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Father-daughter duo start new law firm in San Luis Obispo

Jeff Stein and his daughter, Kara Stein-Conaway, are leaving one of the largest criminal law firms in the county to start their own practice led by Stein-Conaway.
Jeff Stein and his daughter, Kara Stein-Conaway, are leaving one of the largest criminal law firms in the county to start their own practice led by Stein-Conaway. dmiddlecamp@thetribunenews.com

A new San Luis Obispo law firm focusing on the emerging crossover between criminal defense, immigration issues and professional licensing has been founded by longtime local lawyers — and father-daughter team — Kara Stein-Conaway and Jeff Stein.

The bilingual Stein-Conaway Law Firm, which opened early this month, practices all areas of criminal law, with a focus on people with language barriers and other difficulties in navigating the criminal justice system.

The two attorneys — formerly of Stein, Casciola & Galambos LLP — have about 50 years of combined legal experience in criminal defense.

Stein began practicing law as a public defender in San Bernardino County in 1975, starting his solo practice in 1980. He’s since served as president of the San Luis Obispo County Bar Association and the California Attorneys for Criminal Justice. Stein-Conaway began her career as a Los Angeles County deputy public defender, completing more than 20 jury trials. She joined her father’s firm in 2013.

Stein-Conaway will now head the new practice while Stein will work in a collaborative role, Stein-Conaway said. That dynamic will allow him more time with his grandsons and 93-year-old father, she said.

In addition, the Stein-Conaway Law Firm specializes in representing Spanish-speaking clients.

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