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I am a certified specialist in appellate law, certified by The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.


I provide effective, aggressive, quality legal representation in the courts of appeal in California.  As an appellate lawyer, I handle proceedings before the courts of appeal after judgment or decision in a trial court.  I handle various civil  matters on appeal, including real estate, probate and trusts, family law, contracts or torts. 


Currently about 50 percent of my practice is in appeals and writs; the balance of my practice is in general civil litigation.  In general civil litigation, I work with the complex team at my firm, where we represent religious institutions, businesses, and individuals in large, complex civil matters including business fraud, products liability, and contract actions. 


The vast majority of appellate cases in California are unpublished.  My published appellate cases are:

Park v Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Co. (2003) 108 Cal.App.4th 595
Michael v. Denbeste Transportation, Inc. (2006) 173 Cal.App.4th 1082
Schwartz v. Schwartz (2008) 167 Cal.App.4th 733
Conservatorship of the Estate of Edde (2009) 173 Cal.App.4th 883


Any testimonial or endorsement on this profile does not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of your legal matter.


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Practice areas


  1. Appeals: 50%
    20 years
  2. Litigation: 50%
    21 years


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Contact info

Klein, DeNatale, Goldner, Cooper, Rosenlieb & Kimball, LLP

4550 California Avenue
Second Floor
Bakersfield, CA, 93309


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AppellateSouthern California Super Lawyers2013
AppellateSouthern California Super Lawyers2012
GBLA Legal Services AwardGreater Bakersfield Legal Assistance2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyKlein, DeNatale, Goldner, Cooper, Rosenlieb & Kimball, LLP1995 - Present
Asst. Vice President and Safety OfficerMarshall E. Helm Corp. (dba Greenlawn Mortuaries and Cemeteries)1988 - 1995
Operations OfficerUnited Agricultural Association (now United Agribusiness League)1983 - 1987
Association namePosition nameDuration
Women Lawyers Section, Kern County Bar AssociationMember2012 - Present
Bakersfield Museum of Art (Bakersfield Art Foundation)Director2012 - Present
American Bar Association, Judicial Division, Lawyers' DivisionMember2011 - Present
Bakersfield North Rotary ClubGrants Chairman2011 - Present
Kern Community Foundation, Women's and Girls' Fund, Grants Allocation CommitteeMember2010 - Present
State Bar of California, Litigation SectionMember2010 - Present
Bakersfield North Rotary FoundationDirector2010 - Present
Kern County Bar Association Charitable FoundationTrustee2009 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
Bakersfield North Rotary ClubMember2008 - Present
Greater Bakersfield Legal AssistanceChairman2004 - Present
Greater Bakersfield Legal AssistanceDirector1998 - Present
Kern County Women Lawyers FoundationTrustee1997 - Present
Kern County Bar AssociationMember1995 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1995 - Present
California Women LawyersMember1994 - Present
State Bar of California, Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal ServicesChair2011 - 2012
State Bar of California, Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal ServicesVice-Chair2010 - 2011
Kern Community Foundation, Women's and Girls' Fund, Grants Allocation CommitteeMember2008 - 2009
State Bar of California, Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal ServicesMember2007 - 2012
Kern County Bar AssociationPast President2007 - 2008
Kern County Bar AssociationPresident2006 - 2007
Kern County Bar AssociationPresident-Elect2005 - 2006
Kern County Bar AssociationVice President2004 - 2005
Kern County Bar AssociationSecretary/CFO2003 - 2004
Kern County Women Lawyers AssociationSecretary2002 - 2005
Kern County Women Lawyers AssociationBoard of Directors2002 - 2005
State Bar of California, Conference of Delegates, Calendar Coordinating CommitteeMember2000 - 2003
Kern County Bar AssociationBoard of Directors2000 - 2008
Kern County Women Lawyers AssociationPresident1999 - 2000
Kern County Women Lawyers AssociationVice President1998 - 1999
Kern County Women Lawyers AssociationSecretary1997 - 1998
Kern County Women Lawyers AssociationBoard of Directors1996 - 2001
Kern County Women Lawyers AssociationMember1994 - 2012
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Conservatorship of Edde (2009) 173 Cal.App.4th 883Judgment affirmed for client, although reversed on other grounds for other parties.
In re Schwartz Trust (2008) 167 Cal.App.4th 733Judgment affirmed for the client
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Publication nameTitleDate
KDG New Associate Training Professional Development ProgramKDG New Associate Training Professional Development Program2005
Slocumb, W. and Bennett, CObtaining, Enforcing and Defending Against Sanctions, Volume 1: State Court (CEB Action Guide)1997
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
California Pacific School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1995
California State University, BakersfieldBusiness AdministrationMBA1991
California State University, BakersfieldPsychologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1980