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Our Team

Steven H. Gurnee

Managing Partner

Since his admission to the California Bar in 1975, Mr. Gurnee has focused on civil trial work of all kinds, with a particular emphasis on the defense of businesses and individuals. He has a wide range of jury trial experience in high exposure cases involving professional negligence, employment, products liability, public entities, construction defects, flood, fire and agricultural losses, aviation, real estate and general personal injury matters. He is known as an expert in the field of funeral and cemetery law, and is frequently called upon by owners of funeral homes, cemeteries and crematoria to provide advice and to defend litigation involving a wide spectrum of issues affecting those industries.

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John A. Mason

Partner

John Mason received his Bachelor of Science Degree with high honors from the University of California, Berkeley in 1988, and his Juris Doctor from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1993. During law school, he was a member of the 1992-93 Moot Court Honors Board. Prior to entering the practice of law, Mr. Mason served as a Consultant to the California State Assembly, Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee.

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Nicholas P. Forestiere

Partner

Nicholas P. Forestiere was admitted to the California State Bar in 1986. He is an esteemed litigation and business attorney with a wide range of experience before the trial and appellate courts in California. He is admitted to practice before all trial and appellate courts in California as well as the Eastern, Northern and Central Districts of the U.S. District Courts and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

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Toby M. Magarian

Partner

Mr. Magarian was born in Mountain View, California. He graduated from the University of California at Davis with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Political Science in 1984. He received his Juris Doctor degree from Santa Clara University School of Law in 1987.

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Candace H. Shirley

Partner

Candace Shirley graduated from the Santa Clara University with a Bachelor of Arts degree (magna cum laude) in 1975, and she received her Juris Doctor degree from Empire Law School in 1983.

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Zachary L. Hamilton

Zachary L. Hamilton was admitted to the State Bar of California in 2015.  Mr. Hamilton attended the University of West Georgia where he graduated cum laude with a B.S. in Political Science in 2009.  Mr. Hamilton went on to attend the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, where he earned his Juris Doctor in […]

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Hasan B. Shaik

Ms. Shaik was admitted to the State Bar of California in 2016.  Ms. Shaik attended the University of California Davis where she earned her B.S. in Electrical Engineering in 2013.  Ms. Shaik went on to attend the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, where she earned her Juris Doctor in Law.  Ms. Shaik is currently […]

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Phillip R. Bonotto

Partner

Mr. Bonotto is admitted to the California State Bar, all jurisdictions in the State of California, and the U.S. District Court-Eastern District of California in 1983.  Phil Bonotto attended the University of California at Davis, where he graduated with a B.S., with honors, in 1980. He went on to attend McGeorge School of Law, University […]

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Tracy W. Fritch-Thym

Tracy W. Fritch-Thym was admitted to the State Bar of California Bar in 2013.  Mr. Fritch-Thym was admitted to practice law in all jurisdictions of the State of California in 2013 and the U.S. district Court-Eastern District of California in 2014.  Mr. Fritch-Thym attended California State University of Sacramento, where he earned his B.A. in […]

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James W. Rushford

Partner

James W. Rushford  was admitted to California State Bar in 1979. He was also admitted to practice in all jurisdictions in the State of California, the U.S. District Court-Eastern District of California, and the U.S. District Court-Northern District of California in 1983. Mr. Rushford has been a licensed Real Estate Broker since 2005. Jim Rushford […]

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