Lawyer Directory 2018-06-13T01:58:02+00:00

Maria’s practice is focused on the areas of family law, education law, and wills and trusts. She’s a certified guardian ad litem and a certified family court mediator. Many times when a client comes in, it’s in a time of crisis. Maria’s goal is to guide people in finding the best resolution possible with the least amount of stress.

Maria received her law degree from the Charleston School of Law, where she attended on a partial academic scholarship. During her time there she was honored with the CALI Award of Excellence in the areas of Family Law and Legal Research and Writing and received the Pro Bono Award at graduation for providing more than 100 hours of pro bono legal work.. Her pro bono work included serving as an adult guardianship volunteer in the probate court and volunteering at the domestic violence clinic at the Charleston County Courthouse. She also served as the Student Chair of the Academic Committee for the law school.

A wife and mother, Maria lives in Charleston and is actively involved with her church. Prior to becoming an attorney, she was a practicing Board Certified Behavior Analyst in the Lowcountry. She founded a local company that provides therapy, testing, and psychiatric services for children with behavioral and psychological disorders. Her Bachelor’s degree is in psychology from Chapman University in Orange, California and her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology, with a specialization in Marriage & Family Therapy, from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California.

She went on to complete post-graduate coursework through the University of Texas at Denton in Applied Behavior Analysis, receiving her Board Certification in Applied Behavior Analysis in 2008. She also taught for the graduate program at the University of West Florida for 2 years as an adjunct professor in the Department of Behavior Analysis and served as a clinical supervisor for individuals pursuing their certification.

Maria is committed to continuing her involvement in advocating for children with special needs. She’s served on the Board of the Walk for Autism-Charleston for the last 4 years, serving as the Interim President in the past and currently as the Secretary.

Current memberships include the South Carolina Association for Justice (SCAJ), the American Bar Association (ABA), the Charleston County Bar Association (CBA), Dorchester County Bar Association, Berkeley County Bar Association, South Carolina Bar, the Children’s Law Committee of the South Carolina Bar, the Education Law Committee of the South Carolina Bar, the South Carolina Women Lawyers Association, and the Mediation and Meeting Center of Charleston.


Matthew Broun is an Athens, Georgia, native and an undergraduate of the University of Mississippi. After completing his undergraduate studies, Matthew returned home to Georgia to attend law school Hat the Georgia State University College of Law in downtown Atlanta.

After he graduated law school, Matthew began his legal career at a respected insurance defense firm in Atlanta, Georgia. He was afforded the opportunity to work with numerous insurance companies and gained valuable insight into how they evaluate claims and cases.

Has a Desire to Come to People’s Aid

Ultimately, Attorney Broun decided he would rather help people in difficult situations as opposed to helping insurance companies’ bottom lines. He began representing people injured through no fault of their own in 2012 and has recently joined Kalka and Baer in an of counsel capacity. He is eager to continue to zealously represent victims of negligence and hold the insurance companies he used to work for accountable.

Stephan Shattuck, Esq. is a New York attorney who represents clients in divorce and family court proceedings. Appearing regularly in court throughout all the Boroughs of New York City and Westchester, Mr. Shattuck is experienced in both litigating cases and reaching favorable outcomes through negotiation.
Mr. Shattuck handles all phases of the divorce process, and is knowledgeable in the legal nuances of “equitable distribution” (i.e. property and debt division) as well as “maintenance” (often called alimony or spousal support). Mr. Shattuck also is experienced in representing clients in matters of child custody and visitation, including enforcement actions and relocation cases.
In addition to family law, Mr. Shattuck represents clients charged in criminal court, as well as, actions filed against them by Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) in the family court. In such cases, clients are guided through the process with an eye towards achieving the best result.
Previous to opening his own practice, Mr. Shattuck oversaw the entire family law department at a midsize law firm in the Financial District. Before that he was an associate attorney at a Queens boutique law firm focused on providing quality representation in divorce and family law matters.
Mr. Shattuck first became interested in family law while studying at the University of Baltimore School of Law where he participated in the school’s Family Law Clinic. Later this dedication to family law carried over after he was licensed to working in the New York City Family Court Volunteer Attorney Program in 2016.
Mr. Shattuck is a caring and passionate attorney who believes in the client-centered lawyering approach in order to provide his clients personalized representation and exceptional legal advice.

Mr. Dolan is admitted to practice before Colorado State Courts, the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, and the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. He earned his J.D. from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law in May 2016, and earned his B.A. in Political Science from Colorado State University in 2012. Mr. Dolan is a member of the Colorado Bar Association and the Denver Bar Association.

Mr. Dolan represents clients in family law and personal injury cases. He has experience in auto injury, ski injury, and premises liability cases. In his family law practice, Mr. Dolan prides himself on getting the best results possible for his clients who are going through some of the most difficult times of their lives. While in law school, Mr. Dolan dedicated a substantial portion of his time to working with and defending indigent persons who had been charged with crimes.


Ashley is an associate attorney at Barrow Brown. Prior to joining private practice, Ashley served as a staff attorney in Jefferson County Family Court as well as a Trial Commissioner for Jefferson County District Court. Her practice focuses solely on family law issues.

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Gilberto Lacayo is the founder of Lacayo Law Firm. He was born and raised in Miami, Florida as a first-generation American. He is fully bilingual in English and Spanish. Mr. Lacayo has worked in the legal field in South Florida for over a decade, representing clients in personal injury and insurance matters. Currently, he helps people all throughout Florida with their legal needs – including personal injury, bankruptcy, family, insurance and criminal defense. He is a member of the Florida bar, Federal Court Bar, Miami lakes Bar Association, Cuban American Bar Association, Miami-Dade Trial Lawyers Association, the American Association for Justice and the Dade County Bar Association. His compassion, dedication and attention to detail make the difference that gets results for clients. He believes that all clients must be treated like family.


Florida International University

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

Florida International University College of Law

Juris Doctor


Florida, 2015

Federal Court, Southern District of Florida

Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Florida


Attorney Ashley Negrette is the founder and principal attorney of Negrette Law, P.C., in San Diego, California. A devoted legal advocate for the rights, interests and entitlements of those she serves, Ms. Negrette represents a diverse range of clients throughout the state as well as around the world who have legal needs involving immigration and family law.

As the first member of her family to go to college, Ms. Negrette has achieved notable success through her hard work and diligence, and she has earned a reputation as an attorney who cares about her clients’ needs. She meticulously prepares each case to increase the chances of obtaining positive results for her clients, and she calmly guides her clients through what is typically a very tumultuous and emotional time.


A.J. Goleh concentrates his practice in helping personal injury victims and their families. He chose this profession because he believed in helping the injured getting justice and fair compensation for their losses, which were caused by someone else’s fault. He understands every case is different because every injury is different. He knows some injuries are life changing. In addition to being painful, these injuries can be unduly burdensome and may threaten their earning potential and their family’s financial security. The money received from the defendant will never put the injured party back in the same position they were in before the accident. However, the compensation received will allow the injured victims to get their lives back on track and receive the essential and necessary medical treatments that they need, while also providing them with the financial security they deserve.

A.J. focuses primarily on auto/trucking/motorcycle collision cases, pedestrian accidents, wrongful death, and premises liability. A.J. has previously represented as many as 1000 injured clients and recovered millions of dollars on behalf of his clients. A.J. is well known and respected throughout the legal community by both plaintiff and defense attorneys.

A.J. is among a select group of trial attorneys that has graduated from the prestigious Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College in Dubois, Wyoming. He is also a graduate of CAALA Plaintiff Trial Academy. He believes life is about constant learning and that you never stop learning. Once you stop being a student, you’ll stop growing. A.J. is an avid member of Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles. Each year, he attends numerous personal injury seminars around the State.

Aside from his work as a lawyer, A.J. is an avid martial artist and holds a 1st degree Black Belt in Hapkido. However, what remain most important to A.J. (in addition to his two boys) are his pro bono work and the passion of giving back to the community. A.J. has worked pro bono for multiple years as a volunteer at Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County (NLSLA). He believes to increase access to justice and help those who can’t afford assistance, we need to take the time without expecting anything in return, and empower them when they have nowhere else to turn. A.J. also has his own yearly “blanket and warm clothes for the homeless” drive, which he personally hand delivers every single item to the misfortunates on the streets.

Attorney Dan Allen was born in Orange County, California, and moved to Las Vegas in 1989. He graduated from Durango High School and then enlisted in the Army, where he participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom. After his time with the Army, he moved to Germany for almost two years before returning to Las Vegas.

Education & Experience

Daniel started his career by attending school to be a Paralegal. It was here where he found his passion for the law and decided to become a lawyer. After Paralegal School, he worked as a runner and the became a Paralegal for a law firm that practiced Criminal Defense and Personal Injury, while he attended University of Phoenix where he obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.

Daniel attended Whittier Law School, located in Costa Mesa, California, where he earned his Juris Doctor in 2016. During his time in law school, he was accepted into the Trial Advocacy Honors Board and was also accepted into the External Competition Team where he competed in Mock Trials against other law schools. He interned for the Orange County Public Defender’s Office and the Legal Aid Society of Orange County. After Law School, Daniel returned to Las Vegas where he worked as a Law Clerk for a Criminal Defense and Family Law Firm.

Beyond Law

Daniel enjoys reading, watching soccer, video games and spending time with his Fiancée.


After graduating from Emory University’s School of Law in 1980, Jim Goldstein began working for a small law firm that represented the leading banks and corporations on the south side of Atlanta. Jim’s capabilities were quickly noticed and he was made a partner in less than three years, the fastest rise ever in the firm. After successfully defending Fulton County and other entities in a series of wrongful death trials, Jim concluded that his talents would be better utilized representing personal injury victims and their families.


Dallas Family Lawyer Committed to Fighting for Client Rights

Sometimes a marriage just does not work out, no matter how hard a couple tries. If you are facing the life-altering event of a divorce, you need an experienced attorney who will fight aggressively for your rights. Justin T. Whiddon of Balekian Hayes, PLLC is a Dallas family law attorney who represents individual clients in all phases of family law. He also handles business law cases involving commercial disputes. His number one goal is to fight for the rights of you, your children, and your ability to spend time with them.

If you are facing a divorce, Justin T. Whiddon can help. Call (214) 849-1905 to schedule a consultation with a lawyer who will fight for your rights and get you what you deserve.

Experienced Attorney in Texas

Justin lives in Dallas where he enjoys playing golf, spending time with friends and family, and watching America’s team — the Dallas Cowboys. As a Texas native, Justin earned his law degree at Texas Wesleyan University School of Law (now Texas A&M University School of Law). He earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Arkansas after attending the Sam M. Walton School of Business.


Rich has clerked for one of the largest criminal law firms in Oregon where he wrote briefs for the Oregon Supreme Court, the Oregon Appellate Court, and motions for the Marion County District Court. Prior to that he worked at the Marion County District Attorneys office as a DUII clerk.

Since joining the firm, Rich has been immersed in client representation including preparing memorandums for supervising attorneys, interviewing clients, preparing witnesses for trial, writing motions to the court, and communicating with the OLCC and other government agencies.

Richard received his J.D. from the Willamette University College of Law and was awarded the Order of the Barristers for excellence and high honor through the art of courtroom advocacy. While in law school, Richard was the Vice President of the Moot Court Executive board, and also held positions such as Vice President of his class. He also was the winner of his sections’ First Year Appellate Competition.

Born in Cardiff, Wales (UK), his parents m, his family emigrated to Philadelphia, PA, and later to Los Angeles, CA. He eventually earned his degree in Political Science from the California State University of Long Beach.

A former musician, playing several instruments, he still enjoys attending musical concerts, often attending the Oregon Symphony, but also searches out jazz concerts and jam bands. He is a sports fan, has recently taken up photography, and hopes to earn his private pilot license in the near future.


Nathan LaMotte attended the Santa Clara University School of law. During his time there, he always had an interest in family law. He spent two semesters working as an extern at a bay area boutique family law and estate planning firm where he assisted the founding attorney in a variety of family law cases. During his time at Santa Clara law, he was also awarded the CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Evidence.

Upon graduation, Nathan was offered a law clerk position at the same boutique family law firm and continued working on many challenging family law matters. Soon after passing the bar, Nathan was hired as an associate attorney at the Law Office of Elainie Honjas, a prominent family law firm located in downtown San Jose. He worked closely with Elainie Honjas on many complex family law cases, helping her clients achieve the best possible resolution of their family law matter. In his nearly two years as an associate, he worked diligently to hone his family law skills, learning the many nuances and challenges of a family law case. In 2016, Nathan decided to start his own law practice with the goal of providing zealous, yet affordable, legal representation to family law litigants in the Bay Area.

Nathan is also very involved with Santa Clara County legal community. He has been an active member of the Santa Clara County Bar Association and the family law sections of the California Bar Association and Santa Clara County Bar Association since passing the California Bar. He is presently serving as the Secretary of the Santa Clara County Bar Association’s Family Law Section. If you are interested in Nathan’s zealous representation for your family law matter, please call for a free consultation.


People often ask me why do you practice personal injury law. Don’t a lot of people define you as an “ambulance chaser”?

It certainly is true that many people look down upon personal injury attorneys as simply opportunists who want to take advantage of a person in a bad situation. However, ask any of my past and present clients what they think, and I believe they will all tell you that without my representation or my firm’s representation, they would not have had a chance.

People do not realize that the law of personal injury and wrongful death is extremely complicated and full of legal pitfalls and technicalities. There is nothing straight forward about any personal injury case. Each case is different based upon the facts and circumstances. many factors come into play when representing injured clients, and a full knowledge of all the possible ramifications that could occur in any one case is absolutely important.

I must say that it is an extremely rewarding experience once a case has been pursued to completion and the client is grateful for the result. I certainly cannot guarantee that all of our results are 100% satisfactory to the client. We sometimes lose, but we are more often successful in obtaining a favorable result for our client. A successful outcome is also very rewarding when one realizes that you are up against high powered and well funded insurance carriers and corporations that can outspend you 10 to 1. Therefore, one needs the knowledge of the law, as well as an aggressive attitude in order to overcome such obstacles.

I have practiced personal injury law for over 30 years. During that time I have learned a great deal about the law, how to succeed and how to obtain a successful outcome for an injured client.

The philosophy of our law firm is clear, in that we have built a firm dedicated to personalized and family-oriented principles, in which the client will always be represented by an attorney that they can talk to, meet with and feel comfortable with. The key to any successful attorney/client relationship is trust. We feel we have earned the trust of thousands of our clients whom we have represented over the years.

If you are looking for a conglomerate firm with hundreds of lawyers, you probably will not want to consult with Legler & Flynn. However, if you are interested in speaking with an attorney one on one, as well as a community oriented organization that has been around the Manatee/Sarasota area for over 20 years, then you may want to speak with one of our attorneys.


Mason has been litigating personal injury cases since 1997. Before opening his own practice Mr. Rashtian worked with prestigious law firms in Los Angeles and Orange Counties, primarily as a litigation attorney on the defense side.

In 2006, Mr. Rashtian opened his own practice and now handles litigation matters on the plaintiff’s (injured) side. Thus, he brings a unique perspective to litigation, having represented parties on both sides..

Aside from Mason’s experience as a personal injury lawyer in Santa Clarita California, his reputation is the firm’s greatest asset. Nearly all clients come to The Mason Law Firm on referral from former clients. Due to the firm’s reliance on referrals, client satisfaction is our fundamental goal. Mason Rashtian has always been focused on helping people through difficult situations. He became a Lawyer and has integrated this personal philosophy into his practice so that he could help people through some of the most stressful situations they will face in life. Mason’s goal in every case is to help his clients get into a better position than where they were prior to contacting him.

Mason has focused his legal practice in the areas of Personal Injury in Los Angeles County, Orange County, Kern County, Riverside County, San Bernardino County, Ventura County, Imperial County and Sacramento. Mason has personally handled thousands of cases from start to finish. He has appeared in courtrooms (including trials), settlement conferences, depositions, arbitrations, mediations and hearings across Southern California.

What is Personal Injury? When someone is physically or emotionally injured. The laws covering personal injury allow the injured party to receive compensation for damages caused by someone else’s carelessness, negligence, recklessness, or intentional actions. Personal injury laws place demands on its citizens not to harm others. This means that not only should people be safe from harm, but their possessions should be safe from harm too. If you are injured you may be eligible for compensation for your injuries.

Liability can caused by intentional acts or by negligence.

    • An intentional act is one designed to cause harm or injury. The person committing the act wants to harm you
    • A negligent act occurs when someone fails to take appropriate action and you are harmed as a result of that failure.

Another form of personal injury law covers strict liability (product liability)

    • The product may be defective because of an error in the manufacturing process
    • Consumers are not warned of possible bad effects from the use of the product.
    • The product has design flaw that makes it dangerous.

In most personal injury cases, the victim must have suffered some sort of physical, mental, and/or financial harm to have a claim for damages.

If you believe your personal injury was caused by the carelessness or intentional act of another, and you live in Southern California, you may want to contact Mason Rashtian to discuss your possible case.

You should call as soon as it is convenient to do so and avoid discussing personal injuries with strangers and/or insurance representative who are not from your own insurance company. However, you should be cooperative with the police, your own treating physicians and your own insurance company.


Brian Spellen’s primary practice includes personal injury, workers’ compensation, and consumer law. Brian earned his undergraduate degree in Finance from Oakwood University in Huntsville, AL and subsequently earned his Juris Doctorate degree from Samford University, Cumberland School of Law.

Brian has held positions in:

  • Student Bar Association
  • Black Law Students Association
  • Biotech & Law Society
  • Cumberland’s Trial & Advocacy Board
  • Caruthers Fellow
  • Cumberland’s Cordell Hull Speakers Forum

Following law school, Brian worked for one of Birmingham’s larger insurance defense firms, where his practice was solely focused on defending and providing counsel to corporations in workers’ compensation legal matters. After gaining the necessary experience, Brian was inspired to found Spellen Law to protect individuals from unknowingly being ushered through the legal system and taken advantage of. Since forming Spellen Law, Brian has aggressively represented a number of individuals to help them receive adequate compensation for their injuries and related losses and to protect consumers from abuse related to debt collection.

Brian is currently a member of:

  • Birmingham Bar Association
  • Magic City Bar Association
  • Alabama Association for Justice
  • Legal Leaders Of Alabama Program
  • Renality Foundation
  • Volunteer Lawyer Program
  • National Association of Consumer Advocates

Birmingham Magazine has also recognized Brian as a “Top Attorney” for 2014 and 2016.

Outside of practicing law, Brian enjoys spending time with his family and serving as a member of Hillsview Seventh-day Adventist Church.


If you are seeking comprehensive legal support and services, reach out to skilled Marietta personal injury lawyer Tony Kalka today. In 1999, he graduated from Clemson University with a Bachelor of Science degree in both marketing and business. Shortly after, he began studying law at Mercer University – Walter F. George School of Law, where he earned his Juris Doctor in 2002.

Experience in the Legal Field

Soon after he graduated from law school, Tony Kalka worked as an insurance company attorney at one of the largest and most accomplish defense firms in the southeast. He remained in this position for nearly five years, gaining vast experience and learning how to build a strong and effective case against insurance companies.


Attorney Bryan Baer takes a personal interest in his clients. He is there to support his clients through the devastation that negligent behavior leaves behind, fighting tirelessly to ensure that they get a fair outcome and that they feel like they are being treated with respect and compassion. Before he joined Kalka & Baer LLC to partner with his friend, Tony Kalka, Attorney Baer worked as a defense lawyer for big corporations and insurance companies.

While he gained extensive experience in this position, he did not find the work satisfying. Now, he defends the victims against these very companies, and is able to say that he is proud of the work he does. In addition, he is proud to work alongside Attorney Kalka and fight to protect the rights of those who were seriously injured.

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