Biographies

Paul J. Marron

Founder & Principal 

Paul J. Marron received his Juris Doctor from the University of California, Davis, School of Law. He earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from the University of California, Berkeley.  Paul began his legal career as a Deputy Public Defense II with the Los Angeles County Public Defender. 

Paul's expertise is in business litigation, the transportation industry, employment, and maritime. He has tried more than forty cases to verdict in State and Federal courts, as well as engaging in Arbitration and Mediation. This has led to millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements. He has represented a wide-range of clients, from Fortune 1000 companies to nonprofit entities. Paul is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, an exclusive group of attorneys who have obtained jury trial verdicts in excess of $1 Million. He is AV rated (highest rating) by Martindale-Hubbell. 

Paul is a member of the State Bar of California; the Los Angeles County Bar Association; The Marine Underwriters Association; the Taxicab, Limousine & Paratransit Association; the California Trucking Association; and the Airport Ground Transportation Association.

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Steven C. Rice

Senior Attorney 

Steven C. Rice received his Juris Doctor from University of California, Davis, School of Law.  He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Government (Cum Laude) from Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

  Steven C. Rice has been a civil litigator for over 30 years. Mr. Rice is an experienced trial lawyer, handling enumerable jury trials to verdict, several of which resulted in his clients recovering more than $1 Million. Steve has served as lead appellate counsel in a number of complex matters, including briefing and oral argument. Mr. Rice’s cases involve many areas of civil litigation. He has been designated by other attorneys as an expert witness in the fields of insurance defense and civil litigation. His areas of expertise include employment litigation (Title VII, DFEH, EEOC); tort and contract law; class actions, maritime and aviation law; business torts and unfair trade; and punitive damage issues. Steve has served as a discovery referee, and as a Judge Pro Tem.   

Steve is a member of the State Bar of California, the Los Angeles County Bar Association; and the Long Beach Bar Association.

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Gregory B. Scarlett

Senior Attorney

  Gregory B. Scarett received his Juris Doctor from University of California, Los Angeles School of Law. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Government/Philosophy from Florida State University, and his Associates Degree in Journalism from the University of Florida. Greg served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Stephen Reinhardt, Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals, and Ninth Judicial Circuit. 

Greg has been involved in civil litigation for 30 years, specializing in transportation regulatory matters, general commercial litigation, and complex civil litigation in the practices areas of business litigation, consumer class actions, wage and hour class actions, whistle-blower/qui tam lawsuits, wrongful termination, unfair competition and misappropriation of trade secret disputes, and director and officer liability cases.  Mr. Scarlett is an experienced trial, arbitration, mediation, administrative proceedings and appellate lawyer. 

Greg is a member of  the State Bar of California; the Los Angeles County Bar Association;  and the National Bar Association;

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Paul B. Arenas

Senior Attorney

Paul B. Arenas received his Juris Doctor from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Stanford University. 

Paul is a civil litigator with 25 years’ experience, specializing in the areas of maritime and transportation. Mr. Arenas has represented insurance and cargo interests including, but not limited to, freight forwarders, trucking and logistics providers, warehousemen, cargo handlers and airlines, vessel and other interests in Jones Act, and has provided advice on marine insurance coverage issues.  Mr. Arenas is experienced in trial, arbitration, mediation and administrative proceedings, and has argued twice before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in matters involving the Warsaw and Montreal Convention on International Air Carriage. 

Paul is a member of  the State Bar of California; the Maritime Law Association of the United States, and the Transportation Lawyers Association.  

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Jaime B. Laurent

Attorney

Jaime B. Laurent received his Juris Doctor from Pepperdine School of Law. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. 

Mr. Laurent’s has managed corporate governance issues, Federal and State compliance issues, and contract negotiations. He defended clients in suits brought by investors and loan purchasers (such as JP Morgan/Chase, Countrywide, EMC, Indymac, and Natty Mac) based upon perceived breaches of master purchase agreements and federal lending regulations with regard to mortgage loan transactions. Mr. Laurent has provided legal analysis and advice concerning various issues of labor and employment, manufacturing & distribution, State & Federal statutory compliance, corporate governance, intellectual property management and administration, licensing, business planning, contract maintenance and compliance, and litigation. Jaime has consulted for several real estate development firms, helping to develop disposition and development agreements, exclusive negotiating agreements, purchase and sales agreements, lease agreements, contracts of sale, licensing agreements, and secured transactions agreements. 

Jaime is a member of  the State Bar of California. 

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Jennifer J. Moon

Attorney

Jennifer J. Moon received her Juris Doctor from the American University Washington College of Law.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature from the University of California Santa Cruz.  Jennifer is a civil litigator with 20 years’ of trial experience in both State and Federal Court.  Her areas of expertise include defense of employment claims, ERISA, insurance bad faith, insurance coverage, professional negligence claims, personal injury claims arising from motor vehicle accidents, defective products, slip-and-falls, wrongful death, as well as habitability cases and construction defect.  Jennifer has tried cases to jury verdict on 8 occasions, and to bench verdict on approximately 30 occasions.  She has mediated, arbitrated, and taken/defended depositions on hundreds of cases. Jennifer has successfully crafted and argued Motions for Summary Judgment, Demurrers, Motions to Strike, and Anti-SLAPP motions.   Jennifer is a member of the State Bar of California.  

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April Szabo

Attorney

April Szabo received her Juris Doctor (Summa Cum Laude) from Whittier College School of Law, California. She earned her Bachelor of Arts (Cum Laude) in Literature and Linguistics from the University of San Diego, California, as well as Certifications in Alternative Dispute Resolution and Human Resources Management from University of California, Irvine, California.  April graduated first in her law school class while working full time and, serving as Editor in Chief of the Whittier Law Review. She completed two externships in the chambers of Presiding Justice David G. Sills of the California Court of Appeal, Fourth District, Division Three. Lastly, Ms. Szabo served as a Research Attorney in the Los Angeles Superior Court and worked as an employment litigator for a prominent Century City entertainment firm.

April specializes in employment litigation and transactional Human Resources.  Her expertise includes State and Federal employment laws (California Labor Code, FLSA, FEHA, ADA, ADEA and FMLA); experience in investigating, negotiating and settling administrative charges brought before the DFEH, DLSE, EEOC and DOL; analysis of policy and procedure paired with practical advice for improvement regarding recruiting, hiring/selection, non/exempt classification, overtime, on-call time, meal/rest periods, leaves of absence, accommodations and termination of employment; comprehensive review and drafting of employer documents, including employee handbooks, agreements and performance documentation; and development and delivery of curriculum for training on a wide variety of topics. April provides expert consultation, leadership and strategic thinking to ensure compliance with State and Federal employment laws, and protection from claims of discrimination, harassment and retaliation.  

April is a member of  the State Bar of California.  

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William A. Hendricks

Attorney 

William A. Hendricks received his Juris Doctor (Cum Laude) from California Western School of Law. He earned his Bachelor of Arts (Magna Cum Laude) in Political Science from University of Southern California, Los Angeles.

Bill has over a decade of experience in complex civil litigation representing both defendants and plaintiffs. His clients have included large homeowners associations, developers and subcontractors in construction defect litigation, insurance bad faith suits, land use actions and a wide variety of contract disputes. Mr. Hendricks has also represented medical professionals in malpractice lawsuits. He has extensive experience in pre-trial and trial related matters, which includes oversight of case files, discovery, law and motion, Alternative Dispute Resolution, and all aspects of trial preparation. During his career, Bill successfully brought and opposed numerous Motions for Summary Judgment, Demurrers, trial motions, and other dispositive motions on behalf of his clients. 

Bill is a member of  the State Bar of California  

Douglas Gastelum

Of Counsel

Douglas Gastélum received his Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Northwest Christian College, Oregon. 

Doug is a seasoned litigator, with emphasis in insurance coverage, business litigation, trials, appeals, alternative dispute processes (including negotiation, mediation and arbitration), commercial insurance counseling, and contractual risk transfer 

Doug has admissions to practice in the United States District Court for the Central District of California, the United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California, as well as the United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit. Mr. Gastélum has been admitted Pro Hac Vice in Arizona, Texas, New York, Washington and West Virginia.

Doug is a member of  the State Bar of California  





Risa A. Robitaille

Firm Administrator

Risa A. Robitaille received her Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from California State University Fullerton. She earned her Paralegal Certification from University of California Irvine (2 year American Bar Association Accredited Program).  

Risa brings 30 years of hands-on litigation experience to the table, having worked in the areas of commercial vehicle/motor carrier litigation, business litigation, premises liability, medical malpractice, personal injury, professional liability, and contract disputes. She has extensive involvement in all aspects of discovery and pre-trial preparation, and has been directly engaged in taking more than 100 cases to trial. Having “worked in the trenches” as a Paralegal, Ms. Robitaille is intimate with the day-to-day operation of a law firm, case management, and cost effective methods to invoke on clients’ behalves.  

Risa is a member of the Association of Legal Administrators. 

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