Top Lawyer Profiles 2022

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2022 Top Lawyer Profiles

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 *Survey conducted by Professional Research Services of Royal Oak, Michigan to determine the 2022 Top Lawyers for Sacramento Magazine. The Sacramento region is home to many exceptional lawyers. Special Advertising Section Meet attorneys who were selected by their peers to be honored as 2022 Top Lawyers* in their legal specialties. 2022 Top Lawyer Profiles


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


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.

Top Lawyer Profi les SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION 1414 K Street, Suite 470, Sacramento 95814 • (916) 775-5894 •

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 attorneys 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

Parker Taylor Law Group

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 •

Pictured, from left to right: Chris A. McCandless, Jennifer L. Dauer, Bradley J. Elkin, Eileen M. Diepenbrock, Karen L. Diepenbrock, Jack V. Diepenbrock
The firm is honored to have five of its attorneys selected as Top Lawyers for 2022:
R. Shane Quigley Business/Corporate Kaitlyn M. Bigoni Litigation Insurancee Port J. Parker Legal Malpractice & Business Litigation Myles G. Taylor Business Litigation & Business/Corporate Jeffrey S. Einsohn Appellate & Legal Malpractice

Jennifer Mouzis


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.

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
Jessica Davis • Martin Jones • Mike Chastaine

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

MITCHELL CHADWICK LLP 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:

Michael Sherman, Natalie Mitchell, and Erica Brinitzer-Graff

3001 Lava Ridge Ct #120, Roseville, CA 95661 (916) 462-8888 •

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


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 • Top Lawyer Profi les SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION

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. Wil l iam A. Kershaw, Stuart C. Talley, and Ian J. Barlow, the firm’s partners, have served as lead or co-lead counsel in numero us 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 phar m aceutical 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


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


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

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

Pictured, left to right: Todd A. Pickles, Timothy Long, Jeremy A. Meier. Not Pictured: Kurt A. Kappes, Michelle Rowe Hallsten, and Patrick Shannon

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.


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

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.

Gina Bowden


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


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.

T he 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 Top Lawyer Profiles SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION

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:

c ountering union organizing campaigns, NLRB elections, a nd 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



CA 95814 (916) 442-0033

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.

A s 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.

B oth 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.

1515 Lincoln Way, Auburn, CA • (530) 305-7396 • Top Lawyer Profi les SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION


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.

W ith 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.

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

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


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 Top Lawyer Profiles SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION


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

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

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


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.

9401 E. Stockton Boulevard, Suite 225, Elk Grove, CA 95624 • (916) 714-8200 Top Lawyer Profi les SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION

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 comp lex 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


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.

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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 • •

Personal Injury Law


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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