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Our Firm

The Aguilera Law Group is a law firm centered in the heart of the financial district in Orange County, California. The firm has established a varied litigation and business transactional practice. The practice includes emphasis in the fields of insurance coverage and litigation, business law and litigation, class action, professional liability defense, products liability, administrative law, corporations, partnerships, business organizations and transactions, employer/employee relations (including wrongful termination litigation).

Attorney Bios

A. Eric Aguilera Partner

BAR STANDING
The State Bar of California - 1997, United States District Court (Central, Southern, Northern and Eastern Districts) U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals - 1997.
 
AREA OF PRACTICE
A. Eric Aguilera's practice involves all aspects of business litigation, with particular emphasis on labor relations and employment law, including collective bargaining negotiations; arbitrations; "wrongful termination" and "equal employment opportunity" litigation; proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and California Department of Fair Employment and Housing; wage hour regulation; Bankruptcy Law; and Bankruptcy Trustee Representation.
 
TRIAL EXPERIENCE
A large part of Mr. Aguilera's experience has been devoted to trial practice in both Federal and State courts.
 
LEGAL ASSOCIATIONS
Mr. Aguilera is a member of the State Bar of California, the Federal Bar Association, the Orange County Bar Association and the American Bar Association, including the Labor and Employment Law Sections thereof.
 
EDUCATION
Mr. Aguilera received his B.A. degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 1994, and his J.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles' School of Law in 1997.
 
WORK EXPERIENCE
Mr. Aguilera has been practicing law since 1997. Prior to the formation of Bohm, Matsen, Kegel & Aguilera, LLP, Mr. Aguilera was an associate at the law firm of Wood, Bohm & Francis, LLP, where he has represented Union Oil Company of California, Unocal, Ingersoll Rand Company, Nature's Best, Tosco Corporation, Interior Architects and ZB Industries, among others. In September of 2005, Mr. Aguilera was elected by SuperLawyer Magazine as a "Rising Star" in the Southern California legal community for his numerous accomplishments.
 
PERSONAL
Date of Birth: May 14, 1972.

Kari M. Myron Partner

BAR STANDING
Admitted to the State Bar of California - 1992
Admitted to U.S. District Court (Central, Southern, Northern, and Eastern Districts) - 1992
US Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit - 1992
 
AREAS OF PRACTICE
Ms. Myron has extensive civil litigation practice in the areas of insurance (bad faith and coverage issues), medical malpractice, complex mass tort litigation (breast implant, diet drug, construction defect, and toxic torts), class actions (commercial landlord-tenant), business litigation, employment law (including ERISA actions), and civil writs and appeals. She has represented private clients, insureds, insurance companies, and self-insured public entities.
 
TRIAL EXPERIENCE
Ms. Myron's experience includes mediations, binding arbitrations, and both bench and jury trials.
 
PUBLICATIONS
Hernandez v Paicius (2003) 109 Cal.App.4th 452
 
LEGAL ASSOCIATIONS
Member, State Bar of California
Member, Orange County Bar Association
Member/Past President and Vice President, Lex Romana Italian American Lawyers of Orange County
 
WORK EXPERIENCE
Prior to joining The Aguilera Law Group as a Partner in 2008, Ms. Myron enjoyed 5 years in private practice after successful affiliations with the prominent Orange County defense firms of Madory, Zell & Pleiss, and Tuverson & Hillyard. Additionally, she was the Southern California in-house counsel for John Glenn Adjusters & Administrators - third party administrators for self-insured municipalities, paratransit (private/non-profit) and public entity transportation coverage pools, where she supervised the litigation unit.
 
EDUCATION
Western State University College of Law, Fullerton
Juris Doctor - 1991
Bachelor of Arts, English - 1987
 
PERSONAL
Married, one daughter

Raymond E. Brown Partner

BAR STANDING
State Bar of California - 1993; State Bar of Arizona - 1996; State Bar of Washington - 2016; United States District Court for the Central, Southern, Northern and Eastern Districts of California; United States District Court for the District of Arizona; U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
 
AREA OF PRACTICE
A. Eric Aguilera's practice involves all aspects of business litigation, with particular emphasis on labor relations and employment law, including collective bargaining negotiations; arbitrations; "wrongful termination" and "equal employment opportunity" litigation; proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and California Department of Fair Employment and Housing; wage hour regulation; Bankruptcy Law; and Bankruptcy Trustee Representation.
 
TRIAL EXPERIENCE>
Mr. Brown has an exceptional trial record in both State and Federal courts. Over the course of his career, Mr. Brown has represented plaintiffs and defendants, and as lead attorney he has never lost a jury trial. Among his more noteworthy accomplishments, he obtained a $2.1 Million verdict against the City of Huntington Beach for the shooting death of an 18-year-old man, a $4.25 Million verdict against the County of Orange regarding the murder of a 5-year-old girl, a judgment for $4.3 Million regarding a dispute over the ownership of an Orange County business, and a unanimous verdict on all causes of action in a highly publicized business dispute in Texas, Options National Fertility Registry v. Michael Allon, M.D. In the last few years, Mr. Brown obtained three trial decisions against Centex Homes and KB Home in complex insurance coverage matters, including a judgment against Centex Homes for $250,000 for breach of contract and equitable reimbursement.
 
EDUCATION
Mr. Brown received a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, cum laude, from Arizona State University in 1988 and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the same institution in 1990. He subsequently earned his Juris Doctorate from Arizona State University's Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law in December 1992.
 
WORK EXPERIENCE
Mr. Brown is an AV-rated attorney and has been practicing law for 25 years. In addition to his trial experience, Mr. Brown has an extensive background in appellate matters. He has successfully handled dozens of State and Federal appeals, including a number resulting in published opinions, including Soldano v. United States, 453 F.3d 1140 (9th Cir. 2006); Dial Corp. v. MG Skinner, 180 Fed.Appx. 661 (9th Cir. 2006); Adkins v. Mireles, 526 F.3d 531 (9th Cir. 2008); D.R.S. Trading Co. v. Barnes, 180 Cal.App.4th 815 (2009); Centex Homes v. St. Paul Fire and Marine Ins. Co., 237 Cal.App.4th 23 (2015) and Hartford Cas. Ins. Co. v. J.R. Marketing, L.L.C., 61 Cal.4th 988 (2015).
 
PERSONAL
Date of Birth: November 1, 1965.
 

Kimberly Arnal Partner

BAR STANDING
The State Bar of California - 1999, United States District Court (Central, Southern, Northern and Eastern Districts) - 2004
 
AREA OF PRACTICE
Ms. Arnal's practice focuses exclusively on insurance coverage, with an emphasis on third-party construction defect, pollution liability, products liability, general liability, errors & omissions, and insurance guaranty association law. Ms. Arnal represents insurance carriers in a wide range of litigation matters, including declaratory relief actions, equitable contribution matters, bad faith litigation, appeals and through intervention in the underlying action. In addition to her litigation practice, Ms. Arnal, provides coverage opinions to insurers and assists her clients in achieving favorable results through negotiation and mediation.
 
LEGAL ASSOCIATIONS
Ms. Arnal is a member of the State Bar of California and California Women Lawyers. Ms. Arnal is also the immediate past President of the Women Lawyers' Association of Los Angeles and serves on the Board for the Harrriett Buhai Center for Family Law.
 
EDUCATION
Ms. Arnal received her B.A. degree (History, Political Economies of Industrialized Societies) from the University of California at Berkeley, and her J.D. from Hastings College of the Law.
 
WORK EXPERIENCE
Ms. Arnal has been practicing law since 1999. Prior to joining the Aguilera Law Group, Ms. Arnal was a partner at the law firm of Black, Compean, Hall & Eli, LLP, where she represented various insurance carriers and the California Insurance Guaranty Association.
 
PERSONAL
Ms. Arnal is married with two children; she currently sits on the Board of Governors for the South Pasadena Educational Fund where she raises money for the South Pasadena Unified School District.
 

Jason Y. Chao Partner

BAR STANDING
The State Bar of California - 2007; United States District Court (Northern, Central and Southern Districts) - 2008-9;
 
AREAS OF PRACTICE
Mr. Chao's practice involves civil business litigation with a special emphasis on insurance coverage litigation. Mr. Chao manages a civil litigation caseload involving multi-million dollar construction defect actions, bad faith pursuit and defense, breach of contract, contribution and reimbursement actions. He has experience in all aspects of litigation including discovery, law and motion practice, preparing dispositive motions, preparing for and argument at mediation and trial. His emphasis is upon problem resolution which may occur at any stage of an action from pre-litigation through trial.
 
EDUCATION
Cornell University (Bachelor of Science, 2003); Whittier Law School (Juris Doctor, 2006)
 
WORK EXPERIENCE
Mr. Chao joined The Aguilera Law Group as an associate attorney in spring of 2008. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Chao had worked for the Long Beach City Prosecutor's Office.
 
PERSONAL
In 2008, Mr. Chao was selected by OC Metro Magazine as one of its top "40 under 40: Orange County's Most Successful Young Entrepreneurs and Executives."
 
Born April 21, 1981. Mr. Chao speaks conversational Chinese (Mandarin).

Scott LaSalle Partner

BAR STANDING
The State Bar of California - 1997, United States District Court (Central, Southern, Northern and Eastern Districts) - 1997.
 
AREA OF PRACTICE
Scott La Salle's practice involves all aspects of business litigation, with particular emphasis on insurance coverage litigation, bad faith, business contracts, product liability and subrogation.
 
TRIAL EXPERIENCE
A large part of Mr. La Salle's experience has been devoted to trial practice involving both jury and court trials.
 
LEGAL ASSOCIATIONS
Mr. La Salle is a member of the State Bar of California, the Federal Bar Association, the Orange County Bar Association and the Thurgood Marshall Bar Association.
 
EDUCATION
Mr. La Salle received his B.A. degree from the University of California at Irvine in 1991, his M.A. degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1994, and his J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law in 1997.
 
EXPERIENCE
Mr. La Salle has been practicing law since 1997. Prior to joining The Aguilera Law Group, APLC, Mr. La Salle was an associate at the law firm of Bohm Matsen, Kegel & Aguilera, LLP, where he has represented major insurance companies, Shook, Hardy & Bacon, LLP, where he has represented Tyco, ADT, Hooters, Baush & Limb, Eli Lily, Phillip Morris and Covidien Healthcare, and Murchison & Cumming, where he has represented Kaiser, numerous real estate developers and investors, and the Archdiocese of Orange, Los Angeles and San Diego Counties, among others.
 

Lindsee Falcone Partner

BAR STANDING:
The State Bar of California, 2009 United States District Court, Central District of California, 2009 United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 2009
The State Bar of New York, 2012
 
AREAS OF PRACTICE:
Ms. Falcone's practice involves all aspects of civil litigation, including employment law, business law, trust law, and insurance law.
 
EDUCATION:
Syracuse University (B.A., Political Science, Philosophy, 2006)
University of California, Los Angeles School of Law (Juris Doctor, 2009)
 
PUBLICATIONS:
Author, "Noonan v. Staples: Libel Law's Shocking New Precedent and What it Means for the Motion Picture Industry," 7 Denv. Sports & Ent. L.J. 20 (2009).
 
Author, "A Safer Harbor," 36 Ohio N. U. L. Rev. 619 (2010)
 
Co-Author, "Judicial Review of Arbitration Awards After Cable Connections: Towards a Due Process Model," 17 UCLA Ent. L. Rev. 1 (2010)
 
WORK EXPERIENCE:
Mrs. Falcone joined The Aguilera Law Group as an associate attorney in 2010. Prior to that time she worked for two years at a Los Angeles talent-side entertainment litigation firm.
 

Ryan Kossler Partner

BAR STANDING
Pending
 
AREA OF PRACTICE
Pending
 
LEGAL ASSOCIATIONS
Pending
 
EDUCATION
Pending
 
WORK EXPERIENCE
Pending
 
PERSONAL
Pending
 

Jennifer Swiller Marvin Associate Attorney

BAR STANDING
The State Bar of California - 1995, United States District Court Central District - 1995; United States District Court Southern, Northern and Eastern Districts and U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals - 1999.
 
AREAS OF PRACTICE
Mrs. Marvin's practice involves all aspects of civil litigation, currently with particular emphasis on cases involving insurance coverage disputes, including contribution actions among and between insurance companies as well as actions involving allegations of bad faith. Mrs. Marvin also represents public entities and employees in connection with allegations of civil rights violations. Mrs. Marvin has in prior years represented individuals and entities in connection with allegations involving dangerous conditions, construction defects, wrongful death, personal injury and professional malpractice.
 
TRIAL EXPERIENCE
Mrs. Marvin has successfully represented defendants in wrongful death and personal injury jury trials in State and Federal Courts in California, Alaska and Florida.
 
EDUCATION
Mrs. Marvin received her B.A. degree from the University of California at San Diego in 1992, and her J.D. from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1995.
 
WORK EXPERIENCE
Mrs. Marvin has been practicing law since 1995. Mrs. Marvin has a broad range of civil litigation experience, including insurance litigation, civil rights law, maritime law, recreational water-sports law, public entity law, family law, medical malpractice law as well as her 100% success rate on appeals cases.
 
PERSONAL
Date of Birth: May 11, 1971. Mrs. Marvin is married with children.
 

Richard A. Semon Associate Attorney

BAR STANDING
California State Bar membership since 1991. Admitted to all California State courts, the US District Court of California, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Tax Court.
 
EDUCATION
University of La Verne.
University California, Los Angeles.
Mr. Semon received the American Jurisprudence Award for his work in Family Law.
 
AREAS OF PRACTICE
Mr. Semon's practice includes Federal and State court civil litigation practice in the areas of insurance coverage, including construction defect, breach of contract, choice of counsel, contribution and reimbursement actions. Mr. Semon also has extensive litigation and trial experience regarding employment, intellectual property, business and personal injury. Mr. Semon's litigation experience includes primary case management through mediation, arbitration, and trial.
 
TRIAL EXPERIENCE
Case management through mediation, arbitration (binding and non-binding), and trial. State and Federal Appeals.
 
PROFESSIONAL
Mr. Semon was previously associated with Bohm, Matsen, Kegel & Aguilera, LLP for five years where he handled insurance defense for private business and municipalities. Other past representation includes union employees of the City of Anaheim, City of San Clemente, John Wayne Airport, Orange County Sheriff's Department, Orange County Fire Authority, Orange County Public Defenders' Office, and several other Orange County municipal agencies. Mr. Semon's union representation ranged from negotiating collective bargaining agreements with the County of Orange to representing union members regarding grievances and disciplinary actions. Mr. Semon served as Senior Counsel to Corbis (a Bill Gates corporation) and was responsible for the protection and enforcement of intellectual property matters in 26 countries, including the United States. Mr. Semon has lectured and appeared on multiple seminar panels regarding business liability and intellectual property.
 

Jonyson A. Pierce Associate Attorney

BAR STANDING
Jonyson A. Pierce was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1998. He is also admitted to the United States District Court - Central and Northern Districts of California, and the United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.
 
AREAS OF PRACTICE
Mr. Pierce's practice includes Federal and State court civil litigation practice in the areas of insurance coverage, including construction defect, breach of contract, choice of counsel, contribution and reimbursement actions. He previously represented municipalities in cases involving civil rights, inverse condemnation, and dangerous conditions of public property. He also represents clients in a variety of matters involving personal injury, contracts, and business litigation.
 
EDUCATION
Mr. Pierce graduated from Whittier Law School (Cum Laude) in Costa Mesa, California in 1998. While at Whittier Law School, he was on Law Review, earned two American Jurisprudence Awards in Legal Writing and Criminal Justice, and graduated in the top 15 percent of his class. He obtained his B.A. in Criminal Justice from California State University Fullerton in 1993.
 
WORK EXPERIENCE
Mr. Pierce has primarily worked for insurance defense firms throughout his legal career, and during that time has represented clients in cases involving construction defect, motor vehicle accidents, premises liability, dog attacks, and medical / dental malpractice. While working for these various defense firms, he was directly involved in numerous depositions, mediations, and arbitrations. He has also obtained valuable trial experience, resulting in favorable verdicts for his clients.
 
PERSONAL
Mr. Pierce was born in Vietnam. He is married with two children.
 

Thomas V. Perea Associate Attorney

BAR STANDING
State Bar of California, 1989; United States District Court (Eastern, Central and Northern Districts of California).
 
AREAS OF PRACTICE
Mr. Perea's practice focuses on insurance coverage litigation and "bad faith" defense. Mr. Perea also has experience in municipality defense including representing cities, police departments and officers in civil rights litigation.
 
EDUCATION
University of California, Hastings College of the Law (Juris Doctor 1988); Cal. State University, Hayward (B.A. Political Science 1985).
 
WORK EXPERIENCE
Mr. Perea joined The Aguilera Law Group as an associate attorney in 2007. Prior to joining the firm, he worked at several well known Orange County and Los Angeles firms where he practiced in areas ranging from general business litigation, insurance coverage litigation to "bad faith" defense.
 
PERSONAL
Mr. Perea was born in Martinez, California. He is married with two children, one in college. He is fluent in Spanish.
 

Angela Zanin Associate Attorney

BAR STANDING
State Bar of California (2003)
State Bar of Minnesota (2009)
 
AREAS OF PRACTICE
Ms. Zanin's practice involves insurance coverage litigation, including commercial general liability policies and underlying claims related to pollution, asbestos, retirement benefits, car dealerships, intellectual property, statutory violations and construction defects.
 
LEGAL ASSOCIATIONS
Italian American Lawyers Association; Women Lawyers' Association of Los Angeles; Los Angeles County Bar Association; Southern California Defense Counsel.
 
EDUCATION
Pepperdine School of Law, J.D. (2003)
University of Minnesota, Morris, B.A., History and Political Science (2000)
 
WORK EXPERIENCE
Prior to joining the Aguilera Law Group, Ms. Zanin worked with the insurance coverage firms of Selman Breitman and Black, Compean & Hall. During this time, Ms. Zanin was named a Super Lawyers Rising Star in Insurance Coverage (2013-present).
 
DECISIONS
Stonelight Tile, Inc. v. Cal. Ins. Guarantee Assn. (2007) 150 Cal.App.4th 19
NavCom Defense Electonics, Inc. v. Continental (2011), 2011 WL 3435391.
Big 5 Sporting Goods v. Zurich (C.D. Cal. 2013) --F.Supp.2d--, 2013 WL 3526039.
Travelers v. Centex (2014), WL 4081861.
St. Paul v. Shapell (2014), WL 4685296.
 

Aaron Michael Daniels Associate Attorney

BAR STANDING
The State Bar of California - 2011
United States District Court for California - Central (2012), Eastern (2014), Northern (2015), and Southern (2017)
 
AREA OF PRACTICE
Aaron Daniels' practice focuses exclusively on insurance coverage litigation. Mr. Daniels has represented insurance companies in multi-million dollar cases involving disputes over the scope of insurance coverage, allegations of bad faith, the right to independent counsel, the right of an insurer to control the defense, the duty of an insured to cooperate with the insurer, the duty of the insured to comply with policy conditions such as notice, the right of an insurer to reimbursement from the insured for costs incurred in the defense of claims not covered under the terms of the policy, the right of an insurer to contribution from other insurers, and the right of an insurer to recover from other parties via subrogation.
 
EDUCATION
American University, Washington College of Law (Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, 2011)
University of Texas at Arlington (Bachelor of Arts in English, summa cum laude, 2008)
 
WORK EXPERIENCE
Mr. Daniels joined the Aguilera Law Group in 2014. Prior to being admitted to the California bar, Mr. Daniels served as a writing tutor at the University of Texas at Arlington and Note and Comment Editor for the American University International Law Review where he helped others improve their ability to draft persuasive argument. As an attorney, Mr. Daniels defended businesses in civil litigation involving claims of products liability, construction defects, and personal injury prior to joining the Aguilera Law Group. Mr. Daniels attended the National Institute for Trial Advocacy's Trial Skills Program in Los Angeles in January 2017. Mr. Daniels currently handles all aspects of civil litigation for cases involving insurance coverage.
 
PERSONAL
Mr. Daniels lives with his wife in Orange, California. He is an aspiring native gardener and Go player.
 

Ha Eun Cho Associate Attorney

BAR STANDING
The State Bar of California - 2009, United States District Court (Central, Southern, Northern and Eastern Districts)
 
AREA OF PRACTICE
Ms. Cho's practice involves all aspects of complex civil litigation, with an emphasis on business, real estate, and insurance coverage litigation.
 
TRIAL EXPERIENCE
Ms. Cho has tried cases in both Federal and States Courts, and in 2015, obtained a seven figure award in a jury trial in the U.S. District Court of California, Central District.
 
LEGAL ASSOCIATIONS
Ms. Cho volunteers regularly at legal aid clinics in Los Angeles and Orange County.
 
EDUCATION
Ms. Cho received her B.A. degree from Boston University in 2001, a M.P.A. from the University of Massachusetts in 2005, and a J.D. from Loyola Law School of Los Angeles in 2009, where she was on the Loyola Law Review and received the highest honors in Trial Advocacy.
 
WORK EXPERIENCE
Ms. Cho has been practicing law since 2009, with a focus on civil litigation and trial. She's represented small businesses in business and real estate disputes, defended the Ford Motor Company and BMW from product liability and warranty claims, and assisted foreign countries in confirming international arbitration awards in federal court. As a TAP Attorney with the Orange County District Attorney's Office, Ms. Cho also prosecuted misdemeanor criminal cases to jury trial, as well as conducted felony preliminary hearings. Ms. Cho won her first appellate case in 2010 and has never lost one since.
 
PERSONAL
Ms. Cho speaks conversational Korean.
 

René Daley Associate Attorney

BAR STANDING
The State Bar of California - 1998, United States District Courts (the Central, Southern, Northern and Eastern Districts of California).
 
AREA OF PRACTICE
René's area of practice involves all aspects of business litigation, with particular emphasis on toxic tort and insurance coverage.
 
EDUCATION
René received his B.A. degree in 1992 from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota and his J.D. from Hastings College of the Law in 1998.
 
WORK EXPERIENCE
René has worked as an attorney at Sidley & Austin, Lindahl & Beck, and Mendes & Mount and has advised on and litigated complex business tort, toxic tort, qui tam, false advertising, police misconduct, insurance bad faith, and insurance coverage issues for over fifteen years.
 

Brittney Aquino Associate Attorney

BAR STANDING
The State Bar of California - 2014
 
AREA OF PRACTICE
Ms. Aquino's practice focuses on insurance coverage litigation with an emphasis on construction defect coverage issues, including insurance coverage disputes and actions for contribution and subrogation.
 
EDUCATION
California Western School of Law (Juris Doctor, Concentration in Family and Elder Law, 2014)
University of California Fullerton (Bachelor of Arts - Political Science, Minor - Criminal Justice, 2010)
 
WORK EXPERIENCE
Prior to joining The Aguilera Law Group, APLC, Ms. Aquino practiced primarily in the area of family and elder law in both San Diego and Orange County. Ms. Aquino's experience includes the areas of child custody, child support, spousal support, complex property division, and domestic violence issues.
 

Kelsey Leal Associate Attorney

BAR STANDING
The State Bar of California, 2015
 
AREA OF PRACTICE
Ms. Leal's areas of practice involve multiple facets of civil litigation including contract law, construction defect law, and insurance litigation.
 
LEGAL ASSOCIATIONS
Ms. Leal is a member of the State Bar of California and the Orange County Bar Association.
 
EDUCATION
Whittier Law School (J.D. 2014); University of California, Riverside (B.A., Political Science, 2010).
 
WORK EXPERIENCE
Ms. Leal has been a practicing litigator in the State of California since 2015. Prior to joining The Aguilera Law Group, she practiced family law in Riverside, San Bernardino, and Orange Counties. Ms. Leal also worked as a law clerk for the Orange County and San Bernardino County District Attorney Offices.
 
PERSONAL
Ms. Leal is a native of San Bernardino, California.