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Mary Barnes, Attorney, The Dolan Law Firm

Barnes.jpgMary Barnes has been an attorney with the Dolan Law Firm since December 2010. She appreciates the intellectual and emotional challenges of her practice, which includes personal injury, product liability, medical malpractice and wrongful death matters. Ms. Barnes received her B.A. from Saint Mary's College of California in 2006 and her J.D. from Golden Gate University School of Law in 2010. Before law school, Ms. Barnes volunteered with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Syracuse, New York. In her spare time, Ms. Barnes enjoys playing guitar, cooking, spending time with her husband, and rooting for the Giants and the Saint Mary's Gaels basketball team.

Linda Echegaray, Associate Attorney, Law Offices of Thomas P. Cacciatore

Echegaray.jpgLinda Echegaray is a third year attorney practicing plaintiff's side personal injury, premises liability and medical malpractice in Pasadena, CA. She has a Bachelor's from Louisiana State University, attended the American University Washington Semester program, attended Loyola University New Orleans where she worked with hearing impaired children through the Music Therapy program, and obtained her JD from Pepperdine University School of Law. Her internship experiences include White House Council on Environmental Quality (NEPA Oversight), Federal Aviation Administration (Airport Improvements), and California Court of Appeal. She is the proud mom of a 12 year old and loves performing as a pianist, singer, and dancer. She also enjoys hiking, flying, traveling, water skiing, and being on the water.

John Hensill, Litigation Associate, Berg Injury Lawyers

Hensill.jpgGardner has opened and currently runs a litigation office for Berg Injury Lawyers in Sacramento, California. He zealously represents his clients, injured through no fault of their own, and fights for their interests at all stages of litigation. He has successfully resolved cases through negotiation, mediation, arbitration and trial, protecting his clients interests, and maximizing their recovery.

Ayanna Jenkins-Toney, Principal/Owner, Law Offices of Ayanna Jenkins-Toney

Jenkins-Toney.jpgAyanna Jenkins- Toney, Esq. is the CEO and founding partner at the Law Offices of Ayanna Jenkins- Toney, located in San Francisco and Marin County California. A graduate of Howard University and Golden Gate University School of Law, she founded the firm in 2003 and has a general practice concentrating in the areas of: family law litigation, civil rights (federal and state), personal injury and sports/entertainment. Prior to founding the Law Offices of Ayanna Jenkins- Toney, Ayanna worked for the San Francisco District Attorney's Office as an intern. Ayanna has litigated a case all the way to the United States Supreme Court that, established precedent throughout the state of California. Ayanna Jenkins- Toney, chosen by The National Bar Association as one of The Nation's Best Advocates 40 Lawyers Under 40 list for 2012, the co-founder and President of the North Bay Minority Bar Coalition 2012-2013. Ayanna was the first African American President of the Marin County Women Lawyers [2010]. Chosen by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star; Ayanna is the president of the Marin Chapter of Consumer Attorneys of California. Ayanna is an active member in numerous civic, community and philanthropic organizations, including Jack and Jill of America, Inc., The Junior League of San Francisco, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and The Links, Inc. Ayanna's goal is to bring diversity to the legal profession. She is a member of several bar associations, including National Bar Association, Charles Houston Bar Association, San Francisco Bar Association, Marin County Bar Association, San Francisco Trial Lawyers, Consumer Attorneys of California and Richard Sangster Inns of Court. Her active participation in these associations allows her to forge alliances and contacts throughout the legal community, which helps her to achieve her aim of bringing diversity to the legal profession on all levels. Ayanna has had several articles printed about her cases including in the San Francisco Chronicle, The Examiner, The San Mateo Daily Journal, and The Oakland Tribune. Ayanna has appeared on ABC, CBS, and NBC news. Ayanna has appeared as a featured Speaker on behalf of the Marin County Bar Association ""Parents Teens and the Law""; San Francisco Bar Association Sports and Entertainment Section Moderator- "Protecting the Legacy of Tupac Shakur", with Eric Farber Tupac's attorney; Marin County Women Lawyers -Moderator ""The Art of Negotiation"". Speaker Martin Luther King, Jr. Academy located in Marin City "Annual Career Day".

Paymon Khatibi, Attorney, Khorrami Boucher Sumner Sanguinetti

Khatibi.jpgPaymon Khatibi is an attorney at Khorrami Boucher Sumner Sanguinetti, LLP. Paymon was graduated from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles where he earned his Juris Doctor. Paymon completed his undergraduate studies at the University of California, Irvine where he graduated with recognition, obtaining a degree in Criminology, Law & Society. While in law school, Paymon founded and served as the editor-in-chief of the Loyola Journal Digital Law Student Magazine and served as co-chair of the American Civil Liberties Union chapter at Loyola. While in law school, Paymon worked at the internationally known law firm, Geragos & Geragos, where his work included cases involving civil plaintiffs. Paymon helped prepare cases for trial and presented evidence to juries alongside the firm's top trial attorneys. Paymon also volunteered at the Mesereau-Ephriam-Villaraigosa Free Legal Clinic located in the heart of South Central Los Angeles. The clinic provides much needed resources of legal information and legal assistance to residents who might not otherwise have ready access to such services. Paymon is admitted to the State Bar of California, as well as the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Central Districts of the California District Court.

Samuel Kim, Associate, Emison Hullverson LLP

Kim.jpgSam is a seasoned trial attorney who has always understood the importance of service. Sam grew up serving customers in his family-owned restaurants in Dallas, he performed community service projects in middle and high school, and he participated in various service-related organizations and internships in college and law school. Sam began his legal career litigating commercial disputes in St. Louis. He then served five years on active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps as a judge advocate, prosecuting military criminal cases all across the country. Sam continued his public service prosecuting cases for the Department of Homeland Security in Los Angeles. After resettling in the Bay Area last year, Sam joined Emison Hullverson to serve those harmed by the negligent or careless actions of others.

Alexis Djivre

Djivre.jpgA late-life career change to becoming an attorney in 2006 has led me to a strong interest in leadership positions, not only in my legal community, but also the community in which I live. I've always been an advocate (even before being an attorney) for those unable to speak and stand up for their rights. I have a strong sense of charity and believe that it's always better to give than to receive! I'm looking forward to learning the essential skills in the NLC program that will help me and my fellow CAOC leaders make our organization even greater than it already is.

Douglas Rochen, Senior Attorney, Kabateck Brown Kellner LLP

Rochen.jpgDouglas A. Rochen is a central figure in the firm's personal injury division. Mr. Rochen has extensive experience in a wide array of personal injury cases, including product liability, catastrophic injury, toxic tort, premises liability, and pharmaceutical litigation. Mr. Rochen also focuses on commercial litigation, habitability disputes, and consumer fraud cases. Before joining Kabateck Brown Kellner, LLP, Mr. Rochen spent several years at a defense firm, acquiring essential skills that make him a powerful litigator on the plaintiff's side. With his unique background and experience, Mr. Rochen is better able to anticipate defense firm strategy and counter with advance litigation techniques. His instincts have resulted in several large settlements and millions in recovery for his clients. Mr. Rochen is admitted to practice before all California state courts, as well as the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Central United States District Courts of California. Mr. Rochen actively serves as a mediator for the Los Angeles County Courts and is a member of the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles.

Catia Saraiva, Attorney, Dreyer, Babich, Buccola, Wood, Campora, LLP

Saraiva.jpgMs. Saraiva is an attorney at Dreyer, Babich, Buccola, Wood, Campora, LLP. She has handled hundreds of complex cases to successful completion and obtained major results for her clients. In 2010, she was nominated for CAOC Attorney of the Year for her work in the Linville v. PSI, Inc. case where she represented the heirs of a dependent adult patient (under the California Elder Abuse & Dependent Adult Laws) that died days after her admission into an acute-care hospital due to use of an unsafe restraint. A condition to settlement mandated changes to defendant’s policies and training practices in several key areas of patient neglect uncovered during the case. In the recent wrongful death case of Botell v. United States of America, she was able to establish liability for a dangerous condition at Lassen National Volcanic Park and obtained evidentiary sanctions against the United States in Federal Court for destroying evidence. Ms. Saraiva was selected as a Rising Star by Northern California Super Lawyers in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. She has been recognized by San Francisco Magazine as one of Northern California's Outstanding Young Lawyers and selected by Top Attorneys – as Sacramento's Outstanding Young Lawyers. In 2013 and 2014, she was recognized as one of Top Women Attorneys in Northern California by San Francisco Magazine.

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