Our Team

Our Santa Rosa Law Firm has several teams of experts to provide specialized and responsive service to you. A partner with substantial experience supervises every matter and is always available for consultation. Our associates and paralegals are well trained in their specialties and work together with our outstanding staff to meet your needs. This team approach results in excellent service and greater client satisfaction.

We are loyal to our clients and all problems are handled with professional competence, efficiency, candor, confidentiality, honesty and integrity. We will never compromise these core principles.


John R. O’Brien

  • Real Estate
  • Business Law
  • Non-Profit
  • Estate Planning
  • Trust Administration

Michael G. Watters

  • Civil Trials
  • Family Law / Divorce
  • Serious Personal Injury / Wrongful Death
  • Employment Litigation
  • Business Litigation
  • Insurance Law / Litigation
  • Professional Liability / Licensure
  • Elder Financial Abuse
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • ADR
  • Appeals & Writs
  • Expert Witness

Daniel E. Davis

  • Business Law
  • Tax Law
  • Estate Planning

Deborah G. Corlett

  • Estate Planning
  • Probate & Trust Litigation
  • Trust Administration
Joseph Baxter - Attorney

Joseph G. Baxter

  • Writs & Appeals

George J. Keller

  • Insurance
  • Toxic Tort
  • Products Liability
  • Aviation
  • Civil Litgation
Gary Nelson - Attorney

Gary Nelson

  • Business Law
  • Tax Law
Graden Tapley

Graden Tapley

  • Civil Litigation

Monica J. Lehre

  • Estate Planning
  • Estate Administration
  • Probate
  • Trust an Probate Litigation

Legal Staff

Ginger Orosco

Estate Planning Paralegal


Ginger has been with the firm since August 2001. She graduated with highest honors from Santa Rosa Junior College with an AA in Liberal Arts. She earned a paralegal certificate from City College of San Francisco in 2004. She works as an estate planning and business paralegal and is a Notary Public.

Kathy Wilder

Trust Admin & Probate Paralegal


Kathy holds an AA degree (with Honors) from Napa Valley College, and a paralegal certificate from Sonoma State University’s Attorney Assistant Program.  She has been a litigation, trust administration, and probate paralegal since 1990.  She worked eight years for Coombs & Dunlap in Napa before joining the firm in 2000.  She is a member of the Redwood Empire Association of Paralegals, and is a notary public.  She is a San Francisco Bay Area native, and enjoys hiking, camping, yoga, and doing home improvement projects.

Nina Cooney, CP-ACP

Certified Paralegal


Nina has been with the firm since May, 1988.  In May, 2003, she became a paralegal by declaration pursuant to Business and Professionals Code Section 6450(c)(4). In May, 2013, she became a Certified Paralegal by successfully passing the written exam administered by National Association of Legal Assistants & Paralegals.  She is a member of National Association of Legal Assistants and Paralegals (NALA) and Redwood Empire Association of Paralegals (REAP).  She earned an Associate of Arts degree from Santa Rosa Junior College and attended Cittone School of Court Reporting in Edison, New Jersey.  She is also a licensed Real Estate Agent, and has an advanced certificate in Real Estate Principles from NALA.

Carol Notaro

Senior Litigation Paralegal

Carol has been a legal secretary and paralegal since 1983. Carol has vast experience in many areas of the law with emphasis in Civil Litigation, Trust & Estate Litigation, and Family Law. She graduated from Heald Business College with honors and a Legal Secretarial Diploma. She became a paralegal by declaration under Business & Professions Code 6450(c)(4) in 2003. Carol is a member of the Paralegal and Legal Support Section of the Sonoma County Bar Association as well as the National Association of Paralegals.



Ginger Brinlee


Ginger Brinlee is a newcomer to the firm, joining after a career that includes program and records management in the environmental industry and teaching history and English at the high school and college levels. Ginger worked her way through college as a reader and tutor and working in an answering service where she learned her considerable telephone skills.  Inside or outside the office, Ginger uses her voice to make music and she leads or is involved with several musical groups.


Dan Flock