Sonoma Magazine Lawyers 2021

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Appellate Law Deborah Bull Perry Johnson Anderson Miller & Moskowitz LLP 707-525-8800 Noreen Evans Fiumara & Milligan Law PC 707-571-8600 Daniel Post Anderson Zeigler Law Firm 707-545-4910 Peter Simon Beyers Costin Simon 707-547-2000

Arbitration and Mediation Barbara Monty Monty White LLP 415-226-4049

Lawyers of Distinction 2021 Recommended by peers for their expertise.

Sonoma Magazine is proud to spotlight the many accomplished attorneys of our community in this inaugural list of Lawyers of Distinction. Recommended and chosen by their peers, these lawyers exemplify the exceptional legal talent available throughout the Sonoma County region. Sonoma Magazine partnered with a third-party research, data collection and verification firm to conduct a survey of licensed lawyers in our region, soliciting their peer recommendations of lawyers by practice area. All names collected were tallied and then vetted with state regulatory board

information and other data sources to produce the 2021 Lawyers of Distinction list. Inclusion in the list is based on the opinions of responding lawyers, and no one can pay to be included. With more than 2,500 lawyers practicing in our five-county region, we recognize this list represents a small sample of excellent lawyers available to our readers for their business and personal needs. Lawyers of Distinction is meant to serve as an informal local guide to lawyers who are recommended by those in the know, other lawyers.

Robert Arthur Murray Arbitration & Mediation Center 707-525-9409 Brian Purtill Law and Mediation Offices of Brian J Purtill 707-217-1161 Gary Ragghianti Ragghianti Freitas LLP 415-453-9433 Laurence Sawyer Arbitration & Mediation Center 707-525-9409

Aviation Marlon Young Merrill Arnone & Jones LLP 707-528-2882

Banking and Financial Richard Abbey Abbey Weitzenberg Warren & Emery PC 707-542-5050

Thomas Davenport Beyers Costin Simon 707-547-2000

Steven Olson Law Office of Steven M. Olson 707-575-1800

Rachel Dollar Smith Dollar PC 707-522-1100

Douglas Provencher Provencher & Flatt LLP 707-284-2381

Casey Edmondson Friedemann Goldberg LLP 707-543-4900

Business Law

John Friedemann Friedemann Goldberg LLP 707-543-4900 Michael Garcia Beyers Costin Simon 707-547-2000 Isaac Gradman Perry Johnson Anderson Miller & Moskowitz LLP 707-525-8800 Mitchell Greenberg Abbey Weitzenberg Warren & Emery PC 707-542-5050 Stephanie Barber Hess Friedemann Goldberg LLP 707-543-4900

Bankruptcy and Workout Brian Barboza Law Offices of Brian A Barboza 707-304-5251 Michael Fallon Law Office of Michael C Fallon 707-546-6770 Ryan Henderson Welty Weaver & Currie PC 707-433-4842 John MacConaghy MacConaghy & Barnier PLC 707-935-3205

Steven Barrabee Bradley Curley Barrabee & Kowalski PC 415-464-8888 Donald Black Anderson Zeigler Law Firm 707-545-4910 Alexandra Bortolussi Beyers Costin Simon 707-547-2000 Mia Bowler Friedemann Goldberg LLP 707-543-4900 Aaron Currie Welty Weaver & Currie PC 707-433-4842 Daniel Davis O’Brien Watters & Davis LLP 707-545-7010 Nick Donovan GVM Law LLP 707-252-9000 Sara Finigan Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP 415-772-5761 Irene Flack Flack Law PC 707-703-1914 Daniel Galvin III Shapiro Galvin Shapiro & Moran 707-544-5858

Martin Hirsch Perry Johnson Anderson Miller & Moskowitz LLP 707-525-8800 Alexander Myers Myers & Associates LLP 707-257-1185 Gary Nelson O’Brien Watters & Davis LLP 707-545-7010 Leslie Perry Perry Johnson Anderson Miller & Moskowitz LLP 707-525-8800 Robert Quail Clement Fitzpatrick & Kenworthy Inc 707-523-1181 Mark Rice McNeil Silveira Rice & Wiley 415-472-3434 Robert Rutherfurd Anderson Zeigler Law Firm 707-545-4910 Anthony Valluzzo Haeuser Valluzzo & Piasta LLP 707-996-2131 Chad Wyatt Wyatt Law Offices 707-646-1412

Business Litigation Robert Holtzapple Epstein + Holtzapple LLP 628-240-3851 Kristen Frizzell Kerns Borba Frizzell Kerns PC 707-578-7000

Civil Law Litigation Suzanne Babb Beyers Costin Simon 707-547-2000 Davin Bacho Clement Fitzpatrick & Kenworthy Inc 707-523-1181 Nicholas Bernate Clement Fitzpatrick & Kenworthy Inc 707-523-1181 Robyn Christo Epstein + Holtzapple LLP 628-240-3850 Clayton Clement Clement Fitzpatrick & Kenworthy Inc 707-523-1181 Peter DeGolia Clement Fitzpatrick & Kenworthy Inc 707-523-1181 Charles Dickenson Dickenson Peatma & Fogarty 707-261-7000

Patrick Emery Abbey Weitzenberg Warren & Emery PC 707-542-5050

Lewis Warren Abbey Weitzenberg Warren & Emery PC 707-542-5050

Dawn Ross Carle Mackie Power & Ross LLP 707-526-4200

Audrey Jane Gerard Conner Lawrence Rodney Olhiser & Barrett LLP 707-523-0480

Michael Watters O’Brien Watters & Davis LLP 707-545-7010


Nicole Jaffee Perry Johnson Anderson Miller & Moskowitz LLP 707-525-8800 George Keller O’Brien Watters & Davis LLP 707-545-7010 Michael Li North Bay Legal 707-636-3287 Kelsey O’Rourke Perry Johnson Anderson Miller & Moskowitz LLP 707-525-8800 Izaak Schwaiger Izaak Schwaiger Attorney at Law 707-595-4414 Michael Shklovsky Anderson Zeigler Law Firm 707-545-4910 Chris Skinnell Nielsen Merksamer Parrinello Gross & Leoni LLP 415-389-6800 Paul Smith Keegin Harrison LLP 415-456-4000 Greg Spaulding Spaulding McCullough & Tansil LLP 707-524-1900

Jack Weaver Welty Weaver & Currie PC 707-433-4842 W. Barton Weitzenberg Abbey Weitzenberg Warren & Emery PC 707-542-5050

Civil Law Transactional James Beyers Beyers Costin Simon 707-547-2000 Peter Kleinbrodt The Freitas Law Firm LLP 415-456-7500 Keenan McCullough Spaulding McCullough & Tansil LLP 707-524-1900 Kevin McCullough Spaulding McCullough & Tansil LLP 707-524-1900

Commercial Litigation Paul Carey Dickenson Peatman & Fogarty 707-261-7000 Christopher Costin Beyers Costin Simon 707-547-2000 Joseph Piasta II Law Offices of Joseph A Piasta II 707-576-7850

John Bauman III Beyers Costin Simon 707-547-2000 David Berry Berry & Fritzinger PC 707-800-0550 Jordan Rodman Rodman & Associates PC 707-278-9878

Criminal Defense Chris Andrian Andrian Gallenson & Gaskell 707-527-9381 Charles Applegate Applegate Law Office 707-775-9459 Traci Carrillo Perry Johnson Anderson Miller & Moskowitz LLP 707-525-8800 Charlie Dresow Ragghianti Freitas LLP 415-453-9433 Michael Fiumara Fiumara & Milligan Law PC 707-571-8600 Stephen Gallenson Andrian Gallenson & Gaskell 707-527-9381 Jane Gaskell Andrian Gallenson & Gaskell 707-527-9381 Julia McIlroy McIlroy Law 415-578-7080

Roy Miller Hansen & Miller Law Firm 707-575-1040

Deborah Corlett O’Brien Watters & Davis LLP 707-545-7010

Monica Lehre O’Brien Watters & Davis LLP 707-545-7010

Joseph Passalacqua Passalacqua & Passalacqua LLP 707-385-1013

Mary Catherine Doherty Mary Catherine Doherty a Professional Corporation 707-284-1450

Kim Marois Clement Fitzpatrick & Kenworthy Inc 707-523-1181

Chad Dorr Perry Johnson Anderson Miller & Moskowitz LLP 707-525-8800

Victoria Maxwell Monty White LLP 415-226-4042

Jonathan Steele Law Office of Jonathan B. Steele 707-578-3296

Orchid Vaghti Adam Eberts Law Office of Orchid Vaghti Eberts Law Group 707-595-0912 707-623-1316 Caitlin van Loben Sels

Paul Miller Law Office of Paul Miller 707-546-3491

R. Ryan Wilber Wilber Law Offices PC 707-527-3451

John O’Brien O’Brien Watters & Davis LLP 707-545-7010

Andrian Gallenson & Gaskell 707-527-9381

Jon Woolsey DUI Law Firm of Jon Woolsey 707-570-0770 Evan Zelig Law Offices of Evan E Zelig PC 707-418-5352

Estate Planning Meghan Avila Celaya Law 707-492-3112 Catherine Banti Anderson Zeigler Law Firm 707-545-4910 David Collier David J Collier Attorney at Law 707-636-4806 Erika Copenhaver Galanti & Copenhaver Inc 707-867-0787

Ann Eberts Eberts Law Group 707-623-1316 Steven Goldberg Friedemann Goldberg LLP 707-543-4900 Ashlee Hellman Spaulding McCullough & Tansil LLP 707-524-1900 Theodore Hellman Hanson Bridgett LLP 415-995-5019 Jonathan Hollister GVM Law LLP 707-252-9000 Kristen Ingersoll Norton & Ingersoll PC 707-230-2644 Roy Johnston Johnston Thomas Attorneys at Law PC 707-545-6542 Olga Komar Law Office of Olga Komar 707-408-2495

Teresa Norton Norton & Ingersoll PC 707-230-2644

Kris Paden Kris Paden Attorney at Law 707-537-6590 Trevor Rose Rose Law Firm of Napa Valley Inc 707-681-5851 Tricia Shindledecker Law Offices of Tricia A Shindledecker 707-284-1424 Carmen Sinigiani Spaulding McCullough & Tansil LLP 707-524-1900 Ronald Wargo Friedemann Goldberg LLP 707-543-4900 Jamie Watson GVM Law LLP 707-252-9000

Family Law Jarin Beck Welty Weaver & Currie PC 707-433-4842 Brandon Blevans Blevans & Blevans LLP 707-690-9350 Carla Boyd Terre Terre Family Law Inc 707-867-0404 Jeanne Browne Jeanne M Browne Family Law Attorney 707-575-5162 Shawn Bunyard Redwood Empire Law & Mediation 707-578-9386 Ronald Champoux Law Offices of Ronald E Champoux 415-459-2000 Jenna Coffey Geary Shea O’Donnell Grattan & Mitchell PC 707-545-1660 Carla Hernandez Castillo Terre Family Law Inc 707-867-0404 Trevor Jackson Law Office of Trevor G Jackson 707-257-7750 John Johnson Perry Johnson Anderson Miller & Moskowitz LLP 707-525-8800

Anthony Zunino Bluestone Zunino & Hamilton LLP 707-526-4250

Franchise Law Marla Keenan-Rivero Perry Johnson Anderson Miller & Moskowitz LLP 707-525-8800 Deirdre Kingsbury Evans Kingsbury LLP 707-596-6090 Megan Lightfoot Perry Johnson Anderson Miller & Moskowitz LLP 707-525-8800 Rachael Mache Welty Weaver & Currie PC 707-433-4842 Jackie Martens Fiumara & Milligan Law PC 707-571-8600 Lawrence Moskowitz Perry Johnson Anderson Miller & Moskowitz LLP 707-525-8800 Mary Jane Schneider Perry Johnson Anderson Miller & Moskowitz LLP 707-525-8800 Roz Bateman Smith Provencher & Flatt LLP 707-284-2381 Lindsay Torgerson Wine Country Family Law & Bankruptcy Office PC 707-669-0841 Jon Vonder Haar Vonder Haar Law Offices 707-529-3200

Peter Lagarias Lagarias Napell & Dillon LLP 415-460-0100

Government and Administrative Justin Hein Carle Mackie Power & Ross LLP 707-526-4200

Health Care Law Arthur Curley Bradley Curley Barrabee & Kowalski PC 415-464-8888

Immigration Law Julie Cyphers Julie Cyphers Law Healdsburg 707-473-8014 Angela Emerick Emerick Law Offices PC 707-596-8529 Irma Perez Cordova Monty White LLP 415-226-4048

Insurance David Beach Perry Johnson Anderson Miller & Moskowitz LLP 707-525-8800 John Geary Geary Shea O’Donnell Grattan & Mitchell PC 707-545-1660 Miles Holden Hanson Bridgett LLP 415-995-5039

Ann Johnston Johnston | Smith ALC 415-891-3321 Ted Smith Johnston | Smith ALC 415-891-3321

Intellectual Property Rights Lauren Mendelsohn Law Offices of Omar Figueroa 707-829-0215 Craig Stainbrook Stainbrook & Stainbrook LLP 707-578-9333

Labor and Employment Diane Aqui Smith Dollar PC 707-522-1100 Valorie Bader McMillan & Shureen LLP 707-525-5405 Marissa Buck Dickenson Peatman & Fogarty 707-261-7000 Rebecca Kagin Law Offices of Rebecca G Kagin 707-765-1111 David King Law and Mediation Office of David C King 707-762-6385 Scott Lewis Perry Johnson Anderson Miller & Moskowitz LLP 707-525-8800 Jacqueline Loveless Rybicki & Associates PC 707-222-6361

Adrienne Moran Shapiro Galvin Shapiro & Moran 707-544-5858 Michelle Dye Neumann Neumann Law 707-636-4295 Richard Rybicki Rybicki & Associates PC 707-222-6361

Land Use Environment Stephen Butler Clement Fitzpatrick & Kenworthy Inc 707-523-1181 Richard Mendelson Dickenson Peatman & Fogarty 707-261-7000 Daniela Pavone Zimmerman Pavone LLP 707-578-7555 Tina Wallis Law Offices of Tina Wallis 707-595-8681

Medical Malpractice Plaintiff Steve Teal Teal & Montgomery 707-525-1212

Non-profits Jeremy Olsan Olsan Law Inc 707-385-6252 Daryl Reese Johnston Thomas Attorneys at Law PC 707-545-6542

Personal Injury Alan Brayton Brayton Purcell LLP 415-898-1555 Gary Brayton Brayton Purcell LLP 415-895-2669 David Donadio Brayton Purcell LLP 415-898-1555 Michael Green Abbey Weitzenberg Warren & Emery PC 707-542-5050 Johann Hall The Law Office of Johann Hall 707-360-8717 Monte Hansen Hansen & Miller Law Firm 707-575-1040 W. Christian Krankemann Krankemann Law Offices PC 707-524-2200 Brendan Kunkle Abbey Weitzenberg Warren & Emery PC 707-542-5050 Kevin McConnell Law Offices of Kevin McConnell 707-696-8800 Scott Montgomery Abbey Weitzenberg Warren & Emery PC 707-542-5050 Banyan Parker Hansen & Miller Law Firm 707-575-1040

Steven Patti Brayton Purcell LLP 415-898-1555

David Longinotti Hanson Bridgett LLP 415-995-5041

Negar Pirzadeh Pirzadeh Law 209-298-4439

Dennis McQuaid Hanson Bridgett LLP 415-995-5066

Tad Shapiro Shapiro Galvin Shapiro & Moran 707-544-5858

Glenn Smith Smith Dollar PC 707-522-1100

Robert Strickland Strickland Law Group 707-347-9123 Josh West Smith Dollar PC 707-522-1100

Product Liability William Anderson Perry Johnson Anderson Miller & Moskowitz LLP 707-525-8800 Frederic Hirschfield Arbitration & Mediation Center 707-525-9409 James Nevin Brayton Purcell LLP 415-898-1555

Real Estate Burton Fohrman Perry Johnson Anderson Miller & Moskowitz LLP 707-525-8800 Randy Kenworthy Clement Fitzpatrick & Kenworthy Inc 707-523-1181 Jordan Lavinsky Hanson Bridgett LLP 415-995-5848

Kimberly Strickland Strickland Law Group 707-347-9123 Barbara Zimmerman Zimmerman Pavone LLP 707-578-7555

Securities Law Joshua Devore Dickenson Peatman & Fogarty 707-261-7000 Stafford Keegin Keegin Harrison LLP 415-456-4000

Tax Law Richard Franceschini Ragghianti Freitas LLP 415-453-9433 David Hellman Law Office of David M Hellman 415-457-4411

Tribal Law Maureen Geary Maier Pfeffer Kim Geary & Cohen LLP 707-544-3357

Trust and Estate Litigation Robert Epstein Epstein + Holtzapple LLP 628-240-3853

Worker’s Compensation Rene Casilli The Law Offices of Richard K Green APC 707-840-3097 S. Bradley Chalk Chalk Law Office 707-571-7400 Jeffrey Durra Mullen & Filippi LLP 707-542-4600 Marc Francis Law Offices of Marc Francis 707-664-9675 Joanne Harris-Malone Friedemann Goldberg LLP 707-543-4900 Anne Hernandez Mullen & Filippi LLP 707-542-4600 Richard Meechan Meechan Rosenthal & Karpilow PC 707-528-4409 Laura Rosenthal Meechan Rosenthal & Karpilow PC 707-528-4409 Mark Weinberger Mark Weinberger Attorney at Law 707-546-9700

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DAVID BERRY prides himself on being a Sonoma County lawyer, with most of his clients being rooted here or needing a local lawyer to make a compelling case. David is at home in the courtroom, where he is widely recognized as a gifted legal advocate who has won many complex cases.

Legal Profiles In the pages that follow, several local attorneys and their firms listed in Sonoma Magazine’s 2021 Lawyers of Distinction share insights about their expertise and their commitment to serving the needs of clients.



PERRY JOHNSON ANDERSON MILLER & MOSKOWITZ LLP MARLA KEENAN-RIVERO, a Certified Family Law Specialist raised in Sonoma County, was admitted to the California State Bar in 1999 and became a Certified Family Law Specialist in 2012. Marla has practiced law with Perry, Johnson, Anderson, Miller & Moskowitz (PJAMM) since 2002 and became the firm’s first female partner in November 2012. Marla has devoted her career to being an advocate and mediator for a diverse range of clients and litigants. She believes in advocating for her clients in a stern but compassionate manner and understands the importance of being an excellent listener and giving clients patience and support during a challenging time.

Marla also assists parties as a mediator. The mediation process tends to provide couples with a better understanding of the complexity of their dissolution, parentage, support and/or custody matters, and often gives parties an opportunity to formulate more creative solutions tailored to their family dynamics. Contact Marla today at

438 1ST STREET, SANTA ROSA 95401 • 707-525-8800 PERRYLAW.NET

His practice focuses on helping clients resolve real estate, business and construction defect disputes. Though David is primarily a trial lawyer, his objective is solving clients’ legal challenges effectively. He has solved many legal problems using collaborative and innovative approaches that best serve his clients’ needs. Many clients have been with him for more than a decade, repeatedly seeking his advice to navigate the business and legal world. He and his law partner Elizabeth Fritzinger formed Berry & Fritzinger, P.C., with a mission to be long-term lawyers to their clients. They spend time learning each client’s needs, so the solutions they propose forward the client’s legal and business interests. In addition to David’s work, Elizabeth and the firm counsel businesses throughout California from inception through merger or dissolution. They help businesses negotiate and facilitate various transactions. They represent businesses as they interface with employees, whether in setting up and implementing human resources policies or representing businesses in litigation brought by a single employee or many employees in a large-scale class-action lawsuit. In addition, the firm remains deeply involved in supporting our community, with its members volunteering time and serving on multiple non-profit boards.




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volunteers with numerous nonprofits, including the Redwood Empire Food Bank. Don’s hobbies include rock ‘n’ roll, sports cars, cooking and gardening. Robert Rutherfurd is a shareholder who has practiced with AZ over 31 years. EXPERIENCE An expert in general business work, Donald Black, a co-managing including organization and operation of shareholder of AZ since 2016, has business entities, mergers and acquisitions, OUR COMMITMENT practiced law since 1989. He specializes in AZ’s core values of collaboration, integrity, succession planning and entity formation business succession planning and real solutions and caring are reflected in our for multi-generational families, real estate estate law, Rob has been a professor of corporate law and business organizations work as a team to provide the highest and business financing, and is a member at Empire College for 14 years. He quality of services. Our commitment of our mergers and acquisitions team. holds a master’s degree in history, is to service is reflected by the multiple Don is also an expert in the hospitality an astronomer and fly fisherman and generations of families represented business, frequently involving sale of volunteers with several nonprofits. by the firm for almost 40 years. Our both real estate and business assets. He ABOUT US

Anderson Zeigler is a full-service law firm founded in 1982. Core specialties include real estate and business transactions, business formation and succession planning, estate planning and trust administration, employment and landlord-tenant law, and civil litigation.

attorneys and staff are dedicated to giving back to our community, serving as leaders of cultural, civic and educational organizations and professional associations.

Left to right: Michael Shklovsky - Civil Litigation Catherine Banti - Estate Planning Daniel Post - Civil Litigation

Left to right: Donald Black- Business Law Robert Rutherfurd - Business Law

Michael Shklovsky, a co-managing AZ shareholder since 2020, has been with AZ since 2016. His practice focuses on civil litigation, including business disputes, real estate, employment law, intellectual property and trust matters. He has significant trial experience and often represents victims of sexual harassment and workplace misconduct. He serves as a Judge Pro Tem in small claims court, holds leadership roles in several professional associations and nonprofits, and has been recognized by Super Lawyers Magazine every year since 2015. Michael’s hobbies include camping, overlanding and nature photography.

Catherine Banti is a shareholder who has been with AZ for over 17 years. An expert in complex estate planning and trust administration work, succession planning, taxation and intellectual property rights, she’s a fourth generation Sonoma County resident who enjoys offering legal services to members of the community she grew up in. Hard work, creativity and intellect contribute to her fine reputation among clients and legal professionals. She enjoys spending time with her family and and exploring our beautiful county. Daniel Post is a shareholder who has been with the firm since 1994. His

practice focuses on all facets of civil litigation, with an emphasis on real property and trust and estate disputes. An accomplished trial and appellate attorney, Dan serves as a small claims Judge Pro Tem and volunteers for the local bar association. In his spare time, he hikes and explores the outback of Sonoma County and California. 50 OLD COURTHOUSE SQUARE, SUITE 500 SANTA ROSA, CA 95404 707-545-4910 ANDERSONZEIGLER.COM



JON A.C. VONDER HAAR Jon Vonder Haar started his legal career while still in law school representing indigent criminal defendants in open court as a certified student in the Solano County public defender’s office. Later, he interned at the Santa Clara public defender’s office. He graduated from the John F. Kennedy University School of Law in 1997 and passed the California Bar examination that same year on his first attempt. His legal background includes extensive civil litigation in both state and federal court. Jon is admitted to practice in all the courts in California, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, and has practiced in most of the western United States and elsewhere by admission pro hac vice or by direct application to the particular Federal District Court. The law firm focuses mainly on family law matters, including divorce, child custody, child and spousal support, and property division. He provides compassionate and assertive representation. Whether clients need a comprehensive settlement strategy or representation at a hearing or trial, the Vonder Haar law offices provide top legal services. The goal is for their client’s voice to be heard and resolving matters in a timely manner. While litigation is always an option, resolving issues through negotiations and mediation is usually the best strategy. In 2021, Jon was recognized by his peers as a Super Lawyer for Exhibiting Excellence in the Practice of Law. In 2018, Jon was voted the Best Divorce Attorney in Sonoma and Napa Counties by the writers and readers of the Bohemian.





EVAN E. ZELIG After being accused of a crime, all that matters is hiring an experienced criminal defense lawyer to protect your freedom. Attorney Evan Zelig is widely considered to be one of the best criminal defense attorneys in Sonoma County. With 18 years of experience, he has successfully handled every type of criminal case from DUI, drug crimes and theft offenses to violent offenses including robbery, gang crimes, kidnapping and murder. A zealous fighter for his clients in court, Zelig commands the courtroom with his trial skills, knowledge of the law and evidence code, and his fierce advocacy. His passionate and dedicated defense of his clients, and practicing with the highest of ethical standards, have earned him respect in the courtroom from other criminal defense lawyers, prosecutors and judges. After obtaining an undergraduate degree in political science from the University of California, Irvine in 2000, Zelig attended the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. He received his Juris Doctor degree in 2003 and became an attorney the same year. Active in the legal community, Evan Zelig is a member of the Sonoma County Bar Association, the California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, the California Public Defenders Association, the American Bar Association, and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He was selected as a Northern California Rising Star by Super Lawyers from 2015-2018. Dedicated to handling criminal defense cases exclusively, Zelig is licensed to practice law in all state courts and United States district courts in California. Please visit for more information. 703 2ND STREET, SUITE 404 SANTA ROSA, CA 95404 707-636-3204 WWW.EEZLAW.COM






injured while on the job. Richard has always fought hard for the Latino working community, as many of these workers are monolingual and do not have resources available to them to navigate the workers’ compensation system.

ers’ compensation attorneys at Meechan, Rosenthal & Karpilow, PC with over seven decades of legal experience between them. Their legal practice extends to civil employment law, including wrongful termination and employer discrimination, While much of his practice is centered led by their law partner Benjamin Karpi- around migrant workers, he also litigates complex workers’ compensation matters low. including death and dependency claims, RICHARD J. MEECHAN, and permanent and total disability claims WORKERS’ COMPENSATION LAW where the injured worker is unlikely to Richard Meechan has been practicing law ever work again. He also puts his focus since 1987. A certified specialist in work- into Subsequent Injury Benefits Trust ers’ compensation law, he has spent more Fund claims, where workers with preexthan 30 years advocating for workers isting medical conditions who are injured

Richard Meechan Workers’ Compensation

while employed may be entitled to monetary benefits from a trust fund set up through the State of California. Richard serves on several boards campaigning for legislative changes for the benefits of injured workers. He has dedicated years to preserving the ecological and natural resources found here in Sonoma County and is a former a co-chair of the Coalition for a Better Sonoma County. While he is a lawyer and advocate by trade, his passion is tending to his farm and being a grandfather to his three grandsons.

Laura Rosenthal -Workers’ Compensation

pensation law, much of Laura’s practice focuses on representing and empowering Laura Rosenthal was admitted to the survivors of sexual assault and harassment California State Bar in 2013. She began in the workplace. Another cornerstone working with Richard shortly thereafter. of her practice is representing law enLaura previously worked for nearly 25 forcement and firefighters in workers’ years as a paralegal; she also was a parale- compensation matters and if needed, with gal instructor. She is currently a professor disability retirement applications. Laura and law student mentor at Empire School also volunteers her time to several board, of Law. Two of the firm’s paralegals are local and state bar committees. her former students. Laura was recently awarded a position among WILG’s 2021 Laura’s greatest influence was her mother Top Workers’ Compensation Attorneys, a Ivy, a teacher and a brilliant woman, who national recognition from Workers’ Injury inspired her to champion workers. Her grandparents were Japanese plantation Law & Advocacy Group. fieldworkers in Hawaii, and through A certified specialist in workers’ comthem she was taught to be hard working, LAURA C. ROSENTHAL, WORKERS’ COMPENSATION LAW

dedicated to her craft, and to cherish time with family. Laura’s time off is spent with her two adult sons, gardening, and enjoying her massive shoe collection. MEECHAN, ROSENTHAL & KARPILOW, PC 703 SECOND STREET, SUITE 200 SANTA ROSA, CA 95404 707-528-4409 SERVINGINJUREDWORKERS.COM



Our Lawyers, L to R: W. Barton Weitzenberg, Sarah M. Lewers, Brian G. Lance, Danielle N. Podshadley, Scott R. Montgomery, Lewis R. Warren, Daniel J. Wilson (not pictured)

Our Lawyers, L to R: Richard W. Abbey, Jack M. Sanford, Mitchell B. Greenberg, Michael D. Green, Patrick W. Emery, Jaimee A. Modica, Brendan M. Kunkle

Congratulations to our eight attorneys named in Lawyers of Distinction.

of the legal process. No matter what your issue, we will assertively represent you – through trial if necessary. Our diverse knowledge of many practice areas allows us to do what we value most – serve our community.

Since 1920, Abbey, Weitzenberg, Warren & Emery has been a proud part of the Sonoma County community, providing legal guidance and representation to those in need. An uncompromising commitment to justice is the foundation of our firm’s prominence. With our experience, knowledge and dedication to our community, we help people meet and exceed their desired outcomes. Our attorneys are highly skilled at many areas of law including business, estate and trust litigation, medical malpractice, personal injury, wrongful death, product liability and wildfire claims.

Providing compelling counsel and dynamic representation, our attorneys dedicate themselves to vigorous representation to help you achieve your goals. All our Santa Rosa attorneys have distinguished themselves within the community and throughout the local court system for their drive and talent. HOW WE HELP CLIENTS

We involve our clients in every legal decision – this joint approach offers the opportunity for us to view cases from multiple perspectives and come up with the strategy that is most effective for your specific case. One of Sonoma County’s most tenured law firms, the lawyers and staff at Abbey, Weitzenberg, Warren & Emery are community-driven and results-focused. We offer comprehensive, compassionate and thoughtful legal representation to the greater Northern California area. We’ve withstood the test of time because we provide cutting-edge representation.

We bring generations of aggressive, effective and successful legal representation to the Santa Rosa, Sonoma County and Northern California communities. Our lawyers come from various legal backgrounds and walks of life, and often collab- For more than a century, our firm has orate on cases to achieve the best results. stood with its clients through each phase


We are a full-service firm known for the depth and breadth of our experience. We take a multi-disciplinary approach to handling complex transactions and litigation and in advising clients on a wide array of legal issues. Whether you have been injured by someone else or a faulty product, or need legal assistance for your business, we are avail-

able to assist you. COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Our lawyers and staff actively embrace a commitment to the community in which they live and work through our services and financial contributions. The firm is proud to be a North Bay Business Journal Corporate Philanthropy Award Winner. We are pleased to support a wide variety of nonprofits and charitable organizations including the Redwood Empire Food Bank, Schools Plus, United Way of the Wine Country, Legal Aid of Sonoma County, the Sonoma County Family YMCA, the Volunteer Center of Sonoma County, Sonoma County Bar Association, 10,000

Degrees, Social Advocates for Youth (SAY), Active 20-30 Club of Santa Rosa, Community Foundation Sonoma County, Sonoma County Fair Foundation, Sonoma County Secure Families Collaborative, Caritas Village, Marin Childcare Council (MC3) and Sonoma Land Trust. 100 STONY POINT RD., SUITE 200 SANTA ROSA, CA 95401 707-542-5050 ABBEYLAW.COM



A family law lawyer for 17 years, Carla Boyd Terre specializes in divorce and custody matters, assisting clients to achieve favorable outcomes via settlement, and when necessary, litigation. Carla has also been a mediator for 14 years, working to assist families to reach resolutions outside of court. Working as a family law mediator since 2007, she believes in close communication with clients and working together to reach appropriate resolutions, understanding clients are often going through difficult difficult times. Rated an AV Preeminent attorney by Martindale Hubbell Peer Review Ratings, she was named to the exclusive Northern California Super Lawyers list in 2020 and 2021 and a “Rising Star” ten years in a row from 2010 to 2019 by Super Lawyers Magazine. President of the Sonoma County Bar

Association in 2015, she’s served in numerous board and committee positions over the years. Warm and easy to work with, Carla can also be assertive as needed in court and with opposing counsel. CARLA HERNANDEZ CASTILLO,CFLS*, FAMILY LAW

Carla Hernandez Castillo, a bilingual family law lawyer for 8 years, fluent fluent in Spanish and English, specializes in divorce and custody matters. She believes in empowering clients to resolve issues through settlement discussions and mediation but is prepared to proceed to litigation if needed. Carla maintains steady communication with clients and ensures they are making informed decisions. President of Sonoma County Women in Law in 2016 and 2020, she’s been a member of the Sonoma County Bar Association Board of Directors since 2015.

Left to right: Carla Hernandez Castillo - Family Law and Carla Boyd Terre - Family Law THE FIRM

Terre Family Law, Inc., serving clients in Sonoma County, provides organization and reliability to clients as they navigate the challenges of their changing relationships and families. Ms. Terre and Ms. Castillo work with another associate attorney, Janessa McCune, two paralegals, and a legal secretary to support and serve their clients. *Certified *Certified Family Law Specialist, State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization TERRE FAMILY LAW, INC. 575 WEST COLLEGE AVE., SUITE 105 SANTA ROSA, CA 95401 707-575-7765 FAMILYLAWSONOMACOUNTY.COM D


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