Attorney Bios

Partners

John D. Barrett, Jr.

Partner

Mr. Barrett has been handling litigation at Parker Stanbury LLP since 1979, and he has assisted LegalShield (Pre-Paid Legal) and its members with their litigation problems since 1994.

Born in Ossining, New York, Mr. Barrett moved to California as a teenager and worked at a variety of jobs while attending Loyola University of Los Angeles (B.A., History 1973) and Southwestern University School of Law (J.D., 1976). He was admitted to the California Bar in 1976 and then the Federal Bar (Northern, Central and Southern Districts).

Mr. Barrett was submitted to peer review and admitted to the American Board of Trial Advocates (“ABOTA”) in 1992 and was tested, submitted to peer and judicial review and Certified in Civil Trial Advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy in 1994. He is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, Association of Southern California Defense Counsel and the American Bar Association.

He has served for many years as an arbitrator for the Los Angeles County Bar Association Fee Dispute Resolution Services, and formerly served as an arbitrator for the Contractor’s State Licensing Board and the American Arbitration Association. He has conducted many mediations and settlement conferences as a Settlement Officer for the Los Angeles Superior Court.

Mr. Barrett focuses on all types of insurance defense, personal injury and civil litigation.

During his time off he enjoys hikes, historical documentaries and family gatherings.

Ronald L. Smith

Partner

Ron joined Parker Stanbury as a trial lawyer in early 1981 and has been a partner with the firm for over thirty years.  His practice areas have included Toxic Torts and Environmental Law, Products Liability, Construction Law, and Civil Litigation.

Parker Stanbury has been privileged to be the California Provider for Legal Shield (formerly Pre-Paid Legal) since 1994.  Ron was the original partner in charge of the Legal Shield Department and continues to oversee the daily Legal Shield operations.  Ron is proud to have been part of the growth of Legal Shield from a handful of attorneys and staff to over one hundred attorneys and staff providing legal guidance to Legal Shield members in California.

Born in Los Angeles, California, Ron was admitted to the California Bar in 1980.  He attended U.C.L.A. (B.A. Economics, 1976) and Southwestern University (J.D., 1980), is a member of the State Bar of California, and is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court (Southern and Central Districts of California).

Ron was a long time youth sports coach and administrator and has served on multiple community boards.  He is a serious history buff, avid sports fan, and enjoys spending time with his family, most especially his grandchildren.

J. Luis Garcia

Partner

Mr. Garcia started with Parker Stanbury LLP upon his being admitted to the California State Bar in 1986. He has been involved with LegalShield (Pre-Paid Legal) since 1994 when Parker Stanbury first became the California provider firm. Luis, who is fluent in Spanish, provided direct assistance to the Spanish-speaking members. Today, he handles civil litigation generated from LegalShield members.

Luis attended the University of Southern California (B.A., cum laude, 1981) and Loyola Law School/ Loyola Marymount University (J.D.,1984). Luis is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), the American Bar Association, the Mexican-American Bar Association, the Consumer Attorneys of California, and the Los Angeles County Bar Association.

In addition to being a member of the State Bar of California, Luis is also admitted to practice before United States District Court, including the Central District of California and the Southern District of California.

Luis donates time to both the courts and his community. He serves the courts as a Judge Pro Tem, arbitrator and mediator. In his hometown of Whittier, he has served as Chairman and a member of the City’s Social Services Commission and Chairman of the City’s Volunteer Recognition Program.

When not working or volunteering, Luis can usually be found at a USC game or out on the golf links trying to find his ball.

Douglas H. Mori

Partner

Mr. Mori is a California native and has been with Parker Stanbury for over 40 years. He has been providing legal assistance to LegalShield members since 1994.

Doug was admitted to the California Bar in 1978, and the U.S. District Court, Southern and Central Districts of California. He attended Pomona College earning a B.A. degree in 1973, and Vanderbilt University where he earned his Juris Doctorate degree in 1976. He has served as an arbitrator and mediator for the Los Angeles County Superior Court, and a settlement officer for the Los Angeles County courts. His practice areas include civil litigation, traffic, Insurance Defense, Trucking Law, Construction Law and General Civil Law.

Doug is a dedicated family man and sports fan. He especially enjoys watching his son participate in sporting activities.

David Cowan

Partner

A partner at Parker Stanbury LLP, David joined the firm as a provider attorney in 2001.  His practice areas have included Immigration, Insurance, Consumer Finance and Collections.

When he joined Parker Stanbury LLP, he recognized that he could help more people as a Provider Attorney than he could working in a traditional law firm. Over the years he has assisted countless members on their legal matters, and he takes pride in the fact that the only thing that the member had to do was to pick up the phone and use the membership.

Born in Los Angeles, David was admitted to the Bar in 1995. He attended Boston University (B.A. in Psychology, 1990) and Tulane Law School (J.D., 1993), is a member of the State Bar of California, and is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court (Central District of California) and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

At the age of 17, David performed as a stand-up comedian at the Improv (1 show).  He also appeared briefly (1.2 seconds) on the television show Picket Fences as an extra in the episode “This Little Piggy.”  If you blink during the opening scene, you will miss him. During law school he was the Vice Chairman for the Tulane chapter of the Partner’s Club International, now known as Best Buddies International, and he coached the Orleans Parish Special Olympics Swimming Team.  When he returned to Los Angeles, he continued to coach Special Olympians in basketball. David was a long-time youth sports coach and has served on the Board of the local little league.  David can be found spending time with his family, driving all over the state to watch his daughter’s rowing team or in the stands watching his son play soccer and volleyball.

George Hunlock

Partner

George came on board with the firm in early 2002 as an associate practicing Employment Law and Workers Compensation.  He was assigned to the LegalShield (then Pre-Paid Legal) division and worked as a front-line attorney for many years, delivering services directly to LegalShield members.  George’s experiences gave him an appreciation of how LegalShield can help improve the lives of a large and diverse number of people, many of whom would otherwise have no access to the legal system.  George was promoted to Supervising Attorney in 2003 and is now a partner of Parker Stanbury LLP.

A New Englander by birth, George attended Rhode Island College (B.A. English and Film Studies, 1989) before moving to San Diego to attend law school at California Western School of Law (Juris Doctor, 1993) where he graduated summa cum laude.   He is a member of the State Bar of California.

Like many attorneys in California, George has been required on occasion to practice Entertainment Law in connection with the state’s extensive movie and music industries.  He even dabbled himself, creating a low-budget independent film about law school, which was met with great acclaim by his friends and family.

Associates

MARCUS BASTIDA

Associate

Position: Associate; admitted to bar; 1992, California. Education: University of Washington (B.A., 1989); University of Southern California (J.D., 1992). Member: State Bar of California. Practice Areas: Entertainment Law; Contracts; Copyrights; General Civil Law.

MELANIE BUTLER

Associate

Position: Associate; admitted to bar, 2010, California. Education: Trinity University (B.A., 2003), Loyola Law School (J.D., 2006). Member: State Bar of California. Practice Areas: Employment, Landlord/Tenant, and Bankruptcy.

GEORGANN CARMAN

Associate

Position: Associate; admitted to bar, 1992, California. Education: Southwestern University School of law (J.D. 1992). Member: State Bar of California. Practice Areas: Real Estate Law, Landlord/Tenant Law, Civil Litigation, Consumer Law and General Civil Law.

HANS W. CHEN

Associate

Position; Associate; admitted to the bar in 2007 in California; Education: University of California, Berkeley (B.A.,2003), University of West Los Angeles School of Law (J.D. 2006), Pepperdine University (MBA); Member: State Bar of California; Practice Areas: Workers’ Compensation, Juvenile Dependency, Family Law, Landlord/Tenant, Consumer Law, General Civil Law

MATTHEW W. DAVIS

Associate

Position: Associate; admitted to bar, 1996, California; 1997, U.S. District Court, Central District of California and U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit. Education: University of Pennsylvania (B.A., 1992); Case Western Reserve University (J.D., 1996). Practice Areas: Corporate Law; Business Law; Landlord/Tenant Law; General Civil Law.

GREGORY T. FONG

Associate

Position; Associate: admitted to the bar in 1987 in California: Education: University of California, Los Angeles (B.A. 1983), Whittier College School of law (J.D. 1986); Member; State Bar of California; Practice Areas: Auto Accident, Employment, Personal Injury, Workers’ Compensation, Consumer Law and General Civil Law.

AARON G. FREEMAN

Associate

Position; Associate; admitted to the bar in 2011 in California; Education: University of Massachusetts, Amherst (B.A. 2002), Golden Gate University School of Law (J.D. 2010); Member: State Bar of California, Federal District Court of California, South District; Practice Areas: Business Law, Corporate Law, Patent/Copyright/Trademark Law, Criminal Law, Consumer Law, General Civil Law.

DANA C. GIOVINE

Associate

Position: Associate; admitted to bar; 2000, California. Education: Evangel College, Springfield, Missouri (B.A., 1966); University of West Los Angeles School of Law (J.D., 2000). Member: State Bar of California; Los Angeles County Bar Association; The Association of Trial Lawyers of America; The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies. Practice Areas: Employment Law; Civil Litigation; General Civil Law.

GEORGE C. GONZALEZ

Associate

Position: Associate; admitted to bar, 1996, California; Education: California State University, Fullerton, CA (B.A., 1986), Southwestern University, School of Law, Los Angeles (J.D., 1994); Member: State Bar of California; Practice Areas: Personal Injury, Civil Litigation, Real Estate, Legal Malpractice, Medical Malpractice, Landlord Tenant, Consumer/Finance, Product Liability, Contract, General Civil Law.

JEFF H. GREEN

Associate

Position: Attorney; admitted to bar, 1989, California. Education: University of Kansas (B.A., 1984, J.D., 1984);Practice Areas: Employment, Civil Litigation, Consumer Law, General Civil Law.

GLENN M. HABAS

Associate

Position: Associate; admitted to bar, 1999, California. Education: University of California at Irvine (B.A. 1992); New College of California School of Law (J.D. 1997). Member: State Bar of California. Practice Areas: Criminal Law, Traffic, Family Law, Consumer Law and General Civil Law.

TAMARA C. HARRIS

Associate

Position: Associate; admitted to bar, 2012, California. Education: University of Southern California (B.A., 2006), Southwestern Law School (J.D., 2012). Member: State Bar of California. Practice Areas: Intellectual Property, Entertainment, Workers’ Compensation, Landlord Tenant.

PATRICK M. HEVESY

Associate

Position: Associate; admitted to bar, 1982, California, 1983, United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit and United States District Court, Central District of California; 1988; United States District Court, Eastern District of California; 1991, United States District Court, Southern District of California. Education: University of California at Los Angeles (B.A., 1974), Loyola Law School (J.D., 1982). Member: State Bar of California. Practice Areas: Real Estate; Civil Litigation, Contracts; Business Law; Collections; General Civil Law.

GEORGE M. HILL

Associate

Position: Associate; admitted to bar, 2009, California. Education: Stanford University (B.A., 2006), Loyola Law School (J.D., 2009). Member: State Bar of California. Practice Areas: Real Estate; Personal Injury; Corporate; Landlord/Tenant; General Civil Law.

SAMUEL H. JONES

Associate

Position; Associate: admitted to the bar in 2013 in California; Education: Brigham Young University (B.A. 2010), Southwestern University School of Law (J.D. 2013); Member: State Bar of California, Federal District of California, Eastern District; Practice Areas: Copyright/ Trademark Law, Contract Law, Entertainment Law, Consumer law and General Civil Law.

DAVID C. LANE

Associate

Position: Associate; admitted to bar; 2000, California. Education: California State University at Fullerton (B.A., 1987); Western State University School of Law, Fullerton (J.D., 1997). Member: State Bar of California; Orange County Bar Association; Tax Law Section. Practice Areas: Bankruptcy; Estate Planning; Family Law; Tax; General Civil Law.

J. MARTIN LATHROP

Associate

Position: Associate; admitted to bar, 1999, California; Education: University of California, Los Angeles (B.A. 1988), Southwestern University School of Law (J.D. 1997); Member: State Bar of California; Practice Areas: Criminal Law, Traffic, Landlord/Tenant, Juvenile Delinquency, Guardianship.

B. PETER LEE

Associate

Position: Associate; admitted to bar; 1995, California. Education: University of Missouri (B.S.B.A., 1985); Hastings College of Law, University of California (J.D., 1995). Member: Los Angeles County Bar Association; State Bar of California. Practice Areas: Estate Planning; Contracts; General Civil Law.

MATHEW L. MAY

Associate

Position: Associate; admitted to bar, 2000, California, United States District Court, Central District of California. Education: University of Iowa (B.L.S., 1989); University of West Los Angeles School of Law (J.D., 1998). Member: State Bar of California. Practice Areas: Real Estate; Landlord Tenant; Eminent Domain; Bankruptcy; General Civil Law.

RICARDO A. MERCADO

Associate

Position: Associate; admitted to bar, 2005, California; Education: California State University, Northridge (B.A. 2001); Southwestern University School of Law (J.D. 2004); Member: State Bar of California, San Fernando Valley Bar; Practice Areas: Auto Accident, Civil Litigation, General Civil Law.

ROSEMARIE MERRILL

Associate

Position: Associate; admitted to bar; 1992, California. Education: University of Washington (B.A., 1989); University of Southern California (J.D., 1992). Member: State Bar of California. Practice Areas: Entertainment Law; Contracts; Copyrights; General Civil Law.

ROCCO PAPALIA

Associate

Position: Associate; admitted to bar, 2016, California. Education: Colorado State University (B.A., 2008), Thomas Jefferson School of Law (J.D., 2013). Member: State Bar of California. Practice Areas: Bankruptcy, Landlord/Tenant, and Real Estate.

HIROMI I. PARKS

Associate

Position: Associate; admitted to bar, 2016, California. Education: SOKA University of America (B.A., 2005), Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law (J.D., 2016). Member: State Bar of California. Practice Areas: Employment, Special Education and Immigration.

ERIK PRIEDKALNS

Associate

Position; Associate; admitted to the bar in 1998 in California; Education: California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo ( B.A. 1994), Southwestern University School of Law ( J.D. 1998); Member: State Bar of California; Practice Areas: Civil Litigation, Automobile Accidents, Personal Injury, Consumer Law, General Civil Law

JUSTIN G. ROBINSON

Associate

Position; Associate; admitted to the bar in 2008 in California; Education: California State University, Pomona (B.A. 2004), Pepperdine University School of Law (J.D. 2007); Member: State Bar of California; Practice Areas: Real Estate, Landlord/Tenant, Employment, Consumer Law, General Civil Law

REYNALDO C. SANTOS

Associate

Position: Associate; admitted to bar, 1997, California, and U.S. District Court, Central District of California. Education: University of California at Irvine (B.S., 1998); Hahnemann University (M.S., 1984); University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law (J.D., 1997). Member: Los Angeles County and American Bar Association. Practice Areas: Family Law; Landlord/Tenant; Patent/Copyright; General Civil Law.

JOSEPH R. SERPICO

Associate

Position; Associate: admitted to the bar in 1977 in California; Education: California State University, Northridge (B.S. 1973), Southwestern University School of Law (J.D. 1976); Member: State Bar of California, Los Angeles County Bar Association, American bar Association; Practice Areas: Civil Litigation, Contract Law, Employment Law, Personal Injury, Consumer Law and General Civil Law.

ALAN B. SHEATS

Associate

Position: Associate; admitted to bar, 2001, California. Education: Stanford University at Palo Alto (B.A., 1979), Southwestern University School of Law (J.D., 1998). Member: State Bar of California. Practice Areas: Real Estate; Contracts; Business Law; Landlord/Tenant; General Civil Law.

KELLY A. SHERIDAN

Associate

Position; Associate; admitted to the bar in 2007 in California; Education: Miami University of Ohio (B.A., 1998), Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Cleveland, Ohio (J.D., 2001); Member: State Bar of California, United States District Court, Central District; Practice Areas: Criminal, General Civil law.

ALEX L. SHIA

Associate

Position: Associate; admitted to bar; 1999, California; United States District Court, Northern, Eastern, Central and Southern Districts of California. Education: University of California at Los Angeles (B.A., 1992); Western State University (J.D., 1997). Member: State Bar of California. Practice Areas: Debtor and Creditor; Consumer Finance; Contracts; General Civil Law.

JAMES L.I. WOLFSEN

Associate

Position: Associate; admitted to the bar, 1998, California; Education: University of California, Davis (B.A. 1991), Pepperdine University School of Law (J.D. 1996); Member: State Bar of California, Los Angeles County Bar Association; Practice Areas: Family Law, Adoption, Guardianship, Foster Care, Probate, Estate Planning, Conservatorship.

Of Counsel

ROBERT W. LoPRESTI

Of Counsel

Position: Of Counsel: admitted to the bar in 1976 in California; Education: California State University, Northridge (B.S. 1973), Southwestern University School of Law ( J.D. 1976); Member: State Bar of California, U.S. District Court, Southern and Central Districts of California, American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA); Practice Areas: Insurance Defense, Construction Defect, Civil Litigation, Estate Planning and General Civil Law.