Rubidoux, California Intellectual Property Lawyers

Allan Howard Grant
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Riverside, CA Intellectual Property Lawyer with 17 years experience
(888) 937-7555 3638 University Ave. # 203
Riverside, CA 92501
Free ConsultationIP, Business, Patents and Trademarks
California Western School of Law
Grant’s Law Firm, is a business oriented law firm composed of experienced attorneys delivering aggressive and innovative services in a cost-effective manner. While we offer the kind of work product, expected from a large law firm, we retain small firm efficiency and focus on personalized service to individuals, businesses and business owners throughout Orange County, Riverside County, and Los Angeles County, California. Our business lawyers craft creative and efficient solutions to various legal problems, no matter how complex the issues may be. In doing so, we seek to build long term relationships with our clients, so that we can contribute to...
Marc Steven Colen
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Riverside, CA Intellectual Property Lawyer with 35 years experience
(951) 394-8265 3610 Central Avenue
Ste. 400 -102
Riverside, CA 92506
Free ConsultationIP, Business, Patents and Trademarks
Loyola Law School
Marc Colen received his bachelor of science and master of science degrees in engineering from U.C.L.A., studied economics and C.S.U.N and then received his J.D. from Loyola Law School on an accelerated program. He was elected a member of the Law Honor Society and received the American Jurisprudence award. Marc immediately passed the bar examination. After working for law firms, including Jones, Day, Marc began his own practice in 1990. Marc has taught and lectured at U.C.L.A., the RAND Graduate School and Pierce College. He is the author of many papers and has made...
Mr. Kenneth Avila
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Riverside, CA Intellectual Property Lawyer with 7 years experience
(909) 255-6116 11801 Pierce Street
Riverside, CA 92505
IP, Business, Patents and Trademarks
California Southern Law School
I was born in Brazil but grew up in Riverside after my family immigrated to the United States. Growing up I loved playing football, basketball, soccer, and baseball with my brothers and the kids in the neighborhood but I was always fascinated by my oldest brother's interest in science. So after graduating from high school in Riverside I majored in Electrical Engineering at California Polytechnic University where I obtained both a Bachelor and Master degree in Electrical Engineering. As an engineer I have worked for a number of different technology companies ranging from large aerospace...
Raz Messerian
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Upland, CA Intellectual Property Attorney
(626) 737-9008 305 North Second Avenue #127
Upland, CA 91786-6064
IP and Patents
Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
Prior to opening his own practice, Raz Messerian was an associate attorney at one of the nation's largest intellectual property law firms. As a registered Patent Attorney he has prosecuted numerous patents across a wide range of technologies before the United States Patent & Trademark Office. Mr. Messerian has worked with clients of various sizes: from Fortune 500 companies to solo inventors. Raz Messerian received his M.S. and B.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from UCLA. Mr. Messerian's strong technical background and proclivity for the sciences serves as an invaluable tool in aiding him understand the nature and inner-workings...
Christina Gagnier
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Claremont, CA Intellectual Property Attorney
(909) 576-1411 201 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Suite 202
Claremont, CA 91711
IP
Riverside, CA Intellectual Property Lawyer with 24 years experience
(951) 781-9231 3403 10th St
Riverside, CA 92501
IP
Harvard Univ Law School
Riverside, CA Intellectual Property Attorney with 31 years experience
(951) 684-2171 3750 University Ave
Riverside, CA 92501
IP, Business and Employment
Pepperdine Univ School of Law
Riverside, CA Intellectual Property Lawyer with 16 years experience
(951) 788-9410 1325 Spruce St
Riverside, CA 92507
IP, Business and Real Estate
UCLA School of Law
Riverside, CA Intellectual Property Attorney with 21 years experience
(951) 273-4108 1810 Prince Albert Dr
Riverside, CA 92507
IP, Business, Divorce and Family
Thomas Jefferson School of Law
Riverside, CA Intellectual Property Lawyer with 23 years experience
(951) 680-9388 3890 11th St
Riverside, CA 92501
IP, Business, International and Patents
McGeorge School of Law Univ of the Pacific
Riverside, CA Intellectual Property Attorney with 26 years experience
(951) 781-9231 3403 10th St
Riverside, CA 92501
IP and Patents
McGeorge School of Law Univ of the Pacific
Chino, CA Intellectual Property Lawyer with 26 years experience
(909) 548-3498 13831 Roswell Ave
Chino, CA 91710
IP, Business, Civil Rights and Criminal
Rancho Cucamonga, CA Intellectual Property Lawyer with 20 years experience
(909) 758-5145 10788 Civic Center Dr
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
IP
USC Law School
Montclair, CA Intellectual Property Attorney
(310) 948-8148 9550 Fremont Ave
Montclair, CA 91763
IP and Patents
Rancho Cucamonga, CA Intellectual Property Lawyer with 3 years experience
(909) 989-3200 10832 Laurel St
Ste 204
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730-7690
IP
Fontana, CA Intellectual Property Lawyer with 2 years experience
(909) 816-5869 15003 Sagegrove Lane
Fontana, CA 92336
IP
Marin Cionca
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Orange, CA Intellectual Property Attorney with 11 years experience
(800) 454-1360 333 City Blvd W
17th Floor
Orange, CA 92868
Free ConsultationIP, Patents and Trademarks
Concord Law School
Mr. Cionca is a registered patent attorney and founder of CIONCA IP Law P.C. ("CIONCA IP"), an intellectual property law practice based in Irvine, Orange County, California. He has an extensive technical background having graduated from a five-year European engineering program, having practical engineering experience and having taught College Physics. He helps clients with patent application and prosecution matters in various technologies including, engineering, computer, software, mechanical, physics-related and medical device technologies. He also helps startups and businesses acquire and enforce their intellectual property rights in trademarks, trade secrets and other IP. Further, he defends his clients when they are...
Karima Gulick
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Irvine, CA Intellectual Property Attorney with 3 years experience
(949) 429-0212 2372 Morse Ave
Suite 147
Irvine, CA 92677
Free ConsultationIP, Patents and Trademarks
Western State College of Law at Argosy University
Karima is an intellectual property lawyer and registered patent attorney. Karima litigates and helps clients obtain patents and trademarks in diverse industries. She helps business owners build, strengthen, and protect their brands and ideas. She has experience in all areas of intellectual property law including trademarks, copyrights, patents, trade secrets, domain name disputes, and eBay disputes. Karima brings a unique perspective to intellectual property issues drawing on years of engineering and managerial experience.

Need help protecting or enforcing your ideas? Contact us at 949-429-0212 or email karima@kgulick.com
Tina K Gehres
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Irvine, CA Intellectual Property Attorney with 21 years experience
(877) 333-2420 9891 Irvine Center Drive
Suite 200
Irvine, CA 92618
Free ConsultationIP, Business, Employment and Estate Planning
Saint Louis University School of Law
Tina K. Gehres is the President and founder of Gehres Law Group, P.C., which she formed to provide affordable legal services to small businesses and individuals in the state of California. With more than two and a half decades of legal and business experience, Ms. Gehres has held a broad range of roles including Corporate Counsel, Director of Human Resources, Law Firm Partner, Legal Consultant, and Senior Accountant. Today, she has positioned herself as a valuable asset to clients as a small business attorney in San Diego and surrounding areas. Ms. Gehres has been a licensed attorney since 1997...
Elizabeth Yang
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Monterey Park, CA Intellectual Property Attorney with 11 years experience
(877) 492-6452 199 W. Garvey Ave.
Suite #201
Monterey Park, CA 91754
Free ConsultationIP, Business, Family and Traffic Tickets
University of La Verne College of Law
Founder Elizabeth Yang has been practicing law since 2007 and is admitted to the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). She assists inventors in protecting their inventions, entrepreneurs and business owners in protecting their intellectual property as well as preparing and enforcing their contracts, and families in going through the divorce and child custody process.
Walnut, CA Intellectual Property Attorney with 21 years experience
(720) 226-6026 Mail Scanning:
340 S. Lemon Ave #7213
Walnut, CA 91789
IP, Appeals, Arbitration & Mediation and Business
Regent University
I'm a Colorado attorney. My law practice is focused on trial-oriented conflict resolution. I regularly practice law in both federal and Colorado state courts, and before the Colorado Office of Administrative Courts and the Social Security Administration's Office of Disability Adjudication and Review. With broad legal experience and a background in human services and education, I enjoy problem-solving and function well in high-pressure environments and situations requiring skilled interpersonal communication.
Ali Shalchi
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Irvine, CA Intellectual Property Attorney with 13 years experience
(949) 379-6648 2603 Main St
#200
Irvine, CA 92614
Free ConsultationIP, Business, Patents and Trademarks
University of Iowa College of Law
Ali focuses his practice on intellectual property litigation and transactions, with a focus on patent litigation and drafting. He is registered to practice before the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO). He has litigated large patent cases involving cutting edge technologies including semiconductors, telecommunications, consumer electronics, and medical devices. Mr. Shalchi obtained his B.S. degree in Biomedical Engineering from UCSD in 1998, where he completed several research projects on computer modeling of cardiac mechanics. He also received an M.S. degree in Biomedical Engineering, with a focus on MEMS (MicroElectroMechanicalSystems) & Semiconductor Fabrication, from UCLA in 2002. While at UCLA, he...
Melvin N.A. Avanzado
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Pasadena, CA Intellectual Property Attorney with 29 years experience
(310) 552-9300 The Walnut Plaza
215 North Marengo Avenue, Third Floor
Pasadena, CA 91101
IP, Business, Employment and Entertainment & Sports
University of Notre Dame
BIG FIRM EXPERIENCE…SMALL FIRM SERVICE®

Melvin N.A. Avanzado is the principal of The Avanzado Law Firm, APLC. Mel is a trial lawyer with decades of experience representing clients in complex disputes in entertainment, media, intellectual property, sports and employment. Mel also represents clients as outside general counsel. Mel has extensive experience practicing with big law firms but now practices in his own small firm so he has the ability to provide personalized service to his clients.

Mel is extensively involved in the his community, serving on boards of a number of organizations and with the Los Angeles County Bar...
Robert Scott Lawrence
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Irvine, CA Intellectual Property Lawyer with 23 years experience
(949) 759-3810 15615 Alton Parkway
Suite 250
Irvine, CA 92618
Free ConsultationIP, Business, Environmental and Insurance Claims
Northwestern University School of Law
My law practice encompasses a broad variety of litigation matters, ranging from complex commercial disputes to white collar criminal defense. I have represented clients in federal and state courts in cases involving copyright and trademark infringement, misappropriation of trade secrets, securities violations, bank fraud, tax fraud, toxic torts, unfair competition, and civil and criminal racketeering. I also have extensive experience in commercial mediation and arbitration.

Most recently, my work has involved class action litigation alleging false advertising under the CLRA and UCL, and a variety of intellectual property and business disputes in New York, Chicago, and San Francisco.
Brian P. Kinder
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Irvine, CA Intellectual Property Attorney with 18 years experience
19200 Von Karman, Fourth Floor
Irvine, CA 92612
IP and Trademarks
Pepperdine University School of Law and Southwestern University School of Law
Brian P. Kinder is managing partner of The Kinder Law Group, APC. He practices exclusively in the field of Intellectual Property ("IP") and is one of only a handful of Southern California attorneys who have been honored as Super Lawyers®, Rising Stars in this area of the law. For more than a decade, he has helped his clients to develop and protect their valuable IP rights throughout the world and is well-versed in both domestic and international patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, false advertising and franchise laws.

On the development side of his practice (i.e., transactional work), Mr....
Imran Farooq Vakil
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Costa Mesa, CA Intellectual Property Lawyer with 11 years experience
(844) 639-4652 245 Fischer Avenue
Suite C3
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
IP, Business, Patents and Trademarks
Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
For all your trademark and copyright litigation needs, call Imran! (949) 478-6831

Imran F. Vakil is an intellectual property lawyer and business litigator. Having been attorney of record in over four hundred state and federal cases, TTAB actions, arbitrations, and mediations, Imran has expertise in the litigation of trademarks, trade dress, copyrights, trade secrets, patents, unfair competition and commercial disputes. With an excellent record, Imran has successfully generated tens of millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for his clients. Since 2009, and every year thereafter, Imran has been selected for inclusion in the California Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” list, an...
Tony T. Liu
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Anaheim, CA Intellectual Property Attorney with 15 years experience
(800) 360-7001 4501 E La Palma Ave
#220
Anaheim, CA 92807
Free ConsultationIP, Business, Personal Injury and Stockbroker Fraud
Chapman University Fowler School of Law, Chapman University Fowler School of Law and Golden Gate University School of Law
Law Offices of Tony T. Liu is a criminal and civil trial firm located in Orange County, California. Mr. Liu is aggressive but cautious, focused but flexible, thorough but always efficient. He listens to and works with his clients to identify litigation goals, then to develop and implement cost-effective strategy and tactics. He constantly attempts to re-evaluate and reassess these objectives and methods as the litigation landscape shifts, to ensure that the litigation continues to serve the client’s objectives, and not vice versa. As a trial attorney, he knows how and what is needed win the case if it goes...
Michael Ahmadshahi
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Irvine, CA Intellectual Property Attorney with 16 years experience
(800) 747-6081 2030 Main Street, Suite 1300
Irvine, CA 92614
Free ConsultationIP, Business, Patents and Trademarks
Western State University College of Law
Mr. Ahmadshahi's area of practice is Intellectual Property Laws including Patent Prosecution and Litigation, Trademarks, Copyrights, and Unfair Business Practices. Before starting his firm, Mr. Ahmadshahi was a partner at Law Offices of Kayhan S. Shakib where he practiced intellectual property law as well as general law focusing on litigation in the areas of real estate, business, and personal injury cases.

Prior to the practice of law, Mr. Ahmadshahi was a staff scientist at C.E. Niehoff & Co., a defense contractor which manufactures state-of-the-art generators for military vehicles. Mr. Ahmadshahi also held the position of Research Engineer with the University of...
Steve Charles Vondran
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Newport Beach, CA Intellectual Property Attorney with 13 years experience
(877) 276-5084 620 Newport Center Dr
Suite 1100
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Free ConsultationIP
Whittier Coll School of Law
Our law firm is a leader in intellectual property law. We have handled more software audits and torrent defense lawsuits than most other firms to our knowledge. We have a niche speciality practice in copyright infringement law and handle the following types of cases:

1. Software Audits (Business Software Alliance, BSA, SIIA, Vero, Siemens, Autodesk, Adobe and Microsoft)

2. Torrent Defense (ex. Malibu Media pornography and Strike 3 Holdings)

3. TV Signal Piracy cases (boxing match PPV infringement). Joe Hand Promotions, G&G Closed Circuit Events and J&J Sports Productions

4. Direct TV cases

5. Copyright infringement litigation (jewelry,...
Dan Robinson
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Los Angeles, CA Intellectual Property Lawyer with 10 years experience
(213) 929-2346 800 WIlshire Blvd. Suite 800
Los Angeles, CA 90017
IP, Business, Construction and Real Estate
University of Minnesota Law School
For most of Dan's career, he practiced at multinational law firms in San Francisco, winning cases in Federal Courts across the country for Fortune 500 companies including Samsung, Huawei, News Corp. (MySpace division), Goldman Sachs, and JPMorgan Chase. He has prevailed in cases involving intellectual property disputes, trade secrets, and breaches of contract, among others. He has also counseled large and small businesses on startup strategy, partnership issues, IP licensing, and numerous other issues.

Dan relocated to Southern California in 2017 to build a practice representing small- and medium-sized companies who want the highest level of legal service. Now he...
David Jafari
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Anaheim Hills, CA Intellectual Property Attorney with 18 years experience
155 North Riverview Drive
Anaheim Hills, CA 92808
Free ConsultationIP, Business and Employment
Western State College of Law at Argosy University
www.jafarilawgroup.com _______ David Jafari opened the doors to Jafari Law Group in 2005. His practice has focused primarily on intellectual property, business law, and employment matters. In regard to intellectual property, Mr. Jafari has helped secure dozens of patents and dozens of trademarks for various clients, including individuals and business entities. Furthermore, Mr. Jafari has represented clients in over seventy litigation cases dealing with business, employment, and intellectual property related issues. Mr. Jafari has also served as a mediator and has helped clients settle cases outside of court. He holds a Certificate in Mediation from the Orange County Human...
Gerald A. Klein P.C.
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Newport Beach, CA Intellectual Property Lawyer with 35 years experience
(877) 857-0073 4770 Von Karman Avenue
Newport Beach, CA 92660
IP, Business, Legal Malpractice and Real Estate
UCLA School of Law
Gerald A. Klein has tried more than 30 cases to verdict. His success in the courtroom is underscored by the numerous accolades and recognitions he has achieved throughout his career, including selection by his peers as "Trial Lawyer of the Year" by the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association in 2003 and again in 2009.
Mr. Klein represents both plaintiffs and defendants in business litigation, legal malpractice, real estate, trade secrets, unfair competition, and insurance bad faith. He has also served as an expert witness in legal malpractice matters.
His tenacity in the courtroom led to a $26 million recovery, including...
Lynne M.J. Boisineau
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Westminster, CA Intellectual Property Lawyer with 16 years experience
(714) 619-1594 16478 Beach Blvd. #347
Westminster, CA 92683
Free ConsultationIP and Trademarks
Whittier Coll School of Law
I focus my practice on trademark prosecution, counseling, enforcement and licensing, as well as providing trademark litigation support and Right of Publicity and copyright protection. I assist clients with social media problems and I am also a registered Trademark Agent for the Trademark Clearinghouse–the most important rights protection mechanism established by ICANN in relation to the launch of the new generic top level domain name program (the gTLDs). I have significant experience in domain name proceedings under the Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) and the Uniform Rapid Suspension (URS) System. I also speak on topics of interest to the IP...
Joseph Giovanni Chu
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Irvine , CA Intellectual Property Lawyer with 11 years experience
(949) 954-5430 19900 MacArthur Boulevard
Suite 1150
Irvine , CA 92612
IP and Patents
The University of Denver Sturm College of Law
I am an associate at Innovation Capital Law Group, where I practice intellectual property law, corporate and securities law. Prior to joining the firm, I worked for Technology Capital Law Group, a law firm specializing in representing technology companies. I specialize in patent, trademark, and copyright prosecution, intellectual property litigation, and licensing transactions. I am admitted to practice in the State of California and United States District Court Central District, Northern District, and Southern District of California. I am also a registered patent attorney with the United States Patent and Trademarks Office. I was a chemical engineer before...
Michael Bernard Kushner
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Aliso Viejo, CA Intellectual Property Attorney with 20 years experience
(949) 421-3030 85 Enterprise, Suite 310
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
IP, Business and Real Estate
University of California - Los Angeles
Mr. Kushner was born and raised in Long Beach, California. He obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa in his third year, and graduated with High Distinction the following year. Mr. Kushner then attended law school at the University of California at Los Angeles. After moving to Orange County, Mr. Kushner honed his skills at two of Orange County's most respected law firms before striking out on his own.

Mr. Kushner frequently lectures on a variety of topics relating to simple and complex business and corporate matters, as well...
Susan Long Crockett
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Aliso Viejo, CA Intellectual Property Attorney with 22 years experience
(949) 588-6171 6B Liberty
Suite 145
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
Free ConsultationIP, Patents and Trademarks
Southwestern University School of Law
Susan Long Crockett is a principal in the firm of Crockett & Crockett. Working with high technology clients, Susan prosecutes patent applications in diverse areas of technology. She counsels on trademark and patent management, infringement and validity issues in addition to litigation. She also has broad experience in international intellectual property law.
Anthony James Dispoto
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Newport Beach, CA Intellectual Property Attorney with 2 years experience
(714) 337-6389 2424 SE Bristol St., Suite 300
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Free ConsultationIP, Business, Collections and Trademarks
University of San Diego School of Law
Experienced Attorney with a demonstrated history of working in the medical services, clinical laboratory and collections industries. Skilled in Contract Review and Drafting, Legal Research and Writing and Corporate and Business Documentation. Strong legal professional with a Juris Doctor focused in Corporate and Business Law from the University of San Diego School of Law.
Eric Blaine Alspaugh
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Irvine, CA Intellectual Property Attorney with 13 years experience
(888) 868-2939 5151 California Ave.
Suite 100
Irvine, CA 92617
IP and Patents
Univ of San Diego School of Law
Eric is an expert in FDA regulated products with experience in human clinical trials all over the Untied States, Europe and Asia.
Gregg A. Rapoport
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Los Angeles, CA Intellectual Property Attorney with 29 years experience
(213) 895-4900 444 S. Flower St.
Suite 1700
Los Angeles, CA 90071
IP, Appeals, Business and Real Estate
UCLA School of Law
I represent and advise corporate and individual clients in a wide range of litigation matters in the realms of business, real estate, IP, entertainment, and insurance coverage. My goal is always to help clients achieve their objectives through creative, proactive, efficient, and ethical representation. Specialties: Trials, appeals, arbitration, mediation Business/Commercial litigation Real Estate litigation IP/Computer litigation Privacy/Data Breach Entertainment litigation Insurance coverage
Matthew  Schlau
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Laguna Beach, CA Intellectual Property Attorney with 4 years experience
1968 S. Coast Highway
Suite 2498
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Free ConsultationIP, Business, Estate Planning and Trademarks
Southwestern Law School
Matthew Schlau has an extensive background in civil litigation, which includes counseling private companies in hundreds of matters in all stages of litigation. His experience also includes advising companies in private joint venture arrangements and serving as outside general counsel to review, draft, and negotiate contracts and other documents relating to a wide range of exceptional and ordinary-course business transactions. He began his own practice so that he could permanently shift his focus from conflicts to building value. He now helps clients design, create, and grow by proactively addressing personal and business matters.

Matt holds a Bachelor of Arts in...
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