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Jay Stephens | Hon AIA

Legal Counsel, AIA International Region

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Jay Stephens has more than 30 years of legal experience, beginning as a judicial law clerk with the US Court of Claims, progressing to private practice and currently serving as Sr. Vice President and General Counsel of the AIA.  Jay served as Deputy Counsel for the American Gas Association from 1997 to 2000, and has been General Counsel of the AIA since September 2000.  He became an Honorary Member of the AIA in 2013.

Jay was admitted to the District of Columbia Bar in 1981 and been admitted to practice before the US Supreme Court, the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, Federal, Sixth, and Seventh Circuits, the US Court of Federal Claims, and the US District Court for the District of Columbia.  Jay earned his undergraduate degree from the University of California (Santa Cruz) and his J.D., magna cum laude, from the Georgetown University Law Center.  He is a member of the American Bar Association and the American Society of Association Executives, where he serves on the ASAE Legal Section Council.