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Mayra G. Estrada, Associate Makala Reha, KCPA 2019 Paralegal of the Year Vanessa Franco Chavez, Partner

Vincent J. Oddo, Associate Laura Druey, Paralegal



LEIN DENATALE GOLDNER is proud to be a sustaining sponsor of the Kern County Bar Association, with all its attorneys being members. We are a team­—a team driven to solve complex problems while focusing on the client’s ultimate goal. Our team is passionate about the firm and the clients it serves and here’s why. Ryan D. Bright, Partner I started my journey in law in 1999 as a teenager just trying to beat the heat of the Bakersfield summer with an indoor job. Back then I spent my days doing practice guide updates in a local firm’s law library and answering the afterhours phone line. A couple of summers later I found myself being interviewed for my second law firm job by a gentleman that was about my age—that felt funny considering I was probably only 20. Little did I know, that gentleman would later become my colleague and partner. Fast forward to 2006 and that gentleman, Dustin Dodgin, and I were first year associates at KDG. Thirteen years later Dustin and I are still going strong with KDG. I’ve spent the last several years based in the firm’s San Diego office working with my partner and mentor, Tony Klein. I’m grateful that KDG has allowed me to help expand the firm’s geographic footprint, while continuing to represent a strong client base in the Central Valley—a place I still call home. This is possible because of the vision of KDG’s management and the technological investments made by the RES IPSA LOQUITUR

partners. These investments also allow KDG employees to work remotely and I’m proud that we have team members and attorneys working remotely as part of our strategy rather than an exception. As a leader in the firm’s personal injury and contingency practice, I help clients that had their lives interrupted and damaged by the negligence of others. My clients are often facing some of the most difficult times of their lives and I appreciate that they trust me to guide them through their recovery and the legal process. When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my wife, Katie, our two-year-old son, Maddox, and our three-year-old bulldog, Bronx. You’ll often find Bronx sleeping while the rest of us are at the park, the zoo (just to see the gorillas) or Trader Joe’s (Maddox loves that place!). Laura Druey, Paralegal & Makala Reha, Paralegal Being a paralegal is hard work, but it’s also like working with a family. We love our work family at KDG! We have an amazing team that works hard and plays hard.

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Res Ipsa Loquitur, September/October 2019  

The Res Ipsa Loquitur is the bi-monthly magazine for the Kern County Bar Association in California.

Res Ipsa Loquitur, September/October 2019  

The Res Ipsa Loquitur is the bi-monthly magazine for the Kern County Bar Association in California.

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