Biography

Biography

Star brings years of elite law firm and government experience to her practice. After graduating from UCLA School of Law in 2007, Star began her career as a real estate associate in the Costa Mesa office of Rutan & Tucker, LLP, where she worked on a variety of business matters, including drafting agreements for a Fortune 500 company. She followed her corporate legal experience with nearly 6 years in patriotic public service, serving as a Judge Advocate in the United States Air Force, where she attained the rank of Captain and was awarded a Joint Service Commendation Medal in 2013. 

As a Judge Advocate, Star took on a wide variety of important responsibilities, including an in-house counsel role and acting as a Policy Advisor (Embed) on Rule of Law to the U.S. Embassy in Kabul.  During her service, Star handled a multitude of matters from labor law and government contracting to  criminal prosecutions and work as a Special Assistant United States Attorney.

Education

UCLA School of Law

Juris Doctor, J.D.

New York University School of Law

Masters of Law, LLM in Taxation

The University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Master of Business Administration, MBA

When serving her clients, Star draws from a strong background of business, tax, and international experience.  In addition to studying law at UCLA School of Law, Star earned her Master of Laws in Taxation from NYU Law, ranked #1 by U.S. News Tax Rankings.  Star also garnered her MBA through the Global Executive Program at The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, ranked #1 Executive MBA and #1 Business School in U.S. News Rankings.  Earlier in her career, Star studied at the University of California, Irvine and Biola University.

Additional Mediation Training

Ms. Lopez actively hones her dispute resolution skills through ongoing education, her legal practice, and volunteer work.  Star has participated in multiple mediation programs, including:

  • Family Resolution Institute Divorce Mediation Training
  • Waymakers Dispute Resolution Services Mediation Training
  • Waymakers Dispute Resolution Services Civil Harassment Mediation Training

Honors

Star Lopez is a recognized and reputed attorney in Orange County, California, and beyond. She is honored to have served the legal community in several important capacities, including:

  • Chair of the International Law Section of the Orange County Bar Association
  • Committee Member of the International Law Section, Public International Law, for the California Bar Association
  • Rule of Law Vice Chair, International Tax Committee, American Bar Association

In 2016, Star presented on a panel presentation for the ABA Section of International Law titled “Austerity, Big Government, and Practical Limits of Taxation” and moderated a panel for the ABA titled International Employment Hurdles: Payroll Tax Played Out. Star’s work has been included in prestigious publications, including the UCLA Law Review (as co-author with Benjamin Oklan, “The Convergence of Good Faith and Oversight,” 55 UCLA Law Review 559 (2008)) and the ABA Section of International Law as a co-author in Year in Review, Spring 2015. 

Orange County Office

260 Newport Center Dr.

Newport Beach, CA 92660

San Diego Office

401 West A Street, #1100

San Diego, CA 92101

Telephone:  (949) 301-9443

Email:  star@businesslawoc.com