Stanna Michelle Slater (born Jeffery Slater) became a licensed Arizona attorney in 1989.
Stanna founded the Law Office of Jeffery S. Slater in 1999 after practicing 10 years with Arizona's finest trial lawyers (handling the most complex civil cases, including ones alleging medical malpractice).
Since its launch, the Law Office of Jeffery Slater has represented a diverse group of insurance companies, healthcare providers, corporations, estates and individuals. Stanna is recognized as "Distinguished" by Martindale - Hubbell (Attorney Peer Reviews) for professional achievement and ethics. She has received the "Superb" designation by the Avvo Online Directory of Attorneys.
While practicing Law, Stanna has devoted a substantial amount of her time trying to help those who identify as Transgender or Gay. Stanna is a former Chair of the Arizona State Bar's Committee on Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity (SOGI), where she served for six consecutive years. While on the State Bar's SOGI Committee, Stanna was appointed by the State Bar to also serve on a special Task Force commissioned to review the lawyer ethics rule, ER8.4, pertaining to unlawful bias and prejudice. Stanna has also served on the Board of Directors at one•n•ten, an Arizona nonprofit that strives to empower youth who identify as Transgender or Gay.
Stanna was recognized in 2016 by the City of Scottsdale as a Diversity Champion and by Arizona Foothills Magazine as one of the Women Who Move the Valley.
Slater earned the Juris Doctor degree in 1989 from the University of Denver College of Law.
In law school, Slater served on the Denver University Law Review, where her contributions included extensive published analyses on opinions rendered by the United States 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Before law school, Slater studied Journalism at the University of Oklahoma and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1986.
In conjunction with earning a bachelor’s degree, Slater was commissioned in 1986 as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army Reserve (through the Reserve Officer Training Corps at the University of Oklahoma). This followed achievements that included the award of an academic scholarship and selection as a cadet to attend the US Army's prestigious Airborne (Paratrooper) Course at Fort Benning, Georgia, where Slater learned to parachute and earned the coveted “Silver Wings” Parachutist Badge.
Beginning in 1986, Slater served as an officer in the US Army Reserve (USAR) for a total of 13 years, devoting three of these years specifically to Arizona by serving in the 153rd Field Artillery Brigade of the Arizona Army National Guard. While in the National Guard, Slater achieved the rank of Captain and was awarded, among other honors, the Army Commendation Medal. After completing service to the USAR, Slater received Honorable Discharge in 1999.