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									Women Leaders
                                L OS A N GELES’

     Law                                  in the

                                                   A Unique Female-Run
                                                   Family Law Firm
                                                   The Women of
                                                   Meyer, Olson,
                                                   Lowy & Meyers


Robinson Calcagnie Robinson Shapiro Davis, Inc.

                                                                                                                                                                                     Amy Cantrell
From Left to right (top row): Alison Gokal, Jennifer Liakos, Karen Karavatos, Michelle West, Shannon Lukei, Lexi Myer.
From Left to right (bottom row): Amanda Robinson, Janine Sperandeo, Karen Barth Menzies, Jennifer Greene.

                                                                                                                         PRACTICE AREAS

                     he law firm of Robinson Calcagnie Robinson Shapiro                                             Personal Injury & Products Liability
                     Davis, Inc. (RCRSD) has built a national reputation for
                                                                                                   Auto & Trucking Accidents              Construction Site Accidents
                     providing the highest quality of legal representation                         • Automotive Defects                   • Fires and Explosions
                     and obtaining substantial jury verdicts, judgments                            • Dangerous Roadways                   • Electrical Injuries
                                                                                                   • Pedestrian Accidents                 • Premises Liability
      and settlements. From defective cars to dangerous drugs to                                   • SUV Rollovers                        • Heavy Equipment Accidents
      hazardous roadways, the firm has represented thousands of clients                            • Roof Crush                           • Structural Failures and Falls
                                                                                                   • Brake Failures                       • Cal-OSHA Violations
      in individual suits, class actions and mass torts over the past                              • Toyota Uncontrolled                  • Independent Contractors
      four decades.                                                                                    Sudden Acceleration                • Negligent Supervision
                                                                                                   • Airbag / Seatbelt Defects
            Robinson Calcagnie Robinson Shapiro Davis, Inc. specializes in                         • Fuel System Fires                    Drugs & Medical Devices
      representing plaintiffs in cases involving catastrophic injury, wrong-                       • Commuter Mass Transit–               • Antidepressant Related Birth Defects -
                                                                                                       Buses, Trains, Common Carriers         Zoloft, Celexa, Effexor, Lexapro,
      ful death and substantial economic losses and damages. Although
                                                                                                                                              Prozac & Other Antidepressants
      known as one of the leading products liability firms in the country,                         Aviation Accidents                     • Actos Bladder Cancer
                                                                                                   • Commercial and Private               • Fosamax Femur Fractures
      the firm’s attorneys have built a reputation for success in all areas of                         Aircraft Crashes                   • Hip & Knee Implant Revisions
      civil litigation.                                                                            • Fixed Wing and Helicopters           • Transvaginal Mesh
                                                                                                   • Design Defects                           & Vaginal Sling Implants
            Ten of the firm’s 22 attorneys are female, which has been                              • Negligent Maintenance                • YAZ, Yasmin & Ocella
      particularly beneficial for their clients in pharmaceutical and device                                                              • Fentanyl Pain Patches
                                                                                                   Catastrophic Injury
      cases involving women’s health issues such as Yaz/Yasmin, Fosamax                            • Birth Defects
      femur fractures, SSRI-Antidepressant birth defect cases (Zoloft, Ef-                         • Brain Damage                         Products Liability
                                                                                                   • Spinal Cord Injuries                 • Asbestos
      fexor, Celexa/Lexapro, Prozac), and transvaginal mesh cases.                                                                        • Industrial Machinery
                                                                                                   • Wrongful Death
                                                                                                   • Amputation                           • Power Tools
                                                                                                                                          • Household Products
                                                                                                   Class Actions                          • Recreational and All-Terrain Vehicles
                                                                                                   • False Advertising                    • Other Defective Products or Devices
                                                                                                   • Personal Injuries
                                                                                                   • Privacy Violations
                                                                                                   • Unfair or Fraudulent
                                                                                                       Business Practices
                                                                                                   • Wage and Hour Violations

                                Orange County                                          Los Angeles                                      Inland Empire
                            19 Corporate Plaza Drive                         600 South Commonwealth Ave.                              893 East Brier Drive
                           Newport Beach, CA 92660                          Suite 1254, Los Angeles, CA 90005                      San Bernardino, CA 92408
                      ph: 949.720.1288 • fax: 949.720.1292                 ph: 213.355.3525 • fax: 213.355.3526               ph: 909.890.1000 • fax: 909.890.1001
  Women Leaders
                                   L O S AN G E L E S ’

       Law                                                   in the

   n recognition of Women’s History Month, we proudly present the third annual Los Angeles’ Women Leaders
   in the Law. More and more firms, such as those featured in this section, are making the commitment to hiring
   and retaining women attorneys. Their dedication to these efforts and the women featured in this section are
   both noteworthy and needed. Should you ever be in need of an attorney, the women profiled here represent
the many in Los Angeles who are out there waiting to represent you.
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Law Office of Jennifer R. Johnson

                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Amy Cantrell
           ased in Newport Beach, California, the Law Office of Jennifer R.
           Johnson represents individuals injured due to the wrongdoing of
           others in both Southern California and many other parts of the country.
               “Often, the people I represent wouldn’t have access to the justice
system if it weren’t for my efforts and the efforts of attorneys like me,” Jennifer
Johnson notes.
     As a registered nurse and an attorney since 1992, Ms. Johnson is uniquely
qualified to represent injured people. The driving force behind her success has
been her committed and compassionate representation. “I’m relentless in my
pursuit of justice for my clients,” she says.
     In addition to personal injury and medical malpractice cases, Ms. Johnson
handles cases for individuals injured by medications and medical devices. She
also specializes in representing people who have suffered spinal cord injuries
and assists persons with disabilities in obtaining the government benefits to
which they’re entitled.
     Ms. Johnson is AV® Preeminent™ rated by Martindale-Hubbell®, the orga-
nization’s highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards. In addition, she
is a member of a number of legal associations and remains an active member
of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California. She also serves on the Board
of Directors of Swim With Mike, a scholarship program providing education for
disabled athletes.
     Ms. Johnson explains her passion for representing injured people: “People
often ask why I became a lawyer after already being a successful ICU nurse. It’s
funny because as both a nurse and as a lawyer my motivation has always been
the same—I want to make a difference in people’s lives.”

620 Newport Center Drive, Suite 1100, Newport Beach, CA 92660
ph: 949.721.6632 • fax: 949.721.6633
www.jenniferjohnsonlaw.com • jrj@jenniferjohnsonlaw.com

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Meyer, Olson, Lowy & Meyers, LLP

                                                                                                                                                                          Amy Cantrell
From Left to Right: Lisa Helfend Meyer, Dana Lowy, Felicia R. Meyers, Doreen Marie Olson

                                 hen Lisa Helfend Meyer founded Meyer, Olson,              which often suffers during a divorce. “We take a holistic approach to the
                                 Lowy & Meyers, LLP, she sought to establish a             practice of law—it’s not just about memorizing the cases in the law book;
                                 family law firm that would empower its clients—           it’s about living the case,” Meyer says. “From the very beginning, we treat
                                 both male and female—to take control of their             our clients as unique individuals in order to help them create a better life
      lives during the divorce process. Today, the firm is one of the only pre-            for themselves.”
      eminent family law practices in the United States to be led entirely by                 The firm has represented a number of high-profile clients in Southern
      female partners.                                                                     California and elsewhere and continues to handle extremely complex
          “My initial goal in creating the firm was to do something unique in              family law cases. Recently, the firm successfully represented a mother who
      the marketplace. So out with the old boys’ club, the plaid wallpaper,                wanted to move back to Israel after breaking up with her child’s father. “It
      and the condescending approach of ‘don’t worry little lady I’ll take care            was a very satisfying case because the court based its decision on the es-
      of you in your divorce,’” says Meyer. “Instead, we create a partnership              sence of the parent-child relationship, which is exactly how it should have
      with our clients because it’s important that they understand what’s going            been decided,” Meyer says.
      on and assume responsibility for their own life . . . Knowledge is power,”              Now that her son is also working at the firm, Meyer—who has nearly
      Meyer claims.                                                                        30 years of experience in complex family law matters—notes that she has
          Attorneys at the firm encourage their clients to be an integral part of          experienced a renewed passion for her work. “What’s interesting is it’s not
      decision-making, while also ensuring that they’re comfortable with every             just about the black letter law, it’s about human relationships,” she says.
      member of their legal team, from forensic accountants to mental health               “We are warriors in the courtroom, but we also strive to build strong and
      professionals. Above all, they strive to rebuild their clients’ self-esteem,         nurturing relationships with our clients, peers, and judicial officers.”

                                                        10100 Santa Monica Boulevard, Suite 1425, Los Angeles, CA 90067
                                                                     ph: 310.277.9747 • fax: 310.277.4847
Hinden & Breslavsky

                                                                                                                                                                                             Amy Cantrell
Back Row From Left to Right: Irina Vladimirsky, Elvia Vizcaino, Paulina Ozeda Esq., Melanie Sherman Esq., Marilyn Hinden, Maria Martinez, Janette Moreno, Elsa Cordova, Diane Finston Esq.
Bottom Row Standing From Left to Right: Lauren Ekerling Esq., Anabel Abnosi Esq., Diana Marsteiner Esq., Kelly Hinden Esq., Letty Navarro, Grethchen Collin Esq., Lulu Morelos

                              he Law Offices of Hinden & Breslavsky have                          sation to other practitioners, doctors and support staff.
                              defended the rights and dignity of injured and                          Our diversified staff of 95, many of which have been
                              disabled workers for 38 years.                                      with the firm for over 20 years, are fluent in seven languag-
                                  We are very proud of our partner, Diana                         es, and represent cultures from 14 different countries.
              Marsteiner, our associate female attorneys, and our staff.                              Marsteiner said: “We run our office as a family, treating
              Marsteiner is currently president-elect of the Southern                             our staff with respect, compassion, and commitment. We
              California Chapter of the California Applicants’ Attorneys                          offer educational scholarships to our staff and their families,
              Association, an association committed to restore benefits                           and encourage participation in continuing education.”
              to injured workers, which were unjustly taken away by the                               In addition to being recognized as Women Leaders
              prior administration.                                                               In The Law, our firm has been honored by Super Lawyers,
                  Hinden & Breslavsky is honored to have a staff of bright,                       Top Attorneys, and the City of Los Angeles, for its service
              articulate, and dedicated women, whose passion is helping                           to our community.
              restore honor and self-esteem to those whose occupations                                We work diligently to obtain successful recoveries for
              and lives have been altered due to an industrial injury.                            all our clients. Our attorneys are tough, yet compassionate,
                  Our firm’s commitment to education, having conducted                            and always respectful of our clients’ needs.
              more than 100 seminars and authored over 80 books or                                    We are honored and humbled to be recognized as
              publications, teaching the principles of Workers’ Compen-                           Women Leaders In The Law.

                                                    4661 W. Pico Blvd., Suite 1600, Los Angeles CA 90019 • ph: 323.954.1800
Girardi | Keese

                                                                                                                                                      Amy Cantrell
               hroughout her career, Amy Fisch Solomon has been
               committed to providing the next generation of female
               attorneys with mentoring opportunities. “There are so
               few women trial lawyers as role models,” she says, “so
I think it’s important that we put ourselves out there as mentors.”
   Solomon makes a point of traveling to law schools and speaking
about her experience as a trial attorney at Girardi | Keese. “Once
women students learn about this wonderful area of practice and the
avenues they have to become a plaintiffs’ advocate, they become
much more interested in becoming trial lawyers,” she says.
   During the past few years the firm has found that the number of
women seeking to become trial lawyers has started to increase. She
attributes this to the presence of more female attorneys at the firm.
   Established in 1965, Girardi | Keese has built a reputation for its
pioneering work on behalf of people who have suffered personal
injury and financial harm because of the actions of large corpora-
tions. While firm founder Thomas V. Girardi started out focusing on
automobile cases, he soon expanded the firm’s practice to include
catastrophic injury cases, medical negligence, toxic tort, pharmaceu-
tical cases, intellectual property and class actions.
   “Tom has always had a knack for knowing what the next cause
for concern will be—the new frontier of harm,” Solomon says. “Over
the years we’ve transitioned through new territories as the world
changes around us.”
   Girardi | Keese has achieved more than $10 billion in verdicts
and settlements during its history. Currently, the firm is working on a
number of significant cases, including: pharmaceutical litigation re-
garding Actos, a drug prescribed for diabetes which causes bladder
cancer; and antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake
inhibitors (SSRI) which cause birth defects. The firm has also filed
individual cases as well as a class action lawsuit on behalf of NFL
players who have sustained head injuries during play.
   Solomon credits the firm’s success to its deep bench of skilled
trial attorneys—half of whom have been admitted to the prestigious
American Board of Trial Advocates. “No one ever wants to leave
here,” she says, “and the fact that we have worked so close to each
other for so long has been truly rewarding.”                                  Amy Fisch Solomon

              1126 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90017                         155 West Hospitality Lane, Suite 260, San Bernardino, CA 92408
                   ph: 213.977.0211 • fax: 213.481.1554                                          ph: 909.381.1551 • fax: 909.381.2566

Phillips, Lerner & Lauzon, L.L.P.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Amy Cantrell
From left, women leaders at Phillips, Lerner & Lauzon, L.L.P., Robyn Santucci, Stacy D. Phillips, and Azita Avedissian

                         tacy Phillips co-founded the Los Angeles-based family law                   from the legal, financial, nonprofit, medical and fashion worlds, showcasing
                         firm of Phillips, Lerner & Lauzon, L.L.P. about a dozen years               the power of and friendship among women, fostering new relationships, and
                         ago. From the outset, Phillips has held the view that one of                creating business development opportunities for the participants.
                         her roles is to champion women’s issues, providing her clients                  Phillips, Lerner & Lauzon, L.L.P. has developed its “Adopt-A-Center ”
        with thoughtful and assertive representation, including those matters that                   program, which annually offers a worthy not-for-profit organization financial
        are unique to women in their roles as parents and as providers. Phillips has                 support and hands-on involvement for the agency’s projects. “I take great
        made a special effort to include other outstanding women in her firm, so                     pride in the fact that our firm is known for our work in the community, in
        that, as noted by partner Azita Avedissian, “nearly half of the lawyers in our               addition to our dedicated legal representation in all family law matters,”
        firm are women.”                                                                             Phillips says.
            Throughout her career, Phillips has been committed to supporting and                         Phillips, Avedissian, and associate Robyn Santucci, who recently passed
        encouraging women in the community and in her practice. In 1994, she as-                     the California Bar’s test to become a Certified Family Law Specialist, truly
        sisted in the creation of a California Senate bill that extended the statute of              are leaders in the law. They, as well as Deborah Tilton and Sharon Stark,
        limitations period for victims of domestic violence to sue their abusers in civil            and all of the firm’s attorneys and paralegals, offer the kind of careful advice
        court. She speaks regularly on women-related issues, and serves as a mentor                  and strong advocacy that has made Phillips, Lerner & Lauzon, L.L.P. highly
        and facilitator for other attorneys and business professionals. Phillips hosts               recognized for all that the firm does for its clients, in the courtroom, and in
        a holiday networking dinner each year, attended by over 200 women leaders                    the community.

                                                                2029 Century Park East, Suite 1200, Los Angeles, CA 90067
                                                                          ph: 310.277.7117 • fax: 310.286.9182
Female Lawyers
for Female Cases
Karen Barth Menzies has helped many female victims
in litigations for pharmaceutical drugs, but the payoff
for her is knowing she’s helping the next generation.

               he law aims to protect men and women equally. Yet some types
               of cases nearly beg for female representation—and don’t get it.
               That’s why Karen Barth Menzies, partner at Robinson Calcagnie
               Robinson Shapiro & Davis, has devoted her career to taking on the
cases that need her most.
     Menzies is one of 8 partners at the 40-year-old firm known for its expertise
in plaintiff consumer, patient protection, and consumer safety cases. Of them,
her greatest legal battles have been won in the field of SSRI antidepressant
litigation and cases pertaining to issues of women’s health.
     Menzies began her career in juvenile justice, where she first discovered
her passion for protecting the “little guy.” She did just that when she won a
major settlement on behalf of babies born with birth defects caused by certain
SSRI antidepressants. The settlement provided enough money to support the
children’s care and medical expenses even after the parents had died. “After five
years of litigation, to be able to tell the parents their kids will be taken care of
no matter what happens meant everything to me,” Menzies says.
     RCRSD attorneys Jennifer Liakos and Janine Sperandeo are also fighting
the SSRI Antidepressant birth defects cases, including Zoloft, Effexor, Celexa,
Lexapro and Prozac.
     Menzies continued to take on cases in the pharmaceutical industry
for good reason: She was increasingly concerned how large corporations
targeted specific populations—namely women—without warning them of
the downsides of their medications. From seeing internal company documents,
she became convinced they were putting profits over safety because they knew
that women were more likely than anyone to see a doctor and make health
decisions for their families—a perfect way to increase their market share and
thus profits.
     Menzies and her team struck back when they took on the cause of post-
menopausal women who’d been prescribed Fosamax as a preventative
treatment for osteoporosis. Fosamax, like most drugs Menzies tends to work
with, is widely prescribed among older women whether they need it or not
thanks to the defendant’s marketing efforts.
     In one typical case, a longtime user of Fosamax collapsed while walking
down the street after her femur snapped in half. Menzies’ team, including at-
torneys Lexi Myer, Jennifer Greene and Karen Karavatos, have helped hundreds
of women who have banded together to spread awareness about the potentially
traumatic side effects of the drug. “These women are so compelling,” Menzies
says of the victims who inspire her. “The easy part of my job is letting them
talk. The hard part is fighting the defendants to disclose what they know are the
dangers of these drugs.”
      Menzies accompanied 18 of the affected women to a meeting with 11 FDA
officials. Six months later, the FDA issued an advisory. A trial is slated for Oct.
3, 2012. “We have a unique opportunity though litigation, to get on the inside
of these companies and expose what they are trying to hide,” Menzies says.
“That’s the stuff I try to get into the hands of the doctors.”
     In issues of women’s health, female representation can help build clients’
trust. And Menzies is grateful to her fellow partners for bringing on a team of
powerful and dedicated women lawyers to serve them.
     RCRSD attorney Shannon Lukei expressed compassion for her clients
commenting that the transvaginal mesh cases involve uniquely gruesome                    “We have a unique opportunity,
damages that “detrimentally affect the spousal relationship—one of the most
private and coveted in a woman’s life.” Lukei and Amanda Robinson are part               through litigation, to get on the
of the RCRSD team.
     “Our female clients are relieved they can talk to another woman when de-
                                                                                          inside of these companies and
scribing their injuries and damages, which can involve very personal or private        expose what they are trying to hide.”
matters,” Menzies explains. That hard-won trust pays huge dividends. Clients
who share their private battles help Menzies make a public case against drugs
                                                                                                 —Karen Barth Menzies
that pose a threat to women everywhere.
                                                                   —Marley Gibbons

                                                                                                                                                                                   Amy Cantrell
Front Row From Left: Cathy Hawks, Jasmin Casillas, Candace McInally, Susan Grabarsky, Bless Gunzer, Jo-Ann Shimizu Eto, Brittany Pineda
Middle Row From Left: Irene Padilla, Virna Velo, Heather Conner Gardner, Frank Darras, Lissa Martinez, Raquel Che, Virginia Violette
Back Row From Left: Gingi Farias, Socorro Salcedo, Catherine Carvalho, Cristine Ramirez, Heather Mempin, Irene Gutierrez

                       arrasLaw is the nation’s largest and most decorated                          Long tenure and loyalty run deep at this premiere firm. Darras’s personal
                       disability and long-term care litigation practice in America.            secretary, Jo-Ann Shimizu Eto, and his senior paralegal, Virginia Violette,
                       At the firm’s headquarters in Ontario, California, founding              have been working alongside him for more than 24 years. Attorney Lissa
                       partner, Frank Darras, has surrounded himself with a stellar             Martinez—summa cum laude graduate and valedictorian of Western State
      staff of top female legal talent.                                                         College of Law—heads the firm’s law and motion department and has
          DarrasLaw’s diverse group of insurance experts help insurance policy-                 worked with Darras since 1998. Her recent landmark California Supreme
      holders from all walks of life—from professional athletes, doctors, lawyers               Court victory in Cabral v. Ralphs Grocery created new opportunities for
      and business owners, to blue and white collar workers. The firm provides                  the catastrophically injured. Martinez is a stand-out writer, eloquent oral
      the same free policy analysis, free claim help, and expert individual and                 advocate, and mediates at the state and federal level. Attorney Susan
      long-term disability advice to truckers, dock workers, and CEOs.                          Grabarsky, also a graduate with honors from Darras’s alma mater, Western
          Darras handpicked his firm’s talented group of legal, vocational, nursing,            State, has been a tremendous asset to Darras since 2003. Grabarsky man-
      paralegal, secretarial, and call center staff. “They are brilliant and intuitive.         ages DarrasLaw’s long-term disability cases and provides national training
      They bring out the very best in all of us, prioritizing and balancing work and            to DarrasLaw referral sources. Heather Conner Gardner—another seasoned
      family in ways we guys just can’t fathom,” Darras says.                                   DarrasLaw litigator—manages the attorney driven long-term disability ap-
          DarrasLaw’s female professionals work tirelessly to right big insurance               peals and coordinates out-of-state, high stakes disability cases.
      wrongdoing. They review 2,500 new nationwide referrals a month, coor-                         Having recovered more than three-quarters of a billion dollars in wrong-
      dinate policyholder interviews, deliver on-site nursing analysis, and set up              fully denied insurance benefits, DarrasLaw is in a disability league of its own.
      claim conference appointments. The firm’s female litigators and paralegals                Darras says, “Holding big insurance companies accountable on a national
      provide litigation counseling, policy interpretation, claim file reviews, and             basis is the richness of our practice. Working with the top female legal tal-
      resolution advice, while managing a heavy nationwide litigation case load.                ent in the business . . . priceless.”

                                                                                                3257 E. Guasti Road , Suite 300 , Ontario, CA 91761
                                                                                                ph: 909.390.3770 • fax: 909.974.2121
                                 America’s Top Disability Firm                                  www.DarrasLaw.com
 LOS AN G E L E S ’               Women Leaders                                 in the      Law       ®
                                                                                                                 Carol Gillam
   Keller Rackauckas LLP                                                                                         C        arol Gillam started her career
                                                                                                                          at large firms including Irell

              he boutique firm Keller Rackauckas’s suc-                                                          and Manella, and then became As-
                                                                                                                 sistant United States Attorney, Criminal
              cesses include a 2009 jury verdict of $350
                                                                                                                 Division, specializing in civil rights,
              million—the largest plaintiff’s business                                                           environmental crimes, government
   award by a California jury that year—for a venture                                                            fraud and public corruption cases,
   capitalist who was defrauded during his efforts to                                                            including a civil rights/slavery case that

   buy a credit card processing company. And in 2011,                                                            gained worldwide publicity. She opened
                                                                                                                 The Gillam Law Firm in 1994, representing individuals from CEOs
   Jennifer Keller was lead counsel in MGA Entertain-
                                                                                                                 to low wage earners, public officials to immigrant workers, resulting
   ment’s stunning jury verdict against Mattel in the                                                            in dozens of six- and seven- figure verdicts, arbitration awards and
   famous Bratz v. Barbie retrial.                                                                               settlements. Her specialties include sex harassment, age discrimina-
      Keller and Rackauckas—retained just two                                                                    tion, retaliation, disability, whistleblower, and religion cases. She

   weeks before the four-month trial—worked tirelessly on the case, and backed by the Orrick firm,               negotiates complex compensation and severance packages for
                                                                                                                 executives and handles trade secret, privacy, workplace violence and
   ultimately won more than $309 million in damages against Mattel as well as rights to the entire
                                                                                                                 other challenging issues. Carol speaks and writes widely on trial skills
   Bratz line. The team Keller captained was named California Lawyer Magazine’s 2012 CLAY Award                  and employment law for national, statewide and local audiences.
   winner (California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year) in Litigation.                                               Carol also is class counsel for thousands of employees in class actions
      Keller and Rackauckas are both listed in The Best Lawyers in America®. Keller is past-President            involving gender discrimination and wage and hour violations. She

   of the Orange County Bar Association and has been featured regularly in the Daily Journal’s “Top              was named one of the top employment lawyers in California by the
                                                                                                                 Daily Journal, as a Super Lawyer in 2010, 2011 and 2012, and a Fellow
   100 California Attorneys” list. She was among The San Francisco Recorder’s 2012 Attorneys of the
                                                                                                                 of the prestigious College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. Carol
   Year and is listed in Law Dragon’s 500 Leading Lawyers in America.                                            has proudly managed to raise four children during her 30+ years
      While Keller and Rackauckas began their careers trying criminal cases, lately they have                    of practice while gaining widespread recognition as a top lawyer
   transitioned into complex civil litigation. “We’ve proven that our trial skills are transferable to any       unafraid to take on challenging cases.

   field,” says former prosecutor Rackauckas. “It’s all about persuading a jury.”                                The Gillam Law Firm, PC
                                                                                                                 1801 Century Park East, Suite 1560
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                                 ph : 949.476.8700 • fax : 949.476.0900
                                            www . Krlawllp . Com

                                                                                                                                                                                            Amy Cantrell
Jamra & Jamra, LLP

               fter working exclusively in the area of family law for approximately
               twenty (20) years, Grace Jamra decided to open her own firm, Jamra &
               Jamra, L.L.P. in early 2011, establishing a resolution focused boutique
               family law practice.
    On starting her own firm, Ms. Jamra stated, “I wanted to be more available to a
wider array of clients and provide excellent legal services in a cost-effective fashion.”
    With her background in economics and finance and her expertise in complex
child custody matters and her reputation as a tenacious litigator, Ms. Jamra has
been able to handle all aspects of family law matters, including complex dissolution
proceedings involving custody, support, business valuations and post-judgment
matters. In every case, Ms. Jamra always seeks an amicable resolution before resort-
ing to litigation. “I try to convince my client and the other side to do what is neces-
sary to exchange information voluntarily, avoid court intervention, if at all
possible, and try to resolve matters amicably. If not, then court intervention is always
an option.”
    Ms. Jamra is AV® Preeminent™ rated by Martindale-Hubbell® and has been
named by her peers in Southern California Super Lawyers since 2003. She has also
been recognized as one of the “Top 50 Women Attorneys in Southern California”
by Super Lawyers since 2011. In 2008, her alma mater, Whittier Law School, awarded
her its “Attorney of the Year” Alumni Award.
    Ms. Jamra regularly speaks and writes on legal strategies and family law, and is a
current Board Member for the Executive Committee of the Beverly Hills Bar Associa-
tion. She also serves on a number of charities, including organizations that strive to
protect children’s rights.

             9465 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 460, Beverly Hills, CA 90212
ph: 310.278.9001 • fax: 310.278.9002 • www.jamralaw.com • grace@jamralaw.com

 10 Los AngeLes’ Women LeAders in the LAW                                                                                                         www.law.com/lawomenleaders
                                                                              L O S A N G ELES’                            Women Leaders                                        in the             Law          ®
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   Toni Jaramilla                                                               Linda S. Klibanow                                                             Linda Randlett Kollar

     J    aramilla has been practicing
          employment law since 1994.                                             L    inda S. Klibanow provides la-
                                                                                      bor and employment law ar-
                                                                                 bitration and mediation services.
                                                                                                                                                              L    inda Randlett Kollar is a
                                                                                                                                                                   partner in the Los Angeles
                                                                                                                                                              office of Hooper, Lundy & Book-
     She is recognized as a fierce and
                                                                                 For 30+ years Ms. Klibanow has                                               man, P.C., a firm dedicated to
     compassionate lawyer, successfully                                          specialized in labor and employ-                                             the representation of healthcare
     representing workers in hundreds                                            ment law practice. Following                                                 providers. With more than 25
     of cases involving discrimination,                                          20+ years with the LA firm Parker                                            years of legal experience, she
                                                                                 Milliken where she represented                                               is recognized by her clients and
     harassment, retaliation, wrongful
                                                                                 management and started her                                                   peers as an accomplished litiga-
     termination, and unpaid wages.                                                                                                                           tor, health law regulatory expert
                                                                                 neutral practice, in 2000 Ms.
        She is Chair of the California                                           Klibanow established her firm in Pasadena representing                       and champion of behavioral healthcare providers. She
     Employment Lawyers Association, and the 2010 recipient                      individuals, smaller employers and labor organizations.                      credits her success to her passionate interest in the law
                                                                                 In recent years she has concentrated on neutral work as                      and her work. Ms. Kollar specializes in the representa-
     of CELA’s “Joe Posner Award,” a distinguished recognition
                                                                                 labor and employment arbitrator (affiliated with AAA,                        tion of behavioral healthcare provider institutions as well
     given to a lawyer who exemplifies tireless commitment to                                                                                                 as healthcare professionals. Her clients include non-
                                                                                 FMCS and CSMCS), mediator (associated with AAA,
     the plight of workers. She is consistently voted a “Super                                                                                                profit organizations that provide residential treatment
                                                                                 ARC, IVAMS and PMG), EEOC contract mediator, and
     Lawyer” since 2005 and voted yearly among “The Best                                                                                                      and foster care for children, physicians, psychologists,
                                                                                 hearing officer with several local cities and counties.
                                                                                                                                                              licensed clinical social workers and marriage and family
     Lawyers in America” featured in the LA Times.                                 A graduate of Harvard College (cum laude in Russian
                                                                                                                                                              therapists. Ms. Kollar devotes a substantial part of her
        Early in her career, she was profiled on the front page                  history & literature) and Yale Law School, in this chal-                     practice to advising behavioral healthcare providers on
     of the LA Daily Journal, “Bar President is Feisty Advocate”                 lenging “globalization” era Ms. Klibanow is pursuing a                       licensure, compliance and contracts, special educa-
                                                                                 master of arts in international affairs to hone her skills in                tion, privacy, confidentiality, HIPAA and minor’s consent
     (October 6, 1998). In 2004, she was voted a Southern                        this spectrum.                                                               issues. As a seasoned litigator, she regularly represents
     California “Rising Star” given to top attorneys under the                     In the serenity of her Playhouse District offices, on                      her provider clients in administrative and civil litiga-
     age of 40.                                                                  some days Ms. Klibanow addresses conundrums of 21st                          tion, including writs and appeals. She is a nationally
        She was Chair of the Labor and Employment Law                            century labor/employment law presented by competing                          recognized expert and consultant regarding legal issues
     Section of the California State Bar (2004-2005), and is a                   federal and state public interests, while on others, in the                  affecting child welfare organizations. In high demand as
                                                                                 words of her mediation clientele, with “unmatched dis-                       a speaker, Ms. Kollar has lectured throughout the United
     frequent speaker for organizations and radio talk shows on                  cernment and tenacity” she assists “multiple parties with                    States. She has been awarded Martindale-Hubbell®’s
     the topics of employment law, diversity, litigation, and trials.            diverse and conflicting interests” to accomplish practical                   highest peer review rating “AV® Preeminent™” and
                                                                                 solutions to seemingly intractable problems.                                 since 2004 she has been selected by her peers as one
     Toni Jaramilla,                                                                                                                                          of Southern California’s “Super Lawyers” in Los Angeles
                                                                                 Law Offices of Linda S. Klibanow                                             magazine.
     A Professional Law Corporation
     10100 Santa Monica Boulevard, Suite 300                                     595 East Colorado Blvd., Suite 302
     Los Angeles, CA 90067                                                       Pasadena, California 91101                                                   Hooper, Lundy & Bookman, P.C.
     ph: 310.551.3020 • fax: 310.551.3019                                        ph: 626.204.4000 • fax (626) 204-4001                                        1875 Century Park East, Suite 1600
     www.jaramilla.com                                                           lklibanow@lindaklibanow.com                                                  Los Angeles, CA 90067-2517
     toni@tjjlaw.com                                                             www.lindaklibanow.com                                                        310.551.8194 • lkollar@health-law.com

   Trudi J. Lesser                                                              Rosaline L. Zukerman                                                          Wendy H. Wiles

     T      rudi Lesser is a highly regarded
            commercial real estate and
                                                                                 R       osaline L. Zukerman is an AV
     finance attorney with over 25 years of
     practice, working exclusively in com-
     mercial real estate law for the last 15
                                                                                         rated attorney with over 31 years
                                                                                 of experience. Her firm of family law
                                                                                 mediators and litigators has over 140
                                                                                                                                                              A     ttorney Wendy H. Wiles is
                                                                                                                                                                    the lead partner for complex
                                                                                                                                                              school facility planning, financ-
     years. She counsels property owners,
     developers and lenders in the purchase,                                     years of combined experience.With a
                                                                                                                                                              ing and construction for Bowie,
     sale and financing of real estate and                                       BA in psychology and a MA in counsel-
     related assets, as well as loan workouts,                                                                                                                Arneson, Wiles & Giannone, as
     foreclosures, and asset management.                                         ing, family law was a natural progression
     She also advises landlords and tenants                                      for Roz. “In criminal law, you find the
                                                                                                                                                              well as the head of the litigation
     in all types of leasing transactions.                                                                                                                    practice. The Firm, founded in
                                                                                 worst people at their best, and in family
     Her extensive experience covers various types of real estate
     including retail, office, hospitality, industrial, multifamily and          law, you find the best people at their worst. Family law affords me          1973, is a full-service public law firm specializing in the
     mixed-use properties.                                                       the chance to work with people who are trying desperately to salvage         representation of school districts and other public agencies
        Ms. Lesser offers more to her clients than simply the knowledge
     of a seasoned lawyer. She becomes an integral part of her client’s          what they have built, or if that is not possible, to maintain the security   throughout California.
     business team by understanding their business goals and expecta-            and happiness of themselves as individuals, and most importantly,               Ms. Wiles has been an AV-rated® attorney for the past
     tions, knowing where each transaction fits into their overall business
                                                                                 their children.”
     plan, and crafting creative, unique solutions to overcome obstacles                                                                                      16 years and is listed on the Bar Register of Pre-eminent
     necessary to complete the deal.                                               Roz graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Psychology
        Ms. Lesser is the 2012 President of Commercial Real Estate                                                                                            Women Lawyers. Ms. Wiles has handled in excess of
                                                                                 from the University of Illinois and received her JD from Southwestern
     Women, Los Angeles (CREW-LA), a business networking, education                                                                                           20 appellate cases in addition to various trial court matters
     and leadership development organization within the CREW Network,            University School of Law in 1980. Roz draws on her experiences in
     comprising over 8,400 members across the US and Canada.                     being both child focused and cognizant of the financial impact of            and assists school districts on a wide variety of business and
        Ms. Lesser is an active member of the Los Angeles County Bar             divorce. She has a team of experts to address each challenge from            litigation issues, as well as related legislative matters.
     Association where she is a member of the Executive Committee for
     the Real Property Section. Ms. Lesser is a sought-after speaker on          pre- and post-nuptial agreements to estate planning and                         “School law has become increasingly complex. The suc-
     legal and business issues related to real estate finance, leasing and       trust administration.                                                        cessful representation of a school district requires expertise
     development. In June, 2011, she was on a networking panel at the
                                                                                   An exemplary 95% settlement record has won Roz the admiration
     National Spring Leadership Conference for CREW Network. She is                                                                                           in several areas,” says Ms. Wiles, “particularly in these
     also a published author.                                                    and respect of her clients and peers. As a well-seasoned mediator,
        Ms. Lesser earned her juris doctor degree from the University of                                                                                      challenging times.”
                                                                                 Roz and her associates bring into play collaborative alternatives that
     Southern California Law Center, where she was Editor of the Enter-                                                                                        The Firm prides itself on its mission statement to “provide
     tainment Law Journal and chaired the Entertainment Law Society.             can avoid costly litigation. However, if settlement isn’t in the cards,
     She holds a Bachelor of Arts dual degree in Communications and              Roz’s experience in litigation will be deployed while her team works         high quality, prompt legal services while establishing and
     Political Science from the State University of New York at Albany,                                                                                       maintaining personal attention to our clients’ needs.”
     where she graduated magna cum laude.                                        tirelessly to provide a focused, effective, and aggressive approach.

     Law Offices of Trudi J. Lesser                                                                                                                           Bowie, Arneson, Wiles & Giannone
                                                                                 The Law Offices of Rosaline L. Zukerman                                      4920 Campus Drive
    Specializing in Commercial Real Estate Transactions
                                                                                 10100 Santa Monica Blvd. Suite 2300                                          Newport Beach, CA 92660
    2110 Artesia Boulevard, #473
                                                                                 Los Angeles, CA 90067                                                        ph: 949.851.1300 • fax: 949.851.2014
    Redondo Beach, California 90278
                                                                                 Ph: 310.277.5277 Fax: 310.277.5276                                           wwiles@bawg.com
    Ph: 310-503-6025 • Fax: 877-892-6519
                                                                                 www.zukermanlaw.com                                                          www.bawg.com
    tjllawyer@gmail.com • www.tjllawyer.com
www.latimes.com/womenleaders                                                                                                                                                  Los AngeLes’ Women LeAders in the LAW 11
                                                                                                                                                                        Amy Cantrell
From Left: Laura Gianni,
Daria Carlson

                As colleagues for the past 10 years, Laura Gianni and Daria Carlson have provided aggressive
                   representation for women’s rights in their respective injury and employment practices.
      Gianni Petoyan                                                                 Markun Zusman & Compton LLP

     F                                                                               W
               ounded in 2004 by partners Laura Gianni and Marcus Petoyan,                          ith offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Portland, Markun
               the firm has achieved countless multimillion-dollar settlements for                  Zusman & Compton LLP has established a nationally recog-
               individuals seeking compensation for injuries in cases involving                     nized practice in employment, securities, consumer fraud, and
      pharmaceutical products, medical devices, medical malpractice, and other       class action litigation. The firm has secured many multimillion-dollar settle-
      catastrophic injury cases.                                                     ments and judgments for its clients, who range from employees subjected
           Ms. Gianni can relate to her clients with a unique female perspective.    to unfair and illegal treatment in the workplace, to investors exploited by
      She notes that in many of the firm’s cases the proportion of women who         unscrupulous financial advisors, to consumers misled or otherwise harmed
      are affected is much higher than men. “Many of the pharmaceutical cases        by large corporations.
      involve exclusively or mostly women,” she says. “Currently, all of the major       MZC also represents companies that have been accused of wrongdoing.
      cases I am handling involve injuries to women—thromboembolic events            “Because the firm represents both plaintiffs and defendants, it has unique
      such as DVTs (deep vein thrombosis) and PEs (pulmonary embolisms) as           insight into the motivation, goals, and strategy of the opposing party,” notes
      a result of birth control products; injuries to women who had transvaginal     partner Daria Carlson. “This perspective often results in quicker resolutions
      mesh products implanted to treat stress urinary incontinence; and women        and greater benefits to our clients.”
      who took SSRIs (anti-depressants) and other drugs during pregnancy who             Ms. Carlson primarily handles employment litigation involving unpaid
      had children born with birth defects. I believe women are disproportionately   wages and overtime, wrongful termination, retaliation, sexual harassment,
      affected by defective drugs and medical devices. ”                             discrimination, trade secrets, and contract disputes. Throughout her career,
           Ms. Gianni has devoted her legal career to representing victims of        Ms. Carlson has passionately represented the rights of women in the work-
      catastrophic injuries. She has litigated pharmaceutical products cases at      place. “Despite the advances women have made in the workplace, we are
      the national level since 1995 and has served on numerous state and federal     still frequently subject to unequal treatment. I feel a responsibility to try to
      committees for the litigation of pharmaceutical products cases including       make things better for all women.”
      currently serving on the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee for MDL 2051 Den-         Ms. Carlson has extensive experience in class actions, and has suc-
      ture Cream Products Liability.                                                 cessfully obtained certification of many employee classes against national
                                                                                     corporate defendants.

             17383 Sunset Blvd., Suite A200, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272               17383 Sunset Blvd., Suite A380, Pacific Palisades, California 90272
                       ph: 310.230.6767 • fax: 310.230.6051                                          ph: 310.454.5900 • fax: 310.454.5970
                          www.giannipetoyanlaw.com                                                            www.mzclaw.com

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