New Orleans before teaching elementary school in Washington, D.C. Stephen is well-traveled, having also lived in Paris, San Francisco, San Diego, Los Angeles, and Rapid City, South Dakota. 

Stephen graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. from Tulane University and received his law degree from the University of California in 2002. Stephen brings a wealth of experience in wrongful death, life-changing injuries, and police brutality. He is licensed to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, the Central District of California, the Southern District of California, the District of South Dakota, the Oglala Sioux Tribal Court, and the Rosebud Sioux Tribal Court. He is also a Special Judge in the Oglala Sioux Tribal Court, Pine Ridge Reservation, and an Administrative Law Judge in the Oglala Sioux Tribal Court, Rosebud Sioux Tribal Court. He has practiced regularly in the District of South Dakota and the Central District of California over the last ten years.

Stephen comes from a long line of attorneys and is passionate about social justice. Even as a child he felt compelled to stand up to bullies and defend kids who struggled to find their voice. Today he advocates for economic and racial equality, gun control, campaign finance reform, pro-choice legislation, women’s rights, LGBTQ equality, anti-death penalty legislation, Native American rights, and environmental justice including climate change, and preservation. Stephen was one of the first group of lawyers to defend Guantanamo detainees and speaks four languages, including Spanish, which he uses frequently in his work. His legal aptitude was evident early on when he won the Tennessee State debate championship in high school.

During his spare time, Stephen enjoys spending time with his two children and attending their activities, like swimming and tennis. He is also an avid drummer and enjoys playing music in local bands. He loves music, art, and theater, and enjoys attending Native American ceremonies such as pow-wows, sundances, and sweats. He was involved in the Big Brother/Big Sister Program for many years.

Stephen is dedicated to social justice and defending the underdog and believes that listening, rather than talking, is the key to a successful career. He became a lawyer to help people stand up against injustice, and his purpose with Hendler Flores Law is to do just that.

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