Of Counsel | Trial Attorney
Undergrad: University of Central Florida, Orlando
Law School: Hoftsra University, New York City
Once a defendant in Sarasota County’s juvenile justice system, Stefan Campagna is a uniquely incredible success story. As an adolescent, Stefan was faced with numerous felony criminal charges and eventually referred to the Teen Court of Sarasota. After a successful completion of sanctions, he made the decision to turn his life around and help other young people overcome their mistakes. Stefan graduated from the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University in New York, and after spending some time with the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office, returned to Florida in order to impact the system that first introduced him to the courtroom.
Now a Sarasota criminal defense lawyer, Stefan has represented hundreds of individuals across Sarasota County who have been accused of misdemeanor and felony offenses. As a former defendant, Stefan focuses on each case as if it were his own, paying special attention to each detail, with his irreplaceable perspective.
After starting a youth court program while in law school in New York, Stefan has been an essential influence in juvenile diversion policy across the country. He currently serves as the Program Administrator for the National Association of Youth Courts, producing and overseeing the substantive content disseminated to programs across the country, as well as providing consulting services to several governmental and legislative agencies – including SAMHSA, OSDFS, and multiple states.
Over the past decade, Stefan has guest lectured in high schools, colleges, and governmental and community-based forums across the country. Stefan also served as a panel member at the American Bar Association’s Meeting during which he advocated the successful passage of the ABA Resolution in Support of Youth Courts. His proudest distinction, however, is as a board member and the public relations chairman of the same Teen Court of Sarasota which he attended as a juvenile.
Stefan is a member of the Florida Bar Association, Sarasota County Bar Association, and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.