Law & Mediation

Samantha Baldwin | Attorney

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About: Samantha graduated from USC with a Bachelors of Science in both Business and Accounting. She then went on to attend UC Hastings College of Law, after graduating she has practiced civil litigation with an emphasis on representing plaintiffs in their personal injury cases. She enjoys assisting her clients through the legal phase and settlement as well as litigation, by offering personal service.

Specialties: Samantha is an associate attorney of the law offices of Maho & Prentice, LLP. She practices civil litigation with an emphasis on representing plaintiffs in personal injury, premises liability, product liability, wrongful death and serious and catastrophic injuries. Samantha represents clients across California, including Santa Barbara County, the Santa Ynez Valley, Los Angeles and surrounding areas.

Quote: “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
- Dr. Seuss

Connect: Contact Samantha at sbaldwin@sbcalaw.com or at (805) 962-1930, or visit her website below!

MEMBER SINCE SEPTEMBER 2018

Kristen Blabey | Attorney

PRICE, POSTEL & PARMA LLP | WWW.PPPLAW.COM
KMRB@PPPLAW.COM | (805) 962-0011 EXT. 161

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About: Kristen works with clients to create a cohesive estate plan, helping individuals update their retirement plan and life insurance designations, making sure there is alignment between their financial assets and the ultimate disposition provided for in the documents. She facilitates discussions for families regarding wealth preservation and transfer strategies between generations and to charitable organizations. Another focus area to her practice is planned giving where she helps local non-profit organizations to create planned giving programs

and helps individuals craft charitable trusts or other planned giving vehicles as a component of their estate plan.

In addition to lifetime estate planning, she handles probates and trust administrations. Kristen helps executors, trustees, and beneficiaries navigate through the various steps of the probate process or a trust administration including the filing of federal estate tax returns, court petitions and filings, sub-trust funding, real property transactions, business succession planning, and estate distribution issues.

Kristen joined Price, Postel & Parma in 2005. She previously worked for the law firm of Warren, Hensley and Bowen in Boston, MA, where she was involved in a wide range of legal matters, including civil litigation, estate planning, and real estate transactions. Ms. Blabey is a native of Santa Barbara where she attended Laguna Blanca School.

Specialties: Kristen's practice includes estate planning, probate, trust administration, conservatorship, charitable planning, and taxation matters. Her practice focuses on all aspects of estate planning including creating wills, trusts, charitable trusts, health care directives, durable powers of attorney, deeds, and other estate planning instruments.

Connect: Contact Kristen at kmrb@ppplaw.com or at (805) 962-0011 ext. 161, or visit her website below!

member since october 2017

Jennifer Duffy | Attorney

FELL, MARKING, ABKIN, MONTGOMERY, GRANET & RANEY, LLP
WWW.FELLMARKING.COM | JDUFFY@FMAM.COM | (805) 963-0755

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About: Jennifer earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from UCLA and her Juris Doctorate degree from the University of San Francisco. In college, she wrote for the Daily Bruin newspaper. During law school, she served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review, as a Judicial Extern with the Supreme Court of California, as Vice President of the Student Body, and as a Public Interest Law Scholar. She returned to her home town of Santa Barbara in 1999 as an attorney and became a Partner at her firm in 2008.

Jennifer loves what she does and enjoys helping people. She says that her favorite part of her work as an employment law attorney is to help companies solve problems. Her favorite part of her work as a family law attorney is to help her clients to a place of empowerment, ready for their next chapter.

Jennifer also loves giving back to the community. She is on many local boards, and she also volunteers weekly in town for the Dream Foundation's Flower Empower program and other events and programs. In 2016, she was awarded the President's Volunteer Service Award from the President of the United States for her volunteer work (separate from her board work). She was also named one of the Top 50 Women in Business in the tri-counties for 2017 by the Pacific Coast Business Times.

Specialties: Jennifer has two distinct practice areas: employment law (mostly on the management side) and family law. When asked which she does more of and which she enjoys more, she comments, "My work in each field ebbs and flows, but it is pretty even, over time. I love them both. They keep me balanced and focused."

Quote: "Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken." —Unknown

Connect: Contact Jennifer at JDuffy@fmam.com or (805) 963-0755, or visit her website below!

member since october 2017

Cristi Michelon Vasquez | Attorney

LAW OFFICE OF CRISTI MICHELON VASQUEz | WWW.MICHELONLAW.COM
CRISTI@MICHELONLAW.COM | (805) 882-2226

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About: Cristi Michelon Vasquez practices in the areas of business, real estate, landlord tenant, trust, probate and conservatorship litigation. Cristi is known for her strong client service skills, the clarity of her advice, and straightforward legal approach.

Cristi is a former President of Santa Barbara Women Lawyers, former Vice President of the
Santa Barbara Women Lawyers Foundation, and former affiliate governor to the Board of California Women

Lawyers, and Santa Barbara County Bar. Cristi is also past president and former board member to the Santa Barbara Rape Crisis Center and Women's Economic Ventures. She is a current board member for Coastal Housing Partnership.

Cristi received her law degree from Santa Barbara College of Law in 2001 and was admitted
to practice law in the State of California in May 2001. She was also admitted to practice
before the United States District Court, United States Court of Appeal, and the Supreme Court
of the United States.

Cristi is a member of the State Bar of California, the Santa Barbara County Bar Association,
Los Angeles County Bar Association, Santa Barbara Women Lawyers, and California Women
Lawyers.

Specialties: Cristi focuses her practice on assisting Business Owners, Real Estate Investors, Landlords, Trustees, Beneficiaries, Conservators, and Conservatees.

Quote: "Experience is what you get when you didn't get what you wanted."

Connect: Contact Cristi at cristi@michelonlaw.com or at (805) 882-2226, or visit her website below!

member since october 2017

Kristi Rothschild | Attorney & Partner

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About: Kristi began working in the legal industry in 1996 as a legal secretary and was inspired to attend law school. As a result, she has been a practicing lawyer since 2002. 

Her focus of practice is employment law. For Kristi, it's a very personal practice, sometimes as much as family law. She notes that we often define ourselves by our careers. It is how we introduce ourselves - by our title rather than our family structure. When something

happens in our workplace, it is deeply personal. Kristi's job is to help employees understand what is and what is not illegal and to help them move forward either way. In this way, she tries to make a positive difference each day. 

Specialties: Kristi handles class action wage and hour claims with anywhere from 10 to 100,000 employees. These are typically document and data-intensive matters. She challenges illegal practices and policies that have intended or unintended negative consequences on workers. 

In addition, she focuses on individual claims of discrimination and harassment which most often occur together. Most of her cases concern sex/gender, or gender identity discrimination or harassment. She also handles claims of religious discrimination, disability discrimination, age discrimination, and similar matters.

Quote: “Inspire someone to be inspired. It's the best compliment you can receive."

Connect: Contact Kristi at kristi@ralegal.com or at (805) 845-1190, or visit her website below!

member since november 2017

Jennie K. Welsh | Mediator

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About: Jennie K. Welsh is a member of the Santa Barbara Superior Court (CADRe) Mediation Panel with over 27 years of experience in civil litigation and mediation.

She offers mediation services for a wide variety of disputes including divorce & custody, wrongful termination, harassment & discrimination, personal injury, contract disputes, elder care issues, neighborhood and HOA disputes, and onsite workplace conflict resolution.

She is specially certified in divorce & custody mediation and opened her private practice in 2013. 

Ms. Welsh is committed to ensuring that mediation is an option for anyone going through the challenges of divorce. Toward this end, she offers sliding scale fees to families where needed. 

In addition to her private practice, she also serves as Special Settlement Master for the Santa Barbara Superior Court where she has volunteered to successfully resolve cases on a weekly basis since 2010. She is also former Supervising Mediator for the Santa Barbara Small Claims court.

Ms. Welsh is a graduate of the Law Office Study Program administered by the State Bar of California with extensive training in Alternative Dispute Resolution.

Specialties: Jennie offers mediation services for a wide variety of disputes including divorce & custody, wrongful termination, harassment & discrimination, personal injury, contract disputes, elder care issues, neighborhood and HOA disputes, and onsite workplace conflict resolution.

Quote: "Mediation is a passion for me which is continually renewed by the fact that it works. It’s hard not to love what you do when it provides such positive, even transformative results for those you serve."

Connect: Contact Jennie at jkw@welshmediation.com or at (805) 259-8097, or visit her website below!

Member since october 2017

Lauren Wideman | Attorney

REICKER, PFAU, PYLE, & MCROY LLP | WWW.REICKERPFAU.COM
LWIDEMAN@RPPMH.COM | (805) 966-3320

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About: Lauren Wideman is a business attorney whose practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, business ventures, intellectual property, and general contract and corporate matters.

Lauren also has experience in handling a wide range of civil litigation matters including business litigation, real estate litigation, and employment litigation, encompassing such diverse matters as business torts and breach of contract claims, wrongful termination and

employment claims, trade secret disputes and privacy claims, telecommunications and media law issues, and taxation disputes with the Internal Revenue Service.

Lauren has represented a broad spectrum of clients, including small and large businesses and financial institutions, high net-worth individuals, non-profit organizations, television and print media, telecommunications and internet companies, and landowners.

Prior to joining Reicker, Pfau, Pyle & McRoy LLP, Lauren practiced with the law firms of Price, Postel and Parma, LLP in Santa Barbara, and Bingham McCutchen LLP in Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles.

Lauren received a B.S. in Advertising and a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Florida in 2006, and received her J.D. from the George Washington University Law School in 2009.

Lauren was admitted to the California Bar in 2012, prior to which she was also admitted to practice in Virginia, the District of Columbia, before the United States Tax Court, and the United States Court of Federal Claims.

Lauren is an active member of the Santa Barbara Community. She is the former President of the Santa Barbara Barristers and a member of the Santa Barbara County Bar Association. 

Specialties: Lauren Wideman is a business attorney whose practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, business ventures, intellectual property, and general contract and corporate matters. 

Quote: “When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this: You haven’t.”—Thomas Edison

Connect: Contact Lauren at lwideman@rppmh.com or at (805) 966-3320, or visit her website below!

member since december 2017