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. He excelled at Cal with honors, and as an oarsman on the Varsity crew team and intern in Cal’s prestigious Cal in the Capital Washington DC program, where he worked for MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund) on various policy and legislative matters.
Paul began his legal career as a Deputy Public Defender for Los Angeles County, and tried cases in Downtown Los Angeles, Compton and Long Beach. As a 4th year attorney he was specially appointed to defend a capital murder case and secured a “no file” of death penalty charges against a client who had been accused of 5 murders. Paul's expertise is in business litigation, class action defense, transportation, employment, insurance coverage and maritime. He has tried 30+ cases to jury verdict and 30+ to judges, administrative tribunals and arbitrators. For plaintiffs, he has secured multiple judgments after trial of over $1M. For defendants, he has secured complete defense verdicts on cases where plaintiffs sought as much as $30M.
Paul’s career includes numerous trial wins in bet-the-company cases. Clients have described him as a “legal sharpshooter”. In one case where plaintiff sought $5M, plaintiff fired his lawyer while under Mr. Marron’s cross-examination, and “waited on the courthouse steps” to plead for settlement and dismissal. Judges, juries, court staff and opposing counsel describe Paul’s skill: Jury foreperson: “It was hard to rule for Mr. Marron’s client, but we listened to what Marron said about the jury instructions, and felt we had to follow what he said.” Other counsel: The jury “particularly liked the way Mr. Marron presented the case and his mannerism. They really liked him; they did not like defense counsel.” Court staff: “It was a true pleasure working with you and your team, and witnessing your expertise and character throughout. Awesome and excellent.” Judges: “One of the better tried cases and among the finest litigators I’ve had in court. Mr. Marron and his trial team were extraordinarily fine attorneys who were always prepared.”
Mr. Marron has represented a wide-range of clients, from Fortune 1000 companies to small businesses.
He is a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Association of Southern California Defense Counsel, and has been repeatedly recognized as a Southern California Super Lawyer. He is Martindale-Hubbell av rated (highest possible rating by most prestigious national attorney ranking service, based on anonymous judge and peer review).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jennifer Moon earned her Juris Doctor from the American University Washington College of Law. She obtained 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.
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.
Lyle Trainer received his Juris Doctor (Cum Laude) from American University Washington College of Law. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership (Cum Laude) from Woodbury University.
Prior to joining the firm, Lyle worked as in-house counsel for Anacostia Rail Holdings Company, a shortline railroad holding company in Washington, D.C. He has extensive experience with transactional work, including drafting and negotiating commercial contracts. He also has experience with corporate matters including governance, risk management, and insurance. Prior to entering the legal profession, Lyle worked for eight years in law enforcement as a Deputy Sheriff with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
Lyle is a member of the State Bars of California, New York and the District of Columbia.
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 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.