LUTHER W. HORTON was born in Natchitoches, Louisiana, on August 30, 1947, and admitted to the California Bar in 1973. He graduated cum laude from Louisiana Tech in 1969 where he was student body president and a varsity tennis player. He attended law school at Tulane University, graduating in 1973 with honors including the Order of the Coif and was managing editor of the law review.
He clerked for Judge Wallace of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals before associating with the San Diego law firm of Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps. His work at Luce, Forward, et al. focused primarily on the field of personal injury, products liability, insurance bad faith, construction defect, and insurance defense. He was a partner from 1979 until January, 1992 when he left to form his own firm. A past chairman of the Tort and Insurance Section of the San Diego County Bar Association, he is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) and has also been a Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB) lecturer on the fundamentals of personal injury litigation. Luther has tried over 150 jury trials in San Diego County, Orange County, Imperial County, and Los Angeles County. He specializes in catastrophic injuries and brain damage cases.
Luther resides in the heart of Downtown San Diego. In his younger days, he was an avid tennis player. Now, he exercises on the golf course. He also enjoys scuba diving, underwater photography, and bicycling.
KIMBERLY S. OBERRECHT was born in 1972 and grew up in Tacoma, Washington. She graduated from the University of Washington in 1994 with a B.A. in Business Administration. She received her law degree in 1997 from California Western School of Law and was admitted to the California Bar in 1997. Kim is an Associate in the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), listed as a Super Lawyer in 2013, and a member of DRI, the National Restaurant and Retail Defense Association (NRRDA), the San Diego Defense Lawyers, and the San Diego County Bar Association. Kim's practice is focused on auto liability, trucking, commercial premises liability, construction site accidents, and personal injury defense. She has completed over 35 jury trials, successfully defending auto, trucking, products liability, and premises liability cases with catastrophic injuries.
Kim and her husband, Steve, live in the University City area of San Diego with their two young sons and chocolate lab. Kim enjoys spending time with her family, running, cooking, watching the Padres, and traveling.
CHERYL A. KIRKPATRICK was born in Trenton, New Jersey, but has lived most of her life in California. She was admitted to the California Bar in 1990 and has been practicing as a defense attorney for over twenty years. She obtained her law degree from Southwestern University School of Law in 1990, where she was Note & Comment Editor for the Southwestern University Law Review, received an American Jurisprudence Book Award for Torts, and served as an Extern for the Honorable Arthur Alarcon, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Cheryl focuses on bodily injury litigation, as well as general liability and construction defect matters. She has tried cases in Orange, Los Angeles and Riverside Counties. She has obtained multiple defense verdicts in assault and battery, discrimination, motorcycle accident, and slip and fall cases. She has also tried construction defect cases.
Cheryl works in the firmís Orange County office in Irvine, California and resides in Aliso Viejo, California. Cheryl enjoys walking her boxer Zorro and reading historical fiction.
RICHARD H. MARTHA was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on September 7, 1973. He graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. in Environmental Resource Management with a Technical Minor in Wildlife & Fishery Science. Rich was a member and captain of the Penn State Men’s Ice Hockey Team and was elected to the American Collegiate Hockey Association All-American Team. He received his law degree from the Duquesne University School of Law, where he was a member of the Duquesne Law Review. Rich was admitted to the California State Bar in 2001.
Rich resides with his wife, Sandie, and two young children, Kegan and Kaili, in the Rancho Peñasquitos area of San Diego. He pursues a vast variety of activities ranging from being an avid triathlete to an experienced fly-fisherman. He dedicates most of his free time to the Leukemia-Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training Triathlon Program.
MICHAEL D. MARCHESINI was born in 1972 in Camden, New Jersey. He attended San Diego State University, earning an undergraduate degree with honors in Business Administration - Management in 1994. During his college years, Mike was a member of the Mortar Board National Honor Society, Golden Key National Honor Society, Sigma Chi Fraternity, Rotaract, and received the SDSU Quest for the Best Vice Presidential Student Service Award. Mike then attended the University of San Diego School of Law, earning his law degree in 1997. During law school, Mike was a member of the Appellate Moot Court Board and Moot Court National Team, and was selected to The Order of Barristers. He was admitted to the California State Bar in 1997, and he is also admitted to the United States District Court, Central and Southern Districts of California. Mike has successfully tried cases by jury in the areas of personal injury (auto and premises liability), defamation, and insurance bad faith.
Mike enjoys traveling and spending time with his family and friends and is an avid Chargers, Padres and SDSU Aztecs fan.
ERIC M. LEENERTS was born in Austin, Texas, but grew up primarily in San Diego. He received his B.A. in History (magna cum laude) in 1985 from San Diego State University. Between college and law school, Eric continued working full time in the job that put him through school and additionally volunteered with the San Diego Historical Society. In 1989, Eric received his J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. During law school, Eric volunteered for the General Advocacy Assistance Project helping low-income residents of San Francisco navigate the public aid system, and interned with the Juvenile Division of the San Francisco District Attorney's Office handling criminal prosecutions of juvenile offenders. Eric was admitted to the California State Bar in 1989 and is admitted to practice before all courts of the State of California, in addition to the United States Court for the Southern District of California and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal. He has significant litigation experience handling hundreds of binding and non-binding arbitrations and mediations, has tried several cases to verdict (bench and jury trials), and has argued one matter before the California Court of Appeal, Fourth District.
During his spare time, Eric enjoys mountain biking, swimming, snorkeling, watching youth sports (baseball, soccer, indoor soccer, and lacrosse) in which his youngest son participates, and amusing his family's Golden Retriever, Woody.
ERIN E. SCHROEDER was born at the Subic Naval Base, Republic of the Philippines. She received her Bachelor’s degree with honors from the University of California at Santa Barbara in Political Science with a minor in History. In 2006, Erin graduated from California Western School of Law, where she was a member of the Pro Bono Honors Society and Dean’s Honor List. She was admitted to the California State Bar in 2006.
Erin enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband Danny, her family, and her friends.
FANG LI was born in Taipei, Taiwan. He received undergraduate degrees in Political Science and Management Science from the University of California, San Diego in 2000. In 2005, Fang graduated from Temple University School of Law, where he was a member of the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association and was a Note/Comment Editor at the Temple Political and Civil Rights Law Review. He was admitted to the State Bars of New Jersey and Pennsylvania in 2005, and the California State Bar in 2007.
During his spare time, Fang enjoys basketball, golf, snowboarding, comic books, and poker.
SHARLA N. HILBURN was born in Texas. She received her Bachelor of Arts in History in 1999 and her Master of Arts in History in 2001, both from San Diego State University. During her time at San Diego State, Sharla was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, a national liberal arts honor society, and the President of Phi Alpha Theta, a national history honor society. In 2004, Sharla graduated from California Western School of Law where she was Secretary of the Business Law Society and a member of the Dean’s Honor List. She was admitted to the California State Bar in 2005.
During her spare time, Sharla enjoys cooking, running, traveling, reading and the occasional karaoke performance.
COURTNEY S. BECKER was born in Nashville, TN and grew up in San Jose, California. She graduated from San Diego State University in 2005 with a degree in Political Science and a minor in History. While at San Diego State, Courtney was an active member of the national political science honor society, Pi Sigma Alpha. Courtney graduated from Santa Clara University School of Law in 2008, where she was a member of the 2007 Honors Moot Court competition. Courtney also received the award for “Best Brief” in Appellate Advocacy. Courtney was admitted to the California State Bar in 2008.
Courtney is an animal lover and avid Chargers fan. She enjoys outdoor activities, including snowboarding, swimming and hiking. Courtney also enjoys traveling and spending time with family, friends, and her husband, Todd.
PETER C.L. CHEN was born in Taiwan. He received his undergraduate degree in Economics from U.C.L.A. in 1998. While attending the University of San Diego School of Law (J.D., 2006), Peter was a member of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association. He was admitted to the California State Bar in 2006.
Peter enjoys playing basketball, tennis, going to the gym, and the latest techno-gadgets.
KEVIN D. ROGERS was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He attended the University of Oklahoma where he received his Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance with honors and a minor in Spanish. While at the University of Oklahoma, Kevin was an active member of Lambda Chi Alpha. In 2009, Kevin graduated from the University of San Diego School of law. While at USD, Kevin was a member of the San Diego International Law Journal. He was admitted to the California State Bar in 2009.
Kevin is a diehard OU Sooners football and Oklahoma City Thunder basketball fan. Kevin enjoys spending his free time at his other office, the golf course. Kevin also enjoys spending time with his wife, family, friends, and Boston Terrier, Frank The Tank.
KRYSTLE D. BERKSTRESSER was born in San Diego, California. She attended the University of California Davis where she graduated in 2007 receiving her Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in Comparative Literature. While at UC Davis, Krystle was part of the Davis Honors Challenge Program. In 2011, she graduated from the University of San Diego School of Law. While at USD, Krystle was the Managing Editor of the San Diego International Law Journal, Captain of her Law School Intramural Softball Team, and was crowned the 2011 Battle of the Brains Trivia Competition Champion. She was admitted to the California State Bar in 2011.
In her free time, Krystle enjoys running, softball, creative writing, spending time with her family, and is a die hard Chargers and Padres fan.
VANESSA C. WHIRL was born in Long Island, New York, but grew up in Orange County, California. She attended the University of Nevada, Reno, graduating in three years with Bachelor degrees in Political Science and Speech Communications. Vanessa then attended California Western School of Law, where she obtained her J.D. in two years. During law school, she was a member of the Phi Alpha Delta Fraternity and Pro Bono Honor Society. Vanessa was also on the Moot Court Trial Team, was a three-time Distinguished Advocate recipient, placed first in the interschool Gill Competition, and placed second in the interschool Gafford Competition.
During her spare time, Vanessa loves the movies, cheering for the Yankees, cake decorating, and spoiling her Golden Retriever and Yorkie.
JING TONG was born in Hefei, China. She received her Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and Economics from the University of California Irvine in 2007, graduating cum laude and with honors in Political Science. Jing then attended Loyola Law School, receiving her Juris Doctorate in 2012. During law school, she externed for Judge Richard L. Fruin at the Los Angeles Superior Court and was a member of the VIS International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court, receiving an Honorable Mention for Claimant's Memorandum. Jing was admitted to the California State Bar in 2012.
During her spare time, Jing enjoys hiking, traveling, badminton, and spending time with her family and friends.
Martin P. Stratte
MARTIN P. STRATTE was born in Chicago, Illinois. He received his B.A. in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he was a member of the Fighting Illini Men's Ice Hockey Team. In 2012, he graduated from Thomas Jefferson School of Law. During law school, he served as the President of the Student Bar Association and received the County of San Diego Outstanding Service Award for his volunteer work at the Public Defender's Office, where he helped defend indigent San Diegans accused of crimes. He was admitted to the State Bar of Nevada in 2012 and the State Bar of California in 2013.
Martin resides in Downtown San Diego. He enjoys ice hockey, hiking and cooking.
Brittany L. Grunau
BRITTANY L. GRUNAU was born in Yorba Linda, California. She received her Bachelor of Arts degrees in Philosophy: Ethics and Public Policy in 2007 from the University of California, Santa Barbara. While at UCSB, Brittany was the on the Community Standards and Relations Board, the Family Relations Chair, and Alumnae Chair for Alpha Chi Omega. She then went on to attend Loyola Law School, receiving her Juris Doctorate in 2010. During law school, Brittany was the President of the Healthcare and Bioethics Association. Brittany was admitted to the California State Bar in 2011.
During her spare time, Brittany enjoys yoga, relaxing at the beach, spending time with her Jack Russell mix, Bella, and is an avid Dallas Cowboys fan.