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August Table of Contents / Staff Box / Editor’s Note / Contributors


72 MILES OF MAGIC A drive around Lake Tahoe provides unlimited options for fun and scenery. By Krista Minard


WELCOME Ukrainian refugees have found safety and support in Sacramento. By Sasha Abramsky


TOP LAWYERS You want the best. We’ve got the list. Sidebars by Elena M. Macaluso


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Editor’s Note



n a sunny mid-May Saturday morning, I headed for Tahoe. I’d planned to go Sunday, but possible snow showers loomed over the summits. I didn’t want to slip or chain up, so I added a day to my Incline Village Airbnb to enable traveling while the weather app showed only a yellow sun. My husband, Mike, would meet me there Monday morning. Four days and four nights to explore the 72-mile drive around the lake for this issue—perfect. It did start out perfectly. A massive breakfast at Fire Sign Café and a drive-by of a cabin near Sunnyside that my family used to rent when I was a kid. Crisp sunshine on Commons Beach in Tahoe City. Fun shops to discover there and in Kings Beach. A stop at the Incline Village Raley’s for provisions. Sunday morning dawned clear. Walking the East Shore Trail, though, I wished for a warmer beanie. Maybe one of those face mask ones. My nose and toes went numb. I moved to Tunnel Creek Café for coffee and a power bowl; when I emerged, ice BBs blew in amid weakening sunlight. I took Lakeshore Boulevard to a beach entrance, the day graying with each turn of my tires. Parked by the sand, I couldn’t see the lake! Snow swirled. My dash temp display read 25 degrees. I retreated to the condo. Where I spent the next 48 hours. Alone. My friends and family kept me company via calls and texts. Mike, shut out by road closures and chain controls, watched the (ever-changing) weather app. My dad and sister reminisced about the old cabin near Tahoe City—now a vacation rental, I’d discovered online; I shared pics of its remodel. My sister unearthed a photo of our 1966 Volkswagen squareback parked against the snowbank we had climbed to access that cabin’s front door. I emailed art director Gabe that there probably weren’t too many nude sunbathers at the East Shore beaches now—and sent him a snap of my all-white deck. (Whoa! he replied. But he also would encounter snowfall on his photography trip a full month later.) Mike zoomed up on Tuesday during a brief weather window, then we sat at Gar Woods over burgers and watched more snow pile up on the restaurant’s lakefront deck. Later, in another snowfall break, we witnessed a fabulous sunset from Logan Shoals. Gradually the clouds moved out, and by Wednesday morning as we headed home and back to work—it figures—forecasts estimated 80 degrees on Tahoe beaches the following weekend. Enjoy your drive around Lake Tahoe. Just be ready for anything.

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When photographer Ryan Angel Meza met Erik Latkovskyi, he noted “his dignified, happy-go-lucky presence” and was inspired by his dedication to helping the Ukrainian community. Similarly Lika Roiko, who shared devastating stories as well as her frustration with bureaucracies that exacerbate hardship and stress for incoming Ukrainians. “Meeting [the families] made me relieved they are in good hands,” says Ryan. “I just can’t imagine the cards turned, should they have been separated or, worse, remained trapped within the confines of the war.”


Elena M. Macaluso

“I love working on [the Top Lawyers] assignment because through the lighthearted Q&As we ask our selected lawyers, I get to see— and present—their fun personalities,” says freelance writer Elena M. Macaluso, former associate editor for Sacramento Magazine. “What do I learn? That lawyers are dang funny! I never worry about not having enough material to fill a story with this crowd. Quite the opposite—it’s painful to have to edit for space.”

Sasha Abramsky

“Working on the story about Ukrainians seeking refuge in Sacramento gave me tremendous hope,” says freelance writer Sasha Abramsky, a regular contributor to Sacramento Magazine and author of several books. “In an era so often defined by polarization and ugly politics, the way Sacramentans have responded to the crisis in Ukraine demonstrates generosity and compassion. The people I met were fascinating, and it reminded me, again, what a complex and diverse city this is.”


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Night Light A custom-designed LED neon-inspired sign for Old Sacramento Waterfront was lighted in mid-June to much fanfare. The project was made possible from donations to the Downtown Sacramento Foundation. The lighting ceremony honored late restaurateur Lloyd Harvego (The Firehouse), who died June 13, and whose passion for the project helped bring it to fruition. The sign, which uses less power than a blow dryer, was designed by Pacific Neon Company. It rises above the rooftop of the California State Railroad Museum and is visible from Interstate 5 and beyond. tim engle

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rowing up in West Sacramento, author Jamil Jan Kochai remembers biking in the summers to play basketball in Summerfield Park. “One of the things I’ve always loved about Sacramento and West Sacramento is what a diverse place it is,” he says. “It would be us Afghan kids and then we would play against the Hmong kids, and the Cambodian kids. Of course, there’s a large Hispanic community in West Sacramento, so the Hispanic kids would be there as well.” The Islamophobia that swept the United States after 9/11 altered this feeling of belonging for Kochai and his family. His parents faced verbal abuse, he was bullied at school, and government agents visited his house to question his father about his time as a rebel fighter after the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Some of these experiences are explored in Kochai’s award-winning fiction, including his recently “ONE OF THE THINGS I’VE ALWAYS LOVED ABOUT SACRAreleased book, “The HauntMENTO AND WEST SACRAMENTO ing of Hajji Hotak and Other IS WHAT A DIVERSE PLACE IT IS.” Stories” (Viking). He was born in an Afghan refugee camp in 1992. In late ’93, his family moved to the Bay Area. When he was 6, his family relocated to West Sacramento and eventually settled in the Bridgeway neighborhood, where he returned after grad school and now lives with his wife. Kochai credits an English teacher at River City High School with sparking his inspiration to write. She assigned lengthy readings and weekly essays, and he got an A—he laughingly notes it may have been the only A of his high school career. The next year, he planned to embrace senioritis, but she “ordered” him to take her creative writing class, and he “fell in love with it almost immediately.” At Sacramento State, he continued to seek out creative writing classes and was mentored by professor Doug Rice, then head of the creative writing program. As he entered a master’s program at UC Davis, he told himself if he was unable to publish his first book by the time he graduated, he would default to a “reliable career.” He started the piece that would become his debut novel, “99 Nights in Logar,” in his first writing workshop at Davis, finished it as his thesis, and sold it during the summer of his last year in grad school. In 2019, it was shortlisted for a PEN/ Hemingway award. He gained another mentor as his thesis adviser at UCD: then-professor Yiyun Li, an acclaimed novelist and MacArthur Fellow. “When Jamil applied to the writing program at Davis,” says Li, “his application was partial, but the moment I read his writing sample, I knew that he was one of the best students we ever encountered at an early stage of his career. I worked closely with him on his first novel, and once I took a picture of a page to send to my friend, (literary editor) Brigid Hughes, who right away published the excerpt in A Public Space, including that page—which was Jamil’s first publication. I have been following Jamil’s career with thrill.” a niko k iezel

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Sonseeahray Tonsall Sonseeahray Tonsall’s reason for pivoting from ballet, a staple from age 4 through her late teens, to journalism is simple. “I wanted to be Jane Pauley,” says the Berkeley-born and Oaklandraised Fox40 reporter. News reporting provides the natural empath, whose first name means “morning star” in Apache, a platform to illuminate all sides of a story. “That’s something that’s in my heart—just how I live,” she says. “The beauty of storytelling is someone being vulnerable enough or willing to open up and be real in what they’re sharing. That’s what they trust us with.” Tonsall’s stories concentrate on issues that affect people’s daily lives, from baby formula shortages to steps the Biden administration has taken to mitigate soaring gasoline costs. She talked with us about journalism as a touchstone of democracy and a tool for better understanding one another, and the story that, so far, has gotten away. YOUR REPORTING IS VERY CAUSE-AND-EFFECT. HOW MUCH OF THAT IS INTENTIONAL? The business of news is one of the few equalizing forces in our society. It gives the king and the garbage collector the exact same ability to make a decision. People unfortunately sometimes make a lot of bad choices when they’re not fully informed about a situation. HOW MUCH RESPONSIBILITY DO NEWS ORGANIZATIONS BEAR FOR ENSURING PEOPLE ARE ACCURATELY INFORMED? News managers can set very high standards to demand that the people who are going out to tell these stories are looking for all the stakeholders—for the people who have been forgotten.

YOUR REPORTS ARE MUCH LONGER THAN TYPICAL SEGMENTS. WHAT STORIES HAVE YOU HAD TO FIGHT FOR? After the George Floyd protests, our news director had an idea of talking to some different voices in our community in a different way. We ended up calling the series “Conversations for Change.” These were deep profiles on people in our community who may often be misunderstood. For example, the only interaction that a lot of folks are gonna have with a protester at a Black Lives Matter rally is gonna be when those folks are blocking an intersection that they need to pass through to go home. There’s not necessarily a lot of understanding born in that moment. These pieces were about seven minutes long. You ask somebody for seven minutes of real estate in a regular news broadcast and everybody’s like, “Really? Nobody wants to listen to that.” Absolutely not true. I think there most definitely is an appetite when people are honest with themselves about people being willing to get out of their silos and listen to another perspective. And I think it’s important at certain times for even the local news to devote chunks of time to something like that. WHAT FASCINATING INTERVIEW OR CLOSE CALL CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT? To talk to someone local in the antifa movement would be very interesting to me, but people are very concerned about their safety and about being misunderstood. And I can understand that. I think there’s a lot of misunderstanding of antifa. It gets painted, like many other groups do, with some interesting brushes. But I think when you hear those voices from the inside is when everyone learns more about what something is really about. I got real close a couple times, but people got skittish and backed out.

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Grazing on the Job Enormous clouds stood out against the spring sky as herders encouraged about 1,200 sheep (and a lone goat) to move from one grazing spot to the next via a suburban street in Elk Grove. The herders had assistance from removable fences, ATVs and Bart, the livestock guard dog. After being safely moved, the sheep (and that goat) resumed eating, making their way through a green and weedy storm drainage channel. These were Dorper sheep, with efficient metabolisms and a love of grazing. Lambs born in the fall loitered at the rear of the herd. The ewes would frequently trudge to the back and find their babies by sound and smell, then rejoin the herd with their offspring in tow. It was like watching noisy parents picking up their equally noisy kids from day care. “Our whole way of life has to do with cycles,” said Lee Hazeltine, one of the owners of Integrazers, a grazing management contractor employed by the city of Elk Grove for the past three years. “This is how these little guys are learning.” Hazeltine uses words like cycles and natural and synergy when describing the work his company does. Later, he compared herding to watching a sunset. “It’s a slowing down, connecting us to life, to the earth.” The cute factor was high; people stopped to admire the animals and take phoLee Hazeltine tos while Laura Gunderson, Hazeltine’s partner and co-owner of Intergrazers, swept the sidewalks. On Instagram, the company’s account is filled with bucolic images and captions curated by Gunderson. The city uses Integrazers sheep (and goats) to get rid of weeds and to reduce the risk from fires. And there are other less visible benefits. This method, according to the city’s website, is better for the air, water, soil, fish and wildlife than conventional vegetation removal. Along with

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Elk Grove, Integrazers has contracts with Sun City Lincoln Hills, Fairfield, and Placer and Sacramento counties. Alex Lepper, the city’s landscape maintenance supervisor, came by to check on the herd’s progress. He said the city’s grazing program, which is in its sixth year, brings Elk Grove back to its rural roots. But it’s also effective; livestock THE CITY OF ELK GROVE USES INTEGRAZERS SHEEP can reach areas people and equipment can’t. Then there’s (AND GOATS) TO GET RID public perception: People preOF WEEDS AND TO REDUCE fer animals to mowers. THE RISK FROM FIRES. Hazeltine, who was wearing a stained hat, had three pens in his pocket and glasses hanging on his shirt, jokingly described himself as a “pioneer, maverick, crazy thinker” and said that “urban interface grazing” is an “emerging industry.” He started using ruminants about 16 years ago after he’d purchased 700 goats in Texas during a “midlife crisis.” Previously, he had used pesticides and other methods for vegetation management and removal, but he prefers a system that employs livestock and is more in sync with the environment. “When we do this well, it is a natural biorhythm,” he said. One of the biggest issues on Hazeltine’s mind, aside from getting all the grazing work done before the fuels dry out and active fire season starts, is rising wages. Assembly Bill 1066 changed the overtime pay law for agricultural workers, including the company’s nine herders. They move with the herds; they’re on-call 24/7, which potentially means lots of overtime pay, and live in trailers hauled from location to location. Often temporary workers with H-2A visas, they travel here from countries like Peru. Despite rising costs, Hazeltine believes that using sheep, goats and other livestock is one part of the solution to the state’s wildfire problem. “Fire is not [inherently] good or bad. It’s natural,” he said, but we’re getting our “asses kicked right now.” —ANGELA KNIGHT k e v i n g omez

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A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood There’s a way to boost a small business, help local farmers and support schoolchildren, all while filling your fruit bowl or scoring a vintage sweater. A new farmers market, called NeighborGood Market, is up and running on Sunday mornings on the grounds of David Lubin Elementary School in East Sacramento. Unlike large markets that draw from the region, NeighborGood Market, a nonprofit run by Unseen Heroes, is geared toward serving a neighborhood by highlighting its own small businesses, including musicians. “We’re not focused on profit. We’re focused on getting a place for these businesses,” says Kristen Carney, market brand manager for NeighborGood Market. “It’s a way to bring together communities and commerce.” In the courtyard of David Lubin on a recent Sunday, browsers could find coffee, plant seedlings, pork sausage from a family farm and Zesty Garlic Herb Mix from Jolly Trading Co. to spice it up. A school bus converted to a mobile showroom was filled with vintage clothing—yes, you’ll find your mother’s favorite pullover here. The school gets 10 percent of the stall fees, which go to activities like field trips and other extras. Each of the locations run by NeighborGood Market—three so far—reflects the neighborhood. The West Sacramento location, also newly opened, will feature visits from Dinger, the Sacramento River Cats mascot. An Elk Grove location is already open. Though tailored for their locations, the markets’ general lineup offers fresh produce, baked goods, hot food, food trucks and family entertainment. NeighborGood Market is working to expand locations and offerings as more vendors become available and as more small businesses, such as Midtown’s Jolly Trading Co., find out about a welcoming venue. Says Carney: “If you’re a brand-new business, come to our market.” —M. S. ENKOJI


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t seems inevitable that in trying to live a “greener” life, you will encounter uncomfortable choices that you are loath to confront. Forsake travel, miss out. Quit coffee, massive headache. Limit showering, bad B.O. Depending on which way you go, you might get burned. Perhaps literally, if you swear off sunscreen. What’s wrong with sunscreen? The scientific consensus is that its components, which are designed to protect your skin, when washed off can do a nasty number on the environment. Hanna Hamblen outlined sunscreen’s sustainability shortcomings on the website in March, with her blog headlined “The Environmental Impacts of Reef-Safe Sunscreen and How To Choose the Best One.” She explained that there are two main types of sunscreen: chemical based and mineral based. Either type requires regular recoating and does not necessarily stay “on the job” for long. Hamblen expounds: “During recreational activities and water sports in natural waters, sunscreen washes off people’s skin to disperse in the surrounding environment. Some chemicals in the lotion can be absorbed through the skin and detected in urine within 30 minutes of application. Thus, they enter sewers or septic tanks when people flush the toilet or wash off sunscreen in the shower.

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The 916 “In towns near bodies of water without sophisticated sewage treatment and water management systems, sunscreen pollution is inevitable.” Hamblen reported that chemical sunscreens’ most common active ingredients are oxybenzone, butylparaben and octinoxate, all three of which can harm coral reefs and marine organisms. Sunscreen wearers can suffer ill effects from those chemicals, too. Writer Jessian Choy, in a 2020 online article for the Sierra Club, shared that “Oxybenzone and octinoxate can be absorbed by the body and have shown up in everything from urine to breast milk.” Rather like natural gas is widely thought to be “greener” than fossil fuels, mineral-based sunscreens are touted as superior to their chemical cousins. However, just as is the case with natural gas, mineral-based sunscreens are problematical. Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, the blogger wrote, are mineral-based sunscreens’ most common ingredients. That thin white coating you see on people’s bodies is likely one of those inorganic compounds. Either one, Hamblen reports, “can be toxic to corals, fish and other reef organisms. Their

small size, interaction with cells, and the fact that they cause oxidative stress in sunlight (coral bleaching) damages hard corals and their symbiotic algae.” So what’s an environmentally conscientious sun worshipper supposed to do? Choy recommends sunscreens made by Raw Elements, whose sustainability leanings include not just the product but its packaging. Hamblen also recommends Raw Elements, while also having supportive things to say about Raw Love Sunscreen (100 percent organic, plant-based ingredients) and Hello Bello’s Sunscreen Mineral Lotion. She cautions against spray-on sunscreens, writing, “Do not use spray-on sunscreen. While spray-on sunscreens are popular for their easy application, they are one of the worst possible options. Much of the stream ends up in the environment without ever protecting anyone’s skin. It is also unhealthy to inhale.” Hamblen’s tough-love advice? “Cover exposed skin with hats and long sleeves rather than wearing sunscreen. While this is the only truly environmentally friendly option, skin cancer is still a concern on the face, neck and hands.” Another option? Shade. Let’s call it the new sunscreen.

What’s wrong with sunscreen? The scientific consensus is that its components, which are designed to protect your skin, when washed off can do a nasty number on the environment.

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Wellness i n s i d e: The mind-body-spirit connection

Treating the Whole Person When dealing with health matters, a growing movement is afoot to look at the big picture rather than individual symptoms. m a r i a h qu i n ta n il l a SACMAG.COM August 2022

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ow I’m going to play psychologist for a minute.” Those were the words of my primary-care doctor, Eduardo Bermudez, M.D., of Kaiser Permanente Sacramento, during our first, getting-to-know-you appointment some 17 years ago. It goes a long way toward explaining why I’ve stayed with him all these years: He demonstrates real interest in me as a human—and doesn’t pooh-pooh my woo-woo ideas, like when I suggested my tailbone pain was a manifestation of grief. Though Bermudez is an internist working within the context of conventional medicine, he nonetheless acknowledges the mind-body-spirit connection and looks at the larger picture—key components of whole-person health, a growing movement. Approaches vary, but the premise of whole-person health, according to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health’s website, involves “looking at the whole person—not just separate organs or body systems—and considering multiple factors that promote either health or disease.” That list may include everything from the obvious (diet, activity level, stressors, genetics, environment, mental health) to things you might not expect, such as relationships, social support, work, personal beliefs and values—even economics. Rooted in integrative medicine, which combines conventional and complementary therapies and emphasizes the patient-practitioner partnership, wholeperson care is the wave of the future, according to some local experts—and it’s the patients, they say, who are demanding it. MORE THAN TREATING SYMPTOMS: CONNECTING THE DOTS—The compartmentalization of medicine—treating symptoms separately and in isolation—is what’s gotten us in trouble and created gaps in care, says Revée Barbour (aka “Dr. Ray”), N.D., M.S., of Naturopathic Concierge Primary Care in Sacramento. Barbour says such approaches run counter to whole-person health, in which prac-


titioners attempt to connect the dots in order to treat the person, not the disease. “Treating the whole person recognizes that many factors impact wellness, and we cannot afford to oversimplify health care for the sake of time and money,” she says. “Protocols to ‘do this’ and ‘do that’ don’t always lead to the best outcomes.” While Barbour’s own protocols include both Western and Eastern interventions, natural medicine is her first line of treatment whenever possible. When she’s working with an individual, Barbour says, it’s with an understanding that “physical symptoms are a manifestation of, and related to, imbalances in their mental and spiritual bodies.” For example, if a patient has symptoms suggestive of IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), “I would ask about that person’s stress level, diet and lifestyle, to find potential triggers for their symptoms. So I wouldn’t just be treating the gut symptoms, but also seeing if there are ways we can calm down the stress and anxiety.” As a naturopathic doctor, Barbour also works on the principle that we are all energetic beings. “We’re all emitting energy from our bodies, all the time,” she says. “This is science; this is fact.” When treating a patient, Barbour says, “I’m addressing not just the physical issues, but the energetic disturbances, including the psyche—the mental health piece.” This, she asserts, is where conventional medicine has largely failed.

MAI N STR E AM E R S G ETTI N G O N B O A R D — But don’t count the mainstreamers out. A surprising number of behemoth organizations, including governmental entities, are jumping on the bandwagon with innovative new wholehealth programs. In 2018, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs launched one of the biggest with its Whole Health initiative, representing a sweeping overhaul of its health care system and offering a patient-driven approach emphasizing personal values, needs, preferences and priorities. The U.S. Department of Defense’s Total Force Fitness program, initially launched in 2009 and reintroduced in 2021, integrates into a single framework multiple dimensions of health beyond the physical, including psychological, spiritual, social and economic. On the local front, even the mammoth mainstream medical groups are forging ahead with cutting-edge integrative medicine programs. Sutter Health has long been a leader in this arena, offering personalized care and complementary therapies ranging from Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine to bodywork at its Institute for Health & Healing clinics, two of them local (Roseville and Sacramento). In spring 2021, UC Davis followed suit by opening its first-ever Integrative Medicine Clinic, located at the Point West Clinic in Sacramento. The UC Davis clinic had been in the works for a while, according to its med-


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Wellness ical director, Michelle Dossett, M.D., ing. “Being present and really hearing Ph.D., M.P.H., a general internist who people is a big part of integrative medispecializes in integrative medicine and cine,” says Dossett. “It’s not only the deprovides consults at the clinic. “Before I tails of what they’re saying, but how they came onboard, there were other physisay it and how they frame it that tells cians here who had been working for you so much.” several years to build it,” says Dossett, Doctors in conventional settings with whose clinical interests include mindtight schedules and cumbersome casebody approaches for stress reduction. loads face real challenges in providing “It’s often the big academic centers that this kind of in-depth care. But have been at the leading edge of this Kaiser’s Bermudez somehow movement.” That movement is building finds a way, bringing to the steam, Dossett says, pointing to the retable 31-plus years of praccent growth in the number of academic tice and an understanding health centers (currently more than 75) that the best way to treat joining the Academic Consortium for a patient is as a person. Integrative Medicine and Health, whose “Sometimes in Western mission is to advance integrative medimedicine we just look at things cine and transform health care. like your blood pressure, your This paradigm shift is primarily paheart, your diabetes—but that’s not tient driven, according to Dosreally what an individual’s about,” says Bermudez, who sett. “Integrative care is seen as “BEING PRESENT also serves as medical service something patients are looking AND REALLY director of Kaiser Downtown for,” she says. “If you build it, HEARING PEOPLE Commons (on J Street). “It’s they will come, so to speak.” IS A BIG PART much more than that, because At the UC Davis clinic, firstOF INTEGRATIVE there’s health and then there’s time patients are asked to comMEDICINE,” wellness. To me, health means plete a 10-page intake form SAYS MICHELLE your physical well-being, and providing a comprehensive picDOSSETT, M.D. wellness is your whole-person ture of their eating habits, acwell-being, which is why it’s important tivity level, quality of sleep, stressors to do whole-person care.” Bermudez will and more. But beyond what’s on the also step outside the Western medicine page, Dossett says, the key is in getting box when the occasion calls for it. When to know patients as people, and to meet my frozen shoulder wasn’t responding them where they are. to the anti-inflammatories and physical “At its most basic level, whole-person therapy he initially prescribed, he offered care is really about understanding not a referral to an acupuncturist. only what the medical issues are, but Getting a handle on a patient’s complex who is this person in front of me?” she web of unique circumstances means digsays. “What’s important to them?” ging deep, Bermudez says. IT TAKES TIME—Such a comprehensive “You have to look at things like the approach takes time—a luxury many intellect of the individual, their social doctors don’t have. In the United States, strata, and also how the environment most patients get about 18 minutes per affects them, the kind of work they do— visit with their primary care doctor, acmany dimensions,” he says. “That’s why cording to a study published in 2021 in I ask questions deeply. I want to know the journal Medical Care. But in the who you are.” world of whole-person medicine, where When interacting with a patient, Berpersonalization is paramount, visits are mudez takes special care to maintain typically longer. At the UC Davis clinic, focus on the person, not the computer. an hour is allotted for first-time appoint“I want to be present, ask about your life,” ments, according to Dossett. he says. “I think that environment and “It really gives me time to really hear friendliness when I open those doors a patient’s story and to ask questions,” helps the patient share things with me they haven’t even thought about.” Bilinshe says. gual in Spanish and English and of MexDossett says she often opens with a ican-American descent, Bermudez says broad or general question and then lets he believes his cultural upbringing has people talk for a while without interrupt-


largely shaped his style of interacting. “For me, every individual who comes to me is an individual, and a family member,” he says. “It’s beyond the doctorpatient relationship.” MENTAL HEALTH IN THE COVID ERA: “ SY M P T O M S O F T H E S P I R I T ”— Whole-person care arguably takes on heightened importance in an era when mental-health issues may be at an all-time peak. According to a scientific brief released by the World Health Organization in March, global prevalence of anxiety and depression increased by 25 percent in the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic alone. But most of us need look no further than our own circle of family and friends to measure the toll the pandemic has exacted on our collective psyches. While a number of factors fueled this fire, including fear of infection, work constraints and financial concerns,

LOCAL OPTIONS FOR WHOLE-PERSON CARE The good news? Locals seeking wholeperson care in the form of integrative medicine and complementary treatments can easily find it, whether from a holistic doctor in private practice (we’ve got many) or one of the region’s “big four” medical groups. In the Sacramento region, Sutter Health was the first to open dedicated integrative medicine clinics (in Roseville and Sacramento), part of its Institute for Health & Healing, founded in 1994. Last year, UC Davis Health unveiled its own new Integrative Medicine Clinic, located at its Point West Clinic in Sacramento. At Sutter and UC Davis clinics, teams of integrative medicine experts offer a mix of evidencebased conventional and complementary therapies and a personalized approach. Dignity Health and Kaiser Permanente also offer complementary care services. At Kaiser, the list includes acupuncture and chiropractic (coverage is dependent on the member’s health plan), classes in mindfulness and meditation, and a plethora of podcasts, guided imagery programs and more, on its website and app. Dignity Health’s approach to holistic medicine includes palliative and spiritual care (including professional chaplains) and a range of supports for chronic-care patients.


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one of the hardest hitting, according to the WHO brief, was social isolation. Barbour calls these “symptoms of the spirit” and says they, too, speak to the need for whole-person care. “When there was a lockdown of our usual communal spaces, I think it led to an imbalance in a lot of people’s spirits,” she says. “The body cannot heal if the spirit is broken.” True healing can happen only when people are empowered to speak and express what they’re experiencing in their spirit, Barbour says. Education also helps to empower, she adds, and is a critical piece of the whole-person approach, which seeks not just to reverse disease but to prevent it. “Teaching patients how to live healthy, to empower them in healing and disease prevention—this is patient-centered care at its core,” says Barbour, who uses her website ( and social media to educate and provide tips for healthier living. UC Davis’s Dossett also sees herself as

an educator and facilitator in helping pawith more personalized care, research suggests whole-person health has the tients on the path to healing. While it’s a potential to yield other big benefits. In a partnership first and foremost, she says, review of 125 studies of whole-person the onus is ultimately on the patients to care in the United States, published in do the work. “Eighty percent of chronic June 2021 in the journal Medisease is related to lifestyle MOST OF US NEED LOOK dicina, the authors routinely factors,” she says. “By changfound reports of improved NO FURTHER THAN ing a few things—diet, physiOUR OWN CIRCLE OF clinical outcomes and patient cal activity, reducing stress, FAMILY AND FRIENDS experience—and, importantsocial support, sleep—you can TO ME ASURE THE ly, a reduction in costs and dramatically impact your TOLL THE PANDEMIC provider burnout. well-being.” HAS EX ACTED ON OUR But at the end of the day, In an ideal world, all docCOLLECTIVE PSYCHES. maybe what matters most is tors would consider such facthat it’s meeting a human tors and tailor treatment acneed, says Barbour. cordingly. But that’s just not the reality, Often, she says, patients seek her serDossett says. “If you had a heart attack, vices because conventional treatments you’d hope your cardiologist would adhave failed or they don’t feel heard by dress diet, stress and physical activity,” their doctors—or both. she says. “It doesn’t always happen, though “People are craving a more customit happens more than it did 10 years ago.” ized approach to health care, and they’re But it would “absolutely” happen, she seeking new options,” says Barbour. says, at an integrative physician’s office. “The people, the community, more than BENEFITS OF WHOLE-PERSON ever are demanding it. There’s a great C A R E — Beyond providing patients need out there.”


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The Sacramento region is fortunate to have health care professionals who continuously strive to attain ever-higher levels of patient satisfaction through a blend of the latest technologies and careful listening. The following medical professionals stand out in our community.

Daniel L. Monahan, M.D. FOCUS: Our goal is to help people enjoy better self-esteem, happiness, and health by treating unwanted varicose veins and spider veins. Dr. Monahan is Board Certified in General Surgery and Phlebology and specializes in vein disorders. EDUCATION: UC Davis, BA, Zoology, 1976. MEDICAL SCHOOL: University of Hawaii, 1981, M.D. MEMBERSHIPS: American Venous Forum; American College of Surgeons, American College of Phlebology. PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENT: Marrying my wife, adopting my kids. Spearing a 100+ lbs. grouper while free-diving in Baja. (These are ‘gifts’ more than ‘achievements’.) PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENT: Published a research project which changed the understanding of varicose veins and treatment. INNOVATIONS: I treat varicose and spider veins in stages, reducing the amount and cost, resultant problems and improving results. All the most current knowledge and technology are used in our evaluation and treatment of patients with venous disorders. BEDSIDE MANNER: Patients frequently say ours is the friendliest medical office they have ever been to. We treat people personally, with compassion, and the best possible evaluation and treatment. OFF HOURS: Golf, fly-fishing, reading. CHARITABLE WORK: Long-time member of the area YoungLife committee; participate in YoungLife activities. ADVICE: People may think the treatment of vein disorders is purely for appearance or just for vanity. But how you feel about yourself is much more than “cosmetic.” It’s meaningful, confidence boosting and part of an overall health equation. Reach out for a consultation. You’ll be glad you did. CONTACT INFORMATION:

Monahan Vein Clinic 1211 Pleasant Grove Blvd., Ste.120, Roseville (916) 791-8346 (VEIN) •

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David Kaufman, M.D., FACS Drew Davis, M.D. Plastic Surgery

FOCUS: Kaufman & Davis Plastic Surgery is focused on aesthetic plastic surgery with an emphasis on breast enhancement, body contouring and comprehensive facial rejuvenation. We also offer an array of non-surgical options for aesthetic improvement. EDUCATION: Dr. Kaufman and Dr. Davis are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Kaufman received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School and subsequently attended Stanford University for his Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery residency. He is, however, most proud of his time at the U.S. Naval Academy and his active duty service as a Navy SEAL. Dr. Davis attended medical school at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and also, completed his residency in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Stanford University. WHAT SETS THEM APART: A combination of exceptional training, extensive experience and a passion for excellence differentiates Kaufman & Davis Plastic Surgery. Supported by a team of caring, fun and energetic professionals, our goal is to make patients feel confident they are in the right place. For that reason, we strive for patients to feel like “extended family” and to be excited about the prospect of self-enhancement. OFF-HOUR ACTIVITIES: Both Dr. Kaufman and Dr. Davis love spending time with their families—preferably traveling, playing, and exploring outdoors. CHECK US OUT: Still a single location practice, we invite you to visit us at our newly built, state-of-the-art, Folsom office. CONTACT INFORMATION:

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Helping kids breathe easier

Sanjay Jhawar, M.B.B.S., M.D.

PRACTICE: Dr. Jhawar, clinical professor, is part of the UC Davis Children’s Hospital pediatric pulmonology program, ranked among America’s best by U.S. News & World Report. He and his program colleagues treat a variety of respiratory and sleep illnesses in children and adolescents, and regularly appear on Sacramento Magazine Top Doctors lists. CONTACT INFORMATION:

2521 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95817 1-800-282-3284

Kendall Homer, D.M.D. Eric Grove, D.D.S. FOCUS: General Dentistry, including cosmetics, implant restoration, and emergency dental care. EDUCATION: Dr. Homer completed his B.A. at Sacramento State and earned his Doctorate of Medical Dentistry from Washington University. Dr. Grove received a B.S. from Pacific Union College and a Doctorate of Dental Surgery from Loma Linda University. PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS: Drs. Homer and Grove belong to the ADA/CDA/SDDS. Dr. Grove is also an active participant in the SDDS. WHAT SETS THEM APART: Dr. Homer’s and Dr. Grove’s patients’ appreciation is evident in client loyalty, with 40-year plus patients bringing their children and grandchildren in for treatment. CHARITABLE WORK: Dr. Homer supports Save Ourselves, an organization that provides counseling and peer support to people living with breast cancer. Dr. Grove has participated in overseas dental mission trips and also participates in the Smiles for Big Kids program in Sacramento. FREE ADVICE: Studies have linked diabetes, heart disease and stroke to gum disease. Oral health is a significant part of overall well-being. CONTACT INFORMATION:

Kendall Homer D.M.D. / Eric Grove D.D.S. 9216 Kiefer Blvd., Suite 5, Sacramento (916) 363-9171

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Dr. Marc Orlando

Fellowship-trained, Aesthetic Plastic Surgeon FOCUS: Dr. Orlando believes that collaborating with patients plays a fundamental role in providing aesthetic surgery results they will love. By taking the time to understand each patient’s personality, lifestyle, and aesthetic goals, Dr. Orlando is able to offer tailored treatment recommendations and help you construct an ideal self improvement plan. His attention to detail and meticulous eye allow him to skillfully perform a range of cosmetic surgery, including breast enhancement and body contouring procedures. He’s well-known for his subtle yet gorgeous Brazilian butt lift results. As a part of Granite Bay Cosmetic Surgery, he operates in a private, accredited, state-of-the art surgery center, and is supported by a highly trained medical spa team offering the latest in non-surgical treatments and medical grade skincare to compliment your results. Dr. Orlando refined his cosmetic surgery skills in a cosmetic surgery-focused fellowship endorsed by the Aesthetic Society, at the University of Southern California, Marina Plastic Surgery, and Rox Center in Beverly Hills and Newport Beach. Dr. Orlando has focused exclusively on cosmetic plastic surgery over the last six years and has contributed to several research studies in the field. The Granite Bay Cosmetic Surgery invites you to come meet Dr. Orlando and our outstanding aesthetics team. We look forward to answering your questions, and helping you rediscover your confidence. CONTACT INFORMATION: Granite Bay Cosmetic Surgery

5220 Douglas Blvd, Granite Bay, CA 95746 • (916) 242-2662 •

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hile descending the grade from Echo Summit into the Tahoe Basin on Highway 50, mixed emotions boil up. Within sight distance, the lake beckons, its water the deepest blue, and excitement sets in. Yet off to the right, black tree trunks and a rusted-out pine canopy bring sobering reality about the damage done last summer. Already, it’s been a hard drive up, past communities destroyed and forests turned to char. Rolling down the grade into South Lake Tahoe, it’s easy to see how close the Caldor Fire came to taking the beauty of the Lake Tahoe playground away from us all. So let’s celebrate this natural wonder with a drive around the lake, making stops along the way. Whether you start on the north shore or south, the 72 miles of shoreline highway present opportunities for all manner of recreation and sightseeing—possibly even some bear spotting. It’s impossible to cover it all, but here are some highlights from recent trips.




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Drive around Lake Tahoe (literally, around) and discover unlimited options for fun—and some of the most magnificent scenery in America.

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Beaches/Camp Richardson/ Valhalla/Tallac Historic Site

Pope Beach

Baldwin Estate

The South Shore beaches come one after another off of Highway 89, with a bike and pedestrian trail running alongside the roadway. Pull into POPE BEACH for a classic sandy beach, or hit CAMP RICHARDSON for more amenities, including horseback riding stables, an ice cream parlor, cabins for rent and the BEACON BAR & GRILL . (A Rum Runner is a must.) Camp Richardson connects with historic VALHALLA , with its boathouse theater (for plays and Rum Runner musical performances), and just beyond that, TALLAC HISTORIC SITE . Even if you visit on a day tours aren’t held, you can wander the grounds and admire the Pope, Baldwin and Heller estate houses, guesthouses, staff quarters, gardens, racket sport courts and more. KIVA BEACH , TAYLOR CREEK VISITOR CENTER and BALDWIN BEACH are in this area as well, for fun in the sun, swimming, paddling and even some education. Taylor Creek provides lots of information about Tahoe’s natural resources, and its amphitheater events, which run in July and August, promise plenty of fascinating facts.


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Emerald Bay

Inspiration Point

Vikingsholm Castle


Whether you view this stunningly turquoise spur of Lake Tahoe from the INSPIRATION POINT overlook or you take the walk down to VIKINGSHOLM CASTLE (a masterpiece of Scandinavian architecture) and the beach, Emerald Bay is an iconic must-see aspect of any trip to Tahoe. At the overlook, signs tell the history of the bay and Mount Tallac. You’ll get an overhead look at FANNETTE ISLAND , the only island in Lake Tahoe, and you can watch the kayakers who paddle there from surrounding shores. About a mile beyond the vista point, at the Emerald Bay State Park parking lot, you’ll find the entrance to the steep trail to shore, and also the trailhead to EAGLE FALLS across the highway. This bears repeating: Go early if you want a parking space! Tours of Vikingsholm run daily every half-hour throughout the summer, and you’ll learn all about life here in the 1920s and ’30s. Vikingsholm can also be accessed by boat— far easier than hoofing it back up the milelong hill—through CRUISE TAHOE or ACTION WATER SPORTS , and lots of people kayak in. Another way is via the RUBICON TRAIL , a worthy hike in itself. The trailhead is at D.L. BLISS STATE PARK—a popular campground—and the path skirts the water’s edge for much of the oh-so-scenic trek.

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Anywhere in Tahoe, summer means bears. (Anymore, any season in Tahoe seems to mean bears.) From Keep Tahoe Bears Wild, some advice for Lake Tahoe visitors who may encounter black bears: • DO NOT FEED BEARS (OR ANY WILDLIFE).





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Ed Z’Berg Sugar Pine Point State Park

The day-use portion of Sugar Pine Point near Tahoma includes the HELLMAN-EHRMAN MANSION , a 1903 summer home called Pine Lodge that’s now a popular wedding site. To tour the mansion and learn about its history, purchase tickets at the NATURE CENTER . It’s easy to see why the wealthy chose to build their summer mansions on the western Tahoe waterfront: It’s just gorgeous. The whispering pines, clear blue water and clean beaches invite visitors to plop down a folding chair and stay awhile. Bring a picnic, go for a swim, rent a board or kayak, explore the boathouses—old boats within—and walk out to the end of the dock to see the fish and pebbles below. No jumping or diving.

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Homewood This month in the little community of Homewood, Obexer’s Boat Company hosts the LAKE TAHOE CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE (Aug. 12–13), which will showcase more than 60 of the finest wooden boats. Wander the docks to admire the boats, which are in pristine condition. This year’s event celebrates the 100th anniversary of Chris-Craft, builder of runabouts. While you’re here, head for FIRE SIGN CAFÉ , where the huge breakfasts can include cheesy veggie potatoes and the day’s house-baked good (raspberry coffeecake, for instance). After breakfast, take a short (but steep) 20-minute hike up EAGLE ROCK TRAIL for one of the region’s best panoramas. Fire Sign Café


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A concert at Commons Beach

Sunnyside Lodge

Lodge: Sunnyside Restaurant & Lodge

Cabin Fever

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Tahoe City

This pretty area was a hub for boat racing and recreational boating in the 1930s and ’40s. Sit waterside on the deck at GAR WOODS GRILL & PIER , named for Garfield Wood, a championship motorboat builder and the first man to break 100 miles an hour on the water (in 1930). Enjoy a burger and a Wet Woody—a rum-heavy fruit juice cocktail— and laugh your way through the drinks menu, which lists concoctions like the Rock Hard Woody, Hung Like a Bear and The Stiffest.

Coming into Tahoe City, some lakefront establishments await with lively decks for drinks and snacks. At CHAMBERS LANDING pier bar, partake in the Chambers Punch, with its wicked float of rum on top. (Sacramento jeweler Ted Grebitus is rumored to have helped invent this slushy treat.) SUNNYSIDE RESORT, with 23 rooms should you need a pillow for the night, has the largest outdoor deck on Lake Tahoe, and it hums with energy on summer evenings. WEST SHORE CAFE & INN has a lakefront deck and an award-winning food and beverage program that sources its ingredients locally. (Think AleWorX brews and Tahoe Blue Vodka.) A little farther along Highway 89, TAHOE TREETOP ADVENTURE PARK at Granlibakken invites fun seekers to zip line through the forest. In Tahoe City proper, Highway 89 splits off toward Olympic Valley; you’ll continue on Highway 28 to stay lakeside. Park the car and plan to spend an afternoon—at least—poking around Tahoe City’s shops. A few of our favorites: LAND TO LIVING and CABIN FEVER for high-end home decor, and ALPENGLOW SPORTS , where you can find any sports apparel you might need and the book selection in the back corner is packed with inspiring reads about naturalists, climbers, skiers and other environmentally active folks. In your travels, check out the bridge over the Truckee River—aptly named FANNY BRIDGE for what drivers see when they go by: a bunch of behinds as people bend over to watch for fish below. Meander down to COMMONS BEACH , where a playground lures the kids and free concerts happen every summer Sunday from 4 till 7 p.m. Grab a meal at FAT CAT CAFÉ (great paleo bowls and Frisky Kitty slushy cocktails), the renowned CHRISTY HILL (inventive small plates menu), WOLFDALE’S (ahi poke cones are a specialty) or—for a multicourse Italian feast from a venerable establishment that some of us remember from our childhoods—BACCHI’S , in business since 1932.

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Crystal Bay

While South Shore has a stronger reputation for gaming, North Shore’s state line is straddled by some casinos as well. People have gotten lucky at CRYSTAL BAY CASINO , JIM KELLEY’S NUGGET and the TAHOE BILTMORE since the ’40s and ’50s. Play the tables, pull slots 24 hours a day or take in a variety of live music performances.

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Alongside a dirt-sandy beach, this town on Lake Tahoe’s North Shore is lined with motels, shops and snackeries. Beach time means filthy feet and legs, but the water’s lovely and inviting. Rent a paddleboard at a number of outlets along the main drag, or reserve a ride beneath a parasail—lifted about 800 feet—at CALIFORNIA PARASAIL . Pick up a gift or something for the house or garden at THE ROBIN’S NEST boutique or JAI YEN artist collective, two of many shops in town. JASON’S BEACHSIDE GRILLE has fabulous views, towering burgers and tall drinks; the specialty Bloody Mary carries a float of ancho chili liqueur. Grab a cone at LOG CABIN ICE CREAM and relax on the patio while you lick your way through it. At LANZA’S RESTAURANT, you’ll find classic spaghetti, pizza, baked pastas and Log Cabin more, served up on redIce Cream checkered tablecloths. Go to CALIENTE and sit outside beneath lighted umbrellas and indulge in a plateful of nachos. There, the house signature cocktail, a Chupacabra, involves rum, tequila, schnapps and fruit juice. But go easy—these things, like their folkloric namesake, can be mean.



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Tunnel Creek Café

Flume Trail

Incline Village

Anchored by the INCLINE VILLAGE GOLF CLUB , this little community teems with vacation rentals. Homes and condos rent for reasonable rates, especially if you wait till shoulder seasons. From this location, you’ve got plenty of nearby amenities, including a couple of beach entrances, plus easy access to Lake Tahoe’s East Shore gems just a few miles beyond. Grab a pine latte Pine latte (tastes like the forest) at DRINK COFFEE DO STUFF or breakfast at TUNNEL CREEK CAFÉ , where the veggie power bowl—packed with sweet potatoes, black beans, peppers, kale and eggs—will fuel you up for a mountain bike ride or hike on the FLUME TRAIL , which starts right there. Also in town, LE BISTRO French restaurant has drawn rave reviews for years—hours can be iffy, so make sure and call ahead. AZZARA’S serves, among other Italian favorites, a creamy pesto seafood pasta special that’s crowded with shellfish. Or hit FUMO for dinner—they do some incredible things with mushrooms. (Start with the wild mushroom baked brie appetizer.) At the HYATT REGENCY, the beach (limited to guests) and PIER 111 bar (open to anyone) make great hangouts, especially at twilight’s gloaming with a pretty drink in your hand. For high-end, lake-view dining: LONE EAGLE GRILLE and BIG WATER GRILLE (which had a surprisingly delicious vegan enchilada when we visited). The TAHOE SCIENCE CENTER teaches visitors through interactive exhibits about lake health and environmental influences on it—and how humans can help.

Big Water Grille

Pier 111

Incline Village Golf Club

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Tahoe East Shore Trail

Between Incline Village and Sand Harbor, the paved 3-mile, 10-foot-wide Tahoe East Shore Trail begins on the mountain side of Highway 28, then crosses via a tunnel and hugs the lake for 2 miles. Cyclists and walkers can access 16 vista points and 11 beach entrances along the way (including some clothing-optional coves—yeah, we know it’s not allowed, but people do it anyway). The only catch: parking. To nab one of 90 or so spots at the north-end trailhead lots near Tunnel Creek Cafe (you’ll pay by the hour), arrive early. There is no parking on Highway 28.



Spooner Lake

As you continue your drive deeper into Nevada, about 13 miles from Incline Village you’ll pass a verdant meadow, then see the turnoff for Spooner Lake. This serene little lake tucks into a landscape sprinkled with aspen groves. Some 50 miles of trails exist within the park, including several that link up with the FLUME and TAHOE RIM TRAILS . A 2-miler around Spooner Lake involves sightseers, anglers (Nevada fishing license required) and lots of Sierra flora and fauna. (High possibility of bear encounters out here!) The SPOONER LAKE VISITOR CENTER & AMPHITHEATER is under construction, which may limit access and parking on occasion, so check before you go.



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Sand Harbor

One of Tahoe’s most alluring locations, with rocky coves and water as turquoise as the Caribbean, Sand Harbor draws crowds during the summer. It’s got strict limitations on the number of people allowed in—get there early enough to park, or you’re out. No drop-offs or walk-ins allowed. Once you’re there, though, enjoy a wide sandy beach, swimming, paddleboarding, kayaking, picnicking, exploring the visitor center and more. What you can’t enjoy this year: boating. Boat launches are closed due to low water. The LAKE TAHOE SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL goes on at Sand Harbor each summer—the stage backdropped by the lake at sunset just adds to the magical experience. See “Mamma Mia!” and “Much Ado About Nothing” through Aug. 21. SACMAG.COM August 2022


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Now go right on Highway 50 toward South Lake Tahoe

Zephyr Cove A full-service resort with beach access, a restaurant, lodge, campground and rental cabins, Zephyr Cove is the prime spot to get out on the water, whether that’s by parasailing, boarding the M.S. DIXIE II paddle-wheeler for a lake cruise or powering your own ride on the water with a pedal boat, stand-up paddleboard or kayak. Personal watercraft rentals are available, as well as powerboats and the Weekender 36-foot pontoon, large enough for 12 people—and it includes a waterslide. Also available for rent: water skis, tubes and wakeboards.

Cave Rock Logan Shoals Vista Point The views from this Nevada side of Lake Tahoe are simply stunning, and a sunset from Logan Shoals Vista Point sends rays beaming across the water before dropping, ribbon by peach ribbon, behind the mountains on the other side. Evening clouds add more layers for dramatic effect. From the parking pullout, walk up to the various vantage points.


Take the .8-mile out-and-back walk to experience Cave Rock, a notorious landmark frequented by sunset and sunrise watchers and meditators. Climb (carefully) to the rock’s top for the best vantage point.



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Nevada Beach

Lake Tahoe Water Trail

This beautiful swath of beachfront near Zephyr Cove includes a campground, a calm swimming beach and summertime amenities including a paddleboard and kayak rentals kiosk. The LAM WATAH NATURE TRAIL will also deliver walkers here—it traverses meadow, marsh and forest, rife with wildlife (many beaver and bird sightings reported). For a beautiful bird's eye view, take a short hike up ROUND MOUND just north of the campgound. Nevada Beach is a stop along the LAKE TAHOE WATER TRAIL , dubbed as “72 miles of liquid fun,” designed to help paddlers enjoy their journey along the lake’s shoreline.

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Stateline In the last minute before you enter California, casinos crowd the state line. The four biggies: HARRAH’S , HARVEYS , HARD ROCK and BALLY’S (formerly Montbleu and Caesars). Play the games all day and night if you like, but take a break long enough to take in a show or indulge in dinner by the window at one of the skyhigh restaurants. Watch for the opening of the new 6,000-seat TAHOE SOUTH event center later this year for concerts, youth sporting events and conferences. For the more outdoors-focused, VAN SICKLE BI-STATE PARK also straddles the state line and is open to bicyclists, equestrians and hikers (who may want to pick up the Tahoe Rim Trail connector). Keep your eyes open—it’s in this park, among the rock outcroppings and towering pines, that we saw bears in broad daylight. Also in Stateline, the expansive and gorgeous EDGEWOOD —Tahoe’s only lakefront golf resort—includes luxurious accommodations at the lodge, an award-winning spa and several restaurants, including a casual bistro and lake-view fine dining.


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Heavenly gondola

Ridge Rider Mountain Coaster

South Lake Tahoe

Stateline runs right into South Lake Tahoe. Wander around HEAVENLY VILLAGE to shop—local and national retailers do business side by side in the busy center—or dine. The combination pizza at BASE CAMP PIZZA comes adorned with pepperoni, sausage and red peppers, or consider a heap of Azul Nacho Grande washed down with a margarita at AZUL LATIN KITCHEN . But the highlight of Heavenly Village is the tram house—for where it’ll take you. Hop aboard for a ride up the side of the mountain, a climb of over 2 miles and 2,000 feet in about seven minutes. During summertime, the glass-walled gondola car—worth the ride for the scenery alone—delivers adventurers to Empanash EPIC DISCOVERY. There, you can zip line, climb a wall, go tubing down a track, do a ropes course or take a screaming ride in a gravity-powered “mountain coaster” through forest and rocks. Also in South Lake Tahoe, several outstanding casual restaurants made our list: ALEWORX (at the Y and in Stateline) for wood-fired pizza, a self-serve beer wall and the new BACKYARD BAR & GRILL that brings burgers, brats and fries to the equation. In the same center, VERDE MEXICAN ROTISSERIE serves the freshest-tasting tacos, salads and burritos created from house-rotisseried chicken and tri-tip, with carefully sourced, often organic ingredients. At EMPANASH in the SOUTH LAKE TAHOE MARINA , handcrafted Argentine empanadas come crammed with multiple combos of meats and veggies. Grab a big sandwich from SPROUTS and take it to a nearby beach (EL DORADO BEACH or MEMORIAL CITY BEACH ).

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WELCOME Sacramento’s Ukrainian community has burst into action in recent months to help refugees and friends and family back home. BY SASHA ABRAMSKY PHOTOGRAPHY BY RYAN ANGEL MEZA


hen Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began in late February, Sacramento’s large Ukrainian community sprang into action. Churches such as the large Spring of Life church in Orangevale—which counts hundreds of Ukrainians and Ukrainian-Americans among its worshippers—and business owners with longstanding ties to Ukraine launched huge operations. Some organizations and individuals began raising money for humanitarian and military assistance to the beleaguered country. Other members of the Ukrainian diaspora journeyed to the U.S.-Mexico border to help asylum seekers navigate the crossing. Some went to Poland and other countries on the western edge of Ukraine to drive truckloads of aid into the besieged nation. Still others opened up their hous-


es to the thousands of Ukrainians who arrived in the Sacramento region in March, April and into May. Those with friends and relatives still in Ukraine frantically phoned or Zoomed back home. Unlike in previous wars, where the onset of hostilities too often resulted in a shutdown of communication into the conflict zone, in this war— because of technology advances in recent years—it has been possible to stay in touch with loved ones throughout even the most intense fighting. For Lika Roiko, an American River College psychology student who arrived in Sacramento in 2016, this has meant using the Telegram and FaceTime apps to connect with friends back home—“just talking, asking how are they, how their day goes. I tell my best friends funny stories from here.”



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Erik Latkovskyi has put in countless hours helping Ukrainians cross the border from Mexico into the United States.

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TOP: Lika Roiko helps process new arrivals from Ukraine. BELOW: Spring of Life church

Spring of Life church in Orangevale markets itself as the biggest Ukrainian church in California and serves as a gathering point for new arrivals.


When she was helping to process new arrivals at the Spring of Life church, she ran into one of her Sunday school teachers from her hometown in Ukraine, and she immediately phoned her friends in Ukraine to tell them about the coincidence. “A few years ago, she was teaching me about Jesus. Now I’m helping her do her documents. It’s a strange feeling. The world is like a small village.” With the number of arrivals soaring, the Spring of Life church began holding regular Saturday-evening coffee klatches and some weeknight gatherings in its courtyard. New arrivals got to know each other. Children played on bouncy castles while adults were linked up with Ukrainian-speaking residents, such as Roiko, who could help them navigate the Medi-Cal, SNAP and education bureaucracies and connect them with employers who would hire them while they learned English. “I come home very tired,” says Roiko. “But at the same time, I’m really happy inside of me—happy that I can do some good for my people.” For 42-year-old Anton and 30-year-old Nina (who gave only their first names), these events and the assistance of volunteers such as Roiko have been a godsend. Both from the town of Poltava, and both employees at a car-parts factory, they were on vacation in Poland when war broke out. Instead of returning home, they headed west, first to Spain, then on to Cancun, Mexico, and from there to Tijuana. “Volunteers drove us to the border,” says Anton in Ukrainian as he stands in the Spring of Life courtyard. His eyes—like those of so many who have fled war and terror—are heavy. “We came at 10 o’clock at night to get in line. At 1 p.m. the following day, the officers finally took us in. We filled out the documents, our application, and on the other side were volunteers waiting for us again. A Jewish organization had a hotel there that we were able to stay at the first night. Then we took a van to Sacramento. Our first feeling was a sense of calmness and security, because it’s safe here.”



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Bottom left: Erik Latkovskyi


rik Latkovskyi, 22, was one of the volunteers in Tijuana. He works as pastor Vadim Dashkevich’s secretary and as a church administrator at Spring of Life—a large, airy house of worship that markets itself as the biggest Ukrainian church in the state and flies the U.S., California and Ukraine flags outside. Latkovskyi felt Russia’s invasion of Ukraine represented a moral crisis, and he felt compelled to respond. “I heard from one guy helping Ukrainian refugees,” he says. “He told me there’s some Ukrainians at the border, and some bad people are trying to get them to pay money. There were frauds over there.” At the time, Ukrainians were being allowed to enter the United States without the requisite visas under an emergency process by which the Biden administration let them to come into America under “temporary parole.” It was, essentially, an expedited entry system that bypassed the long wait times overseas to qualify for refugee status—and it involved no fees. Yet, as Latkovskyi explains, hucksters saw an opportunity to exploit vulnerable Ukrainians, many of whom had spent their life savings to leave Ukraine by train or bus, fly to Cancun or Mexico City from somewhere in Eastern Europe, and then journey north to Tijuana. The final leg of the odyssey involved crossing into the United States, and while they waited in hotels and churches in Tijuana, people smugglers attempted to con them out of their last remaining dollars. Along with two friends from Spring of Life, Latkovskyi decided that he would head to Mexico to help new arrivals safely make it over the border. “Every flight from Cancun, three or four families arrived. I stood in the airport lobby and said, ‘I’m Ukrainian. I’m here to help.’” The first time Latkovskyi went to Tijuana, he stayed three days. When he returned for a second stint along

the border, the number of arrivals had soared. There were, he estimated, thousands of Ukrainians standing in line at the crossing. Many of them were sleeping in that line, out in the cold, terrified they would lose their place if they left for a hotel. Latkovskyi put his knowledge of computers to work and set up an online registration system to coordinate Ukrainian volunteers who had come to Mexico from all around the United States to help, and to streamline the wait process for the new arrivals. “I didn’t sleep for 48 hours,” he recalls. “It was super hard. We created a system, started registering people at the airport. They received a number on email, so there was no need to stand in line [waiting to cross the border]. They could go to a hotel or sleep on a mattress at a church.” In the weeks that followed, Latkovskyi saw things he would never previously have imagined. He encountered people with disabilities, some of them blind, desperately trying to get across the border into the States. He saw orphans and unaccompanied minors scrambling to navigate the border-crossing process. He saw hundreds of traumatized families who had, somehow, managed to escape the besieged and battered city of Mariupol. “They were crying when they arrived and they heard people speaking their language,” he says simply. “There were hundreds of people just thankful someone cares about them.” At the height of the influx, in mid-April, before President Biden announced a new program that would allow Ukrainians to apply for entry into the United States from Europe, rather than having to fly to Mexico first, up to 1,500 Ukrainians a day were trying to cross over into California from Tijuana. “We made a decision,” Latkovskyi remembers, “and brought mattresses to the airport. People were just sleeping on mattresses in the airport.”

TOP LEFT: A Ukrainian man getting a haircut at the Spring of Life church Saturday welcoming event BELOW LEFT: Ukrainian arrivals sleeping on a church floor in Tijuana, Mexico TOP RIGHT: Erik Latkovskyi socializing with Ukrainian refugees at the Spring of Life church

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TOP: Tetiana with daughter Valeria BELOW: Mykola, Tetiana and daughter Valeria at their new home in Carmichael OPPOSITE PAGE: After their home and city in Eastern Ukraine were hit by missiles, they fled; they arrived in Sacramento at the end of March.


acramento has long been one of the hubs, along with New York, Chicago and a handful of other cities, for Ukrainian immigrants in America. Quite possibly no city in the country has taken in more of the current wave of arrivals than Sacramento. California’s Ukrainian community has roots going back generations, to the great migrations out of Eastern Europe to the United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. However, in that first wave, more Ukrainians ended up on the East Coast or in the Midwest than on the West Coast. That changed in the last years of the Soviet Union. During the Gorbachev years, in the 1980s, many emigrants, especially those affiliated with Baptist churches, as well as Jewish refuseniks, left Ukraine. In the decades since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, that exodus has accelerated. Tens of thousands of these men, women and children migrated to the United States, many to California, and Sacramento’s Ukrainian community blossomed. Luba Jowa, the 67-year-old president of the Ukrainian Heritage Club, is a toxicologist who worked at the California Environmental Protection Agency. She was born in New York—her parents survived Stalin’s forced famine in Ukraine during the 1930s, as well as the Nazi occupation that followed during World War II, before escaping to the West. Jowa lived in Sacramento for decades, then moved east to Reno after she retired. “The Ukrainian community in Sacramento used to be very limited,” Jowa remembers. “With the immigration of the post-Soviet era, we have thousands upon thousands of people. And then they have their descendants.” One of those more recent arrivals is Vlad Skots. “I was born and grew up in the western part of Ukraine. When I was 22, I came to America in 2001—with no money, no English, no parents,” says Skots, who now runs a large transportation service—and mainly employs Ukrainian-Americans—out of a modern glass office building in Rancho Cordova. Leaving his parents and five of his 10 brothers behind in Ukraine (the other brothers had also emigrated), as the new millennium dawned Skots sought to remake his life. “My first job was in a Chinese restaurant in Davis as a janitor. Then I went to construction. A delivery company. Then in ’06 I started my own business: USKO, a transportation business.



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“We hopped on the evacuation train. There were no safe zones if we tried to take our car. We could have been shot and killed.”—Olga, who fled Ukraine and came to Sacramento with her family

I have offices in Chicago; Monterrey, Mexico; Kyiv, Ukraine; and Odessa as well.” Seeking a sense of community in a new world, Ukrainian migrants set up cultural organizations, such as the Ukrainian American House and the Spring of Life and Bethany churches, as well as annual festivals. The Sacramento festival, which Skots helps run, is held each September to celebrate Ukrainian culture and cuisine. Ukrainians have opened their own grocery stores in Carmichael and Citrus Heights and found banks keen to cultivate a large Ukrainian-American clientele. Real estate agent Ben Navrotski has lived in Sacramento since 2000, when his Baptist parents, whose economic fortunes had plummeted during the postSoviet collapse and hyperinflation of the 1990s, brought him to California as a teenager from the family home in Rivne, in western Ukraine. For him, community means buying and selling real estate within a self-enclosed world of Ukrainian-American clients. It also means sports. In his spare time, he plays soccer and table tennis with other expats. Nowadays, however, with his homeland a place of carnage, Navrotski, who in a normal year visits Ukraine several times, doesn’t have much downtime. Instead, he is organizing financial support for people still in Ukraine, as well as shipping protective gear and humanitarian aid from the United States. “I watched all the propaganda developing,” he says of Russia’s march to war. “I expected it to flare up, but I didn’t expect it to be this terrible. We got a fundraiser started at our church. We placed a banner, put up posters. I walked to stores and cafes and placed QR codes to donate to support Ukrainian refugees. Me and my friends bought protective gear. I went to Europe and drove around collecting humanitarian aid.” When he came back, he opened up to his home to refugees, as did many others in Sacramento’s Ukrainian community. Some describe sleeping upward of a dozen people in their small suburban homes while continuing to gather supplies for Ukraine. In mid-May, Navrotski flew to Poland with 20 pieces of luggage, each one filled with medical supplies, including desperately needed orthopedic equipment provided by friends in Los Angeles. Meanwhile, the brutal fighting for control of Ukraine— often street-by-street and house-by-house—continues. SACMAG.COM August 2022


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“There’s life prior to Feb. 24 [when Russian forces began bombarding Ukraine] and life after Feb. 24,” explains 40-year-old Olga, who asked us not to publish her last name. A real estate agent, she fled Ukraine with her husband, Sergei, and their three children early in the war. Standing in the courtyard of Spring of Life, she tearfully talks of the family’s exodus, her words coming out in a rush, stopping only just long enough for the translator to play catch-up. “We hopped on the evacuation train. There were no safe zones if we tried to take our car. We could have been shot and killed. The train took us to west Ukraine and then to Poland. While we were in Poland, we were trying to decide how to start all over. When we left our house, we left knowing there was a chance we’d never return. When we heard Biden promised a certain amount of folks to come here to the U.S., we saw it as a really good opportunity to come to this country. And Sacramento has a very large Slavic community.” Here, the family is trying to adjust to their new realities. They like the weather, and they are grateful for all the assistance that the community has offered them. But they’re scared of the high prices—several dollars for a loaf of bread that in Ukraine would cost the equivalent of 50 cents. Their youngest child, Daniel, is in day care; their two daughters, Lisa and Sofia, are in school. Like so many immigrant families, the traditional parent-child relationship has been inverted, with

the parents increasingly reliant on their children to help them navigate the new world. In Olga and Sergei’s case, this means Sofia, the oldest, who learned some English in her school in Ukraine, has been serving as the family’s translator, aiding her parents in planning the family’s journey to America. Once they arrived, she assisted her parents in navigating the bureaucracies of the country that is their new home. “We’d love to learn the language,” says Olga, “and hopefully remain here. America really opens our hearts. It’s hard here, but there are opportunities. I never thought being an immigrant would be this hard.”

OPPOSITE PAGE: (From left to right) Lisa, Sergei, Sofia, Daniel and Olga ABOVE PHOTOS: The family enjoying their new life in Sacramento


n late August, to commemorate Ukrainian Independence Day, the Ukrainian American House is planning an event at the state Capitol to honor the notion of Ukrainian sovereignty. Meanwhile, the war in Ukraine and the bloodshed continue apace. As it goes on, Sacramento continues to show its best face, rolling out the welcome mat to thousands of Ukrainians fleeing for their lives. “The biggest thing was how many people were willing to help,” says Nina, somewhat awed as she contemplates the city that, by happenstance, she now calls home. “They helped us fill out documents to get employment authorization, help finding a car, some money was donated, some money was lent to us. Random people would call, give suggestions, offer employment.” SACMAG.COM August 2022


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KEEP OUR LIST ON HAND. Lawyers are a bit like a car insurance policy: You never want to need one, but when you do, you want the best out there. To help you find the best, Sacramento Magazine contracted with Professional Research Services, which asked Sacramento-area attorneys to nominate three colleagues who they would recommend in their area of law. All nominees were reviewed to ensure their licenses were up to date and in good standing with The State Bar of California. Those who received the highest number of votes made the cut. Along with the Top Lawyers list, each year we profile a select few lawyers, giving you a (fun) glimpse at the person behind the title. Whether you are looking for someone who specializes in real estate, personal injury, mediation, employment and labor issues or something else, there’s a lawyer for you.


The professionals listed herein were selected by their peers in a survey conducted by Professional Research Services Company of Troy, Michigan. Professionals may be screened and selected through the verification of licensing and review of any infractions through various applicable boards, agencies and rating services. For further information visit or email PRS at

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Eileen M. Diepenbrock Diepenbrock Elkin Dauer McCandless LLP

B.J. Susich Murphy Austin Adams Schoenfeld LLP

Sean J. Filippini Downey Brand LLP

Myles G. Taylor Parker Taylor Law Group

Daniel J. Foster Wilke Fleury LLP

Belan K. Wagner Wagner Kirkman Blaine Klomparens & Youmans LLP

David A. Frenznick Wilke Fleury LLP

Ashley West Carter West Douglas L. Youmans Wagner Kirkman Blaine Klomparens & Youmans LLP

CLASS ACTION/ MASS TORTS Clayeo C. Arnold Arnold Law Firm Meghan M. Baker Downey Brand LLP Ian J. Barlow Kershaw Cook & Talley Andrew Bluth Singleton Schreiber William A. Kershaw Kershaw Cook & Talley David E. Mastagni Mastagni Holstedt, A.P.C. Phillip R. Mastagni Mastagni Holstedt, A.P.C.

George Guthrie Wilke Fleury LLP Jack A. Klauschie Jr. Matheny Sears Linkert & Jaime, LLP Erin K. McDonough O'Connor Thompson McDonough Klotsche LLP Scott D. McElhern Downey Brand LLP Lisa D. Nicolls Murphy Austin Adams Schoenfeld LLP

Jake C. Weaver Reynolds Tilbury Woodward LLC

CRIMINAL DEFENSE: NON-WHITE-COLLAR Kelly Babineau The Law Office of Kelly Babineau J.P. Brennan Brennan Defense John J. Casey III Law Offices of John J. Casey III Michael Chastaine Chastaine Jones Susan Gellman Cohen Defense Group Eric H. Hintz Law Offices of Eric H. Hintz Joseph Hoffman Hoffman & Hoffman Jason Robert Holley Holley Defense Law Offices Thomas A. Johnson Law Office of Thomas A. Johnson Martin Jones Chastaine Jones Jennifer Mouzis Mouzis Criminal Defense Joshua A. Olander Mastagni Holstedt, A.P.C.

John S. Poulos Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP

William J. Portanova Portanova & Associates

Jessica A. Robison Trainor Fairbrook

Mark Reichel Law Office of Mark Reichel

D. Michael Schoenfeld Murphy Austin Adams Schoenfeld LLP

Martin E. Tejeda Law Office of Martin E. Tejeda

Kenneth I. Schumaker Murphy Austin Adams Schoenfeld LLP

Chet Templeton Templeton & Mixon, LLC Michelle E. Trigger Trigger Law Office

Chris Rodriguez Singleton Schreiber

V. Blair Shahbazian Murphy Austin Adams Schoenfeld LLP

John Virga Virga Law Firm

Stuart C. Talley Kershaw Cook & Talley

Daniel M. Steinberg Trainor Fairbrook

Steven Whitworth Law Office of Steve Whitworth

M. Bradley Wishek ROTHSCHILD WISHEK + SANDS LLP PRACTICE AREA : Professional Licensing, Physician Peer Review, Criminal Defense

I CHOSE MY AREA OF PRACTICE : Because I wanted to represent individuals who were facing the awesome power of the government. THE BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION LAWYERS FACE : Is that the legal system objectively evaluates facts and applies the law to reach a just result. Judges and juries are human, and lawyers must tell the story of their client’s case so that a prosecutor, judge or jury can relate to—even like—the accused person they are judging. How the “facts” are perceived—true or false, relevant or unimportant—is inextricably intertwined with whether the lawyer has succeeded in effectively telling the client’s story. THE THING I’M MOST PROUD OF PROFESSIONALLY IS : Seeing my clients as unique individuals and not files or cases. I ask questions and listen to clients to understand their needs and goals in their matter. This includes asking clients about what has happened in their lives that may have contributed to an uncharacteristic mistake and referring them to other professionals who can help them navigate those challenges. A mental health or chemical dependency evaluation and treatment, or a referral to a good psychotherapist, can contribute to a successful case outcome and improve a client’s overall well-being long after the case is over.

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Michael J. Wise Wise Law Group

Jenni Krengel Buchalter

Charles L. Post Weintraub Tobin

M. Bradley Wishek Rothschild Wishek + Sands LLP

James M. Nelson Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Robert L. Rediger Rediger Labor Law LLP

Barry A. Zimmerman Cohen Defense Group

Jim Paul Employee Benefits Law Group PC

Jennifer Shaw Shaw Law Group, PC


Ken Ruthenberg Employee Benefits Law Group PC

Kelly Babineau The Law Office of Kelly Babineau Kresta N. Daly Barth Daly LLP Candice L. Fields Candice Fields Law David D. Fischer Law Offices of David D. Fischer Susan Gellman Cohen Defense Group

Phillip Chan


I WANTED TO BECOME A LAWYER: Because my parents are Chinese immigrants, my career options were limited. I wasn’t interested in being a doctor, accountant or engineer, so the only career left was being a lawyer. I learned, only later, that there were other career options . . . MY ADVICE TO SOMEONE HIRING A LAWYER FOR THE FIRST TIME : Trust your instincts and hire the person whom you would trust to watch your kid—or dog or cat. THE CRAZIEST CASE I EVER WORKED ON: As a law clerk for a judge, I worked on a case where a prison inmate requested a reduction in his sentence. His brief was one of the most creative and persuasive legal briefs I had read that summer. Until that point, I had never seen statutory interpretation done in crayon. IF I COULD CHANGE PROFESSIONS FOR ONE DAY, I’D WORK AS A : Teacher. I enjoy breaking down complex concepts and explaining them in different ways to help people understand them. It is so gratifying finding creative ways to help people learn things, especially abstruse ones. I RELIEVE STRESS BY: Jogging. To me, it’s like a shower for my brain.


Patrick K. Hanly Law Offices of Patrick K. Hanly Thomas A. Johnson Law Office of Thomas A. Johnson Richard Pachter The Law Offices of Richard Pachter

EMPLOYMENT & LABOR Ryan E. Abernethy Weintraub Tobin Meagan Bainbridge Weintraub Tobin J. Edward Brooks Gavrilov & Brooks Christina Bucci Hamilton Duggan Law Corporation Phillip Chan Buchalter Lukas Clary Weintraub Tobin

Mark S. Spring CDF Labor Law LLP Elizabeth B. Stallard Downey Brand LLP Daniel A. Street The Law Office of Daniel A. Street Jill P. Telfer Telfer Law Bruce M. Timm Boutin Jones Inc. Julie A. Totten Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP David W. Tyra Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard Lizbeth (Beth) V. West Weintraub Tobin Christopher H. Whelan Law Offices of Christopher H. Whelan, Inc.

Todd A. Pickles Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Daniel J. Coyle Delfino Madden O'Malley Coyle & Koewler

William J. Portanova Portanova & Associates

Jennifer E. Duggan Duggan Law Corporation

Malcolm Segal Segal & Associates, PC

Cassandra M. Ferrannini Downey Brand LLP

M. Bradley Wishek Rothschild Wishek + Sands LLP

Jeffrey D. Fulton Law Office of Jeffrey D. Fulton


Carolee G. Kilduff Angelo, Kilday & Kilduff

Andrew Brown Ellison Schneider Harris & Donlan LLP

Gary Livaich Desmond, Nolan, Livaich & Cunningham

Timothy Long Greenberg Traurig, LLP

G. Braiden Chadwick Mitchell Chadwick LLP

Kimberly A. Lucia Boutin Jones Inc.

Andrea P. Clark Downey Brand LLP

Scott D. McElhern Downey Brand LLP

Jennifer Randlett Madden Delfino Madden O'Malley Coyle & Koewler

Steven H. Goldberg Downey Brand LLP

Darrin M. Menezes Weintraub Tobin

David P. Mastagni Mastagni Holstedt, A.P.C.

Jeffery D. Harris Ellison Schneider Harris & Donlan LLP


Kathleen N. Mastagni Storm Mastagni Holstedt, A.P.C.

Jonathan Kendrick Buchalter

Laura C. McHugh Duggan Law Corporation

Janelle S. Krattiger Ellison Schneider Harris & Donlan LLP

Alex Medina Medina McKelvey LLP

Andrea Leisy Remy Moose Manley, LLP

Timothy B. Nelson Medina McKelvey LLP

Michael N. Mills Stoel Rives LLP

Brian Manning Desmond, Nolan, Livaich & Cunningham

Jeff Chang Best Best & Krieger LLP Scott E. Galbreath Murphy Austin Adams Schoenfeld LLP Wendy L. Gilligan Employee Benefits Law Group PC

ENERGY & NATURAL RESOURCES Joshua L. Baker Day Carter & Murphy LLP Barbara A. Brenner White Brenner LLP



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Scott A. Morris Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard

Daniel J. O'Hanlon Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard

Heather Johnston Sapphire Law Group

Meredith E. Nikkel Downey Brand LLP

Gwenneth A. O'Hara Buchalter

Robin L. Klomparens Wagner Kirkman Blaine Klomparens & Youmans LLP

Kevin M. O'Brien Downey Brand LLP

Heraclio Pimentel Jr. Stoel Rives LLP

Leslie R. Kolafa Weintraub Tobin

Gwenneth A. O'Hara Buchalter

Robert P. Soran Downey Brand LLP

Gina L. Lera Lera Tiberini PC

Heraclio Pimentel Jr. Stoel Rives LLP

Timothy M. Taylor Stoel Rives LLP

L. Stuart List Boutin Jones Inc.

Scott L. Shapiro Downey Brand LLP

Sabrina Teller Remy Moose Manley, LLP

Donald Madsen Donald P. Madsen, Attorney at Law

Ann L. Trowbridge Day Carter & Murphy LLP

Tina Thomas Thomas Law Group


Melissa A. Thorme Downey Brand LLP

William W. Abbott Abbott & Kindermann, Inc.

Kate Wheatley Taylor & Wiley, A.P.C.

Carissa M. Beecham Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard

Tiffany K. Wright Remy Moose Manley, LLP

Barbara A. Brenner White Brenner LLP Steven H. Goldberg Downey Brand LLP Nicole E. Granquist Downey Brand LLP Amy Higuera Thomas Law Group Holly J. Jacobson Bartkiewicz, Kronick & Shanahan, PC Matthew S. Keasling Taylor & Wiley, A.P.C. Diane G. Kindermann Henderson Abbott & Kindermann, Inc. Jennifer Hartman King Hartman King PC Janelle S. Krattiger Ellison Schneider Harris & Donlan LLP Alanna Lungren Hartman King PC

Jesse Yang Taylor & Wiley, A.P.C.

Jennifer Miller Moss Moss & Locke Alexis Ortega The Burton Law Firm Bryan L. Phipps Buchalter

Silvio Reggiardo III Downey Brand LLP Hannah A. Shakin Downey Brand LLP

Elise S. F. Baker Placer Law Group, APC

Kent W. Silvester Boutin Jones Inc.

Kay U. Brooks Weintraub Tobin

Colin T. Smith The Law Office of Colin T. Smith

Jeb Burton The Burton Law Firm Kristin N. Capritto Downey Brand LLP Janet Z. Chediak Weintraub Tobin

Daniel I. Spector Law Office of Daniel I. Spector Borden D. Webb Borden D. Webb Law Corporation Randall R. Wilson Sinclair, Wilson, Baldo & Chamberlain, Attorneys at Law

Ashley Clower Clower Law, A Professional Law Corporation

Michael Yee Yee Law Group, PC

Edward J. Corey Jr. Weintraub Tobin


Kelly E. Dankbar Weintraub Tobin

Whitman F. Manley Remy Moose Manley, LLP

James L. Deeringer Downey Brand LLP

Andrea A. Matarazzo Pioneer Law Group LLP

Jeffrey S. Galvin Downey Brand LLP

James G. Moose Remy Moose Manley, LLP

Edward W. Goldkuhl Goldkuhl, LLP

Lauren V. Neuhaus Stoel Rives LLP

Jonathan Huber Huber Fox, P.C.

TAYLOR & WILEY PRACTICE AREA : Environmental/Land Use

Tracy M. Potts Legacy Law Group


Frayda Bruton Frayda Bruton Law

Jesse Yang

Tiffany L. Andrews Law Office of Tiffany L. Andrews, P.C. Beth M. Appelsmith Beth M. Appelsmith Jill L. Barr Hemmer & Barr LLP Hal D. Bartholomew Bartholomew & Wasznicky LLP Sally K. Callahan The Law Offices of Sally K. Callahan, P.C.

I WANTED TO BECOME A LAWYER: Because it interested me and hopefully made up for any disappointment my parents experienced after finding out that I didn’t want to become a doctor. MY ADVICE TO LAWYERS IN HIGH-PROFILE CASES SUCH AS JOHNNY DEPP AND AMBER HEARD : Keep your public comments to a minimum. MY ADVICE TO SOMEONE HIRING A LAWYER FOR THE FIRST TIME : Ask your attorney friends for a referral. THE CRAZIEST CASE I EVER WORKED ON : Involved a project that took over eight years to get through the environmental review process. THE BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION LAWYERS FACE : Is that we’re litigious by nature. I think we spend considerably more time trying to avoid litigation. THE THING I’M MOST PROUD OF PROFESSIONALLY IS: That I’m part of a process that results in more environmentally friendly landuse projects. IF I COULD CHANGE PROFESSIONS FOR ONE DAY, I’D WORK AS A : Science teacher, marine biologist, craft brewer or vintage car racer. I RELIEVE STRESS BY: Mountain biking and having a pint of IPA afterwards. IF I HIT THE LOTTERY TOMORROW : My wife and I would be researching moving to New Zealand or Costa Rica.

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Fredrick S. "Rick" Cohen Law Offices of Fredrick S. Cohen

Cheri L. Simmons Law Offices of Cheri L. Simmons, P.C.

Cynthia Larsen Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Kristine S. Cummings Law Office of Kristine S. Cummings

Brooke N. Stephens Merus Law

Jeremy Meier Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Stephanie J. Finelli Law Office of Stephanie J. Finelli

Michelle L. Stowell Purcell Stowell PC

Ruthann G. Ziegler Law Office of Ruthann G. Ziegler

Neil M. Forester Forester Purcell Stowell PC

Diane E. Wasznicky Bartholomew & Wasznicky LLP

Camille H. Hemmer Hemmer & Barr LLP

Stephanie L. Williams Williams Family Law

Jennifer Hemmer Hemmer & Barr LLP

Casey Young Young Law Firm

James Andrew Caprile Buchalter

Natalya Kalinovskiy Gale Angelo Johnson & Patrick P.C.


Michael J. Daponde DSR Health Law

Charlotte L. Keeley Keeley Family Law


I WANTED TO BECOME A LAWYER : Since I was 10 years old because my father told me it was the right career path for a child who relentlessly argued like I did. I CHOSE MY AREA OF PRACTICE : Because I am able to empathetically advocate for people during a difficult time in their lives regarding issues that affect their family structure, their finances and their personal safety. MY ADVICE TO LAWYERS IN HIGH-PROFILE CASES SUCH AS JOHNNY DEPP AND AMBER HEARD : Is to ignore the cameras and do your job. THE BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION LAWYERS FACE : Is that we are in it only for the money. I am passionate about my work and chose this career because I care about people and their rights. THE THING I’M MOST PROUD OF PROFESSIONALLY IS : The reputation I have built in my legal community as a strong advocate. I RELIEVE STRESS BY: Staying busy. The less I have on my plate, the more time I have to stress. IF I HIT THE LOTTERY TOMORROW : I would keep working as much as I do now. This busy bee is not motivated by money.


Victoria S. Linder Law Offices of Victoria S. Linder, PC

Annie S. Amaral Downey Brand LLP Andrew T. Caulfield Caulfield Law Firm Kevin J. Dehoff Angelo, Kilday & Kilduff

Thomas E. Marrs Marrs Law, P.C.

Jacob D. Flesher Flesher Schaff & Schroeder, Inc.

Mary J. Martinelli Downey Brand LLP

Louis A. Gonzalez Jr. Weintraub Tobin

Wazhma Mojaddidi Mojaddidi Law

Wendy A. Green Flesher Schaff & Schroeder, Inc.

Mary Molinaro Law Office of Mary Molinaro

Melissa A. Jones Stoel Rives LLP

Elizabeth N. Niemi Of Counsel to Gavrilov & Brooks

Michael J. Kuzmich Boutin Jones Inc.

Robert J. O'Hair Woodruff, O'Hair, Posner & Salinger, Inc.

Richard S. Linkert Matheny Sears Linkert & Jaime, LLP

John P. O'Malley Delfino Madden O'Malley Coyle & Koewler

David P. Mastagni Mastagni Holstedt, A.P.C.

Lauren R. Patrick Gale Angelo Johnson & Patrick P.C. Sean M. Patrick Law Offices of Sean M. Patrick Kelly L. Pope Downey Brand LLP Matthew K. Purcell Purcell Stowell PC Richard E. Quiles Gale Angelo Johnson & Patrick P.C. Tara M. Rojas Rojas Family Law, Inc. Paula D. Salinger Woodruff, O'Hair, Posner & Salinger, Inc.

James D. McNairy Boutin Jones Inc. Jason W. Schaff Flesher Schaff & Schroeder, Inc. Jeremy J. Schroeder Flesher Schaff & Schroeder, Inc. Daniel S. Stouder Boutin Jones Inc. William R. Warne Downey Brand LLP


HEALTH CARE Christopher F. Anderson Weintraub Tobin

Anthony R. Eaton DSR Health Law Stephen L. Goff King & Spalding LLP Suzanne E. Hennessy Murphy Austin Adams Schoenfeld LLP Curtis Leavitt Kennaday Leavitt PC Eunice C. Majam-Simpson DSR Health Law Devan J. McCarty Buchalter Darcy L. Muilenburg DSR Health Law Michael G. Polis Wilke Fleury LLP Megan A. Rowe DSR Health Law Cathy Salenko CMSP Governing Board Office Jennifer A. Scott Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard Brian M. Taylor Boutin Jones Inc. Jeanne L. Vance Weintraub Tobin

IMMIGRATION Ann Kanter Kanter & Romo Immigration Law Office

Steven G. Churchwell Buchalter

Michael W. Schoenleber The Law Office of Schoenleber & Waltermire

Jennifer L. Dauer Diepenbrock Elkin Dauer McCandless LLP

Mary M. Waltermire The Law Office of Schoenleber & Waltermire



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Diane G. Kindermann Henderson Abbott & Kindermann, Inc. Andrea A. Matarazzo Pioneer Law Group LLP

Port J. Parker Parker Taylor Law Group Jason J. Sommer Hansen Kohls Sommer & Jacob LLP

Mary P. Derner Caulfield Law Firm

Osha Meserve Soluri Meserve, A Law Corporation

Natalie Vance Klinedinst PC

Craig E. Farmer Farmer Curtis, LLP

Patrick G. Mitchell Mitchell Chadwick LLP

Daniel J. Foster Wilke Fleury LLP

Christopher L. Powell Mitchell Chadwick LLP


Daniel S. Glass Law Office of Daniel S. Glass

John M. Taylor Taylor & Wiley, A.P.C.

Randy Pollack White Brenner LLP

George Guthrie Wilke Fleury LLP

Timothy M. Taylor Stoel Rives LLP

Patrick K. Shannon Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Daniel C. Taylor Jacobsen & McElroy PC

Gregory D. Thatch Law Offices of Gregory D. Thatch


Tina Thomas Thomas Law Group

Kevin Hughey Hughey Gentry, LLP

Kate Wheatley Taylor & Wiley, A.P.C.

Michael K. Iwahiro The Burton Law Firm

Douglas L. White White Brenner LLP

Audrey A. Millemann Weintraub Tobin

James B. (Jim) Wiley Taylor & Wiley, A.P.C.

Michael J. Thomas Downey Brand LLP

Tiffany K. Wright Remy Moose Manley, LLP



Alexis Ortega The Burton Law Firm


Kenneth E. Bacon Mastagni Holstedt, A.P.C. James J. Banks Banks & Watson Attorneys

Steven G. Churchwell Buchalter

LITIGATION: BANKING AND FINANCE Janlynn R. Fleener Downey Brand LLP Douglas H. Kraft Kraft Law Robert S. McWhorter Buchalter

LITIGATION: COMMERCIAL Corey M. Day Stoel Rives LLP Jamie P. Dreher Downey Brand LLP Max Fujii Stoel Rives LLP Kurt A. Kappes Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Karen M. Goodman GOODMAN LAW CORP PRACTICE AREA : Legal Malpractice

I CHOSE MY AREA OF PRACTICE: I have been fascinated about how much lawyers can make a difference, good or bad, in so many people’s lives. I love representing lawyers who really are invested in their clients. I love representing clients who have been betrayed by their lawyers. MY ADVICE TO LAWYERS IN HIGH-PROFILE CASES SUCH AS JOHNNY DEPP AND AMBER HEARD: Be prepared; you never know when five minutes of questioning will go viral. MY ADVICE TO SOMEONE HIRING A LAWYER FOR THE FIRST TIME : Get a copy of the lawyer’s insurance policy. Too many lawyers don’t carry insurance even though consumers always think their lawyer “must have insurance.”

William W. Abbott Abbott & Kindermann, Inc.

Bret Batchman Hansen Kohls Sommer & Jacob LLP

Nicholas Avdis Thomas Law Group

Jeffrey S. Einsohn Parker Taylor Law Group

G. Braiden Chadwick Mitchell Chadwick LLP

Mark E. Ellis Ellis Law Group LLP

Kelley M. Lincoln Boutin Jones Inc.

Meghan Dunnagan BPE Law Group, PC

Gregory Fayard Cardinale Fayard

Michael J. Muse-Fisher Buchalter

Mona G. Ebrahimi Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard

Karen M. Goodman Goodman Law Corporation

William R. Warne Downey Brand LLP

Laura Harris Remy Moose Manley, LLP

Christine E. Jacob Hansen Kohls Sommer & Jacob LLP

Thomas A. Woods Stoel Rives LLP

I RELIEVE STRESS BY: Running, weightlifting and yoga.

Ryan M. Hooper Law Offices of Gregory D. Thatch

James R. Kirby II Nageley, Kirby & Winberry, LLP


Matthew S. Keasling Taylor & Wiley, A.P.C.

Daniel V. Kohls Hansen Kohls Sommer & Jacob LLP

J. Scott Alexander Murphy Austin Adams Schoenfeld LLP

IF I HIT THE LOTTERY TOMORROW : I’d be playing golf regularly at Crosswater in Sunriver, Oregon.

Nicholas D. Karkazis Stoel Rives LLP Michael J. Kuzmich Boutin Jones Inc.

THE CRAZIEST CASE I EVER WORKED ON: The one where we ran out of jurors just before we were going to give our closing arguments— it resulted in a mistrial! THE THING I’M MOST PROUD OF PROFESSIONALLY: I’ve worked hard to develop my advocacy skills, and each client gets my very best.

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Eileen M. Diepenbrock Diepenbrock Elkin Dauer McCandless LLP


Sean J. Filippini Downey Brand LLP

Dale C. Campbell Weintraub Tobin

David A. Frenznick Wilke Fleury LLP

James D. McNairy Boutin Jones Inc.

Karen L. Jacobsen Jacobsen & McElroy PC

Audrey A. Millemann Weintraub Tobin

Nicholas D. Karkazis Stoel Rives LLP

Michael J. Thomas Downey Brand LLP

Erin K. McDonough O'Connor Thompson McDonough Klotsche LLP


Scott D. McElhern Downey Brand LLP

Michael Jonsson

SACRAMENTO DIVORCE SOLUTIONS, INC. PRACTICE AREA : “I’m a family law attorney, but my practice is limited to divorce and family mediation. In other words, I’m a professional family mediator.”

I WANTED TO BECOME A LAWYER: Because I loved to argue, and I thought becoming a lawyer would help me become better at arguing. MY ADVICE TO SOMEONE HIRING A LAWYER FOR THE FIRST TIME: Most cases settle before trial, but most people still pick their lawyers based on their trial abilities. To get a better result in your case, pick an attorney who is as good at negotiating a reasonable settlement as they are at arguing in court. THE THING I’M MOST PROUD OF PROFESSIONALLY IS : I’ve learned to mediate family disputes at virtually all levels of conflict, including when there are restraining orders. Helping clients resolve their issues by peaceful and confidential negotiations versus watching them go through a gut-wrenching public trial is professionally very satisfying. IF I COULD CHANGE PROFESSIONS FOR ONE DAY, I’D WORK AS: Vice president of the United States. The Senate is totally dysfunctional and systemically in conflict, much like a big, messy family. And the VP is in the best position to mediate agreements between them, especially with the present makeup of the Senate. As a conflict junkie, being VP for a day in the Senate would make me very happy. But the president would have to promise not to die on that day! I RELIEVE STRESS BY: Exercise, travel, cooking and reading science fiction.


Bob O'Connor O'Connor Thompson McDonough Klotsche LLP John S. Poulos Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP

Beth M. Appelsmith Beth M. Appelsmith Edward J. Corey Jr. Weintraub Tobin Michael Alan Jonsson Sacramento Divorce Solutions, Inc. Ernest A. Long Ernest A. Long ADR

Robert H. Zimmerman Schuering Zimmerman & Doyle, LLP

MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS Christopher Chediak Weintraub Tobin Chris Delfino Delfino Madden O'Malley Coyle & Koewler Julie E. Green Weintraub Tobin Michelle R. Hallsten Greenberg Traurig, LLP Michael K. Iwahiro The Burton Law Firm Jeffrey M. Koewler Delfino Madden O'Malley Coyle & Koewler Dennis E. Michaels Boutin Jones Inc. Iain Mickle Boutin Jones Inc.

D. Michael Schoenfeld Murphy Austin Adams Schoenfeld LLP

Nicholas K. Lowe Law Offices of Nicholas K. Lowe

Kenneth I. Schumaker Murphy Austin Adams Schoenfeld LLP

David L. Perrault Judicate West

Eric J. Stiff Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP

Donald R. Person JAMS

Ashley West Carter West

Daniel M. Steinberg Trainor Fairbrook Chad S. Tapp Porter Scott Sean Thompson O'Connor Thompson McDonough Klotsche LLP Erik C. Tofft Huguenin Kahn LLP Leanna L. H. Vault Klinedinst PC

Russ J. Wunderli Judicate West

MEDICAL MALPRACTICE Paul R. Baleria Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP William L. Brelsford Brelsford Androvich & White

NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS Chris Delfino Delfino Madden O'Malley Coyle & Koewler Corinne H. Gartner Delfino Madden O'Malley Coyle & Koewler Danielle Lawrence The Burton Law Firm

Matthew J. Weber Downey Brand LLP

Donna W. Low Low McKinley Baleria & Salenko, LLP

Nancy P. Lee Nancy P. Lee, PC

Arthur G. Woodward Reynolds Tilbury Woodward LLP

Dominique A. Pollara Pollara Law Group

Dale A. Stern Downey Brand LLP

Eric J. Ratinoff Eric Ratinoff Law Corp.

Ashley West Carter West

LITIGATION: INSURANCE Kaitlyn M. Bigoni Parker Taylor Law Group

Bruce E. Salenko Low McKinley Baleria & Salenko, LLP

Anthony R. Eaton DSR Health Law

Kat Todd Schuering Zimmerman & Doyle, LLP

Daniel J. Foster Wilke Fleury LLP

R. Parker White Brelsford Androvich & White

Darcy L. Muilenburg DSR Health Law

Daniel E. Wilcoxen Wilcoxen Callaham, LLP

PERSONAL INJURY GENERAL Ashley Amerio Ashley Injury Lawyers Joseph Androvich Brelsford Androvich & White Brian P. Azemika Law Office of Brian P. Azemika



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Joseph J. Babich Dreyer Babich Buccola Wood Campora, LLP Gina M. Bowden Arnold Law Firm Robert A. Buccola Dreyer Babich Buccola Wood Campora, LLP William C. Callaham Wilcoxen Callaham, LLP Kevin J. Dehoff Angelo, Kilday & Kilduff John Demas Demas Law Group, P.C. Roger A. Dreyer Dreyer Babich Buccola Wood Campora, LLP Kevin L. Elder Penney & Associates Justin M. Gingery Gingery Law Group Hank G. Greenblatt Dreyer Babich Buccola Wood Campora, LLP Glenn S. Guenard Guenard & Bozarth LLP Jeffrey T. Hammer Gingery Hammer & Schneiderman LLP Christopher L. Kreeger Kreeger Law Firm Kent Luckey Penney & Associates David P. Mastagni Mastagni Holstedt, A.P.C. Jordan Maurer Maurer Law Corporation John M. O'Brien O'Brien & Zehnder Law Firm Sean M. Patrick Law Offices of Sean M. Patrick Frederick W. Penney Penney & Associates Rob Piering Piering Law Firm Jeffrey M. Schaff Kershaw Cook & Talley

Kirill Tarasenko Tarasenko Law Office R. Parker White Brelsford Androvich & White

REAL ESTATE Russell J. Austin Murphy Austin Adams Schoenfeld LLP

Daniel E. Wilcoxen Wilcoxen Callaham, LLP

Joshua L. Baker Day Carter & Murphy LLP


Colby A. Campbell Trainor Fairbrook

Robert Bale Dreyer Babich Buccola Wood Campora, LLP

Henry W. Chu Stoel Rives LLP

Robert W. Brannen Penney & Associates

David W. Creeggan Weintraub Tobin

Robert A. Buccola Dreyer Babich Buccola Wood Campora, LLP

Bradley J. Elkin Diepenbrock Elkin Dauer McCandless LLP

Brooks Cutter Cutter Law P.C.

Mark E. Ellinghouse Weintraub Tobin

John Demas Demas Law Group, P.C.

Matthew W. Ellis Downey Brand LLP

Roger A. Dreyer Dreyer Babich Buccola Wood Campora, LLP

David E. Frank Frank Law Group, P.C.

Kevin L. Elder Penney & Associates Richard S. Linkert Matheny Sears Linkert & Jaime, LLP Phillip R. Mastagni Mastagni Holstedt, A.P.C. John M. O'Brien O'Brien & Zehnder Law Firm

Alison E. Geddes Trainor Fairbrook Louis A. Gonzalez Jr. Weintraub Tobin Candice B. Harper Trainor Fairbrook Suzanne E. Hennessy Murphy Austin Adams Schoenfeld LLP Shawn M. Kent Weintraub Tobin


Jennifer Hartman King Hartman King PC

Kenneth E. Bacon Mastagni Holstedt, A.P.C.

Bradley A. McDowell Smith, McDowell & Powell, A Law Corporation

James J. Banks Banks & Watson Attorneys Karen M. Goodman Goodman Law Corporation

James R. Moore Boutin Jones Inc. Nancy A. Park Best Best & Krieger LLP

Christine E. Jacob Hansen Kohls Sommer & Jacob LLP

Jennifer L. Pruski Trainor Fairbrook

Daniel V. Kohls Hansen Kohls Sommer & Jacob LLP

Kristina M. Reed Law Office of Kristina M. Reed

Ronald R. Lamb Wilke Fleury LLP

Andrew F. Sackheim Real Estate Law Group LLP

Craig C. Sheffer Dreyer Babich Buccola Wood Campora, LLP

Neal C. Lutterman Wilke Fleury LLP

Jason J. Sigel Dreyer Babich Buccola Wood Campora, LLP

Jason J. Sommer Hansen Kohls Sommer & Jacob LLP

Curtis C. Sproul Sproul Trost LLP Danielle R. Stephens Downey Brand LLP

Danielle Lawrence

THE BURTON LAW FIRM PRACTICE AREA : Business Law and Nonprofit Law

I WANTED TO BECOME A LAWYER: Because it was a career that would always continue to challenge me and push me to be a better version of myself. I knew I would never survive in a career where I’d be required to do the same thing day after day. In law, things are always changing and there’s always more to learn. I CHOSE MY AREA OF PRACTICE: Because it provided me with an opportunity to collaborate with entrepreneurs and other amazing individuals who are just trying to make the world a better place. THE BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION LAWYERS FACE : That we only do what we do for the money. I RELIEVE STRESS BY: Taking my dog to the park. With how far technology has advanced, it can be challenging to truly unplug and relax, but it’s nearly impossible to focus on anything too serious when I have a 90-pound fur ball begging me to run around and play. IF I HIT THE LOTTERY TOMORROW: I would form a nonprofit and build a giant assistedliving facility that would provide housing as well as around-the-clock care and support to low-functioning adults with autism.

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Douglas L. Youmans Wagner Kirkman Blaine Klomparens & Youmans LLP

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Tory E. Griffin Reynolds Tilbury Woodward LLP

Neal C. Lutterman Wilke Fleury LLP

James D. McNairy Boutin Jones Inc.

Nancy Miller Sloan Sakai Attorneys at Law

Charles L. Post Weintraub Tobin

Charles W. Trainor Trainor Fairbrook Winnifred C. Ward Stewart Ward & Josephson LLP


Robin Klomparens


I CHOSE MY AREA OF PRACTICE : Because I received a business degree with a concentration in finance and math, and I wanted to pursue something related. In law school, I was mesmerized by my first tax class and subsequently found all of my business and tax courses the most interesting. THE CRAZIEST CASE I EVER WORKED ON : I have worked on so many crazy cases because of my practice area. What you learn is that too many people find the almighty dollar more important than family or other relationships. In representing clients it is important to find quality solutions that satisfy your client but in an efficient and cost-effective manner and remember part of the job may not be legal as it is often counseling. THE THING I’M MOST PROUD OF PROFESSIONALLY IS : That I have been recognized by my peers and received a lifetime achievement award from the State Bar Tax Section. I also have been so blessed to pay it forward and help so many people over the years, many who could not afford to pay me for my services. I RELIEVE STRESS BY: Getting together with my family—which often gets quite extended—and friends, including traveling together.


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Michelle L. Cannon Lozano Smith

Jeffrey A. Mitchell Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard

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SECURITIES LITIGATION Scott Bartel Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP Sherry D. Haus Downey Brand LLP

STATE, LOCAL & MUNICIPAL Andrea P. Clark Downey Brand LLP Derek P. Cole Cole Huber LLP

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WORKERS COMPENSATION Brian A. Dixon Mastagni Holstedt, A.P.C. John R. Holstedt Mastagni Holstedt, A.P.C. Doug Jaffe Doug Jaffe Law Craig E. Johnsen Mastagni Holstedt, A.P.C. Marc G. Marcus Marcus, Regalado, Marcus & Pulley, LLP Alice A. Strombom Law Office of Alice A. Strombom John P. Tribuiano III Tribuiano & Yamada, LLP Erin M. Wintersteen Wintersteen | Casarez Law Corporation Stuart C. Woo Mastagni Holstedt, A.P.C. Roy Yang Law Offices of Roy Yang



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The Sacramento region is home to many exceptional lawyers.

2022 Top Lawyer Profiles Meet attorneys who were selected by their peers to be honored as 2022 Top Lawyers* in their legal specialties. *Survey conducted by Professional Research Services of Royal Oak, Michigan to determine the 2022 Top Lawyers for Sacramento Magazine.

Law Offices of Eric H. Hintz Eric H. Hintz is a criminal defense attorney who represents clients throughout Northern California. A lifelong resident of the Sacramento area, Mr. Hintz received his undergraduate degree from the University of California at Davis and received his law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco. Upon graduating from law school, Mr. Hintz returned to Sacramento, where with his wife, Ronda, he has raised four sons. One of his sons, Brandon, has joined him in the practice of law. With more than 30 years of legal experience, Mr. Hintz remains committed to a personal, hands-on approach to practicing law. Practice areas include, but are not limited to, criminal defense, DUI, domestic violence, sex crimes, financial crimes, computer crimes and juvenile crimes. New business comes almost exclusively via referrals from satisfied clients or other attorneys. 2725 Riverside Blvd. #800, Sacramento, CA 95818 (916) 465-6500 Main (916) 802-5979 Direct/Text

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Pictured above, left to right: Amber Zehrung, Philip Cozens, Susan Gellman, Barry Zimmerman, Danielle Nygren, Zachary Merliss, David Cohen, Alison Cohen, and Matthew Friedman.

COHEN DEFENSE GROUP The Cohen Defense Group is Placer County’s largest private practice criminal defense firm. Longtime local criminal defense attorneys David and Alison Cohen have assembled a team of lawyers who can assist clients facing any criminal charge in the Sacramento and Lake Tahoe region. Five of the firm’s lawyers (David Cohen, Alison Cohen, Susan Gellman, Zachary Merliss, and Barry Zimmerman) have been recognized as top lawyers by Sacramento Magazine. Three of our lawyers have been recognized in Northern California SuperLawyers including Matthew Friedman,

Zachary Merliss, and Barry Zimmerman. We have two State Bar certified specialists in Criminal Law, the most experienced juvenile defense attorney in Placer County, and a growing practice in Federal Court as well. Drawing from some of the county’s top law schools, the Cohen Defense Group has developed a team of lawyers whose education, training, and varied experience ensures the availability of the right lawyer to represent you or your loved one. With offices in Roseville and Auburn, the Cohen Defense Group regularly represents people facing all manner

of charges in Placer, El Dorado, Nevada, Yuba, Sutter, and Sacramento counties at all stages of representation including precharging representation, pretrial negotiations and motions, jury trial, post-conviction proceedings, DMV hearings, Juvenile Count, Federal proceedings, and taking steps to clear up a criminal record. The best lawyers are supported by the best team, and the lawyers and staff of the Cohen Defense Group are here to help you when you need it most.

919 Reserve Drive, Suite 130, Roseville CA 95678 • (916) 596-2700

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SINGLETON SCHREIBER, LLP Singleton Schreiber, LLP congratulates its new Sacramento partners, Chris Rodriguez and Andrew Bluth, on their ongoing recognition as two of Sacramento’s Best Lawyers! Singleton Schreiber is one of California’s preeminent law firms, representing thousands of individuals who are victims of mass torts and corporate malfeasance, including those harmed by wildfires, automobile accidents and other catastrophic incidents, and victims of civil rights violations. With the addition of top-flight trial lawyers like Chris and Andrew and the opening of its Sacramento Office, Singleton Schreiber continues its expansion to seek justice for individuals across California and nationwide. Chris and Andrew have been counseling clients and winning cases together for more than two decades. Before opening the Sacramento office of Singleton Schreiber, they worked at two national firms handling jury trials, bench trials, arbitrations, and administrative hearings involving a broad array of complex civil issues. While they certainly have their fair share of courtroom victories, Andrew and Chris pride themselves on developing practical, efficient strategies that serve the best interests and well-being of their clients, including strategies to avoid the courtroom when it is in the client’s bests interest. Before opening the Sacramento office of Singleton Schreiber, Chris served as the managing partner of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman’s Sacramento office and was also a partner at Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith. Throughout

his career, Chris has successfully tried numerous complex business litigation matters,including litigation against state and federal agencies. He has obtained hundreds of favorable judgments, awards, and settlements for his clients. For most of his career, Chris’ practice focused on representing some of America’s largest companies, and he is excited to use that experience to advance the interests of Singleton Schreiber’s individual clients. Chris graduated from Harvard University and earned his law degree from the Boalt Hall (Berkeley) School of Law. Chris grew up in the small town of Winters, California, where he still lives with his wife and three children. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, coaching competitive youth basketball, and volunteering as an umpire for the local Little League baseball program. Like Chris, Andrew has spent his entire career litigating complex civil disputes across many subject areas at the Sacramento Offices of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman and more recently at Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith. He has litigated consumer class action cases, unfair business practice claims, and environmental cases in federal and state court, handled lawsuits and claims against government entities, and tried cases to juries and judges across California and nationwide. Andrew’s experience includes class

actions involving the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) as well as California’s “two-party consent” telephone recording statutes. He has represented parties in lawsuits involving such broad topics including health care issues, contract disputes, banking issues, and many more. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Andrew was a reporter for the New York Times and Orange County Register newspapers where he covered national breaking news events as well as the surf and restaurant industries. Andrew graduated with a B.S. in Journalism from Northwestern University and earned his law degree from the University of California-Davis School of Law where he represented victims of civil rights violations as part of the school’s Civil Rights Clinic. While attending University of California-Davis School of Law, Andrew was President of the Moot Court Honors Board and competed on behalf of the law school at moot court competitions. He was also an editor for the Journal of International Law and Policy and graduated as a member of the Order of the Barristers. He lives in Sacramento with his wife, two daughters, and two disobedient dogs. At Singleton Schreiber, Chris and Andrew together lead the firm’s mass torts practice, class action and consumer protection practice, and oversee liability and trial preparation activities on key wildfire cases.

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Diepenbrock Elkin Dauer McCandless LLP Diepenbrock Elkin Dauer McCandless LLP has a long history in the California legal community, with practices focusing on construction, real estate, government contracts, business transactions, and litigation. Firm attorneys work cohesively to serve client interests, focusing on cost-effective solutions to difficult legal challenges. The Firm is proud to congratulate following Firm attor­ neys on their selection as 2022 TOP LAWYERS! Jennifer L. Dauer – Construction/Government Contracts Eileen M. Diepenbrock – Construction/Litigation Bradley J. Elkin – Real Estate 555 University Avenue, Suite 200, Sacramento, CA 95825 Pictured, from left to right: Chris A. McCandless, Jennifer L. Dauer, Bradley J. Elkin, Eileen M. Diepenbrock, Karen L. Diepenbrock, Jack V. Diepenbrock

Parker Taylor Law Group

The firm is honored to have five of its attorneys selected as Top Lawyers for 2022: Port J. Parker

Myles G. Taylor

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Jeffrey S. Einsohn Appellate & Legal Malpractice

R. Shane Quigley

Kaitlyn M. Bigoni


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Port J. Parker founded Parker Taylor Law Group in 2018. For years, Port and his partners Myles G. Taylor and Jeffrey S. Einsohn have been recognized as some of Sacramento’s Top Lawyers in their fields. Their firm handles a variety of matters involving business litigation, professional malpractice, corporate counsel, trusts and estates, and real property disputes. Parker Taylor Law Group represents individuals and businesses from many industries, including real estate, construction, life sciences and biotech, agriculture, retail, financial and professional services, and food and beverage. Their strong team of attorneys and professionals work to provide the best representation possible for their clients. 555 Capitol Mall, Ste 1230, Sacramento, CA 95814 • (916) 996-0400 •

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Jennifer Mouzis MOUZIS CRIMINAL DEFENSE | LICENSED 1998 Mouzis Criminal Defense was founded on the principle that everyone is entitled to be heard, respected, and zealously represented. Jennifer Mouzis lives by that principle as she defends those charged with crimes ranging from misdemeanors, including driving under the influence, to major felonies, including those in which the prosecution has elected to seek the death penalty. Every client, no matter the charged offense, receives respect, understanding, and a zealous defense. In addition to successfully defending clients in state courts, as well as federal district courts, Ms. Mouzis also provides the same vigorous representation for clients in a wide range of post-conviction settings, including direct appeals in the California Courts of Appeal, petitions for review in the California

Supreme Court, and petitions for writ of habeas corpus at all levels in the state courts. Ms. Mouzis also provides other services in the form of post-conviction relief designed to assist individuals who seek a reduction of excessive sentences, in the form of commutation and pardons from the California Governor’s office, as well as statutory remedies at the Superior Court level. Ms. Mouzis’ wide range of experience makes her a formidable force in the courtroom, a force that she is able to effectively use on behalf of her clients. Ms. Mouzis has been recognized as Attorney of the Year for her outstanding efforts on behalf of clients. She has also provided expert legal analysis to local media on a wide range of subjects, as well as contributing to national television documentaries. The community

is important to Ms. Mouzis, so in addition to her law practice, she holds a number of positions designed to help those in need of legal and humanitarian services. As such, Ms. Mouzis is proud to be Chairwoman of the Board for the Upper Room Dining Hall, a large homeless services program in El Dorado County, where she also volunteers and provides pro bono legal services. Additionally, Ms. Mouzis is Chair of the Criminal Law Section of the Sacramento County Bar Association (SCBA), and is Section Representative of the SCBA Board of Directors and holds positions on several committees within that organization. Ms. Mouzis is also the founding member of “When There Are Nine,” a non-profit formed to address the inequities faced by women in the law.

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CHASTAINE | JONES Criminal Defense Attorneys

The law office of Chastaine Jones has over 50 years combined experience with in both state and federal courts. The firm handles criminal cases ranging from Sex Crimes, Assault and Battery, Homicide, Drug Crimes, White Collar Crimes, Domestic Violence, Felony DUI, Tier Relief and Expungements. Holistic Approach The distinctive difference that separates the law office of Chastaine Jones from other criminal defense firms is their holistic approach to their clients. The uniquely broad experience of founder Mike Chastaine originated in his practice in a tiny office back in 2007. Mr. Chastaine was working by himself on cases; however, his commitment and expertise led to countless trial victories and favorable outcomes for clients across the Greater Sacramento area over the course of the following decades. The firm has since grown with the addition of highly experienced and esteemed trial attorney Martin Jones, who took ownership and leadership of the firm in 2022. “Criminal law is one of the most interesting and complex practice. There are so many elements at play including the life history of our clients. Understanding their journey often allows us to find the root of the problem and come up with a plan. Trauma and substance abuse are often the primary factors that lead to the legal situation we are addressing,” says Mr. Chastaine. He continues, “I wanted to extend my work to the best attorney who shares the same principle I have for many years. I believe Martin Jones has the legal skills and qualities to bring success and powerful leadership to the firm.” Martin Jones has practiced in Northern California for almost two decades, and is respected by his colleagues, opposing counsels, judges, and clients for his high work ethic and success with complex criminal matters. Mr. Jones is known for taking doomed cases many believe were destined for dismal endings and providing exceptional representation resulting in favorable outcomes for his clients. “I agree with Mike; when you take a criminal case, emotions run high, and your potential client’s feelings are raw. Then, shame, fear, anxiety, and uncertainty about the future ensue. We want to understand why our client is in this situation,” says Mr. Jones.

We help people, not criminals Mr. Jones points out that people charged with criminal offenses are no different from any of us. He continues, “ Most of them have clean records, and are successful husbands, wives, teachers who care for our children, military personnel who protect our country, government workers who stand by rules, or somebody’s child that has been raised with love and care. Unfortunate things happen. We take an individualized approach using evidence-based solutions and best practices.” “The law office of Chastaine Jones has received many awards from the community and professional organizations,” said Mike Chastaine, adding, “but we are most proud of winning the Best Criminal Defense Firm in Northern California three years consecutively.” Martin Jones’s record of battling for his clients goes beyond the standard defense against the allegations. Mr. Jones represented a client in an elder abuse murder case that received statewide attention and initiated discussion on a public platform; his client was exonerated of murder at trial. He recently handled a case where his client killed his wife and all his children. Mr. Jones was able to save his client from receiving the death penalty and again the case captured the attention of media. The firm has had a great deal of success. This year alone, Mike Chastaine has won two jury trials. An attempted murder case and, an 11-count child molestation case. Both clients were found not guilty of all charges. “We obtained numerous favorable resolutions to very difficult cases and have successfully gotten clients relieved of their duty to register as sex offenders,” says Mike Chastaine who wrote the award-winning “How to Survive” book series of criminal allegations that are a great resource to clients. “This way we can share our experience with anyone who is looking for answers for their legal needs,” says Mr. Jones. Mike Chastaine and Martin Jones state that it is a tremendous reward knowing that they are able to help so many people in the community. They work hard to foster the relationship and

trust of their client. They love watching the faces and hearing the gratitude of their clients who are in a better place than when they first came into the office, it is priceless. “This is our reward,’ says Mr. Jones. A fire in her protecting the client This success would not have been possible without associate attorney Jessica Davis, who is recognized by her peers for the caliber of her representation. Ms. Davis says, “As with any other law practice area, you develop skills and knowledge over time. We always take time to talk and hear our clients and give them an honest assessment of where things stand.” Mr. Jones considers it very lucky to have her at the firm and says, “she is an asset to the firm with an enormous amount of work and dedication.” Make the Community a Better Place Mike Chastaine underlines that their focus is giving their clients the power to rebuild their life and bring them back together with their loved ones and families. “But also, we aim to provide a fun and safe environment where our employees do their job to give their full attention to keeping our clients safe and secure,’ says Martin Jones,” we believe that empowering civil organizations in our area to make the community a better place and live in harmony is an example for the next generation. We want to be a part of creating a better life for our community.” Mr. Jones served on the board of the Placer Food Bank for six years and was a chairman for two years. Currently, he is on the Board of CalBike as a secretary. He says, “Mike and I are avid cyclists. We like to share our passion for bicycles in order to create equitable and prosperous communities. This passion is consistent with our desire to create a more just and inclusive society.” We want to encourage people who are facing unfortunate charges; to get in touch with the firm. The law office of Chastaine Jones will provide you with the fearless and compassionate defense.

2377 Gold Meadow Way, Suite 100, Gold River, CA • 916) 932-7150

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Jessica Davis • Martin Jones • Mike Chastaine

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Law Office of Brian P. Azemika, APLC With close to twenty years of experience in personal injury law, Brian P. Azemika has helped personal injury victims obtain the compensation they deserve for the traumatic physical and emotional injuries they have suffered. Mr. Azemika works tirelessly, seeking to maximize the compensation his personal injury clients receive, and he has the track record to prove it. Mr. Azemika has litigated many types of injury cases, including auto accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, slip/trip and fall cases, dog bites, wrongful death cases, and premises liability claims. In doing so, he has secured millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts on behalf of his clients as he takes on the stress of dealing with insurance companies, which allows his clients to focus on their physical and mental healing following an accident. More importantly, Mr. Azemika prides himself on his open and direct communication with all of his clients no matter the size of their case. 2270 Douglas Blvd., Ste. 218, Roseville, CA 95661 (916) 245-5059


Patrick Mitchell G. Braiden Chadwick Christopher Powell

Mitchell Chadwick LLP is the premier natural resources and environmental boutique law firm in California. We are honored to have winning attorneys Patrick Mitchell (Land Use/Zoning), Braiden Chadwick (Energy & Natural Resources, Land Use/ Zoning), and Christopher Powell (Land Use/Zoning) from the 2022 Top Lawyers poll. We are the legal advisors to mining, land use, energy, mitigation and renewable resource companies operating in California. We work for numerous Fortune 500 companies, including some of the state’s largest ski resorts, alternative energy and mining companies, agricultural concerns, and oil/gas producers. Our attorneys are nationally recognized for providing high-quality legal services to some of the largest natural resource companies in the world. Not pictured:

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Kat Todd Schuering, Zimmerman & Doyle, LLP Kat Todd is partner at an 18 attorney law firm in Sacramento. Schuering, Zimmerman & Doyle specializes in healthcare law, including medical malpractice defense, professional healthcare licensing defense and assistance with health insurance grievances. Kat graduated from law school in Canada in 1999 and then undertook an articling year, before passing the Bar in Alberta in 2000. Kat then emigrated to the USA and was admitted to the California Bar in 2002. Since that time, Kat has specialized in healthcare law, with particular interest in Obstetrical and Psychiatric cases. Kat has tried cases in multiple counties and also in Federal Court. In addition, she speaks frequently to large medical groups, hospitals and academic institutions on healthcare liability issues. She has been named a Northern California Super Lawyer in 2019, 2021 and 2022. 400 University Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95825 (916) 567-0400 +2022 Top Lawyer Profiles.indd 82

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Susan has represented clients with fierce advocacy and compassion for more than 30 years. After a successful trial career in the Philadelphia Defender’s elite Special Defense Unit and defending capital murder cases in the deep south, Susan moved to El Dorado County, where she litigated high profile cases, including the Jaycee Dugard case. Susan believes that each client’s unique circumstances drive their defense. Susan is

proud to defend those accused of all offenses, from DUI to sexual assault and human trafficking as well as homicide. Susan is certified in defense-based mitigation and has developed working strategies for sentencing in difficult cases. She is passionate about pursuing justice to help people reform their lives in post-conviction proceedings, such as sentence reductions, pardons, dismissals and record sealing. Susan is quite encouraged

by new laws and their potential impact on those seeking re-sentencing. Susan is at the forefront of efforts to assist persons seeking relief from sex offender registration to help them regain a normal life and has written extensively on the subject. https://

919 Reserve Drive, Suite 130, Roseville CA 95678 • (916) 596-2700 •

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Kershaw Talley Barlow Kershaw Talley Barlow represents clients in class action, mass tort, civil rights, and personal injury cases. KTB attorneys help victims of defective medical devices, dangerous drugs, consumer and insurance fraud, sexual harassment and abuse, corporate misconduct, and personal injury. One of the firm’s highest priorities is keeping their clients informed and maintaining open communication. Wil­liam A. Kershaw, Stuart C. Talley, and Ian J. Barlow, the firm’s partners, have served as lead or co-lead counsel in numer­ous national class action and mass tort proceedings, and have been appointed to the executive or plaintiffs’ steering committees in both state and federal courts. The firm was recently instrumental in settling the Essure mass tort phar­maceutical litigation for in excess of a billion dollars and has recovered similar amounts for their clients in class actions involving antitrust, wage and hour, the automotive industry, breach of contract and complex financial litigation, as well as in significant personal injury cases. 401 Watt Avenue, Ste. 1, Sacramento, CA 95864 (916) 520-6639 •

Kirill B. Tarasenko, Tarasenko Law Firm Our firm is known for obtaining results for the people that we represent and it all starts with attention to detail and a winning strategy. Aggressive litigation is winning litigation, and we’re always a few moves ahead of the insurance companies we litigate against in the pursuit of justice for people that have been injured. Whether it’s a motorcycle crash, a trucking case, a dog bite, brain injury, a wrongful death or insurance bad faith action, we strive to deliver exceptional service and obtain standout results, as evidenced by numerous excess verdicts at trial. The Tarasenko Injury Law firm will pay generous referral fees and will co-counsel on the right case, so give us a call today. 8928 Volunteer Lane, Suite 200, Sacramento, CA 95826 (916) 542-0201

MAKE THE WISE CHOICE Thank you Sacramento Magazine for once again recognizing Michael Wise and the Wise Law Group as a Top Law Firm in the Sacramento Region! Mr. Wise founded the Wise Law Group after working several years as a prosecutor in both Contra Costa County and Sacramento County. Mr. Wise has earned the respect of his adversaries and the courts for being a professional, and tenacious trial advocate for the accused. He represents clients from all walks of life, and handles a wide variety of criminal cases, ranging from simple DUI and petty theft to Murder, gang shootings, domestic vio­lence allegations, assault, narcotics, embezzlement and fraud. He teaches law enforcement officers on ethical courtroom testimony. The Wise Law Group has long held an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau and Mr. Wise has been recognized by the American Trial Lawyers Association as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in California for several years. We are also pleased to announce that Retired Associate Justice Timothy Buckley has recently joined our team in an Of Counsel position. Mr. Buckley spent decades on the bench in the Justice Court, Superior Court and the California Courts of Appeal. We are honored to have him on our team. Please visit us at our new location: 455 Capitol Mall, Suite 305, Sacramento, CA, 95814

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CANDICE FIELDS LAW Candice Fields represents individuals and businesses in federal and state white-collar crime cases. These matters tend to involve long, complex, and far-reaching investigations into complicated financial transactions. People with no criminal history are often the subject of such investigations and have no idea how to respond. However, once a person becomes aware that

they are involved in a white-collar criminal investigation, or worse is charged with a white-collar crime, it is imperative they retain a criminal defense attorney who focuses their practice in this area of the law. With more than twenty-five years of experience, Candice Fields stands ready to provide a strong defense. Recognized by her peers for the caliber of her representa-

tion in the area of white-collar criminal defense, Candice has been selected for inclusion in Northern California’s Super Lawyers, named Best of the Bar, and designated one of Sacramento Magazine’s Top Lawyers each year since the inception of the List in 2015. She provides both proactive and compassionate counsel and is available for in-person or video consultation.

520 Capitol Mall, Suite 750, Sacramento, CA 95814 • (916) 414-8050

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James J. Banks

BANKS & WATSON James J. Banks has more than 35 years’ experience counseling attorneys on legal ethics, law firm practice management issues, and law firm partnership disputes and dissolutions. He has represented lawyers throughout the Sacramento region and elsewhere in legal malpractice and malicious prosecution claims. He has tried numerous jury and bench trials, binding arbitrations and administrative hearings. Mr. Banks regularly represents attorneys in disciplinary and admission matters before the State Bar of California and has tried cases in the State Bar Court. Mr. Banks is certified by the California State Bar as a specialist in Legal Malpractice Law and has testified as an expert on the subjects of legal ethics and an attorney’s standard of care. He serves as a mediator and arbitrator and is a graduate of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at the Pepperdine University Caruso School of Law. Mr. Banks frequently lectures on legal ethics and law firm risk management. 1520 Eureka Road, Suite 100, Roseville, CA 95661 (916) 325-1000 •

Greenberg Traurig, LLP Greenberg Traurig’s Sacramento office is truly full service, backed by 43 offices worldwide – and growing. Our attorneys and governmental affairs professionals represent a number of Fortune 100 and Sacramento-based companies, as well as trade associations. Our attorneys and governmental affairs professionals have developed national, statewide and local reputations for effectiveness and integrity. The Los Angeles Times described our Government Law & Policy practice as “one of the more influential law and lobbyist firms” in Sacramento. The Sacramento Bee called them “one of the Capital’s elite.” Our history of cooperative relationships and aggressive action in all three branches of government gives us the capability to follow legislation through implementing regulation and into court. GT Sacramento has nationally recognized attorneys who handle business disputes, class action, environmental, labor and employment, government procurement, ERISA, Proposition 65, trade secret, attorney general, appellate, and products liability litigation. Our attorneys also assist clients by conducting independent investigations in connection with allegations of misconduct, as well as representing entities and individuals in connection with white collar criminal investigations and prosecutions by federal, state, and local authorities. Our corporate group advises public and privately held companies on M&A, corporate restructurings, corporate governance, recapitalizations and reorganizations, venture and private equity capital, securities offerings, SEC and corporate governance matters. 1201 K Street, Suite 1100, Sacramento, CA 95814 (916) 442-1111

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Clayeo Arnold Clayeo C. Arnold, Esq. Founder and President of the Arnold Law Firm—Mr. Arnold has built a successful law practice aggressively representing Californians injured by the negligent or careless actions of others. For forty years, Mr. Arnold has fought for full compensation for losses as a result of injuries or the death of a loved one. As a trial lawyer, Mr. Arnold sees those he represents very much as individuals who might be friends or neighbors. He loves trial preparation, working with the best experts in the world in areas of accident reconstruction, machinery design, manufacturing and medical causation. This has provided extraordinary challenges and rewards every day over his long career.

ARNOLD LAW FIRM 865 Howe Ave Sacramento, CA 95825 (916) 777-7777 •

Gina Bowden Gina Bowden, Esq.—Ms. Bowden earned her Juris Doctor, with great distinction, from UOP McGeorge School of Law, in 2007. She was Chief Legislation Editor of the McGeorge Law Review, achieved membership in both the Traynor Honor Society and the Order of the Coif, and received several Witkin awards for academic excellence. Ms. Bowden launched her career with an established local firm, where she obtained excellent results for her professional liability defense, insurance bad faith defense, and business litigation clients. Ms. Bowden joined the Arnold Law Firm in 2016 and currently engages in civil litigation, emphasizing personal injury. She has also litigated employment and class action suits. Amongst her successes, Ms. Bowden recently worked with her team to obtain a $10 million settlement in a personal injury case, involving catastrophic injuries. She is currently working on a number of significant wrongful death and product liability cases. Ms. Bowden is an inspiration in the workplace and uses her positive attitude to encourage others to succeed. She is respected amongst her peers in the legal community and places the highest emphasis on professionalism and civility, while tirelessly serving the community to obtain justice for her clients.

Arnold Law Firm–Mr. Arnold began the law firm in 1975 with one secretary and a law clerk. Mr. Arnold soon discovered that he found satisfaction and fulfillment in the civil jury system and in representing those who were injured. Today, the Arnold Law Firm now consists of a team of attorneys and staff members who are devoted to their clients. Each of our lawyers aims to provide the highest quality legal representation to protect the rights of victims and obtain justice. In addition to working together, the Arnold Law Firm staff enjoys participating in community and charity events.

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The Law Office of Kelly Babineau With 25 years of experience as a courtroom trial attorney, Kelly Babineau is an experienced litigator in complex Federal and State cases. She has unmatched trial victories in every manner of criminal cases, including white collar crimes, homicides and sexual assaults. She attacks every case with intensity and single mindness, utilizing a top notch team of professional staff, investigators and experts to ensure that her clients receive the best possible defense. A graduate of highly regarded UOP McGeorge School of Law, Kelly has been named one of the top 100 National Trial Lawyers, Sacramento’s “Best of the Bar”, and Sacramento Top Lawyer for the last five years in a row. Kelly’s varied interests include being a French wine connoisseur and bringing that expertise to “La Belle Vie Shop” (, an on-line French wine shop that specializes in spectacular French wines from small family owned châteaux. 455 Capitol Mall # 801, Sacramento CA 95814

Mark E. Ellis Ellis Law Group, LLP Mark is a litigator and a trial attorney. His boutique law firm tries cases – that’s what it does. It doesn’t draft contracts; it doesn’t write wills. It goes to trial. Mark is certified by the California State Bar as a specialist in Legal Malpractice, and he has been for the last 12 years. Mark has been named as a Northern California SuperLawyer for the last 15 years. Mark has been named as one of the “Best Lawyers in America” for the last 12 years. Mark’s law firm, Ellis Law Group, LLP, has been named as a Top-Tier small law firm by U.S. News & World Report for the last 10 years. Mark has been named in Sacramento Magazine as a Top Sacramento Lawyer for the last six years. Mark’s firm handles serious legal disputes. He understands his clients’ reputations and financial futures are at risk. For these reasons, he and his attorneys provide aggressive, professional representation to every client. 1425 River Park Drive, Suite 400, Sacramento, CA 95815 (916) 283-8820

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THE DONATO LEGAL GROUP With a proven track record of winning for his clients and passionately advocating for the rights of those who have been accused of committing a crime, Alan J. Donato celebrates his second year being selected by Sacramento Magazine as one of the top lawyers in Sacramento. He is the owner and principal attorney at the Donato Legal Group. Representing clients in California for the past 12 years, Mr. Donato is experienced in all areas of complex criminal litigation, cannabis law and white collar crime. The Donato Legal Group is also the leading firm in regards to administrative appeals of costly cannabis abatement penalties levied against homeowners. Mr. Donato earned his Juris Doctorate, graduating in the top 10% of his class at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. While in law school, he was also certified in oral advocacy, and for his skills in courtroom advocacy, he was given high honors and inducted into The Order of Barristers. After graduation, he worked for 8 years as an adjunct professor at his alma mater where he had the chance to help train young lawyers in trial advocacy.

The American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys, as well as, Attorney and Practice Magazine both named Mr. Donato one of the 10 Best Attorneys in California, and he was inducted into the Lawyers of Distinction Honor Society. In 2020, the Donato Legal Group was recognized as one of the top 10 criminal defense law firms in California by the “Best of the Best.” As previously mentioned, Sacramento Magazine also named Mr. Donato one of Sacramento’s Top Lawyers in 2019 and 2021, and he is a member of The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys. Mr. Donato was also named as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers for the past 3 years. In addition to his success in criminal litigation, National Public Radio recently published a piece about one of Mr. Donato’s cases whereby a Sacramento Superior Court Judge dismissed a $270,000 fine against his client and ruled that the City of Sacramento had violated his client’s constitutional rights to fair notice and due process when it fined her for the illegal cannabis operation of one of her tenants. The City was

forced to dismiss the case and the lien against his client’s home. Mr. Donato is respected by his colleagues, opposing counsel, and his clients. A Sacramento District Attorney noted, “Alan is a skilled attorney who’s work ethic is matched by his integrity. He is a worthy adversary who fights for his clients.” A former client commented, “Alan is the perfect example of someone you want standing by your side when you are in need of a lawyer.” Another former client remarked, “The Dude’s the man!” In addition to his legal career, Mr. Donato takes pride in being a devoted husband and father to three amazing daughters. He is also proud and excited to welcome his son into the world in March of 2022. Mr. Donato would like to specifically thank his wife for all of her support and strength and says, “There is absolutely no way I would be here without her.” If you or a loved one are in trouble and need compassionate and knowledgeable legal representation from one of the most successful and zealous advocates in Sacramento, call the Donato Legal Group.

1383 Garden Highway, Suite 100, Sacraemento, CA 95833 • (916) 716-7177 • Alan@Donato.Legal Donato.Legal

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Tiffany L. Andrews, CWLS, CFLS Tiffany L. Andrews, CWLS, CFLS is a Certified Family Law Specialist and Child Welfare Law Specialist who has been practicing in dependency law since 2006 and in family law since 2008. She is one of the few dual specialists that actually specialize in these two areas of practice, together! Ms. Andrews has offices in both Folsom, CA and Fairfield, CA and practices throughout the greater Sacramento area. Her office is an award-winning local family law practice having won 2019 Best of the Best in the City of Folsom with the Folsom Telegraph, 2019 Top Lawyer in Family Law in Sacramento Magazine and 2018 AVVO Client’s Choice Award. Ms. Andrews has remained a designated Super Star for 2018 and 2019 with Super Lawyers for the past 5 years running! In Ms. Andrews’s downtime she enjoys spending time with her 3 children, traveling and volunteering her time to work on legislation to strive to close the gap between the two legal systems she practices in, i.e. dependency and family law. Ms. Andrews believes very strongly that “the same similarly abused child should NOT be treated differently depending upon which system ends up protecting the child!” 6611 Folsom Auburn Rd., Suite H, Folsom, CA 95630 (916) 790-8440 Office • (916) 988-8440 Fax

Rediger Labor Law LLP Rediger Labor Law LLP is a family-owned law firm that advises and represents employers in labor and employmentrelated matters. Our clients range from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies, many of which we have advised and represented for decades. The attorneys of our firm have successfully represented companies in: • countering union organizing campaigns, NLRB elections, and unfair labor practice proceedings, • multi-employer collective bargaining negotiations with various unions, • class actions and representative PAGA actions alleging violations of wage and hour laws, • discrimination proceedings involving the DFEH, and in federal court against the EEOC, • jury trials to verdict, and appeals. We continue to be peer rated “AV” by Martindale-Hubbell, its highest ratings for legal ability and ethics, and included in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers in the category of Labor and Employment Law. We enjoy the highest Client Rating of 5.0 on Pictured: Candice K. Hanratty, Justin Rediger, Robert L. Rediger and Arielle M. Rediger.

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Tara M. Rojas Keeley L. Nickelson The attorneys at Rojas Family Law, Inc. are skilled at guiding their clients through the stress and complexity of family law litigation. Founding attorney Tara Rojas and associate Keeley Nickelson have devoted their careers to the full range of family law matters. As experienced trial lawyers, Rojas and Nickelson prepare every case for litigation but are well versed in using negotiation, mediation, and collaborative processes to secure the best result for clients. The firm regularly handles high-asset divorces, which include business valuations and determining income available for support, working closely with highly regarded experts. Both Rojas and Nickelson have been consistently named as Rising Stars, an honor given to only 2.5% of Northern California attorneys. They are devoted board members of Women Lawyers of Sacramento and active in the legal community. Together with their all-female staff, Rojas Family Law is committed to exceeding clients’ expectations. 601 University Avenue, Suite 240, Sacramento, CA 95825 (916) 515-7020

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Barry Zimmerman, Attorney At Law For 35 years Barry Zimmerman has been one of only a handful of lawyers to handle both personal injury and criminal defense cases. For the last 30 years, Mr. Zimmerman’s office has been in Auburn California. In 2019, Barry opened a second office in Roseville. Since 2017 Barry has headed the litigation department of Placer County’s largest private practice criminal defense firm, the Cohen Defense Group. Being a local lawyer helping people in Placer, Sacramento and Nevada County is what Barry

does best. He is the only local criminal defense attorney still in practice who has continuously had an office in Placer County since 1991. He has been certified as a specialist in criminal law by the State Bar of California longer than any other lawyer in Placer County. He has a record of not guilty verdicts in cases ranging from attempted murder to driving under the influence. He has a record of obtaining dismissals in cases including allegations of sexual assault, domestic violence, narcotics, assault and theft.

In addition to his criminal practice with the Cohen Defense Group, Barry’s independent personal injury practice has recovered over 35 Million Dollars for local individuals injured in auto, bicycle, truck, motorcycle, pedestrian, nursing home, dog bite, medical negligence and premises accidents. If you need a local lawyer for personal injury or criminal defense there is virtually no one who has more experience or a better reputation than Barry Zimmerman.

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Buchalter For decades, the lawyers in Buchalter’s Sacramento office have provided clients in the Sacramento region with expert legal counsel at all stages of their growth and evolution. Our office represents clients in a wide range of practice areas including litigation, corporate, commercial finance, energy, environmental, employee benefits, healthcare, and tax and estate planning. We are backed by the resources of a fullservice business law firm with ten offices in major cities throughout the West. With the rise of Sacramento as a leading business center, Buchalter Sacramento opened in 2017 to better serve our clients. Our creativity and connection with our local business community makes us uniquely suited to resolve matters quickly and effectively. We are accessible, resourceful, skillful, and adept at responding to change. Our goal— delivering the best results for our clients in a timely manner with sensitivity to cost—has engendered client loyalty, and for that we are grateful. Kevin Collins, Devan McCarty, Phillip Chan, Michael Muse-Fisher, Gwenneth O’Hara, Bryan Phipps, Jonathan Kendrick, Robert McWhorter, Steven Churchwell, James Dyer, Jenni Krengel, Anna Crivelli. Not Pictured: James Andrew Caprile, Benjamin Heuer

500 Capitol Mall, Suite 1900, Sacramento, CA 95814-4762 (916) 945-5170

Wilcoxen Callaham, LLP

Premier Sacramento Personal Injury Firm Wilcoxen Callaham, LLP is proud to congratulate our partners Daniel Wilcoxen and William Callaham for being recognized once again by their peers as Top Lawyers in Sacramento.

Daniel Wilcoxen: Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury Willam Callaham: Personal Injury The Wilcoxen Callaham team has built their 40+ year reputation on excellence and the ethical practice of law. Our firm is committed to achieving the best possible results for our clients who have been injured and are seeking compensation for their damages. We represent clients who have sustained damages due to Catastrophic Injuries, Birth Injuries, Medical Malpractice, Non-Medical Negligence, Motor Vehicle/Trucking Accidents, Slip and Fall Injuries, Defective Products and other personal injuries. Our attorneys have extensive litigation and trial experience in both state and federal courts. Several of our partners belong to the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) which has strict trial experience criteria for membership. 2114 K Street Sacramento, CA 96816 • (916) 442-2777

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THE BURTON LAW FIRM The Burton Law Firm is a full-service law firm dedicated to providing comprehensive and bespoke planning, zealous advocacy, and innovative solutions that incorporate every aspect of a client’s legal, business, estate, and tax needs. The Firm’s unique practice allows its diverse team of highly specialized attorneys, and its established network of local and international professionals, to address clients’ emergent issues and plan for their future goals. Headquartered in Sacramento, The Burton Law Firm also retains physical offices in Roseville and San Francisco (with the future addition of Reno), while being able to virtually cater to any location. Home to several certified specialists, The Burton Law Firm provides in-depth expertise across several legal areas combined with superior customer service. All of the Firm’s Senior Attorneys are leaders in the legal community and continue to volunteer their time to support various charities and local community activities. The Burton Law Firm is pleased to recognize its Attorneys yet again as Top Lawyers for 2022. Congratulations Mike Iwahiro for Business/Corporate, Intellectual Property, and Mergers and Acquisitions; Jon Peters for Business/Corporate, and Tax; Daniel Street for Alternative Dispute Resolution, and Employment & Labor; Danielle Lawrence for Nonprofit Organizations; Alexis Ortega for International Trade, and Probate and Estate Planning; and Jeb Burton for Tax, and Estate Planning and Probate. Pictured: left row, from front: Alexis Ortega, Michael Iwahiro, Danielle Lawrence, Jennifer Barcellos, and Cory Darnell; right row, from front: Jeb Burton, Daniel Street, Jon Peters, Myroslava Pastushenko, Connor Deleuze, Michelle Benge, Sherri Handley, Dairl Helmer, Huimeng Yu, Michael Beller and Joslyn Neft. Not Pictured: David Kelly, John Knowlton, John Boze, Michael Wilcox, Hector Rojas, Suzanne Grewal, and Jessica Sweeney. 400 Capitol Mall, Suite 1850, Sacramento, CA 95814 • (916) 822-8700

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ANGELO, KILDAY & KILDUFF, LLP AKK celebrates 25 years as a civil defense firm committed to providing excellent legal representation at reasonable rates to public entities, private businesses and individuals. We are proud of our team of skilled attorneys who work diligently to find the most effective resolution to each matter, and whose personalities, intelligence, and humor define AKK. The firm’s partners are experienced trial attorneys. Kevin Dehoff (far left standing) specializes in personal injury, dangerous condition and environmental/property cases; John Whitesides (second from left standing) appeals; Derick Konz (third from left standing) and Bruce Kilday (seated) police liability and civil rights cases; Carolee Kilduff (seated front) and Serena Warner (seated right) labor and employment matters. The firm is fortunate to have talented associate attorneys (from fourth left standing) Danielle Williams, Jacob Graham, Melissa Currier and Bill Bittner. 601 University Ave Ste. 150, Sacramento, CA 95825 (916) 564-6100 •

Mastagni Holstedt, A Professional Corporation

Pictured above, back, left to right: Kenneth E. Bacon, Douglas T. Green, Daniel L. Osier, Grant A. Winter, Joseph A. Hoffman, William P. Creger, David Snapp, Craig E. Johnson, Brett D. Beyler. Front, left to right: Jonathan D. Char, Phillip R. A. Mastagni, John R. Holstedt, David P. Mastagni, Kathleen N. Mastagni Storm, David E. Mastagni, Brian A. Dixon, Steven W. Welty

In over 45 years of practice, the law firm of Mastagni Holstedt, APC has grown into a comprehensive firm that provides unparalleled representation to public employee associations, law enforcement, firefighters, and private sector unions and private citizens. The firm’s labor practice has obtained some of the largest public employee labor contracts in the state and established case law protecting the rights of public employees and their organizations. The firm has secured favorable outcomes in complex litigation involving product liability, aviation accidents, and catastrophic injuries, protecting civil rights and seeking fair employment compensation. Mastagni Holstedt, APC is a full-service law firm dedicated to providing clients with effective and aggressive representation in a diverse range of practice areas, including labor and employment, personal injury, criminal defense, and workers’ compensation. The people at Mastagni Holstedt, APC share a combined vision of representing our clients with the utmost passion, and the firm congratulates the 2022 Top Lawyer honorees. Making a false or fraudulent workers’ compensation claim is a felony subject to up to five years in prison or a fine of up to $50,000 or double the value of the fraud, whichever is greater or by both imprisonment and fine.

1912 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95811 • With locations throughout California (916) 446-4692

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John M. O’Brien O’BRIEN & ZEHNDER John M. O’Brien is a Sacramento-area personal injury attorney with over 32 years of legal experience and an AV peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbel. Mr. O’Brien is recognized throughout the California legal community for his zealous and effective representation of individuals who have been catastrophically injured. Since its inception in 1996, the O’Brien & Zehnder Law Firm has obtained numerous multi-million-dollar jury verdicts and settlements in a wide variety of personal injury cases. Mr. O’Brien and his partner, Grant R. Zehnder, who is a past recipient of Sacramento Maga-

zine’s Top Lawyer designation, are trial-tested attorneys who give each and every case the time and attention it deserves. Representative matters include wrongful death actions, car and trucking accidents, wildfire claims, construction-site accidents, product liability claims, and actions against public entities. Recent results include a $17.65 million wrongful death settlement during the COVID-19 court closures, a $5.0 million recovery for a client injured in a fall on a construction site, and $1.0 million recovered for a car accident victim despite an initial offer of $37,000.

In addition to being named a 2022 Top Lawyer by Sacramento Magazine in the areas of Personal Injury (General) and Product Liability, Mr. O’Brien is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), American Association of Justice, Consumer Attorneys of California and Capitol City Trial Lawyers Association (CCTLA). In 2009, the CCTLA awarded him with the distinction and honor of being its Advocate of the Year.

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Hartman King PC Jennifer Hartman King is the founder and President of Hartman King PC. She launched the firm in 2014 after serving as Deputy Legal Affairs Secretary to Governor Gray Davis and practicing in BigLaw. She has received several awards for excellence in her industry, including CREW’s 2022 Women of Influence Award. Alanna Lungren is a Principal at Hartman King PC and joined the firm in 2016. In 2021, she received Sacramento Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 award. Hartman King PC proudly represents clients ranging from Fortune 100 trailblazers to some of the most visionary drivers of our economy. Together with their team, Jennifer and Alanna represent business, agriculture, and industry clients in a wide range of environmental and regulatory matters, including providing compliance advice, defending agency enforcement actions, and handling com­ plex civil litigation. Also, Jennifer and Alanna are nationally known experts in weights and measures law. They are very honored to receive this award. Jennifer Hartman King, Esq. | President Alanna Lungren, Esq. | Principal 520 Capitol Mall, Ste. 750, Sacramento, CA 95814 (916) 379-7530

Mark Reichel, Attorney At Law With over 30 years of trial and appellate victories in some of the largest and most complex criminal and civil cases in California, Sacramento Bee reporters have written of Mark Reichel as “A top-notch lawyer...a fiery veteran of trench warfare in the federal courts” (May 6, 2012) with “A history of no holds barred advocacy when opposing federal prosecutors.” (February 12, 2012). A veteran of over 1,000 federal criminal cases, Mark successfully handled the largest federal terrorism case brought in California, USA v. Lo Cha Thao, ending in a complete dismissal, as well as many of the largest fraud and arson cases in California’s federal courts. “Operation Open Market” the nation’s largest international cyber identity theft case, featured in Wired Magazine, was Mark’s case. His cases have been made into movies, documentaries and feature-length stories in national magazines. Acclaimed in the “Global Who’s Who of Trial Lawyers,” Top 100 National Trial Lawyers, Northern California Super Lawyers and a graduate of the National Criminal Defense College in 1995, he has handled cases in Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Texas, Utah, Kansas, Illinois and New York. His resume includes not guilty verdicts and successful civil trial victories in federal and state courts, appeals and an argument before the Supreme Court in 2006: United States v Grubbs. A contributor to the Washington Post Opinion Section, he is relied upon for commentary by major television and news programs like CNN, ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS, and PBS as well as local news outlets, magazines and print media. He has appeared over 250 times in Sacramento media interviews, and has been featured in the New York Times, New Republic, Elle Magazine, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Time and People Magazine, Rolling Stone, The Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, The London Times, and many more. Clients include national and local celebrities, businesses, banks, foreign nationals, politicians, musical artists and cyber hackers. 455 Capitol Mall 8th Floor Suite 802 Sacramento, CA 95814 (916) 498-9258

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MICHAEL A. YEE YEE LAW GROUP, INC. Prior to founding Yee Law Group, Inc., Michael Yee was an attorney at one of the most well-respected real estate law firms in Sacramento. His practice focuses on estate planning and probate law. Michael is a descendent of Sacramento pioneers and comes from a long line of professionals serving the community. His great-great grandfather, an herbalist,

named Dr. Wah Hing, arrived in California during the Gold Rush. Michael’s grandfather, a retired dentist, Herbert Yee, is also a longtime Land Park resident, commercial real estate investor and community leader. Michael chose the legal field instead of the medical field to better serve his family’s commercial property investments and help families looking for

legal expertise in the areas of estate planning. Michael enjoys sitting down with families to educate them on the benefits of having an estate plan in place and guides families who have lost loved ones that may need help navigating through the process of probate. See our awesome reviews on Yelp!

4010 S. Land Park Drive, Suite B, Sacramento, CA 95822 • 1024 Iron Point Road, Suite 1008, Folsom, CA 95630 • 919 Reserve Drive, Roseville, CA 95678 (916) 927-9001 • (916) 927-9001 Fax • •

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Personal Injury Law ASHTON & PRICE, LLP 8243 Greenback Lane, Fair Oaks, CA 95628 (916) 786-7787 • Ashton and Price has been representing the Sacramento region’s injury victims for over 25 years. From the smallest injury claim to multi-million-dollar catastrophic losses, the law firm of Ashton and Price strives to treat every case with the highest level of professional attention. During the last quarter of a century, Ashton and Price has been entrusted to shepherd thousands of injury victims through the most disruptive and troubling challenges of their lives. Ashton and Price is humbled by its clients’ bestowed confidence and would like to take this opportunity to thank their clients, both past and present, for their trust with the promise to strive to continue to be worthy of this honor.

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In a New Light Designer Ricki Stevens brings an airy casualness to a formal house in Carmichael. n icol e di a n n e SACMAG.COM August 2022

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ometimes a home is oozing with the potential to become a beautiful, welcoming space, but it may need a little help getting there. That was the case with a 1980s-era Carmichael home that designer Ricki Stevens recently transformed for a client. “The style of the home prior to us working on it was more formal. There were lots of dark hunter greens, burgundies, golds; it all had a heavier feel,” says Stevens. “We wanted to lighten it up, to create a functional space that was inviting and had a light, airy feel.” The challenge, however, was that the house had a deficit of natural light. “We had to figure out how to lighten up the space without making any major structural changes,” says Stevens. By strategically expanding the size of some windows, covering the dark walls in white paint and selecting

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finishes and fabrics in lighter hues, Stevens brightened up nearly every corner of the home while introducing a calm, soothing mood to the space. The designer was mindful of making choices that reflected the personal tastes of the homeowner, a single woman with adult children. “This particular client wanted a refined feel and for things to not be too casual or to feel too immature,” explains Stevens. “She loves original art and already had a great collection. By using it throughout the home, the space feels very personal. After all, we want it to feel like home to them, not like a stuffy showroom.” Stevens also utilized some of the client’s existing furniture, light fixtures and area rugs in the makeover. “At some point they chose those items because they love them, right? Sometimes we can breathe new life into them by surrounding them with new elements.”

Kitchen (opposite): Designer Ricki Stevens moved the cook top from the island to the kitchen wall, adding a custom hood above to serve as a counterpoint to the fireplace in the great room. “The contractor built the hood a few times for us until we got the exact shape we wanted,” she says. Upper cabinets that once flanked the kitchen sink were replaced with floating shelves in an attempt to usher more light into the space. A tile backsplash that reaches the ceiling elongates the room. Entry (above): The narrow thoroughfare-style space required a light touch in terms of furnishings, so Stevens added a simple floating shelf and spruced up the space with art from the owner’s collection. Living Room (right): Carpet and dark paneling were weighing down the formal living room, which now has a custom limestone fireplace surround and linen drapery and furnishings. “I love the look of linen,” says Stevens. “It gives a refined look that is timeless and livable.” SACMAG.COM August 2022

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“There’s nothing as beautiful as natural light streaming through your window. It brings such a warmth and a calmness to your space.”

Principal Bath: Prior to the remodel, the main elements were awkwardly placed on an angle. Stevens squared up the space, making way for an expansive L-shaped vanity.

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i n s i d e: A music career, a marriage and a joint venture

Meet Joe Gilman The music flows at Twin Lotus Thai, a restaurant owned by prominent jazz pianist and professor Joe Gilman and his wife, Kai. k e v i n g omez SACMAG.COM August 2022

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he splendid vocalist Tracy Walton smiles knowingly as Joe Gilman warms up on his piano keyboard. It will be the first of many such looks as Walton and Gilman work their way through vintage classics and curated pop gems from the Great American Songbook. The pair are tucked up against the back wall of Gilman’s 6-monthold restaurant, Twin Lotus Thai on Folsom Boulevard. They’ll do Duke Ellington’s “Don’t Get Around Much Any More” and the familiar “Sentimental Journey,” but they’ll also squeeze in Jerry Garcia’s “Sugar Baby” and Bobbie Gentry’s “Ode to Billie Joe.” Walton, widely known as a vocalist with the popular band Mumbo Gumbo, leans into the more creative lanes of Americana. Though Gilman is a jazz player mainly, he has no trouble finding common ground with her.



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go. Gilman, who has a veteran musician’s subtle, wry sense of humor, will tell you, “Life’s funny that way.” Gilman has played piano professionally on gigs that include a European tour as a featured sideman in late legendary vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson’s band and as keyboardist for Sacramento-based R&B hitmakers Club Nouveau on a Japanese tour. He’s been a Kennedy Center Jazz Ambassador to Africa with guitarist Steve Homan. And he’s played in the bands of Henry Mancini, Joan Rivers, Peter Noone and Wayman Tisdale. Groups he was with have opened for Wayne Shorter, Charlie Pride, Everything But The Girl, and Mel Tormé. Yet you can find

There is a bit of Superman in Joe Gilman. He doesn’t don a cape when he sits down at the keyboard, but he becomes otherworldly. His fingers ripple effortlessly up and down the keys, and notes cascade through the sound system in a musical fountain. There is a bit of Superman in Joe Gilman. He doesn’t don a cape when he sits down at the keyboard, but he becomes otherworldly. His fingers ripple effortlessly up and down the keys, and notes cascade through the sound system in a musical fountain. There is a fluid effortlessness to his performance. Steeped in both jazz history and his own wealth of experiences, Gilman can play anything. For this first-call jazz pianist in the region, there are more gigs in the offing than Gilman has time to play. There are his classes at American River College, where he is a full-time professor and head of the music theory and jazz skills programs. There are private students to teach. And now Gilman and his wife Surinipha (Kai) own and operate Twin Lotus Thai, where he regularly backs a varied cast of local vocalists when he’s not seating customers or busing tables. Gilman’s played music to adoring crowds around the world with some of the greatest musicians to ever pick up instruments, and he will again, but right now he’ll box up your half-eaten chicken satay to

him here in the College Greens strip mall amid the pot stickers and spring rolls sight-reading a show tune for a recent Sacramento State graduate he’s given a spot to. Gilman was thinking after he got his music degree from Indiana University he’d find a job teaching music somewhere. His pals in school (now very big-time jazz artists such as bassist Robert Leslie Hurst and trumpeter Chris Botti) mostly planned on moving to New York when they finished, and many were already playing with professionals during their breaks. “They were kids, but they would go back to their hometowns of Detroit, Philadelphia, and they would gig with famous people. I didn’t even know that was possible,” Gilman says. “I’m from Carmichael, for crying out loud. I didn’t think I’d ever have a chance to do that.” But if his friends played with big-time pros, and he played with his friends, maybe he could play with the pros, too, he thought. Perhaps moving to New York wasn’t out of the question after all. First he’d get a master’s degree; then he’d go to New York as well. SACMAG.COM August 2022

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During a summer back home in Sacramento, he met guitarist Henry Robinett, who had a band and a recording contract but needed a pianist. Robinett convinced Gilman to stay on. “I thought, well, that’d be a good thing to try, so I joined Henry’s band, and pretty quickly into that, the label Artful Balance Records gave me my own record contract,” Gilman says. Being able to make his own records was a prize, but the fit was not perfect for Gilman. “I was a straight-ahead jazz musician and I got signed to this label that was more of this new-age stuff,” Gilman says. He could get work playing casual piano gigs, but that barely supported him, going to New York no longer felt like a viable option, and he couldn’t get any of the steady college teaching jobs he seemed suited for. Then the label went bankrupt and Gilman felt like he was just stuck, maybe needing to change course altogether. “Everything was sort of like, what in the world am I going to do next?” he says. He applied to law school and was accepted at UC Berkeley’s Hastings. Before moving, he played a noontime concert at American River College. After he performed, he was approached about applying for a new position as a music theory in-


structor who would teach some jazz-related classes. The job he hadn’t been able to get was now calling for him. “I rescinded my acceptance to law school and decided to be a community college teacher,” Gilman says. “That was really, I would say, the beginning of my adulthood.” Teaching at ARC allowed Gilman the economic freedom to artistically pursue whatever he wanted to. He made outstanding albums of his original music, “Americanvas” and “Relativity,” he made records of music written by Stevie Wonder and Dave Brubeck, and he has been the sideman on dozens of other recordings. He cofounded the Capital Jazz Project, a regional group of like-minded musicians who performed themed concerts based on music of jazz masters. He also began teaching at the Brubeck Institute at University of the Pacific, becoming its de facto musical director for more than a decade while sending dozens of young, well-trained, professional musicians out into the world. Institute namesake Dave Brubeck became a Gilman admirer and friend, sending Gilman Moleskine planners for Christmas presents. When jazz legend Bobby Hutcherson came calling, Gilman was able to regularly play with one of the greatest of all time until he passed away.


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One thing Joe Gilman is particularly skilled at is improvising: playing changes, adapting and creating in response to shifting melodic chords. Gilman was married in the ’90s, but by the time the 2000s rolled around, he was divorced and single. Still, he wanted to be married. He just wasn’t sure how to get there. “I tried to find a partner in the normal ways and that didn’t particularly—I don’t even know if a normal way exists anymore,” Gilman says. He began looking at online dating sites, eventually finding women who interested him on an international site based in Thailand. The women lived there as well. Correspondence was initiated. His adviser, Brian, who ran the site and also conveniently consulted on legal immigration, told Gilman the next step was coming to Thailand and meeting the women. Though Gilman found Kai online, only one of them was actively looking to meet someone. Kai’s sister Tutka, who worked for the site, uploaded Kai’s photo there without her knowledge and then answered Gilman’s emails when they started coming in. It wasn’t until Gilman was coming to Thailand to meet her on his spring break that Tutka told Kai what was happening. It’s not that Kai didn’t want to meet someone—she did. But she also thought perhaps her time was past. She had lost her cosmetics business and shoe store in the devastating Phuket tsunami of 2004. Struggling to put her life together afterward, Kai even asked a monk what she should do. “The monk told me to be patient and someone would come into my life,” Kai says. She and Gilman met for the first time on her 30th birthday in 2005 at the website’s office for a 30-minute interview. It was the standard procedure. Tutka acted as an interpreter since neither Gilman nor Kai spoke the other’s language. They do somewhat now, though her English is better than his Thai. They went on a couple of dates over the next few days, but Gilman’s time was short. “I was about to go back to the United States, and knowing that I had met this woman that I liked a lot, I asked Brian, ‘What am I supposed to do now?’ Brian said, ‘Well, you should get engaged.’ “I thought, ‘That’s the wildest thing I’ve ever heard. What do you mean? I just met her four days ago!’ He says, ‘Yes, but you’re going to have to get a fiancée visa to get her over to the United States. That process takes a long time.’” Brian told him to start the process then and get to know her later. One thing Joe Gilman is particularly skilled at is improvising: playing changes, adapting and creating in response to shifting melodic chords. They applied for the fiancée visa before Gilman left. “We met on a Monday; we got engaged on a Friday,” Gilman

says. Then he went back over to Thailand a couple of times in the next few months; flights were cheap then. He thought he would start a courtship to get to know Kai. She had a different idea. When Gilman arrived a few months later for the third time, Kai told him, “If you’re serious about me, then we’re going to get married. If you’re not interested in marrying me, then don’t come back.” “I said, ‘OK, well, let’s get married then.’ We ended up getting married in Thailand in July. We had been together for about three months, I guess,” Gilman says. The plan was for the restaurant to be a family business, with son Andrew running the front of the house based on his previous food service experience, Kai running the kitchen and daughter Laila filling in where needed. Gilman would handle most of the business stuff. Andrew got the front of the house staffed and set up, but after a few months he wanted to move on. With few local venues offering live music, Gilman is now looking at setting up outside on the patio with slightly larger combos. He’s essentially a musical institution in Sacramento at this point. He had to add an extra matinee performance to his sold-out birthday jam at the end of June. He still plays a lot, having just completed a threenight sprint across Bay Area venues in a group put together by saxophonist Jacam Manricks. “It just happens in my case that what I do for a living is music and my hobby is music too,” Gilman says.

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You Oughta Know Alanis—Has

Get Growing—

it really been more than a quarter century since a young Canadian songstress shook radios ’round the world with “Jagged Little Pill” and, with all her honesty, fury and fire, changed pop-rock music forever? Celebrate the 25th anniversary of Alanis Morissette’s 17-times-platinum album as she performs her epic hits, plus new music, on tour at Toyota Amphitheatre in Wheatland. con

Harvest Day 2022 returns in person to Fair Oaks Horticultural Center, after going virtual the past two years. Gardeners of all abilities won’t want to miss talks by Master Gardeners on drought-tolerant trees, healthy soils and wildlifefriendly landscapes, plus partake in fruit tastings, garden tours, mini talks and workshops, vendors and more, all to inspire bountiful backyard harvests.



AU G . 24– SEPT. 25 It’s a Knockout—

Capital Stage launches its 2022–2023 season of live theater with Marco Ramirez’s stylized boxing drama “The Royale.” The Obie, Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk award-winning play is based on the real-life story of charismatic boxer Jack Johnson who, at the height of the racially oppressive Jim Crow era, reigned from 1908 to 1915 as the first Black heavyweight champion of the world.

AU G . 2 7 Art Moves—Lace

up your trainers for the 23rd annual Race for the Arts, a fun and festive 5K in which participants run, walk, jog and jeté in support of their favorite fine, performing and cultural arts organizations while being treated to live music and dance ensemble performances all along the route. The event kicks off with a kids’ fun run and wraps up with a free arts festival in shady William Land Park. raceforthe

AUG. 28–NOV. 20 Nature: A New View—In 1930s Taos

and Santa Fe, New Mexico, a group of artists sought to transform depictions of their dramatic Southwest surroundings from mere realist to more abstract and surreal, infusing their works with a heightened sense of color, light, space, idealism and spirituality. Crocker Art Museum presents approximately 85 works from this movement in Another World: The Transcendental Painting Group.

Note: All events are subject to change, based on local and state health and safety regulations. Before you set out, confirm the event’s dates and details, and be ready to comply with any COVIDrelated measures (mask, proof of vaccine/booster, negative test) required to attend.


Above right: “Composition #57/Pattern 29,” 1938, by Robert Gribbroek, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, The Harriet and Maurice Gregg Collection of American Abstract Art



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SACRAMENTO | $2,250,000 One of the finest homes in Sacramento's historic Land Park neighborhood! This 4 bedroom gem boasts a huge living room & formal dining room with butler pantry. Venture to the back & enjoy your lovely kitchen, with high-end appliances, which opens to a welcoming family room. The outdoor space is an entertainer's dream with a sparkling swimming pool, playhouse & ADU. Tim Comstock 916.548.7102 | CalRE #01879462 COVER PROPERTY

GRANITE BAY | $1,895,000 6br/5.5ba. Beautiful custom built Los Lagos estate on a large lot w/mature lush gardens. 6 spacious balconies, mahogany wood, marble floors, vaulted ceilings & plaster crown molding are highlights throughout this exquisite custom home. Spacious floor plan w/4-car attached garage. Enjoy pool/spa, community park, pond, tennis courts, and nearby Folsom Lake for picnics and boating. Nancy Lim 415.297.7247 | CalRE #01167226

EL DORADO HILLS | Price Upon Request Welcome to this gorgeous contemporary single-story Serrano home with owned solar and golf course views. All spacious bedrooms are en-suites plus there is an office. The chef's kitchen has dual ovens and a large center island. Guests will be awed by the backyard oasis with stamped concrete patios, a Serrano Room with a fireplace, a saltwater PebbleTec pool, spa and an outdoor kitchen. Patricia Seide 916.712.1617 | CalRE #00892540 Coldwell Banker.indd 112

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RIO LINDA | $1,690,000 Spectacular property features a 4br/4.5ba main house with a large foyer that opens into a great room and kitchen area with dual sided gas fireplace, dual ovens & wine fridge. The primary suite features a walk-in closet, dual headed shower, double vanity, claw foot bathtub & sitting room. The backyard is an entertainer's delight with a pool, outdoor shower, bar & kitchen area & fire pit. Scooter Valine 916.420.4594 | CalRE #01896468

ORANGEVALE | $1,900,000 Opportunity in Orangevale on approx. 5 usable acres. The main home offers an unfinished attic & basement, separate family & living rooms, formal dining room, large main bedroom w/en-suite, guest quarters & detached barn.

EL MACERO | $1,840,000 4br/3ba gem located on the 4th fairway at El Macero Country Club Golf Course features 2 living rooms, formal dining room, great room w/expansive counter, chef's kitchen, primary suite, covered patio, pool, spa & garden.

Abby Shephard 916.844.9500 | CalRE #01491508

Dana Hawkins 530.219.5076 | CalRE #01318897

CARMICHAEL | $1,795,988 4br/3.5ba one-of-a-kind, custom beauty features an open floorplan, gourmet kitchen, huge family room, separate living room, formal dining room, bonus room, wine room, primary suite, park-like yard & covered patio.

CARMICHAEL | $1,535,000 5br/3ba Carmichael contemporary offers living room w/fireplace, dining area, chef’s kitchen, primary suite & backyard w/patio areas & mature foliage.

Tom Phillips 916.799.4571 | CalRE #01401556

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WILTON | $1,500,000 Beautifully remodeled 5br/2.5ba home offers a kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances & quartzite slab counters, spacious primary suite & backyard oasis w/barn, workshop, outdoor firepit, garden area, pool & waterfall.

SACRAMENTO | $1,300,000 Beautiful 5br/3ba Silver Springs estate offers a great room with fireplace, separate formal dining room, kitchen w/granite counters & primary suite. The backyard has a pool, sports court, batting cage & artificial turf.

Angela Heinzer 916.212.1881 | CalRE #01004189

Mark DeGennaro 916.849.4810 | CalRE #01394970

FORESTHILL | $1,290,000 Amazing luxury Foresthill Estate property on approx. 5 acres w/detached guest house. The 3br/2ba main house offers gourmet granite kitchen, great room, den, laundry room & primary bedroom w/en-suite bathtub & shower.

CARMICHAEL | $1,250,000 Spectacular 6 bedroom and 4 full bathroom home on two lots that total nearly nine tenths of an acre in Carmichael. Enjoy the resort-style backyard.

Philip Del Pozzo 415.516.4255 | CalRE #02078698 Jo Barragan 530.308.2050 | CalRE #01366516

John Byers 916.607.0313 | CalRE #01935458

TRUCKEE | $1,199,000 Cozy mountain getaway in Tahoe Donner set back from the street in a lovely, forested setting features 3 bedrooms & 2 bathrooms upstairs with an en-suite primary on the lower level. Enjoy the 3 decks & a private hot tub.

EL DORADO HILLS | Price Upon Request 4br/4ba custom Ridgeview home with Folsom Lake and city light views. It features front-facing patio, 2 offices, guest quarters and primary bedroom with fireplace and private covered patio. Enjoy the charming rear yard.

The Val Videgain Team 530.582.2400 | CalRE #01494833

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ELK GROVE | $1,100,000 Expansive 6br/5ba East Elk Grove home on over a quarter acre lot offers a private downstairs suite, loft, 2 balconies, swimming pool and built-in spa.

ROCKLIN | $1,085,000 This Stunning Whitney Ranch Home is on an oversized lot with a pool and huge side yard. It boasts dual primary bedrooms with one downstairs, ensuite upstairs, a loft, fireplace, accent walls and added backsplash.

Joey Ybarra 916.505.0378 | CalRE #01826403

Jacqueline Nance 916.300.6510 | CalRE #02027555

EL DORADO HILLS | $1,025,000 4br/3ba beautifully maintained 1- story home in Waterford offers a spacious kitchen, with breackfast nook, family room w/open beam ceilings and stunning fireplace. French doors open to private rear yard.

IONE | $975,000 Gorgeous 3br/3ba custom hilltop home w/views. Recently remodeled w/high ceilings, cherry wood cabinets, newer appliances, plank tile floors, fireplace & air tub in primary. 3-car garage, pond, fire pit & deck outside.

Debi Ambroff 916.425.9930 | CalRE #01017131

Tammy Goolsby 209.332.0250 | CalRE #01987204

CARLSBAD | $928,000 3br/2.5ba in the heart of Carlsbad. Newly renovated home has high ceilings, vinyl floors, granite counters, stainless steel appliances & more. The backyard includes a gazebo, a huge palm tree & large birds of paradise.

SACRAMENTO | $899,000 4br/2ba ranch in Sierra Oaks on an approx. 1/3 acre lot offers a spacious living room w/brick fireplace & sweeping view of the yard and patio. The remote en-suite features outside access & separate living room.

Rose Gonzales 925.922.3901 | CalRE #01296762

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SACRAMENTO | $895,000 4br/2.5ba mid-century modern home w/great street appeal, vaulted ceiling, spacious kitchen, large windows & backyard with a pool & covered patio.

EL DORADO HILLS | $889,000 This treehouse styled home offers lake and mountain views! Features include an open concept great room with a fireplace, galley-styled kitchen, two loft rooms, over 50 fruit and citrus trees, two greenhouses and a pool!

Angela Heinzer 916.212.1881 | CalRE #01004189

Patricia Seide 916.712.1617 | CalRE #00892540 Michael Buchner 916.850.9554 | CalRE #02166241

AUBURN | $850,000 5br/3ba Oakview Estates neighborhood in S Auburn. The 3br/2ba main level features a kitchen, great room, laundry room & balcony. The 2br/1ba lower level has kitchen & living room. Enjoy a half court, firepit & 2 decks.

SACRAMENTO | $850,000 Stunning Arden Park home with three oversized bedrooms, two full baths and a two car attached garage and separate workshop. You will be wowed by views of the park like backyard with a tranquil Koi Pond and water feature.

Kathleen O'Neill 916.832.0333 | CalRE #01440748

Sharon D'Arelli 916.716.1246 | CalRE #01516830

SACRAMENTO | $830,000 5br/3ba home on a large lot features a formal living room, dining room, family room & kitchen with pantry. The primary suite has a sitting area & large bathroom. Enjoy the beautiful backyard with covered patio & gazebo.

ELK GROVE | $799,000 Step inside this hard to find five bedroom, three bath home PLUS a loft, PLUS a bonus room. Kitchen with Corian counters. Primary bath with jetted tub. Home boasts a solar heated pebble-sheen swimming pool.

Jaime Becker 916.715.7454 | CalRE #01737783

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SACRAMENTO | $795,000 3br/1ba home w/hardwood floors, fireplace, arch. details, built-ins, updated kitchen & bathroom, fruit trees & fenced yard. The converted garage is used as a home office & guest suite w/a full bath & washer/dryer.

ROSEVILLE | $790,990 Westpark 4br/3.5ba quality-built home featuring a main floor primary bedroom, office & large upstairs bonus room. The professionally designed backyard offers a covered patio, fruit trees, three car garage & owned solar.

Wendy Kay 916.717.1013 | CalRE #01335180

Chip Dusseau 916.934.8444 | CalRE #01908517

SACRAMENTO | $789,000 Entering this adorable 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom craftsman bungalow in the heart of Midtown’s Newton Booth neighborhood, you’ll fall in love with all the period charm and modern touches!

SACRAMENTO | $785,000 3br/3ba, this updated home will take your breath away! Kitchen w/SS appliances & a breakfast nook. Spacious primary suite w/soaking tub, walk-in shower & walk-in closet w/built-ins. Enjoy the lush backyard landscaping!

Elise Brown 916.715.0213 | CalRE #01781942

Shanda Lusich 916.214.8479 | CalRE #01070238

SACRAMENTO | $769,000 2br/2ba craftsman bungalow with vintage charm and chic modern style. Large living room w/arched entry to spacious dining room. Remodeled kitchen and unique primary bath. Large yard with alley access and long driveway.

ROSEVILLE | $750,000 This E. Roseville, 4 bedroom home with a BUILT-IN POOL sits on a large, corner 1/4 acre+ lot and offers a spacious kitchen, double-sided fireplace, remodeled primary bath, spacious covered patio and a 3 car garage.

Roza & Kirsch | Realtor Group 916.730.7705 | CalRE #01365413

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SACRAMENTO | $749,000 3br/2ba stunningly remodeled Curtis Park home features gorgeous hardwood floors, formal living room with fireplace, open concept family & kitchen combo with huge island, a walk-in pantry & laundry room.

ROCKLIN | $739,000 Lovely single-level custom home in desired Mission Hills features an updated kitchen, relaxing living and dining room, family room w/fireplace, primary en-suite & backyard w/entertainment patio, greenhouse & art studio.

John Byers 916.607.0313 | CalRE #01935458

Larry Grilli 916.871.5603 | CalRE #01128149 Lynn Grilli 916.626.1189 | CalRE #01880821

ROSEVILLE | $700,000 An absolutely stunning single-story, four bedroom and three bath home awaits you! Enjoy a chef's gourmet kitchen, relaxing primary bedroom suite and an amazing backyard complete with a patio and storage shed.

ROSEVILLE | $695,000 A fantastic opportunity to own this single-story, four bedroom, two bath home with an open floor plan design complete with a cozy family room fireplace and a cheery kitchen. The backyard has a patio and a storage shed.

Melinda Shrader 916.747.7535 | CalRE #00994757

Melinda Shrader 916.747.7535 | CalRE #00994757

ANTELOPE | $649,900 6br/3ba contemporary home featuring a newly renovated kitchen that opens to the family room. The primary bath features a double vanity encased in newer quartz countertops. The backyard offers a paved patio.

FOLSOM | $640,000 4br/2.5ba w/tall ceilings towering over the formal living room. Kitchen w/bar seating. dining area that centers the great room w/access to back patio. The primary suite w/dual sink vanity soaking tub & walk-in closet.

Shanda Lusich 916.214.8479 | CalRE #01070238

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GOLD RIVER | $625,000 4br/2.5ba home in desirable gated community of Discovery Village in Gold River features gorgeous kitchen with quartz counters, stainless appliances, newer flooring & lighting. Enjoy 2 private low maintenance courtyards.

ROSEVILLE | $600,000 An updated, one-story home with a living/dining room combo, bonus, kitchen and family room. You'll love having a spacious backyard which includes a large workshop, covered patio, garden beds, pool, and shed.

Kathleen O'Neill 916.832.0333 | CalRE #01440748

Steve Ostrom 916.308.2446 | CalRE #01344154

SACRAMENTO | $599,000 Amazing 3br/2ba South Land Park Hills home features a bright living room, updated kitchen w/quartz counters & stainless steel appliances, family room w/fireplace & backyard w/2 patio areas, grassy space & garden beds.

SACRAMENTO | $599,000 3br/2.5ba in ideal location w/backyard, gazebo, above-ground swim/spa, newer roof, owned solar panels, upgraded granite countertops & cabinets in the kitchen & bathrooms, newer cobblestone driveway & security system.

Elise Brown 916.715.0213 | CalRE #01781942

Donna Ables 916.320.0365 | CalRE #01887830

SACRAMENTO | $595,000 This updated 4br/2.5ba home is ideally located across from Natomas Middle School and a short distance to the community park and shopping. Enter to a formal living/dining room combo and enjoy a great room and kitchen.

ROCKLIN | $575,000 Fantastic opportunity to own this 3 br, 2.5 ba home in the HEART of Rocklin. Laminate flooring, living room fireplace & updated kitchen w/quartz counters. Romantic owner’s suite. Nicely sized backyard w/expansive patio.

Tammy Goolsby 209.332.0250 | CalRE #01987204

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FOLSOM | $560,000 Gorgeous 2br/2ba bungalow home with approximately 1,200 square feet offers friendly proportioned and adorned backyard & tastefully updated with designer paint, luxury vinyl plank flooring, appliances, A/C & furnace.

SACRAMENTO | $550,000 WOW! This updated 3br/2ba home offers an open floorplan design. The kitchen and bathrooms have been beautifully remodeled. You will love the bright sunroom plus outdoor entertaining area and generous yard space.

Chip Dusseau 916.934.8444 | CalRE #01908517

Melinda Shrader 916.747.7535 | CalRE #00994757

WEST SACRAMENTO | $550,000 This meticulously maintained single story 3 bedroom, 2 bath home has an open floor plan along with tastefully updated kitchen & sunny breakfast nook. The large corner lot makes this home ideal for backyard entertaining.

CARMICHAEL | $539,900 Charming 4br/2ba corner home in Gibbons Estates! This home offers hardwood floors throughout most living spaces, bedrooms w/freshly installed carpet. Family room w/brick fireplace & access to the backyard.

Lisa Barrier 916.878.8151 | CalRE #01991567

Matthew Roe 925.818.4100 | CalRE #01238824 Tom Mikkelsen 510.813.9500 | CalRE #02048537

SACRAMENTO | $539,900 Charming 3br/1.5ba Garden of the Gods home features a renovated kitchen with high end stainless-steel appliances, quartzite counters & stone flooring. The backyard offers built-in pool, patio cover, built-in BBQ & deck.

IONE | $529,000 4br/3ba Beautiful 2 story Edgebrook Estates home near the golf course community w/newer countertops, flooring, appliances & fresh paint. As you step into the back yard, enjoy a large covered patio & green space.

Nicole Clinger 916.764.6267 | CalRE #01425971

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IONE | $525,000 Welcome to this beautiful 3br/2ba home in the Castle Oaks Golf Course community! With many view and access points to the backyard, this home is made for indoor-outdoor entertaining. It offers a pergola and gas fireplace.

SACRAMENTO | $515,000 3br/3ba w/updated kitchen & bathrooms & tile flooring in the family room & kitchen. Primary bedroom has a closet built-in. Front & backyard have been landscaped & enjoy the fruit trees & the gazebo with market lights.

Tammy Goolsby 209.332.0250 | CalRE #01987204

Shanda Lusich 916.214.8479 | CalRE #01070238

SACRAMENTO | $499,000 Large tri-level condo at The Mills featuring over 1,400 sqft of bright open concept living. Built in 2016, the modern design boasts a kitchen with island, bedroom with ensuite bathroom, upstairs loft & rooftop deck.

WEST SACRAMENTO | $499,000 Charming 3br/2ba features remodeled kitchen with quartz countertops & island, custom built-in bar, open living room and dining room with oak wood floors. Enjoy the landscaped backyard with a covered patio.

Elise Brown 916.715.0213 | CalRE #01781942

Elizabeth Rufer 415.317.4409 | CalRE #01913957

FAIR OAKS | $480,000 Fantastic Fair Oaks home features a spacious yard, newer heating and A/C units, remodeled roof, several fruit trees and lots of beautiful mature landscaping. Convenient to dining, transportation & award-winning schools.

SACRAMENTO | $475,000 2br/2ba single story half-plex home boasts an abundance of natural light, recently remodeled kitchen, inside laundry room & both bathrooms with amazing skylights. Retreat to the beautiful, lush backyard featuring a spa.

Tom Ward 530.417.1922 | CalRE #01169873

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PLUMAS LAKE | $475,000 Here’s your opportunity to own a spacious 4 bedroom, 2 bath home with an open concept, kitchen with island, primary suite w/sunken tub, large backyard, owned solar & beautiful sunrise views in a peaceful neighborhood.

SACRAMENTO | $435,000 Welcome to this three-bedroom, two-bathroom home in a great location in Sacramento near I-5 and Downtown Sacramento, just north of Delta Shores in the Meadowview Manor neighborhood near schools, restaurants and shopping.

Jaime Becker 916.715.7454 | CalRE #01737783

Donna Ables 916.320.0365 | CalRE #01887830

CARMICHAEL | $429,000 Charming 3br/1ba with approximately 1,375 sq ft on almost a quarter acre in a great Carmichael neighborhood. This wonderful home boasts original hardwood floors in amazing condition, a jetted bathtub & spacious backyard.

PLYMOUTH | $340,000 2br/2ba w/amazing views. Relax in peace & tranquility in the gold country. Enjoy the scenery from your oversized deck & spacious backyard. This home has a nice, detached garage, a shed & easy-to-maintain landscaping.

Geno Davis 916.531.6800 | CalRE #02093958

Tammy Goolsby 209.332.0250 | CalRE #01987204

WILTON | $1,499,900

SACRAMENTO | $1,495,000

SACRAMENTO | $1,125,000

FAIR OAKS | $899,000

Luxury estate on private airstrip. Custom home, solar heated pool, hangar/shop, 5 landscaped acres, barn and arena. Truly a resort-like estate.

3br/2.5ba oasis offers formal living/dining rooms, family room w/fireplace, entertainer’s kitchen, primary suite, pool & spa, fire pit area & deck.

This adorable Boulevard Park Duplex is a unique find w/extra-large 2br/2ba units. Open floor plans, garages, laundry and newer 2018 roof & HVACs.

3br/2ba Ranch-style property boasts quintessential charm with sprawling windows, 3 fireplaces, a lush backyard, RV/boat storage, and an elevator.

Nadia Zierke 916.206.0063 CalRE #01721230

Rich Cazneaux 916.212.4444 CalRE #01447558

Elise Brown 916.715.0213 CalRE #01781942

Rich Cazneaux 916.212.4444 Maggie Sekul 916.224.5418 CalRE #01447558 | CalRE #01296369 Coldwell Banker.indd 122

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ROSEVILLE | $895,000

SACRAMENTO | $889,000

SACRAMENTO | $819,000

SACRAMENTO | $799,900

Welcome to this updated 4br/3ba well maintained home, with its amazing outdoor space and mature landscaping plus a three-car garage.

4br/3ba Turnkey home w/spacious & inviting floor plan. Primary suite w/walk-in shower & soaking tub. Yard is paradise for entertaining & relaxing.

2 bed/1.2 bath stunning 1924 Tudor home in the Iconic Fab '40s was completely remodeled in classic finishes in keeping with the period. A must see!

Spacious 3br/1ba 1930's Land Park home offers a formal living room w/fireplace, formal dining room, kitchen w/stain glass detail & park-like backyard.

Greg Larson 916.223.1500 CalRE #00838126

Denise Calkin 916.803.3363 CalRE #01472607

Norma Hannemann 805.444.4889 CalRE #02159665

Wendy Kay 916.717.1013 CalRE #01335180

ELK GROVE | $745,000

ELK GROVE | Price Upon Request

CAMERON PARK | $700,000

FAIR OAKS | $700,000

4br/2ba Stonelake beauty features a family room w/fireplace gas insert, custom-built entertainment unit, spacious main suite & backyard w/pergola.

4br/3ba home has a spacious living room, dining room, family room w/fireplace, kitchen w/quartz counter & primary suite. Enjoy the park-like backyard.

Beautiful 3br/2.5ba Cameron Park home in a well-established neighborhood offering an updated kitchen, dining room, studio, primary bathroom & deck.

3br/2ba extensively remodeled single-level home in one of Fair Oaks finest neighborhoods featuring a spacious open livable space and covered patio.

Michele Mihalko 916.690.4433 CalRE #02027278

Tori Leicht 916.261.8546 Toni List 916.955.0169 CalRE #01212789 | CalRE #01307279

Leslie Garrett 805.450.6433 CalRE #02155538

Chris Burton 916.834.6258 CalRE #01925225

EL DORADO HILLS | $699,900

DAVIS | $669,000

SACRAMENTO | $665,000

ELK GROVE | $659,900

A wonderful opportunity to build your dream home in the desirable Serrano Country Club community. Roughly .96-acre parcel w/Folsom Lake views.

3br/2ba updated East Davis charmer offers newly installed flooring, newer appliances & updated bathrooms. The backyard provides a nature-like setting.

Fabulous Garden of the Gods 3br/2ba beauty offers an airy open feel with a living room & family room, gourmet kitchen, primary suite & backyard oasis.

Beautiful 4br/2ba open concept home bringing everyone together yet offering a feeling of privacy. Enjoy a low-maintenance backyard with landscaping.

Patricia Seide 916.712.1617 CalRE #00892540

Jacqueline Nance 916.300.6510 CalRE #02027555

Wendi Reinl 916.206.8709 Emily Welch 916.639.2686 CalRE #01314052 | CalRE #02145901

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STOCKTON | $645,000

CARMICHAEL | $645,000


ROSEVILLE | $625,000

4br/3ba w/spacious open family/kitchen combo. Granite counters, loft, RV access, and more. Spend warm days out back in the oversized pool.

Beautifully updated 3br/2.5ba home with an open and spacious floor plan, gourmet kitchen w/granite counters & breakfast nook. Enjoy the park-like yard.

This 4/3 home has it all! The Backyard is perfect for entertaining with a covered patio, play structure & solar.

3br/3ba open concept floor plan w/freshly painted interior, vinyl plank wood floors, granite countertops, downstairs primary suite & covered patio.

Alison Traverse Warren 916.690.6960 CalRE #01733854

Tom Phillips 916.799.4571 CalRE #01401556

Jennifer Valencia 916.862.5313 CalRE #01980119

Greg Larson 916.223.1500 CalRE #00838126

GALT | $599,999

STOCKTON | $599,000

DAVIS | $585,000

SACRAMENTO | $549,900

3br/2ba one-story home w/bamboo flooring, plantation shutters, crown molding, French doors, granite countertops in the kitchen & a side entrance.

4br/2.5ba single story home offers a formal living/dining area, family room w/fireplace, kitchen w/granite counters, primary suite & landscaped yard.

3br/2ba single-story home w/a wood-burning fireplace, mature landscaping, curb appeal & a private backyard.

4br/2ba move-in-ready home in a secluded cul-de-sac. Features include stainless steel appliances, granite counters and low-maintenance landscaping.

Michelle Whitley 916.870.7644 CalRE #02093447

Mark DeGennaro 916.849.4810 Patty Allen 707.483.2175 CalRE #01394970 | CalRE #01237055

Dana Hawkins 530.219.5076 CalRE #01318897

Alison Traverse Warren 916.690.6960 CalRE #01733854

SACRAMENTO | $535,000

ELK GROVE | $525,000

AUBURN | $499,900

SACRAMENTO | $499,000

2br/2ba home in the desired Four Seasons community featuring a chef’s kitchen, great room, large primary bedroom w/ultimate spa bath & private yard.

Popular courtside home, privately tucked off of the main street offers open floor plan, patio, crown molding, luxury vinyl flooring & stone counters.

3br/2ba South Auburn home features a remodeled kitchen, primary bathroom w/walk-in tub & backyard with covered patio, fruit trees & 2 storage sheds.

3br/2ba half-plex in the highly desirable Pocket area offers an open living, dining & kitchen combo & primary bedroom w/access to the serene backyard.

Ed Corominas 916.599.9389 CalRE #01095218

LaToya Walton 916.738.9828 CalRE #01972160

Sharon Wegener 530.701.7653 CalRE #00561245

John Byers 916.607.0313 CalRE #01935458 Coldwell Banker.indd 124

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IONE | $475,000


SACRAMENTO | $459,900

FAIR OAKS | $450,000

3br/2ba single-story home! Upgraded kitchen & primary bathroom. Low maintenance/drought tolerant front & back yards. 2 solar systems w/Tesla backup.

3br/2ba single-story home in a peaceful neighborhood boasts a kitchen, large family room, separate living room, primary bedroom & oversized backyard.

4br/2ba Foothill Farms home offers spacious eat-in kitchen, living room w/wood burning fireplace & French style doors, primary suite & covered patio.

3br/3ba Fair Oaks townhome w/backyard deck. Kitchen features pantry closet & breakfast bar. Primary bedroom has walk-in closet & dual sinks.

Lynn Adams 916.799.3518 CalRE #01062841

Alison Traverse Warren 916.690.6960 CalRE #01733854

Laura Corbin 916.626.2800 CalRE #02020448

Tim Pantle 916.916.8346 CalRE #01377493

SACRAMENTO | $450,000

SACRAMENTO | $445,000

ROCKLIN | $439,000

SACRAMENTO | $415,000

3br/2ba energy efficient, electric home offers separate living & family rooms, remodeled kitchen w/quartz counters & primary bedroom w/remodeled bath.

3br/2.5ba end unit townhome in Park River Oak Gated Community featuring an open concept floorplan, updated kitchen, dining area & large backyard.

3br/2ba home w/painted inside, updated kitchen & newer roof w/Tesla Solar. Backyard has mature trees & extends beyond the fence down to the creek.

Ideally located, welcome to this 3br/1ba home with RV parking on both sides, a remodeled kitchen, updated flooring, a workshop and a storage shed.

Dale Smith 916.524.3205 CalRE #00944086

Shanda Lusich 916.214.8479 CalRE #01070238

Lisa Barrier 916.878.8151 CalRE #01991567

Tammy Goolsby 209.332.0250 CalRE #01987204

SACRAMENTO | $415,000

SACRAMENTO | $390,000

SACRAMENTO | $390,000

GARDEN VALLEY | $125,000

Love where you live. This updated Foothill Farms home offers 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and approximately 1,181 square feet of livable space.

4br/1ba Arden home offers an open floor plan w/laminate flooring, dual pane windows, wood burning fireplace & large backyard w/covered patio & shed.

3br/1ba on a huge corner lot w/fresh interior paint, fenced side & backyard w/fruit trees & an additional detached garage.

9.69 acres in Garden Valley! A private feel yet only minutes from hwy 193. Bare land with tough shed to store your belongings. Close to riding trails.

Tim Pantle 916.916.8346 CalRE #01377493

Jaime Becker 916.715.7454 CalRE #01737783

Jennifer Berry 916.508.0898 CalRE #02097085

Serena Tietz 530.391.2608 CalRE #01920944 Coldwell Banker.indd 125

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i n s i d e: Real Tortillas / Pork Chop Love / Next-Level Mocktails

The Bistro Is Back, Baby 33rd Street Bistro, the onceiconic, now-defunct East Sac restaurant fondly remembered for its Pacific Northwest-influenced fare, has been resurrected as BISTRO 33 ON THE GO , a food truck serving a whittled-down menu of the restaurant’s most popular offerings. The menu features three OG sandwiches: the Rainier (smoked chicken and mozz), the Pike’s Market (pesto and veggies) and the Gorge (turkey, bacon and Havarti, shown here). Owners Matt and Fred Haines say they came up with the truck idea in response to 33rd Street’s loyal fans, who were constantly asking them, “Where’s that damn Rainier?” For more info, go to or follow on Instagram @bistro33onthego. r a c h e l va l l e y SACMAG.COM August 2022

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Taco Revolution It all starts with the tortilla. BY MARYBETH BIZJAK


spooked by the color of the tortillas or demandatricio Wise remembers the day last ed to know why they couldn’t order a chalupa, or August when his phone started blowing a taco salad. But local chefs like Brad Cecchi and up with congratulations. At first, he Patrick Mulvaney and foodies such as former figured the texts referred to a recent restaurateur Peg Tomlinson-Poswall got it, and rave review in the San Francisco Chronicle for they embraced the innovative new restaurant. his Roseville restaurant, Nixtaco. He soon Enthusiastic media coverage appeared in outlets learned it was something even more momentous: like Eater SF and Food & Wine magazine. The Michelin Guide, bestower of stars on the Alerted by the F&W piece, San Francisco world’s best restaurants, had just given Nixtaco Chronicle reporter Dianne de Guzman drove to its Bib Gourmand award, granted to restaurants Roseville, then wrote a review proclaiming Nixfor serving affordable great food. taco the maker of the best tacos in Northern It was sweet vindication for Wise and his wife California. That started a stampede, with Bay and business partner, Cinthia Martinez, who Area food obsessives coming in droves to try opened Nixtaco six years ago in a Roseville strip Nixtaco for themselves. The Michelin announcemall with an exceedingly ambitious goal: nothment a week later merely amped up the craziing less than to change the paradigm of the ness. People waited hours for a table. Regulars Mexican taqueria. were steamed when they couldn’t get in. Wise The tortilla was key to their concept. The and Martinez worked nonstop for a week. Their couple had grown up in Monterrey, Mexico, three young kids hung out at the restaurant day where Wise recalls his mother making fresh after day, waiting for mom and dad tortillas every day. She would cook AT FIRST, SOME to finish up. “It was a blessing but dried corn kernels, then steep them CUSTOMERS SIMPLY also one of our hardest weeks ever,” in an alkaline solution to soften DIDN’T GET WHAT says Martinez. them, a process called nixtamalizaNIXTACO’S OWNERS WERE Since then, the Bay Area crowds tion. She would take the softened TRYING TO DO. THEY WERE have dispersed and business has corn—the nixtamal—to a local mill SPOOKED BY THE BLUE settled down to a brisk but manageto be turned into masa, which she COLOR OF THE TORTILLAS able level. Wise recently started a used to make tender, flavorful corn OR DEMANDED TO KNOW distillery next door to the restautortillas. WHY THEY COULDN’T rant, making vodka and gin, with As newlyweds, Wise and Martinez ORDER A CHALUPA, plans to eventually make whiskey moved to Roseville in 2010 for Wise’s OR A TACO SALAD. and rum as well. The products are finance job, figuring they’d stay only named after Mexican revolutionaries: Emilia two or three years before returning to Mexico. vodka (for Emiliano Zapata) and Dorotea gin Dining out around the Sacramento region, they (after Doroteo Arango, aka Pancho Villa). “Nixwere unimpressed with the Mexican food availtaco came to revolutionize the taco scene in Sacable. At one place, the tortillas would be good ramento,” says Martinez, explaining the thinking but the meat inferior; at another, the tacos would behind the names. be loaded with lettuce and tomato to hide the Nixtamal tortillas are now showing up in finefact that the shrimp were tiny and tasteless. dining restaurants like the two-Michelin-starred The couple had run a supper club and restauCalifornios in San Francisco, part of what Wise rant back in Mexico, and they saw an opportucalls the “real tortilla movement.” Getting a Bib nity to create a new type of taqueria, with a Gourmand from Michelin was confirmation that focus on fresh, high-quality ingredients. They Wise and Martinez were on to something with invested in commercial milling equipment to their blue tortillas and creative taco fillings such make their own nixtamal tortillas fresh every as shrimp with beer-and-cheese sauce, peanutday from heirloom blue corn grown in Mexico. chipotle aioli and chicharron powder. The paraWhen they opened Nixtaco in 2016, their sigdigm, it seems, has shifted. nature product, based on Wise’s favorite Monterrey taco, was the Chicharron: soft chunks of braised pork belly topped with pickled red onion NIXTACO and served on two blue-corn tortillas. 1805 Cirby Way, Roseville At first, some customers simply didn’t get what (916) 771-4165; Wise and Martinez were trying to do. They were

Assorted tacos: pollo en mole, rajas con queso and pork al pastor

Guacamole, chips and salsa board

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Shrimp aguachile

Assorted tacos: mushroom, Chicharron and corn

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Smothered Pork Chops

Pork chops combo plate

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Leon Moore

The Passion Project from Allora

Blueberry pomegranate lemonade from Ella

Buzz Off Here’s some sobering news from the world of bartending: Nonalcoholic beverages are trending in a big way as more and more people explore cutting back on their alcohol consumption. Thankfully, the days when abstainers had to settle for a ho-hum soda are gone now that buzz-free cocktails are being crafted with all the care and complexity of their boozy counterparts. At East Sac’s Allora, lead bartender Leon Moore, who recently celebrated two years of sobriety, creates mocktails that are as interesting and creative as traditional cocktails. “I make things that I would want to drink when I’m “JUST BECAUSE YOU’RE out and about,” says Moore. “I love to NOT DRINKING DOESN’T create a really cool mocktail that has a MEAN YOU HAVE TO GO beautiful garnish and is both delicious WITHOUT SOMETHING and appealing to the eye. Just because SPECIAL WHEN YOU’RE IN A you’re not drinking doesn’t mean you SOCIAL SETTING.”— ALLORA have to go without something special LE AD BARTENDER LEON MOORE when you’re in a social setting.” Among Moore’s favorite creations is the Passion Project, made with passion fruit, cascara cola, alcohol-free falernum and lemon and topped with a honey and passion fruit foam. “The passion fruit combined with the cinnamon and clove notes make for a very refreshing drink with a tropical vibe,” says Moore. Johnny Codd, the bar lead at Ella Dining Room & Bar downtown, believes it’s only natural that bartenders would devote more attention to concocting alcohol-free beverages that have a lot of character. “Bartenders like to be creative and to offer something unique. We don’t want to limit the guest experience based on whether or not they drink alcohol,” he explains. “Whether they’re taking a break from drinking or are the designated driver or aren’t yet 21, I want make them something special.” Ella’s blueberry pomegranate lemonade, one of its most popular buzz-free drinks, is so good “it feels like you’re drinking a real cocktail,” says Codd. “I think it’s great that we’ve taken things to the next level with nonalcoholic drinks.”—CATHERINE WARMERDAM

Pork chops: Aniko Kiezel

Catherine Enfield knows a thing or two about good eats, so when the creative force behind SactoMoFo, the Sacramento Food Film Festival and Have an Offal Day recently raved Catherine online about the smothEnfield ered pork chops at Tori’s Place, we took notice. “All the stuff at Tori’s Place is great, but I have just become an addict when it comes to their pork chops,” says Enfield. “It’s two large, thin-cut pork chops that are seasoned and fried to order. The gravy has so many components, you can tell they’ve taken the time to build up the flavors in it. I love pairing it with the collard greens, which are the best I’ve had anywhere. And the hot-water cornbread is just awesome—when you pick it up you can see the butter coming out of it. Add all these things together and it makes the most terrific plate of food.” Victoria Haggins, who opened Tori’s Place in Del Paso Heights in 2012, says the dish is a customer favorite. “People just love the mushroom gravy,” which Haggins enriches with onion, red and green bell peppers, and a few key seasonings that “I have to keep secret.” The pork chops, like all of the entrées, come with a choice of pinto beans, black-eyed peas, rice, dressing, mac and cheese, string beans or those famous collard greens. “I want people to have a full, healthy meal, so I offer lots of sides,” says Haggins. But be forewarned: It’s a lot of food. “My motto is, ‘If I didn’t put you to sleep, I didn’t do my job.’” 1525 Grand Ave.; (916) 646-6038—CATHERINE WARMERDAM


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Dine As a reader service, Sacramento Magazine offers the following list of noteworthy restaurants in the Sacramento region. This is not intended to be a complete directory, and not all restaurants profiled appear every month. Before heading to a restaurant, call or check its website to make sure it’s open.

ARDEN ARCADE ABYSSINIA ETHIOPIAN RESTAURANT If you can’t decide on one of the Ethiopian stews, opt for a grand sampler that includes four different stews, along with injera bread, red lentils, split peas and greens. 1346 Fulton Ave.; (916) 481-1580. L–D. Ethiopian. $$ BENNETT’S AMERICAN COOKING This neighborhood hangout has an approachable menu and a familiar ambience that makes diners feel right at home. The food is like homemade, only better: things like braised short rib, lasagna Bolognese and chicken enchiladas. There’s seemingly something for every taste, from avocado toast, to prime rib (weekends only). 2232 Fair Oaks Blvd.; (916) 515-9680; bennettsamerican L-D-Br. American. $$$ DUBPLATE KITCHEN & JAMAICAN CUISINE One of the few places in Sacramento where you can get Caribbean food, this restaurant serves Jamaican specialties such as curry goat and jerk chicken. 3419 El Camino Ave.; (916) 339-6978; dubplatekitchen L–D. Jamaican. $$ FAMOUS KABOB Meat kabobs are the starring attraction here. Smokily delicious, the meats are served with fluffy basmati rice and grilled tomatoes. 1290 Fulton Ave.; (916) 483-1700; L–D. Persian. $–$$ THE KITCHEN Part supper club, part theatrical production, part cocktail party: This is like no other restaurant in Sacramento, and it’s Michelin starred. You need to make reservations months in advance for the multi-course dinner. The food is complex and mind-blowingly creative. 2225 Hurley Way; (916) 568-7171; D. American. $$$$

PLAN B The menu is compact, with a handful of appetizers and several wonderful salads. Plan B’s claim to fame is its stellar mussels, offered six ways. 555 La Sierra Drive; (916) 483-3000; planbrestau D. New American/French. $$–$$$

AUBURN RESTAURANT JOSEPHINE The aroma of food roasting over a wood fire is one of the first things you notice at this French dinner house. The menu has a bistro bent, with mainstays such as steak frites, French onion soup, duck liver mousse and escargots and mushrooms “en cocotte.” Other dishes employ Eastern European ingredients or techniques, such as vareniki (Russian dumplings). You can splurge on champagne and caviar service or grab a beer and a burger—this is both a special occasion restaurant and an everyday one. 1226 Lincoln Way; (530) 8203523; D. French. $$$

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Zocalo’s blackberry margarita

BROADWAY REAL PIE COMPANY At this homey shop, you’ll find the pies of your dreams, made with all-butter crusts and seasonal fruit sourced from local farms. In addition to dessert pies such as jumbleberry and butterscotch banana cream, you can order savory pot pies, shepherd’s pies and dishes like mac and cheese, all available to eat in or take out. 2425 24th St.; (916) 838-4007; L–D. American. $ SELLAND’S MARKET-CAFE Choose from an array of appetizers and hot items along with crowd-pleasing side dishes and pizza. This high-quality takeout food can be a real lifesaver on nights when you’re too busy to cook. 915 Broadway; (916) 732-3390; L–D–Br. Gourmet takeout. $$ TOWER CAFE This place is a hot spot on weekend mornings. Regulars swear by the Santa Fe blueberry cornmeal pancakes, custardy French toast and Thai steak and eggs. Breakfast is all-American, but lunch and dinner have a global flavor. 1518

Broadway; (916) 441-0222; B–L–D. World fusion. $$

CAPAY ROAD TRIP BAR & GRILL This family-friendly joint serves up classic roadhouse fare, from salads and burgers to chops. Don’t miss the popular smoked brisket sandwich with root beer barbecue sauce. 24989 State Highway 16; (530) 796-3777; road B–L–D. American. $–$$

CITRUS HEIGHTS LEATHERBY’S FAMILY CREAMERY For description, see listing under “Arden Arcade.” 7910 Antelope Road; (916) 729-4021; L–D. Sandwiches/ice cream. $ SAM’S CLASSIC BURGERS At this drive-up burger shack, the shakes are great and the burgers wonder-

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LEATHERBY’S FAMILY CREAMERY Go for the ice cream, all made on the premises and used in shakes, malts and towering sundaes. 2333 Arden Way; (916) 920-8382; L–D. Sandwiches/ice cream. $


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Dine fully straightforward. 7442 Auburn Blvd.; (916) 723-7512. L–D. Burgers. $

CURTIS PARK PANGAEA BIER CAFE While it’s known as a beer cafe and bottle shop, this casual spot also serves up tasty bar food, including a burger that has taken home top honors more than once at Sacramento Burger Battle. 2743 Franklin Blvd.; (916) 454-4942; pan L–D. American. $$

DAVIS BURGERS AND BREW The casual, publike restaurant uses high-quality, locally sourced ingredients and serves an interesting selection of beers and ales. 1409 R St.; (916) 442-0900; burgersnbrew. com. L–D. Burgers. $ CAFE BERNARDO For description, see listing under “Downtown.” 234 D St.; (530) 750-5101; cafeber B–L–D. New American. $ CREPEVILLE This bustling creperie serves many variations on the crepe theme, from entrée to dessert. 330 Third St.; (530) 750-2400; B–L–D. Crepes. $ YAKITORI YUCHAN This busy restaurant focuses on skewered grilled meats, seafood and vegetables. Most items are meant to be shared; bring an adventurous palate and food-loving friends. 109 E St.; (530) 7533196; D. Japanese. $–$$

DIXON CATTLEMENS This classic Western steakhouse serves up big slabs of prime rib, porterhouse, T-bone and cowboy steaks, plus all the trimmings: shrimp cocktail, loaded potato skins, deep-fried onions and more. 250 Dorset Court; (707) 678-5518; cattlemens. com. D. Steakhouse. $$$

DOWNTOWN BAWK! CHICKEN & BAR Along with crispy chicken coated with a red spice mix that kicks it up a notch, you can order salads, oysters on the half shell and collard greens. 1409 R St.; (916) 465-8700; bawk L–D–Br. Southern. $$ BRASSERIE DU MONDE This beautifully designed restaurant is based on a traditional French brasserie. The menu hits the high points of the brasserie canon, everything from onion soup to steak frites. 1201 K St.; (916) 329-8033; L–D. French. $$–$$$ CAFE BERNARDO The menu offers straightforward fare guaranteed to please just about everyone. Breakfast includes huevos rancheros and eggs Bernardo, drizzled with housemade hollandaise sauce. Lunch and dinner feature chewy-crusted pizzas, burgers, sandwiches and substantial entrées such as pan-seared chicken breast with mashed potatoes. 1431 R St.; (916) 930-9191; B–L–D. New American. $ CAFETERIA 15L Go to Cafeteria 15L for modern comfort food in a casual yet stylish environment. The menu emphasizes fun fare, such as mac ’n’ cheese, tater tots, and fried chicken and waffle with gravy and pecan butter. 1116 15th St.; (916) 4921960; L–D. Californian. $$ CAMDEN SPIT & LARDER Highly regarded chef Oliver Ridgeway opened this swank brasserie in a mod-

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King salmon from Magpie Cafe ern, glass-walled building near the Capitol. It appeals to lobbyists, lawyers and legislators with its ginforward cocktails (martini, anyone?) and a menu that’s an interesting mash-up of British chop-house classics, English schoolboy favorites and elevated pub fare. 555 Capitol Mall; (916) 619-8897; camden L–D. Steakhouse. $$$–$$$$ ECHO & RIG Located in The Sawyer hotel, this outpost of a Vegas steakhouse is sleek and unstuffy. In addition to standard cuts like filet, NY steak and rib-eye, you’ll find butcher cuts such as hanger, bavette, skirt and tri-tip. 500 J St.; (877) 678-6255; B–L–D–Br. Steakhouse. $$$ ELLA This stunning restaurant is an elegant oasis compared to the gritty hustle and bustle outside. From the open kitchen, the staff turns out innovative dishes and old favorites. The emphasis is on seasonal, local and artisanal. 1131 K St.; (916) 4433772; L–D. New American. $$$$ FOX & GOOSE PUBLIC HOUSE This tavern plates up some of the best breakfasts in town, along with pub staples like beer-battered fish and chips, a Cornish pasty or Welsh rarebit. 1001 R St.; (916) 443-8825; B–L–D. English pub. $ FRANK FAT’S Downtown Sacramento’s oldest restaurant, Fat’s is a favorite of the Capitol crowd. The restaurant is well known for its steaks and its brandy-fried chicken. This is Chinese cuisine at its most sophisticated. 806 L St.; (916) 442-7092; L–D. Chinese. $$$ GRANGE RESTAURANT & BAR Located in The Citizen Hotel, Grange proves that a hotel restaurant doesn’t have to be pedestrian. The menu changes

frequently and spotlights some of the area’s best producers. At dinner, the ambience in the stunning dining room is seductive and low-lit. 926 J St.; (916) 492-4450; B–L–Br. Californian/American. $$$$ KODAIKO RAMEN & BAR Partly owned by Kru’s Billy Ngo, this ramen shop takes the Japanese noodle soup to a whole new level. Ingredients are organic, and almost everything is made in-house. For a fun experience, sit at the six-person ramen counter and chat with the chefs. 718 K St.; (916) 426-8863; kodaiko L–D–Br. Japanese/ramen. $$–$$$ MAGPIE CAFE This restaurant has a casual, unassuming vibe, and its hallmark is clean, simple fare that tastes like the best version of itself. 1601 16th St.; (916) 452-7594; B–L–D. Californian. $$ MAS TACO BAR Tasty little tacos are the headliners at this casual eatery. They come with all sorts of delicious fillings: braised short rib, Korean fried chicken, banh mi shrimp and, for veg heads, roasted cauliflower and butternut squash. You can also get rice bowls, salads and starters. 1800 15th St.; L–D–Br. Mexican. $$ MIKUNI JAPANESE RESTAURANT AND SUSHI BAR This hip sushi bar serves its sushi with a side of sass. There are three sushi bars and a dense menu of appetizers, rice bowls, bento boxes and sushi rolls. 1530 J St.; (916) 447-2112; L–D. Japanese/sushi. $$ MORTON’S THE STEAKHOUSE From cozy, candlelit booths and stunning, glass-enclosed wine room to the crisply outfitted chefs, Morton’s oozes Special Occasion. Red meat is the star here. 621 Capitol


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MATTONE RISTORANTE When Sacramento’s famed Biba restaurant closed its doors, a few alums struck out on their own to open this Italian eatery. It’s a worthy successor to Biba, serving freshly made pasta and classic Italian fare such as calamari fritti, veal marsala and chicken cooked under a brick. 5723 Folsom Blvd.; (916) 758-5557; L-D. Italian $$$–$$$$ THE MIMOSA HOUSE This local chain offers a comprehensive lineup of breakfast fare: omelets, Benedicts, crepes, waffles, burritos and, of course, mimosas. The rest of the menu is similarly broad, with burgers, salads, grilled sandwiches and Mexican “street food.” 5641 J St.; (916) 400-4084; mi B–L. American. $$ ONESPEED Chef Rick Mahan, who built his stellar reputation at The Waterboy in midtown, branched out with a more casual concept at his East Sac eatery. The open bistro has a tiled pizza oven that cranks out chewy, flavorful pizzas. 4818 Folsom Blvd.; (916) 706-1748; B–L–D. Pizza. $$ ORIGAMI ASIAN GRILL This fast-casual eatery serves Asian-flavored rice bowls, banh mi sandwiches, salads and ramen, along with killer fried chicken and assorted smoked-meat specials. 4801 Folsom Blvd.; (916) 400-3075; L–D. Asian fusion. $–$$ SELLAND’S MARKET-CAFE For description, see listing under Broadway. 5340 H St.; (916) 736-3333; L–D–Br. Gourmet takeout. $$

EL DORADO HILLS Aji Japanese Bistro’s yatto maki Mall; (916) 442-5091; D. Steakhouse. $$$$ NASH & PROPER The owners first rocked Sacramento’s food scene with a food truck featuring Nashville-style hot chicken sandwiches. Now, they have two brick-and-mortar locations serving their famous sandwiches, along with quarter and half birds, impressive sides and chicken and waffles (weekends only). You pick the heat level for your fowl, ranging from naked (no heat) to cluckin’ hot. 1023 K St.; (916) 426-6712; L. Fried chicken sandwiches and plates. $ THE 7TH STREET STANDARD Located inside the Hyatt Centric, this is an unabashedly big-city restaurant: chic and sophisticated. Heading up the kitchen is Ravin Patel, a Sacramento native with a fine-dining pedigree. His menu has a modern California sensibility, using fresh ingredients, classic French techniques and a healthy dash of South Indian flavors. 1122 Seventh St.; (916) 371-7100; the7th B-L-D. Modern American. $$$ SHADY LADY SALOON The faux speakeasy is an excellent place to meet up with friends for cocktails and a first-rate meal. Bordello-inspired wallpaper and dim lighting set an alluring stage for the robust and flavorful food. 1409 R St.; (916) 231-9121; shady L–D. American/Southern. $$ URBAN ROOTS BREWING & SMOKEHOUSE At this brewery, a massive smoker turns out succulent meats—brisket, ribs, turkey and sausage—in the tradition of the great barbecue houses of Texas, Louisiana and Tennessee. Sides include collard greens, mac and cheese, yams and poblano cheese grits. 1322 V St.; (916) 706-3741; urbanrootsbrew L–D. Barbecue. $$

EAST SACRAMENTO ALLORA Modern Italian fare with a heavy seafood bent is the focus at this sophisticated eatery. Tasting menus come in three, four and five courses, with caviar service and in-season truffles offered at an additional cost. The menu changes with the seasons, but you’ll always find fresh pasta and balsamic-glazed polpo (octopus). Vegetarian and vegan options are also available, along with a wine list weighted with classic Italian wines and new-world expressions of Italian varieties. 5215 Folsom Blvd.; (916) 538-6434; D. Italian. $$$$ CANON With Michelin-starred chef Brad Cecchi at the helm, this breezily chic restaurant offers an ambitious menu of globally inspired sharable plates. Much of the menu is vegetarian, vegan or gluten free, but you can also order from a small selection of hearty meat, poultry and fish dishes. 1719 34th St.; (916) 469-2433; Global/ New American. D–Br. $$$–$$$$ CELESTIN’S Gumbo is the signature dish at this charming, minuscule restaurant specializing in Creole and Cajun cuisine. It comes in six varieties, including chicken, vegetarian and seafood. But the pièce de resistance is the namesake Celestin’s gumbo, chock-full of chicken, sea scallops, wild shrimp, rock cod and sausage. 3610 McKinley Blvd.; (916) 2584060; L–D. Cajun/Creole. $$ KRU Long considered one of Sacramento’s best restaurants, chef/owner Billy Ngo produces high caliber, exciting Japanese fare. The restaurant has a craft cocktail bar, outdoor patios and an omakase bar. (An omakase cocktail pairing is also available.) 3135 Folsom Blvd.; (916) 551-1559; krurestaurant. com. L-D. Japanese. $$$-$$$$

AJI JAPANESE BISTRO This casually elegant restaurant offers an innovative menu of Japanese street food, interesting fusion entrees, traditional dishes such as teriyaki and tempura and—yes—sushi. There’s an approachable wine list, sakes and a full bar. 4361 Town Center Blvd.; (916) 941-9181; L-D. Japanese/sushi. $-$$ MILESTONE This eatery serves great takes on comfort-food classics like pot roast and fried chicken. It’s straightforward, without pretense or gimmickry. The setting is like a Napa country porch, and the service is warm and approachable. 4359 Town Center Blvd.; (916) 934-0790; L–D–Br. New American. $$–$$ THE MIMOSA HOUSE For description, see listing under East Sacramento, 2023 Vine St.; (916) 9340965; B–L–D. American. $$ SELLAND’S MARKET-CAFE For description, see listing under “East Sacramento.” 4370 Town Center Blvd.; (916) 932-5025; L–D–Br. Gourmet takeout. $$ SIENNA RESTAURANT The menu includes a playful melange of global cuisine, including fresh seafood, hand-cut steaks, stone hearth pizzas and a stacked French dip sandwich. Sunday brunch includes a made-to-order omelet bar and unlimited mimosas. 3909 Park Drive; (916) 941-9694; siennarestau L–D–Br. Global. $$–$$$ STICK HOUSE ASIAN FUSION AND MONGO BAR This hot spot offers a new, tastes-fresher take on Mongolian barbecue—noodles (including zoodles and other gluten-free options) or rice or mixed greens, choice of additions ranging from veggies to crispy toppings, and sauces galore. You’ll also find Asianinspired street food such as crab wonton nachos, bao sliders, rolls and meatballs. 2023 Vine St.; (916) 673-9620; L–D. Noodles/Asian street food. $ SACMAG.COM August 2022

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Dine ELK GROVE BOULEVARD BISTRO Located in a cozy 1908 bungalow, this bistro is one of the region’s best-kept dining secrets. Chef/owner Bret Bohlmann is a passionate supporter of local farmers and winemakers, and his innovative food sings with freshness and seasonality. 8941 Elk Grove Blvd.; (916) 6852220; D–Br. New American. $$–$$$ JOURNEY TO THE DUMPLING This eatery specializes in Shanghai-style dumplings (try the soup-filled xiao long bao), along with Chinese dishes such as green onion pancakes, garlic green beans and saltand-pepper calamari. 7419 Laguna Blvd.; (916) 5099556; L–D. Chinese. $$ LEATHERBY’S FAMILY CREAMERY For description, see listing under “Arden Arcade.” 8238 Laguna Blvd.; (916) 691-3334; L–D. Sandwiches/ ice cream. $ MIKUNI JAPANESE RESTAURANT AND SUSHI BAR For description, see listing under “Downtown.” 8525 Bond Road; (916) 714-2112; L–D. Japanese/sushi. $$ NASH & PROPER For description, see listing under Downtown. 9080 Laguna Main St.; (916) 897-8437; L. Fried chicken sandwiches and plates. $

FOLSOM BACK BISTRO A warm pocket of sophistication, this place offers a menu of casual nibbles and swankier entrées. But it’s the wine program that really knocks this charming little bistro out of the park. 230 Palladio Parkway, Suite 1201; (916) 986-9100; backbis D. New American/Mediterranean. $$–$$$ CHICAGO FIRE Oodles of melted cheese blanket the pizzas that fly out of the kitchen of this busy restaurant. Here, you get to choose between thin-crust, deep-dish and stuffed pizzas. 310 Palladio Parkway; (916) 984-0140; L –D. Pizza. $ FAT’S ASIA BISTRO AND DIM SUM BAR At this glamorous restaurant, the menu focuses on Asian cuisine, from Mongolian beef and Hong Kong chow mein to Thai chicken satay served with a fiery curry-peanut sauce. 2585 Iron Point Road; (916) 983-1133; fats L–D. Pan-Asian. $$ LAND OCEAN The menu hits all the steakhouse high notes: hand-cut steaks, lobster, seafood and rotisserie, entrée salads and sandwiches. 2720 E. Bidwell St.; (916) 983-7000; L–D–Br. New American/steakhouse. $$$ THE MIMOSA HOUSE For description, see listing under East Sacramento, 25075 Blue Ravine Road; (916) 293-9442; B–L. American. $$ SCOTT’S SEAFOOD ROUNDHOUSE This restaurant offers a solid menu of delicious seafood. 824 Sutter St.; (916) 989-6711; L–D. Seafood. $$$–$$$$ THAI PARADISE Standouts on the extensive menu include spring rolls, tom kha koong (coconut milk soup with prawns), green curry, spicy scallops and pad thai. 2770 E. Bidwell St.; (916) 984-8988; thai L–D. Thai. $$

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Crawdads on the River’s burger, buffalo wings, ahi nachos and Cajun pasta on the water. Roll-up doors blur the line between indoors and out, and the Cajun-inspired menu includes fish tacos and several fun entrées. 1375 Garden Highway; (916) 929-2268; L–D–Br. Cajun/American. $$

GRANITE BAY HAWKS One of Placer County’s best restaurants, Hawks is known for its elegant cuisine and beautiful interior. The dining room has clean lines, soothing colors, and crisp white tablecloths. Owners Molly Hawks and Michael Fagnoni are committed to locally sourced ingredients, and the seasonal menu is full of delicious surprises. 5530 Douglas Blvd.; (916) 791-6200; L–D–Br. New American/French. $$$–$$$$

GREENHAVEN/POCKET CACIO The fare at this tiny sliver of a restaurant is high-quality Italian comfort food, with an emphasis on pasta. Service is warm and homey, prices are gentle, and reservations (even at lunch) are a must. 7600 Greenhaven Drive; (916) 399-9309; caciosac L–D. Italian. $$ SCOTT’S SEAFOOD ON THE RIVER Located in The Westin Sacramento, Scott’s has a patio and a view of the river. Breakfast dishes include crab cake Benedict, and lunch entrées range from petrale sole to a prawn Caesar salad. For dinner, splurge on a lobster tail or choose a more modestly priced grilled salmon. 4800 Riverside Blvd.; (916) 379-5959; scotts B–L–D. Seafood. $$$–$$$$

LAND PARK TAYLOR’S KITCHEN Step inside the cozy space and you’ll notice the focal point is an open kitchen where the chefs prepare meats and produce sold at Taylor’s Market next door. 2924 Freeport Blvd.; (916) 4435154; D–Br. American. $$$

MIDTOWN BEAST + BOUNTY The heart of this chic restaurant is its open hearth, where meats and vegetables are roasted over a wood fire. The rib-eye, served over potatoes roasted in the meat’s fat, is meant to be shared. So is the pizza, seductively charred from the wood-burning pizza oven. 1701 R St.; (916) 244-4016; L–D–Br. American. $$$ CHICAGO FIRE For description, see listing under “Folsom.” 2416 J St.; (916) 443-0440; chicagofire. com. L–D. Pizza. $ LOCALIS This upscale restaurant is a pleasant surprise. Localis (Latin for “local”) is a dinner-only restaurant with an inventive, prix-fixe menu of ingredient-driven dishes. Chef Christopher BarnumDann works with local farms to source most of the menu within 100 miles. 2031 S St.; (916) 737-7699; D. Californian. $$$–$$$$ MULVANEY’S BUILDING & LOAN Distinctive and cozy, this topflight restaurant exudes the generous affability of its owner, chef Patrick Mulvaney. The menu changes frequently and is focused on locally sourced, seasonal ingredients. 1215 19th St.; (916) 441-6022; L–D. Californian. $$$


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PAUL MARTIN’S AMERICAN GRILL The bustling, comfortable restaurant is a local favorite. The kitchen offers a great list of small plates and robust, approachable entrées. 1455 Eureka Road; (916) 783-3600; L–D–Br. New American. $$–$$$ RUEN THAI Simple and serene, Ruen Thai is a family-owned restaurant that offers a surprisingly large selection of fresh-tasting food. 1470 Eureka Road; (916) 774-1499; L–D. Thai. $ RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE This swanky dinner house serves some of the tastiest meat in town. Expertly cooked steaks are seared at 1,800 degrees. Don’t miss the cowboy rib-eye or the fork-tender filet mignon. 1185 Galleria Blvd.; (916) 780-6910; D. Steakhouse. $$$$ THE MIMOSA HOUSE For description, see listing under “East Sacramento.” 761 Pleasant Grove Blvd., Roseville; (916) 784-1313; B–L–D. American. $$

SIERRA OAKS CAFE BERNARDO AT PAVILIONS For description, see listing under “Downtown.” 515 Pavilions Lane; (916) 922-2870; B–L–D. New American. $ RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE For description, see listing under “Roseville.” 501 Pavilions Lane; (916) 286-2702; L (Fridays only)–D. Steakhouse. $$$$

Blackened rib-eye from Paul Martin’s American Grill PARAGARY’S This legendary restaurant focuses on elegant, Mediterranean-inspired cuisine. 1401 28th St.; (916) 457-5737; L–D–Br. New American/Californian. $$–$$$ THE WATERBOY This Mediterranean-inspired restaurant produces perhaps the finest cooking in the region. Chef/owner Rick Mahan honors local farmers with his commitment to simply prepared, highcaliber food. You can’t go wrong if you order one of the lovely salads, followed by the pasta or a simple piece of fish, finished with butter and herbs. You’ll also find French classics such as veal sweetbreads and pomme frites. 2000 Capitol Ave.; (916) 4989891; L–D. Mediterranean. $$$$ ZÓCALO This Mexican restaurant is one of the best places to while away an evening with friends over margaritas. The wraparound sidewalk patio is one of the most popular spots in town. 1801 Capitol Ave.; (916) 441-0303; L–D–Br. Mexican. $$

RANCHO CORDOVA CATTLEMENS This classic Western steakhouse serves up big slabs of prime rib, porterhouse, T-bone and cowboy steaks, plus all the trimmings: shrimp cocktail, loaded potato skins, deep-fried onions and more. 12409 Folsom Blvd.; (916) 985-3030; cattle D. Steakhouse. $$$ J.J. PFISTER RESTAURANT & TASTING ROOM In addition to a tasting room where you can sample locally made premium gin, vodka and rum, this family-owned distillery also operates a restaurant serving lunch and dinner. The all-day menu features

salads, sandwiches and tacos, along with the whimsical “Adult Lunchable”—an assortment of cheeses, deli meats and accompaniments. Desserts get the boozy treatment: Order cheesecake topped with bourbon caramel and whipped cream, or fudge clusters made with Pfister’s Navy Strength rum. 9819 Business Park Drive; (916) 672-9662; L–D. Casual American. $$ THE MIMOSA HOUSE For description, see listing under East Sacramento, 3155 Zinfandel Drive; (916) 970-1761 and 2180 Golden Centre Lane; (916) 8224145; B–L. American. $$

ROSEVILLE CATTLEMENS This classic Western steakhouse serves up big slabs of prime rib, porterhouse, T-bone and cowboy steaks, plus all the trimmings: shrimp cocktail, loaded potato skins, deep-fried onions and more. 2000 Taylor Road; (916) 782-5587; cattlemens. com. D. Steakhouse. $$$ LA PROVENCE RESTAURANT & TERRACE This elegant French restaurant offers some of the region’s loveliest outdoor dining. The seasonal menu features items such as bouillabaisse and soupe au pistou. 110 Diamond Creek Place; (916) 789-2002; laprovence L–D–Br. French. $$$–$$$$ MIKUNI JAPANESE RESTAURANT AND SUSHI BAR For description, see listing under “Downtown.” 1565 Eureka Road; (916) 797-2112; L–D. Japanese/sushi. $$ THE MIMOSA HOUSE For description, see listing under East Sacramento, 761 Pleasant Grove Blvd.; (916) 784-1313; B–L. American. $$

WILDWOOD RESTAURANT & BAR Owned by the Haines brothers of 33rd Street Bistro fame, this chic restaurant serves New American and global cuisine, with naan, ahi poke and shrimp risotto sharing the menu with an all-American burger. The patio is a great place to grab a drink and listen to live music. 556 Pavilions Lane; (916) 922-2858; wildwoodpavil L–D–Br. American/global fusion. $$$

WEST SACRAMENTO DRAKE’S: THE BARN Located in a modern indooroutdoor structure near the river, Drake’s serves thincrust pizzas, along with a few salads and appetizers. You can get table service indoors or on the patio. But if you prefer something more casual, grab a folding lawn chair, find a spot at the sprawling outdoor taproom and order a pizza to go. It’s fun galore, with kids, dogs and fire pits. 985 Riverfront St.; (510) 423-0971; L–D. Pizza. $$ FRANQUETTE This contemporary French café is an open-all-day, drop-in-for-a-glass-of-wine kind of place. You can order a croissant or tartine at breakfast, a salad, quiche or jambon sandwich on a baguette for lunch, and something a little more filling—say, duck meatballs or a crock of boeuf bourguignon—at dinner. It’s grandma food—or, in this case, grandmère food: warm, satisfying and homey. 965 Bridge St.; B-L-D. French. $$–$$$ Subscription rates: $19.95 for one year, U.S. only. All out-of-state subscribers add $3 per year. Single copies: $4.95. Change of address: Please send your new address and your old address mailing label. Allow six to eight weeks’ advance notice. Send all remittances and requests to Sacramento Magazine, 5750 New King Drive, Suite 100, Troy, MI 48098. Customer service inquiries: Call (866) 6606247. Copyright 2022 by Sacramento Media LLC. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or part without written permission from the publisher is prohibited. Prices quoted in advertisements are subject to change without notice. Sacramento Magazine (ISSN 0747-8712) Volume 48, Number 8, August 2022. Sacramento Magazine (ISSN 0747-8712) is published monthly by Sacramento Media, LLC, 1610 R St., Suite 300, Sacramento, CA 95811. Periodical postage paid at Troy, MI and additional offices. Postmaster: Send change of address to Sacramento Magazine, 5750 New King Dr., Suite 100, Troy, MI 48098

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Theatergoers wait in line to enter the Music Circus tent in the early 1950s.


In 1951, after an invitation from Eleanor McClatchy, president of The Sacramento Bee, Russell Lewis and Howard Young launched the first professional musical theater-in-the-round west of the Mississippi. That endeavor, now called Broadway at Music Circus, together with Broadway on Tour, comprises California’s largest nonprofit musical theater company, Broadway Sacramento. Music Circus runs from June through August, so there’s still an opportunity to see the season’s remaining shows: “The Secret Garden” (Aug. 9–14) and “The Color Purple” (Aug. 23–28).—DARLENA BELUSHIN MCKAY

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