Brentwood, California Lawyers

Karen Shrira Steinitz
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California Attorney with 18 years experience

Karen Dena Shrira Steinitz attended University of California San Diego where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree, with Honors, in Political Science in 1997. She subsequently earned her Juris Doctorate degree at... Read More »
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Latika M. Malkani
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California Attorney with 23 years experience

Latika Malkani joined Siegel LeWitter Malkani in 1996, and since then has fought to preserve and enforce the rights of women and men working in a variety of professions. Latika's advocacy has included tireless... Read More »
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Giselle F. Guro
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California Lawyer

Giselle F. Guro is an associate attorney at The Law Offices of Ethan M. Weisinger, Inc. Her previous family law experience includes clerking for a family law firm in Walnut Creek and participating in her law school’s... Read More »
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Peter Duong
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California Attorney with 21 years experience

Mr. Duong is the owner of the Law Offices of Peter Duong. He holds a Juris Doctor from Stanford Law School, where he was president of the Moot Court Board and received the Hilmer Oehlman Memorial Prize and the Ira... Read More »
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Paige Simmons Esq.
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Brentwood, CA Lawyer with 8 years experience
(925) 756-7777 131 Sand Creek Rd
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Brentwood, CA 94513
Free ConsultationBusiness, Insurance Claims, Landlord Tenant and Real Estate
Case Western Reserve University School of Law
The Simmons Law Firm is led by Paige Simmons, Esq. Paige has provided legal counsel to California and New York businesses, community associations, management companies, and building owners for close to a decade. She has also spent several years defending and suing Fortune 500 companies like Staples, Home Depot, Benihana, KB Homes and Richmond American Homes. In addition, Paige has handled hundreds of commercial and residential landlord-tenant disputes, judicial foreclosures, personal judgments, and liens.

Paige brings several years of business acumen and insurance knowledge to the firm. Prior to embarking on her legal career, Paige was a licensed all-lines...
Daniel Ethan Selarz
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Los Angeles, CA Lawyer with 6 years experience
(310) 220-4032 11777 San Vicente Blvd.
Suite 702
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Free ConsultationPersonal Injury
Southwestern Law School
Daniel E. Selarz received his B.A. in Business Economics from the University of California Santa Barbara in 2009 and continued on to receive his Juris Doctorate from Southwestern Law School in 2012, where he earned Dean's List honors each year. While in law school, Mr. Selarz served as a staff member of the Southwestern Law Review and competed on behalf of the school's Trial Advocacy Honors Program, where his team was a finalist in the American Association for Justice (AAJ) Student Trial Advocacy Competition. Mr. Selarz and business partner, Aryan Sarbaz, created the law firm of Selarz & Sarbaz...
Stephen Danz
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Los Angeles, CA Lawyer
(877) 789-9707 11661 San Vicente Blvd
Suite 500
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Free ConsultationEmployment
Steve is known for his expertise in employment law, the firm regularly consults with hundreds of clients throughout California and carefully screens the best cases for full trial representation. Steve has had 40 jury trials and has handled hundreds of employment mediation and arbitration since 1988. Steve is widely published in employment law, including “Aviation Employment Law”, Punitive Damages and other topics related to whistleblowers and termination for engagement in protective activity. He is Chair of the Board of Angel Flight West. Areas of Practice Employment Law Litigation Percentage 90% of Practice Devoted to Litigation - See more at: http://www.employmentattorneyca.com/attorney-profiles/stephen-danz/#sthash.nxLpghub.dpuf
Edward William Younger IV
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Brentwood, CA Lawyer with 7 years experience
(925) 420-4111 420 Beatrice Court, Suite G1
Brentwood, CA 94513
Business and Estate Planning
Concord Law School
I am an estate planning and business law lawyer practicing in East Contra Costa County California. I take pride in providing value minded legal services to area families and businesses.
Bryan Mashian Esq.
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Los Angeles, CA Attorney with 34 years experience
(310) 207-1464 11726 San Vicente Boulevard, Suite 290
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Free ConsultationBusiness and Real Estate
UCLA School of Law
By specializing in real estate law for more than 25 years, I provide high quality, practical and cost effective legal advice and protection to my clients in commercial real estate transactions. I was head of the real estate department of a major Los Angeles law firm, where I practiced for 20 years.
Della Shaker
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Los Angeles, CA Attorney with 8 years experience
(310) 921-7055 201 S. Bundy Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Free ConsultationEmployment, Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury and Workers' Comp
Chapman University Fowler School of Law
I am Employment Labor and Personal Injury Lawyer. My top attributes are that I am a motivated self-starter with an aptitude for learning new skills quickly, I am extremely organized, have great time management skills, can maintain composure under pressure and able to work autonomously with little direct supervision.
Amy L. Alvis
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Brentwood, CA Lawyer with 22 years experience
(925) 516-1617 613 First Street, Suite 202
Brentwood, CA 94513
Divorce and Estate Planning
Amy's approach to estate planning is to focus on each client's unique needs and objectives. She strives to design a comprehensive plan for her clients that provides the maximum protection without compromise. Her broad experience enables her to provide keen insight for her clients. She is deeply commitment to her clients and the ethical standards of her profession. Amy has lived in Brentwood since 2001 with her husband and two daughters. She is a Director for the Brentwood Chamber of Commerce and in her free time, enjoys yoga, reading and golf.
Kenneth Sargoy
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Los Angeles, CA Lawyer with 37 years experience
(310) 472-7113 815 Moraga Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Business, Divorce and Employment
Whittier Coll School of Law
Kenneth J. Sargoy attended New York University and graduated from the New School for Social Research in 1971. Ken worked as a social worker in New York City before moving to California where in 1981 he earned a Juris Doctor Degree from Whittier College School of Law. During law school, Ken was a member of the Dean’s List, recipient of the Neil Deitch Memorial Award for Scholastic Achievement, and Notes and Comments Editor of the Whittier Law Review. In 1981, Ken was voted Outstanding Law Review Member. Also during law school, Ken served as extern to the...
Rhonda Darlene Shelton-Kraeber
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Brentwood, CA Lawyer with 28 years experience
(925) 513-1264 4510 O'Hara Ave., Ste. A
Brentwood, CA 94513
Business and Employment
University of California Hastings College of the Law
I have been practicing all aspects of employment law for more than 20 years, including representation of both employers and employees. I assist with all types of employment contracts, wage and hour issues, employment discrimination issues including sexual harassment, employee manuals, workplace safety, wrongful termination, discipline issues, and so on. And when a lawsuit cannot be avoided, I will also handle your litigation needs.
Kevin C. Hamilton
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Los Angeles, CA Attorney with 9 years experience
(619) 804-4701 11940 San Vicente Blvd.
Suite 100
Los Angeles, CA 90049
IP and Patents
University of San Diego School of Law
Robert B. Kaplan
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California Lawyer

Golden Gate University School of LawCalifornia State Courts, State Bar of California, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and U.S. District and Bankruptcy Courts for the Northern, Southern, Central, and Eastern Districts of California
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Richard A. Rogan
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California Attorney with 44 years experience

University of California Hastings College of the LawCalifornia, State Bar of California, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, U.S. District Court for the Northern, Eastern, Central and Southern Districts of California , U.S. Supreme Court and California
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Robert Kayvon
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Los Angeles, CA Lawyer with 12 years experience
(888) 818-8955 11693 San Vicente Blvd., #174
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Free ConsultationPersonal Injury
Univ of West Los Angeles
Randall Brian Jacobs
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Los Angeles, CA Lawyer with 41 years experience
(310) 472-2300 522 So. Sepulveda Blvd.
Suite 200
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Insurance Claims, Personal Injury and Products Liability
Univ of West Los Angeles
Michael Crosner
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Los Angeles, CA Attorney with 51 years experience
(310) 438-5655 815 Moraga Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Consumer, Criminal, Insurance Claims and Maritime
Southwestern Univ School of Law
For over 40 years, Michael Crosner, Esq. has been providing highly skilled and personalized legal services. We have aggressively represented thousands of personal injury victims, and have recovered millions of dollars against individuals, corporations, and municipalities. Crosner Law Corp. is not afraid to litigate difficult cases, and will advance whatever legal costs are necessary to achieve justice. All personal injury cases are taken on a contingency fee basis, meaning our clients pay no legal fees until a successful settlement/verdict is achieved. We can assist you in obtaining medical care without health insurance, and a rental vehicle if your automobile is...
P. David Cienfuegos
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Los Angeles, CA Lawyer with 16 years experience
(310) 270-7514 200 S Barrington Ave # 1245
Los Angeles, CA 90049
U of San Francisco School of Law
John Morey Allen
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Brentwood, CA Attorney with 49 years experience
(925) 240-2700 1210 Central Blvd., Suite 115
Brentwood, CA 94513
U of San Francisco School of Law
Louis Jacobs
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Los Angeles, CA Attorney with 38 years experience
(310) 473-5037 11693 San Vicente Blvd #318
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Business, Collections, Divorce and Family
Western State Univ
Gerson S. Horn
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Los Angeles, CA Attorney with 52 years experience
(310) 571-3855 11661 San Vicente Blvd
Suite 903
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Criminal and Domestic Violence
UCLA School of Law
H F Layton
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Brentwood, CA Lawyer with 28 years experience
(925) 240-1040 8660-B Brentwood Blvd
Brentwood, CA 94513
Divorce and Family
Loyola Law School
Michael Dale Berk
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Los Angeles, CA Attorney with 52 years experience
(310) 401-1345 11661 San Vicente Blvd.
Suite 820
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Business, Personal Injury and Real Estate
UCLA School of Law
Frank Polito
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Los Angeles, CA Lawyer with 33 years experience
(310) 442-9821 11661 San Vicente Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Personal Injury
Georgetown Univ Law Ctr
Daniel L DuRee
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California Attorney

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Martin H. Orlick
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California Attorney with 41 years experience

University of San Francisco School of LawCalifornia
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Marc Howard Gradstein
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Brentwood, CA Attorney with 46 years experience
(800) 922-0777 1758 Latour Avenue
Brentwood, CA 94513
New York Univ School of Law
Pamela Jean Priest
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Brentwood, CA Attorney with 27 years experience
(925) 915-9908 1145 2nd street, Suite A, #221
Brentwood, CA 94513
Family
Santa Clara Univ School of Law
Mr. Zachary M Crosner
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Los Angeles, CA Attorney
(310) 438-5655 815 Moraga Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Free ConsultationEmployment, Landlord Tenant and Social Security Disability
Mr. Les J Weintein Esq.
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Los Angeles, CA Lawyer
(310) 476-0655 1026 N Tigertail Road
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Arbitration & Mediation
Simona Danesh
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Los Angeles, CA Lawyer
(310) 844-2744 12326 Montana Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Personal Injury
David Marc Lederman
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Antioch, CA Lawyer with 22 years experience
(925) 522-8889 3432 Hillcrest Ave
Suite 100
Antioch, CA 94531
Divorce, Family and International
McGeorge School of Law Univ of the Pacific
Mr. Lederman is a Certified Specialist in Family Law by the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Contra Costa County Bar Association's Family Law Section and served as Section President in 2008. He is also a past State Bar Family Law Section Legislation Chair and is the 2017 Family Law Section Chair. He frequently speaks and writes on family law issues.
Eric Vincent Wood
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Antioch, CA Attorney with 5 years experience
(925) 278-6680 5179 Lone Tree Way
Antioch, CA 94531
Free ConsultationBankruptcy
John F. Kennedy University
Mr. Wood began his legal career with the view of developing a personally rewarding practice by working directly with individuals and families. He draws upon his financial background to apply creative approaches to complex Bankruptcy issues. Mr. Wood currently provides Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 services to his clients. Prior to establishing his firm, Mr. Wood worked at a prominate Bankruptcy Law Firm counseling clients in the areas of Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 Bankruptcy and in Consumer Litigation. Mr. Wood has also worked as a project manager for Morgan Stanley Capital International and in portfolio management at Mellon...
Fred Charles Beyer
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Antioch, CA Lawyer with 42 years experience
(925) 754-5959 3700 Delta Fair Blvd
Suite 200-D
Antioch, CA 94509
Free ConsultationDivorce
Western State Univ
38 years experience handling divorces of all types, both simple and complex.
Donald Lee Cox
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Antioch, CA Attorney with 31 years experience
(925) 778-1063 1709 Taft Ct
Antioch, CA 94509
Free ConsultationAppeals, Business, Environmental and Medical Malpractice
John F Kennedy Univ School of Law
Matthew B. Talbot
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Walnut Creek, CA Lawyer with 12 years experience
(925) 322-1795 2033 N. Main St. Suite 750
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Free ConsultationElder, Estate Planning and Probate
University of San Francisco School of Law
Matthew focuses on elder law, estate planning, and related practice areas. He began his career in the field of trusts and estates, and expanded into elder and probate law. He quickly realized that he enjoyed the personal nature of working in estate and elder law, and chose to continue by opening his own firm. He is passionate about taking care of his clients, and treats each of them as if they were family. Matthew was admitted to the California bar in 2006 and has practiced law in Contra Costa Country since 2006. He earned his J.D. at...
Sharon Adams
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California Attorney with 28 years experience

Adams Law Office specializes in providing a full range of intellectual property services to small and medium sized businesses and solo inventors. Services include filing patent applications, responding to U.S. Patent... Read More »
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Sarah Van Voorhis
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California Lawyer with 18 years experience

Stanford Law SchoolCalifornia
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Konstantine A Demiris
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Walnut Creek, CA Attorney with 13 years experience
(925) 378-2520 700 Ygnacio Valley Road, Suite 140
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Free ConsultationAppeals, Elder, Estate Planning and Probate
Santa Clara University
Konstantine "Kosta" Demiris is a partner at the law firm of Demiris & Moore, located in the heart of downtown Walnut Creek, in the center of Contra Costa County. His practice focuses on litigation involving elder abuse (financial and physical), will and trust litigation, conservatorships, guardianships, HOA's, and appeals. Kosta is actively involved in the Contra Costa County legal community. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Contra Costa County Bar Association's Elder Law Section. He serves as court-appointed counsel in Conservatorship cases in Contra Costa County. Kosta is dedicated to helping...
Ghazal Sharif
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(925) 768-7718 Suite 250
Pleasanton, CA 94566
Free ConsultationPleasanton, CA Lawyer with 3 years experience
Criminal, DUI and Domestic Violence
California Western School of Law
WELCOME. For those seeking a DUI and criminal defense lawyer, welcome! I am the Founding Partner of the Law Office of Ghazal Sharif. I defend good people facing DUI and criminal charges. As a former prosecutor and passionate defense lawyer, I am results driven and client focused. I offer results, move for dismissals, fight for reduced charges and negotiate plea deals. I do what is best for my clients because my clients’ wins are my wins.

FIRM SPECIALITY. I aspire to be the go–to lawyer for the toughest cases. I am often hired by clients with make–or–break matters, including immigrants,...
Christina Weed
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Walnut Creek, CA Lawyer with 10 years experience
(925) 390-3222 1990 N California Blvd
Suite 1020
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Business, Estate Planning, Probate and Tax
University of San Diego School of Law and Whittier Law School
Christina Weed understands the complex life demands and goals of her clients. Christina also understands that most of the time it is not possible to completely separate family life from business. Clients need an integrated plan that covers all of their family, business, tax, and estate planning concerns. Christina has dedicated the past thirteen years to the study and practice of law, taxation, business, accounting, and estate planning and uses this knowledge to consult with her clients in business, tax and estate planning matters. Christina is a licensed attorney with an LL.M. in Taxation from the...
Lorna M. Jaynes
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Pleasanton, CA Lawyer with 19 years experience
(510) 795-6304 6200 Stoneridge Mall Rd
#300
Pleasanton, CA 94588
Free ConsultationArbitration & Mediation, Civil Rights, Divorce and Family
Santa Clara University School of Law
Because divorce is a problem to be solved, not a battle to be won, I focus on alternatives to the court system, through Collaborative Law and Mediation. I believe that most families and children are best served by being supported to work together in resolving their family matters. The fundamental goal in both Collaborative Divorce and Mediation is client empowerment.

With either mediation or the Collaborative process you will have control of the decisions that are made and will be firmly supported, legally and emotionally, in achieving a successful dissolution of your relationship. This not only allows but also encourages you...
Pezhman Pakneshan
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Walnut Creek, CA Attorney with 14 years experience
(415) 293-8454 1255 Treat Boulevard, Suite 300
Walnut Creek, CA 94597
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI and Domestic Violence
Univ of Pennsylvania LS
The Pakneshan Firm is dedicated to representing clients accused, investigated or charged in state and federal criminal and administrative matters. The Pakneshan Firm is a Bay Area criminal and DUI law firm which has the experience, expertise and resources to handle all phases of your case. Our firm represents clients in Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, Marin, Napa, Sonoma, Solano, Santa Clara, and San Mateo counties. The Pakneshan Firm has established itself as one of the Bay Area’s premier criminal defense firms. We have a proven track record for getting the best possible results for our clients.

As a former...
Gerald Ray Prettyman
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Pleasanton, CA Lawyer with 12 years experience
(925) 600-7342 5890 Stoneridge Dr Ste 102
Pleasanton, CA 94588
Free ConsultationBusiness, IP, Patents and Trademarks
Golden Gate University
Gerald R. Prettyman has been preparing and filing patents since 2001, and since 2006 has additionally filed trademarks, copyrights and business filings, and worked to prevent and solve legal problems for his clients . Mr. Prettyman has filed or handles close to 200 patents and applications for his client as well as over 70 trademarks. Mr. Prettyman was previously as an engineer and a business manager, making him uniquely qualified to work with tech companies and start-ups.
John Toby Schreiber
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Walnut Creek, CA Attorney with 31 years experience
(925) 472-6620 Law Offices of John T. Schreiber
1255 Treat Blvd., Suite 300
Walnut Creek, CA 94597
Appeals
Santa Clara University School of Law
I assist clients and/or their trial counsel in California's appellate courts, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. I am a Certified Specialist in Appellate Law, State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. I am one of about 300 certified specialists in this practice area in the State of California.

Recent statistics published by California's Judicial Council show that civil appeals are reversed less than 20% of the time. When I represent an appellant, over the course of almost 30 years of handling civil appeals my reversal rate is 3 times that.

For almost...
Daniel Timothy Quane
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Danville, CA Lawyer with 13 years experience
(925) 314-2320 571 Hartz Ave
Danville, CA 94526
Estate Planning and Probate
Golden Gate University School of Law and McGeorge School of Law Univ of the Pacific
Daniel T. Quane manages the Doyle Quane Family Trusts and Estates practice. Dan is a Certified Legal Specialist in Estate Planning, Trusts and Probate Law. He has an advanced legal degree in Taxation (LL.M.) and he was named Super Lawyer’s Rising Star in 2015 and 2016. He works with a diverse range of clients, from those of average means to wealthy families requiring complex advanced estate tax planning strategies. Dan has experience guiding families through the complex legal process required upon death in the most efficient manner possible, whether it’s through trust administration or the probate court process. He...
Indy G. Colbath
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Walnut Creek, CA Lawyer with 5 years experience
(925) 289-8574 1299 Newell Hill Pl.
Ste 300
Walnut Creek, CA 94596-7020
Free ConsultationDivorce, Domestic Violence and Family
California Western School of Law and University of California - Davis
Indy Colbath is a licensed California attorney who has focused the entirety of her legal career on family law issues, including: divorce, annulment, child custody, child support, spousal support, property division, and domestic violence restraining orders. Indy has a breadth of courtroom experience she relies upon when assessing her clients’ family law matters, as well as strong relationships with the local legal community and bench. Indy has effectively represented her clients in an array of complex family law litigation, many of which involving high net worth individuals. Even though Indy has a passion for courtroom advocacy, she understands that every...
Jen Grondahl Lee
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San Ramon, CA Attorney with 9 years experience
(925) 586-6738 111 Deerwood Road
Suite 200
San Ramon, CA 94583
Bankruptcy and Consumer
University of Richmond School of Law
When I opened my law firm in 2010, I was pretty much just a bankruptcy attorney. But over the years, as clients came to me with their unique challenges, I evolved my thinking beyond bankruptcy.

I've developed innovative solutions to help my clients handle their debt and credit issues. As a debt and credit strategy attorney, I show clients all options available to them, explain the consequences of each option, and guide them to decisions that fit their individual situation, budget, and timeline. Bankruptcy for my clients is the last, not first option.

My services are for individuals and business owners....
Lorna M. Jaynes
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California Lawyer with 19 years experience

Because divorce is a problem to be solved, not a battle to be won, I focus on alternatives to the court system, through Collaborative Law and Mediation. I believe that most families and children are best served by being... Read More »
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Elina Tilman
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California Attorney

Elina Tilman is an associate in JMBM's Labor & Employment Group in San Francisco. Her experience serving as the Chancellor’s Legal Fellow at the University of California at Davis, Office of Campus Counsel, includes... Read More »
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Brentwood Legal Aid & Pro Bono Services

Contra Costa Senior Legal Services
(925) 609-7900
Concord, CA


Contra Costa County Bar Association
(925) 686-6900
Concord, CA

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