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Our dedicated attorneys and staff all share our commitment to client service and outstanding results. When you hire us, we become a part of your team, and are here to help you with whatever issues come up.
We have relationships with attorneys who are experts in their fields, so if a matter is not within our wheelhouse, we will bring in the right people to handle your matters and stay involved throughout the whole process to ensure a successful conclusion.
Chris' parents emigrated to America in the 1950's from the Phillipines. They were not familiar with the American legal system, and growing up, he always felt that we were being taken advantage of by others because of this ignorance. Chris became a lawyer so that he could help hard-working and deserving people navigate through our legal system.
Chris has been an entrepreneur since he was a kid, when he ran his own snow-shoveling and grass-cutting businesses. Thus, it was logical that he gravitated to business law. Chris started his career as a business litigator, and this experience helped him hone his transactional skills, as he was able to see first hand why many business deals and contracts went bad. The Wills and Trusts practice developed organically- as his business clients became increasingly successful, they realized their need to plan for the future. Chris also co-founded and served as CEO of a technology company that was ultimately bought out in a transaction valued in the eight figures.
Chris is also a licensed Real Estate Broker (CA DRE # 01523184) and a licensed Mortgage Loan Originator (NMLS# 395750) who has extensive experience with short sales, standard residential sales, and financing.
I. EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND
Joint Bachelor of Arts, History and Political Science with a Double Minor in Philosophy and Economics,
Rutgers College, '91 (New Brunswick, NJ)
Juris Doctorate, Hastings College of Law
(San Francisco, CA)
II. PRIOR WORK EXPERIENCE
Business Litigation Associate,
Sedgwick, Detert, Moran & Arnold (San Francisco),
Business Litigation and Transactional Associate,
Nossaman, Guthner, Knox & Elliot, LLP,
Adjunct Professor of Law, Whittier Law School,
III. REPRESENTATIVE CASES
BREACH OF CONTRACT- Equipment Lease. Successfully handled five-day trial involving interpretation of a lease of restaurant equipment (approx. $500,000). We defeated plaintiff's claims, and prevailed on our cross-complaint and established that plaintiff had committed fraud in negotiating the transaction. The Court awarded defendant approximately $200,000 in attorney's fees (100% of our fees were awarded, while less than 50% of the prior counsel's fees were awarded), which we collected in full by levying on plaintiff's corporate bank account.
PROBATE / TRUST- Handled administration of multi-million dollar probate and trust estate in Beverly Hills. Successfully defeated multiple lawsuits filed against the estate in an effort to thwart the decedent's estate plan. Ensured that all beneficiaries of the estate received their bequests, including a multi-million dollar gift to the UCLA Foundation.
CORPORATE BREAKUP- Lead trial attorney for Defendant-corporation in a Wrongful Termination / Corporate Breakup litigation regarding a multi-million dollar family-owned business. Litigation included three civil lawsuits and multiple Trust Petitions in Probate Court. On the first day of trial, Plaintiff requested mediation which ultimately led to a global settlement of all claims.
Plaintiff waived his four million dollar claim against the company and its officers and directors and accepted a discounted buyout price for his interest in the Family Trust.
Chris' track record of success is founded on hard-work, solid strategic thinking and an unwavering dedication to his clients.
From early childhood, Debbie's parents owned a Chinese restaurant. Her interest in Law was spurred by her own family's personal legal challenges, when her parents were ordered to move from their first location by the City of Costa Mesa, as a result of eminent domain. The forced relocation created an extreme hardship on both the business and her family. Deborah realized that her parents' lack of business acumen and legal resources placed them at a huge disadvantage throughout the entire process, especially when it came time to negotiate with the City for fair compensation.
These dramatic events created a lasting impression that compelled, Deborah to become an attorney who provides legal assistance to small businesses and individuals as a means of empowering them to achieve their goals. She handles general civil, transactional, bankruptcy and probate/trust matters and litigation.
I. EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND
Bachelor of Arts, Economics/Business,
University of California- Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
Juris Doctorate, Hastings College of Law, San Francisco, CA
II. PRIOR WORK EXPERIENCE
Law Clerk, FDIC (San Francisco, CA)
Associate, Law Offices of Dean Lloyd (Palo Alto, CA)
Associate, Law Offices of Chris Ibarra (San Francisco, CA)
Corporate Counsel, Security Administration and Land Services (Fremont, CA)
III. REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS
Probate/Trust- Successfully litigated Trust dispute on behalf of Trust beneficiary who was being denied his inheritance by the Trustee.
Government Compliance- Represented business with respect to the County's failure to maintain and repair irrigation system running through client's property. Successfully resolved dispute by having the County agree to assume all maintenance and repair obligations relating to the system and mitigate any adverse effects to the business' own property.
Corporate Counsel- Handled all legal issues relating to the operation of a closely held company with over 150 employees. Addressed Board on corporate governance issues, drafted employee handbooks and personnel policies, handled contract disputes and collection matters, advised on business planning and strategy in light of applicable law and regulations.
Bankruptcy- Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 Cases. Experienced with various bankruptcy matters, including adversary proceedings. Negotiated debt restructuring plans to help avoid bankruptcy.
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TO YOUR PRESSING PROBLEMS
We enjoy representing clients who understand that the right lawyers can play an important role in any business’ success. We thrive on helping to build, maintain, grow and protect businesses.
We have also helped our clients who, despite their best efforts, are facing economic difficulties. Contact us so that we can discuss these problems with you and devise a strategy that makes the most sense for your situation. We simply ask that you leave the worrying to us and get back to living your life.