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A blog about a group of freelance attorneys who are changing the way lawyers practice law.

Montage Legal’s Freelance Lawyers Named 2015 “Rising Stars” by Super Lawyers Magazine

Montage Legal Group congratulates five outstanding lawyers within the Montage Legal Group network who were named Rising Stars by Super Lawyers Magazine. Every year Super Lawyers selects attorneys from throughout the United States and London from all firm sizes and over 70 practice areas. The prestigious Rising Star honor awards top attorneys who qualify for the Super Lawyer designation, but are also under the age of 40 or have been practicing law for less than 10 years.  Only 2.5% of lawyers in each state are included in the Rising Star list.  Congratulations to Kathryn Anderson, Heather Condon, Natalie Gowin, Colleen Kelley, and Kristin Martin!

Kathryn Anderson

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Kathryn Anderson received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley with a minor in Business Administration. She obtained her Juris Doctor from Northwestern University in 2005. Kathryn joined Rutan & Tucker LLP’s Trial Department and Financial Group, where she focused on commercial disputes. Kathryn has experience in commercial business litigation, unlawful detainer, bankruptcy and collections matters. Kathryn has represented parties in title disputes, and in civil proceedings against borrowers and guarantors. She has also represented creditors in bankruptcy proceedings, including preference actions. Kathryn joined Montage Legal Group in 2012.

 

 

Heather Porter Condon

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Heather Porter Condon earned her Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Stanford University in 2001, and her Juris Doctorate from Pepperdine University of Law in 2007. Following Pepperdine, Heather joined the Irvine office of Howrey, LLP (formerly Howrey, Simon, Arnold & White) before transferring to the Newport Beach office of Newmeyer & Dillon, LLP. In 2011, Heather rejoined her former Howrey colleagues in the Irvine office of Morgan, Lewis, & Bockius, LLP. At all three firms, Heather focused her practice on complex business litigation, with an emphasis on professional liability disputes. Heather is currently a member of the OCBA Professionalism and Ethics Committee and has published a number of articles on the topic of legal ethics.  Southern California Super Lawyers named Heather a Rising Star in 2013 and 2015.  Heather joined Montage Legal Group in 2013.

 

 

Natalie Gowin

IMG_0540Natalie Gowin obtained her Juris Doctor from New York University School of Law in 2004, where she was a Dean’s Merit Scholar.  Natalie began her legal career at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP in Los Angeles. In 2006, Natalie joined the litigation department of Rutan & Tucker, LLP. Natalie has broad experience in commercial and large-scale litigation including intellectual property, secured and unsecured lending, real estate, trade secret, and unfair competition matters. Natalie handles all aspects of litigation and has significant experience in trial preparation, pre-trial and trial motion practice, motions for summary judgment, and conducting and defending fact and expert witness depositions.  She has represented companies in the medical research and development, restaurant, real estate development, credit card services, and entertainment industries. Southern California Super Lawyers named Natalie a Rising Star each year between 2009-2011 and 2013-2015. Natalie joined Montage Legal Group in 2011.

 

Kristin Sciarra Martin

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Kristin Sciarra Martin earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, with a specialization in Business Administration from UCLA in 2001. Kristin then obtained her Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School in 2004. Kristin began her legal career at Haight, Brown & Bonesteel, LLP, in Los Angeles where she represented Fortune 500 companies in business, commercial, insurance, construction, and product liability matters. In 2007, Kristin joined Gartenberg, Gelfand, Wasson & Selden, LLP in Los Angeles where she represented plaintiffs and defendants in business insurance, commercial, securities, and tax matters in both state and federal court. Kristin has specific expertise in trade secret litigation and in handling cases involving fraud. Kristin joined Montage Legal Group in 2011.

 

 

Colleen Kelley

linked inColleenColleen Kelley graduated from UCLA in 2001, and from the University of California, Hastings College of Law in 2005 in the top third of her class.  After law school, Colleen joined Hoge, Fenton, Jones & Appel as an associate in the San Jose office. Colleen has almost 10 years of experience litigating commercial and real estate cases, including real estate broker defense cases.   Colleen has experience with financial services litigation, and also negotiates and drafts commercial leases, assignments of leases and purchase and sale contracts for commercial retailers, small businesses and individuals.  In 2013, Colleen started her own law firm, The Law Offices of Colleen Kelley, and affiliated with Montage Legal Group’s network of freelance attorneys. Colleen splits her time between litigating on behalf of her own clients, and handling high level freelance legal work for law firms throughout California. Colleen was named a 2014 and 2015 “Northern California Rising Star” and a 2014 “Northern California Top Woman Lawyer” by Super Lawyers Magazine.

Three Legal Mistakes Small Businesses Make

We recently had an article published in Hera Hub’s Magazine, the Hera Herald.  Hera Hub’s mission is to provide entrepreneurial women with a productive, professional work and meeting space, where they can connect with a like-minded community to collaborate and flourish, and we are honored to be featured in their magazine. Our article discusses mistakesContinue Reading

Suits for a Cause 2015 – #SFAC2015

We are ready to kick off the annual Suits for a Cause clothing drive! For the fifth year in a row, Suits for a Cause will take place in June and will unite the Orange County legal community for a good cause.  Law firms and legal businesses will join together to hold simultaneous clothing drivesContinue Reading

Montage Legal and The KFK Group Sponsor WHW’s “Happy Days” Luncheon

Montage Legal Group and The KFK Group are proud to sponsor WHW’s “Happy Days” Luncheon, which will be held at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach on Saturday, May 16th at 11:00am.  The 1950s themed luncheon will feature a silent auction, gourmet lunch and fun fashion show.  This year’s event will have a 50′s flare and promisesContinue Reading

Orange County USD Panel & Networking

Our colleague, Kimber Williams-Theel, will be a panelist at an upcoming University of San Diego event at The Center Club on 4/28 at 6:00 p.m. Kimber is President of KimberCo Recruiting, Ltd., a high-level recruiting firm for attorneys all over the country.  She will be sharing her personal stories, tips and tricks for navigating theContinue Reading

Law Student Spotlight – Riley v. California – The 4th Amendment Goes Digital

One our favorite community service activities is speaking with law students about the ins and outs of the legal industry.  Because law school and even legal practice can only take you so far, we try to fill in some gaps in between being a good lawyer and having a successful practice.  While we are notContinue Reading

Congratulations Lawpreneur Radio!

by Erin Giglia We always love hearing about exciting entrepreneurial ideas, so we were very pleased when our friend, criminal defense attorney Miranda McCrosky, started her new venture last year – Lawpreneur Radio.  Miranda started Lawpreneur Radio with the idea that she and many others have interesting stories about their own legal entrepreneurship to shareContinue Reading

Where Have All the Women Gone?

Where Have All the Women Gone?

Women are leaving law firms in ever increasing numbers.  These women leave for a variety of reasons, most commonly because of parenthood.  Although law firms are instituting family friendlier policies, law firms continue to lose women, leaving us to wonder if broader law firm culture will ever adapt. In the meantime, women are finding theirContinue Reading

Highlights from the “Night with Gatsby” Jubilee

Montage Legal Group congratulates the Anaheim Ducks Foundation and 44 Women for Children on a successful “Night with Gatsby” Jubilee held in benefit of the Orangewood Children’s Foundation.  Montage was pleased to attend and be one of the sponsors of the Jubilee, 100% of the proceeds of which were designated towards the Orangewood Children’s Foundation.Continue Reading

Opting Somewhere Between “In” And “Out”: How Freelance Lawyers Are Redefining the Practice of Law

By Laurie Rowen Montage affiliated freelance lawyer Erin Stagg will be speaking at the Napa County Women Lawyers February Luncheon on February 11, 2015. Erin will share how she came to her decision to leave full-time private practice and become a freelance attorney. She will also discuss what freelance lawyers do and why freelance practiceContinue Reading