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As a litigation attorney with 27 years' experience, I have noted with concern as access to the legal system has become so expensive that it can be beyond the reach of many who are entitled to redress for a variety of wrongs.


It's more important than ever for lawyers to be strategic and cost-conscious in representing clients, to achieve the best possible result at the most reasonable cost. This need is something I am acutely aware of at all stages of advising my clients. I offer a variety of fee options, including flat-fee contracts, and I work to educate my clients from the outset of the potential cost of handling their matters. I also believe strongly in mediating disputes whenever possible, both before and during litigation. I am certified as a mediator and give generously of my time as a volunteer mediator to community members.


I am a proud graduate of Monterey College of Law, which allowed me to work managing a law firm while I studied at night to attain my degree. Despite working full-time, I graduated in the top 10% of my class and was chosen as a finalist in the Heisler Moot Court competition, in which I was part of a team that argued a fictional constitutional law case before a panel of actual judges and an audience of hundreds. I passed the California Bar Exam immediately after graduation, then went to work with Belli & Sabih, a boutique personal injury law firm in Pacific Grove, CA. Partner Melvin M. Belli was arguably the best-known tort and trial lawyer in the United States, and I was privileged to try cases with his partner, David S. Sabih, and to accompany Mr. Belli to the World Court at The Hague, Netherlands, as well as to India and Tibet.


My clients are average people, individuals and small business owners, who find themselves in need of my services in cases involving family inheritances; real estate transactions; collection of monies owed to them; injuries sustained in automobile and other types of accidents; and landlord-tenant disputes. Many of my former clients remain my friends to this day, and I am honored that they refer their friends and family to me.


I am committed to excellent and prompt communication with my clients, and to giving 100% of my ability to resolving their cases in an effective and economical manner. I look forward to your inquiry regarding a potential legal matter or about my practice in general. Thank you for taking the time to read my comments.




Languages spoken: Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 75%
    28 years
  2. Mediation: 10%
  3. Elder Law: 10%
    12 years
  4. Landlord & Tenant: 5%



Hourly ($300-350/hour), contingent (25-40%), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Albert Lee Crosner

    I endorse Ms. Bednar who is a very experienced attorney. Based on her record and her answers to questions posed by community members, I would recommend that you use her services.


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Contact info


P O Box 449
Carmel Valley, CA, 93924-0449


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerBednar | Friedland LLP2011 - Present
OwnerLaw Office of Jane E. Bednar2005 - 2009
ProfessorMonterey College of Law2004 - 2005
AttorneyEffie F. Anastassiou & Associates2003 - 2005
AttorneyBohnen, Rosenthal & Dusenbury1999 - 2003
AttorneyBelli & Sabih1988 - 1999
Association namePosition nameDuration
Consumer Attorneys of CaliforniaMember2010 - Present
Monterey County Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
State Bar of CaliforniaMemberN/A
Monterey County Women Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Monterey County Women Lawyers AssociationPresident2006 - 2007
Monterey County Women Lawyers AssociationSecretary1999 - 2000
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Carney v. Santa Cruz Women Against RapeJury verdict for the plaintiff
Jaramillo v. JH Partners, et al.Settled after appeal
Client v. Center for Conservative Therapy, et al.Settled
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Minnesota Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1988
University of MinnesotaJournalism and Mass CommunicationBA - Bachelor of Arts1984
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
32-hour core mediator training courseMediation training2016