Nanci Sessions-Stacey

Nanci Sessions-Stacey is an Associate in the Newport Beach office of Gaines & Stacey LLP, specializing in land use, zoning, environmental law, related litigation and political advocacy.  The firm provides counsel to property owners, real estate developers, government agencies, community groups and individuals related to real estate and general business issues.

Ms. Sessions-Stacey practices in a number of land use related areas, including litigation involving real property disputes.  She also specializes in matters involving the California Coastal Commission.

Ms. Sessions-Stacey is a member of both the State Bar of California and the State Bar of Utah.

Ms. Sessions- Stacey was born in San Bernardino, California, but has spent considerable time living and working in Utah, Colorado and New York.  She has been a nationally ranked Masters Rower, having completed in regattas throughout the United States.  She is an active member of the Newport Aquatic Center.

Ms. Sessions-Stacey lives on Balboa Island with her husband Sherman.

Legal Employment:

2000 – Present
Gaines & Stacey LLP
Newport Beach, California
Associate specializing in land use, zoning, environmental law, related litigation and political advocacy.

1998 – 2000

Stacey & Stacey
Park City, Utah
Attorney specializing in contract and real estate law. Of Counsel to the Law Firm of Black, Stithe & Argyle. Pro Bono Guardian Ad Litem – Third District Court.

Professional Employment:

1992 – 1994
New York City School Construction Authority
Long Island City, New York
Director, Employment Division.

1982 – 1991
Colorado Outward Bound School
Denver, Colorado
Program Consultant/Course Leader.

1979 – 1991
Robber Roost Ranch
Hanksville, Utah
Owner-Operator of 205,000 acre cattle ranch.

1977 – 1991
Outlaw Trails, Inc.
Hanksville, Utah
Chief Operating Officer.


  • Kennedy School Ombudsman, 1991-1992.
  • UCLA Women’s Law Journal, 2000-2001.
  • Utah Guardian Ad Litem, 2000.