Eric L. Graves
Eric graduated from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1995. During law school he was selected to be both a writer and editor for the Pacific Law Journal. He graduated with great distinction and was granted membership in the Order of the Coif which is reserved for the top ten percent of all graduating law students.
Eric worked at several firms of varying size and practice areas before founding the Law Firm of Stone & Graves in 2002. The diversity of his legal training allowed Stone & Graves to practice in numerous different areas.Eric is Stone & Graves’ primary transactional lawyer and deals with real estate, business formation, business transaction, employment and estate planning matters. Eric’s focus in undertaking transactional work is to plan ahead to reduce a client’s potential liability and legal costs in the future.
Eric also has a litigation practice focused primarily in the areas of business, real property, appellate and employment litigation. As with his transactional practice, Eric is concerned with obtaining the most economically efficient outcome for his clients both before and during litigation. As is most often the case, litigation is time consuming and expensive with uncertain results. It is the goal of Stone & Graves and its attorneys to craft creative solutions to difficult litigation matters in an effort to minimize exposure and save costs and fees.
Eric is a longtime resident of Gold River and volunteers his time to several civic organizations in the area and serves on the Board of Directors of CASA Sacramento. He lives with his wife Kristen and son Tyson. Eric enjoys coaching youth athletics and is an avid reader, concertgoer and boxer.
Reported Cases: Adams v. Aerojet (2001) 86 Cal.App.4th 1324.
Jeff received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of California, Berkeley in 1987 with majors in both Legal Studies and Political Science. Having lived in Northern California his whole life, and being interested in broadening his experience, Jeff attended law school in Washington D.C. at the American University, Washington College of Law. Initially, Jeff also enrolled at the University’s School of International Service, focused on international law, and was an editor for the School’s Journal of International Law and Policy.Jeff was drawn towards courtroom work and local legal issues while working in the Washington D.C. criminal justice system during law school. Therefore, upon graduation with his Juris Doctorate in 1991, he decided to return to his hometown as a Deputy District Attorney for Santa Clara County.
After his time as a prosecutor, Jeff furthered his litigation skills as an associate at the San Jose Firm Berliner Cohen. There, he focused on business, real estate and employment litigation. In 1996 Jeff moved to Folsom and has been practicing in the Sacramento region ever since. Honing his practice at several firms in the area, Jeff also worked defending public entities in civil rights, employment, personal injury and contract matters. Always with an eye towards experience and knowledge, his practice over the years included everything from lease and contract negotiations, to construction defects and product liability, to multi-jurisdictional mass tort pharmaceutical litigation. From assisting with transactional work, to conducting litigation and trials, all the way through appellate representation, Jeff always practices with a focus on results â€“ as efficiently and effectively as possible.
In 2002, Jeff established Stone & Graves, in order to practice law most in line with their joint vision of a practice dedicated to responsiveness to their clients’ legal needs and practical goals. While lawsuits play a vital role in our long tradition of dynamic and adversarial dispute resolution, they must be approached professionally, astutely and proactively. Jeff handles all phases of legal representation – for individuals, companies and public entities – in matters relating to business, real estate, contract, employment, collections, personal injury and property damage.
Jeff was admitted to the State Bar of California and United States District Court, Northern District of California in 1991, and the Eastern District of California in 1993. His reported cases include Sears v. Baccaglio (1998) 60 Cal. App. 4th and Morris v. Horton (1994) 22 Cal. App. 4th 968.
Jeff retired from private civil practice in 2017. He currently works for the State of California, Department of Justice.
David R. Zarka
David received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Stanford University in 1977. Already interested in real estate matters at this time, David was also a title searcher and customer service representative at California Land Title Company of Santa Clara County. He then attended the University Of San Francisco School Of Law and became a member of the McAuliffe Honor Society (the university’s award of recognition to its outstanding law students). Obtaining his Juris Doctorate degree in 1981, David practiced briefly in his native San Jose, and then embarked on a legal career in Sacramento County, where he has remained since 1983.With a focus on litigation, David started his career in the field of insurance defense, where he gained extensive experience in the areas of personal injury law, construction defect litigation, insurance coverage law, and defense of physicians and hospitals in professional negligence cases. Of note is his successful defense of a $42 million claim which involved the complicated sale and purchase of customer lists belonging to a nationally-recognized telephone company. Over time, David’s practice went beyond insurance defense and he widened his experience by representing individuals and companies in matters which included employment law, wage & hour claims, product liability, and mass tort pharmaceutical litigation, in addition to the areas of personal injury litigation and business and real estate law. Embracing the challenges of litigation, he has successfully represented clients through claims processes, administrative hearings, mediations, arbitrations and trials.
David was admitted to the State Bar of California and the United States District Court for the Northern District of California in 1982; to the Eastern District in 1983; and to the Southern District in 2010. He has been admitted pro hac vice to multiple courts across the United States, most recently to the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri.
With a commitment to provide his clients with honest, personal service as efficiently and cost effectively as possible, the hallmark of David’s life’s work (on both a personal and professional level) is guided by the Golden Rule to treat others as one would wish to be treated – with fairness and respect.
David and his wife, Deborah, have two daughters, Elaina and Ana. Avid animal lovers, he and his family have three dogs and have joined a border collie rescue. For several years, he has been a Knight of Columbus and religious facilitator at his parish church in Sacramento. He is a past vice-president and a former Director of the Divine Mercy Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to raising funds and establishing educational programs for students in Sacramento and the Philippines. In June, 2010, David was inducted as a knight with the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, an international lay religious order founded in the middle of the 11th Century which performs medical and humanitarian activities in over 120 countries world-wide.
Tyler is in his fifth year working exclusively in Family Law. During this time, he has litigated numerous cases involving all aspects of divorce, custody, support, division of property and separation. Tyler began his career outside of law by working as a mechanical engineer followed by 12 years in the finance industry working as a trading specialist researching and preparing firms for trade disputes and mediation. Tyler has used his years of detailed work experience in pressure filled environments to better suit the demands of his clients regarding court hearings, trials and mediation by shielding his client’s from stress.
• California 2012
• Federal – Eastern District 2012
• Lincoln Law School, Sacramento CA. J.D. – 2011
• Walla Walla University, College Place WA. B.S Mechanical Engineering – 1994
Professional Associations and Memberships
• State Bar of California, Family Law Section
• Sacramento County Bar Association, Family Law Section
• Board member – Data Driven Athlete Racing