Severson & Werson is pleased to announce Mary Kate Sullivan has been named the new Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner. The newly elected members of the Executive Committee are Mary Kate Sullivan, Mark Wraight, Mike Murphy and Duane Geck.

Effective, Experienced, Exceptional.

Associate

Stephen D. Britt

Stephen Britt banking litigation

“The leading rule for the lawyer, as for the man of every calling, is diligence.” –Abraham Lincoln. Stephen prides himself on his hard work, preparation, efficiency, and ability to navigate complex legal issues in order to obtain his clients’ desired results in every individual case.

Mr. Britt defends national mortgage lenders and loan servicers against borrower complaints about lender liability, title claims, wrongful foreclosure, and statutory/regulatory violations. Mr. Britt believes client relationships are best formed and maintained by determining a client’s interests and potential risks in each unique case at an early stage. Mr. Britt then works in an expedient manner to achieve the client’s desired results, whether it be by diligently negotiating a favorable settlement, or achieving the requested results through the litigation process.

Before joining Severson & Werson in 2015, Mr. Britt worked at a firm specializing in defense of mortgage lenders, loan servicers, trustees, and REO management companies in civil litigation. Mr. Britt was also previously employed as the head of motions and appeals at an Irvine firm specializing in the nationwide representation of physicians and medical professionals in civil, administrative, and criminal defense cases. In these positions, Mr. Britt was responsible for litigating a wide range of cases from their inception through the appeals process. In these roles, Mr. Britt achieved success in administrative, state, and federal cases, including drafting and arguing motions in state appellate courts and federal circuit courts.

In the past, Mr. Britt served in Sacramento as a Legislative Aide in the California State Assembly, and as a Community Representative for a United States Congressman. During law school, Mr. Britt competed at the University of San Diego National Mock Trial team and was the Senior Associate Editor of the San Diego International Law Journal. Mr. Britt also clerked at the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office Family Protection Division, where he assisted with the prosecution of felony domestic violence, child abuse, elder abuse, and murder cases. Mr. Britt additionally volunteered at the San Diego County South Bay Domestic Violence Clinic, helping victims of domestic violence obtain legal protections from their attackers. In 2012, Mr. Britt was honored to receive the Wiley W. Manuel Award for pro bono legal services from the California State Bar.

In his free time, Mr. Britt loves traveling, watching sports, reading, hiking, cycling, and volunteering at the Orange County Food Bank. Mr. Britt is also a member of the Orange County Bar Association.

Education

  • University of San Diego School of Law, J.D., 2011
  • University of San Diego, B.A., cum laude, 2007

Admissions

  • California