Stephanie Sessions Perkins, JD

General Counsel, Chief Risk and Legal Officer

I lead MGO's initiatives to mitigate the spectrum of legal risks that could impact our firm's success. With a progressive and innovative mindset, I tackle every challenge with acute business acumen, enabling us to concentrate on serving you.

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Leveraging more than 30 years of experience serving the accountancy profession nationwide, I am proud to apply compassion and experience to perpetuating the strategies needed to effectively minimize and manage risk. I oversee the firm’s legal and risk management departments and implement all aspects of the firm’s legal functions, assessing current and future legal, business, and regulatory matters. In addition, I assist leadership in setting, influencing, and executing the overall strategic direction of the firm to enhance overall client service and the success of our professionals.

I specialize in professional liability, regulatory defense, employment practices, transactional, and advisory services for CPA firms and have represented myriad clients in connection with federal and state regulatory investigations, like those initiated by various state Boards of Accountancy, the American Institute of Cerified Public Accountants, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Department of Labor, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and more.

Before joining MGO, I founded Perkins Law Group to create a different kind of law firm — one that capitalizes on big ideas, is fluent in both common and business sense, and consistently delivers excellent results. I also worked in the general counsel’s office of a Big 4 firm as a partner in a premier law firm providing accounting liability and regulatory defense and employment related representation and as the legal services manager at CAMICO Mutual Insurance Company, where I rendered legal and advisory services to CPAs across the country.

In addition to my work at MGO, I am a professor at UC Davis and Sacramento State University, where I teach students ranging from undergraduates to those working toward their masters. I also perform ethics, fraud, and loss prevention training for the accounting profession.

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, Doctor of Law

California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo, B.A.; English Language and Literature/Letters