Barbara Stevens obtained a Bachelor of Arts in French from California State University Northridge. She went on to earn a Juris Doctor from the University of La Verne College of Law.
In 1976, Ms. Stevens began practicing workers' compensation law with the firm of Levy, Koszdin & Woods. Thereafter she became a partner in the firm of Colaneri & Stevens, continuing to represent injured workers. She handled many successful appeals on reconsideration, and acted as a Judge Pro Tem at the Santa Monica and Van Nuys Workers' Compensation Appeals Boards.
In 1985, she joined the Los Angeles firm of Weling, Dowling & Gail broadening her focus to include representation of employers and insureds before numerous Workers' Compensation Appeals Boards throughout California, transferring to Sacramento in 1988. She has represented injured workers, as well as private self-insured employers and workers' compensation insurance carriers before the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board. Her workers' compensation areas of practice extended to serious and willful misconduct claims, 132a discrimination claims, wage and hour claims, insurance coverage disputes, and uninsured employers.
In 1991, Ms. Stevens left the Sacramento firm of O'Reilly, Jackson & Stevens to accept a position as a Workers' Compensation Referee.
In 1994, she was appointed as a Workers' Compensation Judge at the Sacramento Workers' Compensation Appeals Board, and in 1995 transferred to the Bakersfield Workers' Compensation Appeals Board.
In 2004, Ms. Stevens left the Bakersfield Workers' Compensation Appeals Board and returned to private practice.
During her career, Ms. Stevens has been a participating panelist at the California Applicants' Attorneys Association Conference, lecturer at P.O.S.T. training classes, a WCAB Audit Unit Appeals Hearing Officer, and a participating panelist at the Northern California Defense Attorneys Association Conference.
Ms. Stevens has been "Of Counsel" to the Law Office of Wm. Todd Berry since 2009.