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DOWNTOWN EXPERTISE, SOUTH BAY CONVENIENCE

Based in El Segundo, California, the law firm of Carico Johnson Toomey LLP offers a level of experience and expertise right in the South Bay area that is rare outside of downtown Los Angeles and the West Side.

Trust.

That single word embodies the indispensable requirement between a client and its lawyer. For decades our lawyers have earned and kept the trust of private and public employers, businesses, professional and nonprofessional fiduciaries, families and individuals.

PHILIP A. TOOMEY
Areas of Practice:
  • Employment Law
  • Business and Corporate Law
  • Employment and Business Litigation
  • Commercial Real Estate
HIGHLIGHTS

Trust has been earned in the corporate offices. As former regional counsel for one multi-national corporation, Chief Legal Office for another, and outside general counsel for multiple multi-state businesses, he "gets it."

CHRISTOPHER D. CARICO
Areas of Practice:
  • Estate Planning
  • Trust & Estate Litigation
  • Trust & Probate Administration
HIGHLIGHTS

Partner Christopher D. Carico brings 23 years of experience to leading the firm's trust, estate and probate practice. Carico's courtroom success in contested Trusts and Estates matter, combined with his advanced technical skills in estate planning, makes for a rare combination of talents. He is passionate about delivering on these promises: "Protecting our clients, their families and the legacies they leave to their loved ones."

S.V. STUART JOHNSON
Areas of Practice:
  • Business Litigation
  • Complex Civil Litigation
  • Insurance/Bad Faith
  • Business Law
HIGHLIGHTS

Super Lawyers – Named one of Southern California's Rising Stars, 2007 and 2010 (an honor awarded to the top 2.5% of lawyers in the Southern California area under 40 years of age).

WILLIAM G. BENZ
Areas of Practice:
  • Business Litigation
  • Employment Litigation
  • Employer Legal Compliance Counseling
  • Public Sector Labor Law
HIGHLIGHTS

William Benz is an attorney with a primary emphasis on civil, employment, and labor litigation. He represents a broad array of employers ranging from large and small privately-owned businesses to public municipalities. He also counsels clients in all stages of the employer/employee relationship.

DAVID D. CARICO
Areas of Practice:
  • Civil Appellate Law
  • Criminal Appellate Law
HIGHLIGHTS

For more than 24 years, David Carico has dedicated his practice to appellate law, and has developed the highly specialized skills necessary to successfully pursue cases and negotiate the intricacies of The Court of Appeal. He has argued cases including: state criminal and civil appeals, federal criminal and civil appeals, as well as cases in family, juvenile and contract law.

ANGELA KIL
Areas of Practice:
  • Business and Corporate Transactions
  • Trust & Probate Planning and Administration
  • Trusts & Estates Litigation
HIGHLIGHTS

Attorney Angela Kil focuses on Trust & Estate litigation, Estate plans, Trust and conservatorship administration. Whether protecting individuals from being taken advantage of or protecting clients' legacies, Ms. Kil truly enjoys being an advocate, helping clients gain peace of mind that their wishes will be carried out. Attention to detail and strong analytical capabilities are key to what sets her apart in field of estate planning, where finances and assets are at stake.

BRUCE M. MACDONALD
Areas of Practice:
  • Estate Planning
  • Trust & Estate Litigation
  • Trust & Probate Administration
  • Tax
HIGHLIGHTS

Partner Bruce Macdonald helps clients minimize their taxes, and maximize what they can pass on to their families and estates. Clients rely on his advanced expertise and creativity for even the most complex tax strategies, "but it is also important to me and most clients appreciate that we make your documents understandable to you, so you know what you are getting and how your plan works, more so than with most firms."

ANITA V. SHAH
Areas of Practice:
  • Business Litigation
  • Labor and Employment Law
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Government and Municipal Tort Liability
HIGHLIGHTS

Anita Shah is a litigation attorney whose practice has involved trials in both state and federal court, as well as arbitrations. She has litigated cases in diverse areas including labor and employment matters, governmental and municipal tort liability, insurance coverage and criminal law.

JESSICA OLSON
Areas of Practice:
  • Trusts and Estates
HIGHLIGHTS

Jessica Olson is a paralegal in Carico Johnson Toomey's Trusts and Estates department. She provides invaluable support to the attorneys, allowing them to fully focus their attention on providing clients' the most hands-on care.

HEATHER SICKLES
Areas of Practice:
  • Trust & Estates Litigation
  • Trust & Estates Administration
HIGHLIGHTS

Heather Sickles is a paralegal in Carico Johnson Toomey's Trusts and Estates department with more than five years experience working with Trusts and Estates administration and litigation.

GOLNAZ YAZDCHI
Areas of Practice:
  • Trusts & Estates Litigation
  • Trust and Probate Planning and Administration
  • Conservatorship Litigation
HIGHLIGHTS

Golnaz Yazdchi’s practice focuses on all aspects of Trusts and Estates litigation, probate, Trusts and Estates administration, and conservatorship litigation. Golnaz represents individuals and fiduciaries in Trusts and Estates matters. Golnaz has experience in litigated Trusts and Estates matters, including contested probate and trust petitions, trust/will contests, and handling extensive discovery.

AMBER MORTON
Areas of Practice:
  • Business Law
  • Labor and Employment Law
HIGHLIGHTS

Amber Morton is an attorney with a primary emphasis in representing closely held businesses in civil, business, commercial real estate and employment matters. Amber has defended employers against labor and employment related claims, defended corporate entities against business torts, and negotiated complex commercial business and real estate transactions.