Our Attorneys

attorneyAt Stephenson Fournier, our ability to handle the most complex legal needs is a testament to the sophisticated level of skill our attorneys offer in the areas of business transactions, commercial real estate, business law and tax planning, estate planning and probate.

Individually and collectively, we work efficiently to achieve timely results that make sense in each context. We have been doing this for decades. We are confident in our ability to generate this same value for you as a prospective client.

  • James F. Stephenson Jr.

    Founder and partner James F. Stephenson Jr. is a business and commercial transaction attorney and real estate lawyer whose advice to clients is enhanced by his depth of experience in tax planning.

  • Juli Fournier

    Juli Fournier is a partner who represents businesses and individuals in a broad range of corporate and general business law and finance matters. Her experience includes transactions such as mergers, acquisitions and dispositions of operating businesses, private offerings of securities, financings and loan transactions, and structuring and re-structuring of various businesses including corporations, limited liability companies and general and limited partnerships. She advises clients regarding partnerships and joint ventures, loan transactions, non-competition covenants, employment relationships, pledge agreements, shareholder agreements, security, escrow, guaranty and complex merger agreements, settlement agreements, promissory notes, secured financings and many other types of business contracts. Ms. Fournier also represents a wide range of non-profit organizations.

  • Christopher Hanno

    Mr. Hanno handles a variety of real estate and business transactions, including acquisitions, development, financing and the disposition of retail, multi-family and office properties. He represents commercial landlords and tenants in all areas of retail and office leasing. Chris also advises clients with regard to the formation and structure of business entities, the purchase and sale of businesses, borrowing and lending, mergers and reorganizations, and other contractual agreements.

  • Jennifer Elskes

    Ms. Elskes is a partner in the firm advising clients on all phases of estate planning, probate, and trust law. Her practice includes preparation of wills, generation-skipping trusts, insurance trusts, bypass trusts, marital property agreements, grantor retained annuity trusts, special needs trusts and related documents. She also represents clients in estate and business planning for small, mid-sized and large closely-held businesses, including family limited partnerships.

  • Alison Bloom

    Alison Bloom

    Alison Bloom brings a deep-seated work ethic to representing clients and working with them to achieve their goals. Alison's background in tax accounting informs her strategies for identifying pertinent issues and advising on opportunities for clients.

  • Michael Cohodes

    Michael Cohodes

    Michael Cohodes is a Houston native who prides himself on dependability, communication and trust, which makes him an asset to a broad range of clients. His background in real estate combined with his experience working with large and small companies give him a unique perspective that translates into success, regardless of the size of a transaction. Michael has a rare ability to develop strong relationships with people from all backgrounds and to provide understanding for many legal unique issues. As an approachable young practitioner, Michael is a passionate advocate providing sound legal advice and dedicated to achieving the best results in transactions.