Carol has 37 years of experience representing clients in various commercial real estate and business disputes in both state and federal trial courts, as well as appeals. In addition, she is pre-eminent in the representation of clients who have cohabited and shared their lives outside of marriage – “palimony” or “Marvin” cases. Because “Marvin” cases are based on the same legal principles as business disputes – not divorce law — clients who find themselves at the end of their non-marital relationships need a lawyer experienced in the dissolution of such relationships. Carol is AV-rated and has represented hundreds of real estate, business, and “palimony” clients over the course of her career, both plaintiffs and defendants.
Commercial & Business Litigation
Real Estate Litigation
Palimony (Marvin Cases)
Brown University, 1971, BA/MA English Literature
Harvard Law School
George Washington University Law School, 1977, JD
Supreme Court of California, 1988;
US District Court for the Central District of California, 1989
San Fernando Valley Bar Association
The Esquire Network
Carol received her BA/MA double degree from Brown University in 1971, with highest honors (summa cum laude). She attended Harvard Law School and graduated in 1977 from George Washington University Law School, where she was an editor of the Law Review, with the designation of Order of the Coif (top 10%).
Carol began her career as an antitrust prosecutor at the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., and after her stint as a prosecutor went into the private sector, where she ultimately rose to partner in two firms, most recently the Los Angeles office of a 350-person law firm headquartered in Chicago. She also has had experience in running businesses, having served as an executive of the Washington Hilton Hotel in the 1970’s, and as owner of her own law firm from 1994 to 2012.
Representative clients include:
• Commercial landlords
• Commercial tenants
• Asset managers
• Property managers
• Business owners
• Partners and shareholders in businesses
• Homeowners associations and owners of separate interests in homeowners associations (usually condominium owners)
• Partners in non-marital relationships which have ended
• Persons appealing civil trial court judgments of all types
Carol is the former president of a bar association and is currently Secretary of the San Fernando Valley Bar Association. She is a member of Provisors. and formerly a board member of California Women Lawyers and Commercial Real Estate Women – Los Angeles chapter.
Carol also has a background in public service and seeks new opportunities to serve. She was the first President of the Los Angeles City Board of Taxicab Commissioners and Vice President of the Los Angeles City Board of Transportation Commissioners under Mayor Richard Riordan.