Stan O. Van Vleck, Galt High School ’83
Stan Van Vleck is a Partner in the Sacramento valley’s largest law firm, Downey Brand, LLP. He recently concluded a three-year term as the firm’s Chairman. Stan is also the owner and president of Van Vleck Ranch, a 160-year old cattle ranching and farming operation in Sacramento, Amador and El Dorado Counties. Additionally, he owns and operates his own government relations and advocacy firm, Cal Connected.
A 2014 profile by the Sacramento Business Journal reveals the remarkable journey and road to success that Stan has traveled, beginning in his early years as the child of a single mother, living in a trailer, and attending Galt High School.
From Galt, Stan went on to achieve great academic success at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. There, he worked his way through school in various jobs and was the first student ever to serve in the three-highest offices in the university’s student government, including Chairman and Student Body President. He graduated from Cal Poly in 1988 with a B.S. in agricultural business, earning the “Outstanding Graduate” award from the College of Agriculture, before going on to earn his law degree from University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.
Stan is actively involved professional and community service and has been recognized with numerous honors and awards. Speaking of the lifelong impacts from his experiences at Galt High School, Stan shares the following:
“Galt High School and more specifically its teachers helped prepare me to be successful in several key areas: Jim Ashwanden and Larry Tosta did an excellent job preparing us to analyze and extemporaneously debate an issue through the FFA. Mike Millet did a great job immersing us in government and US history through his mock competitions and sparked my interest to choose a life course to represent some of the worlds largest businesses against government intrusion. Anne Millet’s child development course helped me to understand the importance of placing “family” as my highest priority and why it needs your most focused attention. Finally, Coach Hatzenbuhler instilled in me the importance of hard work, thorough preparation and ALWAYS respecting your opponent. These characteristics are now woven into my basic fiber and combined with luck have helped me to be where I am today. Thank you Galt High and its tireless teachers and staff.”