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2017 Board of Directors

William Brandwein, President

Prior to establishing a law office, Mr. Brandwein practiced as a certified public accountant in Chicago, Illinois, with a major CPA firm for eight years. In 1969, he established a law office in Columbus, Ohio, with specialization in Civil and Criminal Tax Litigation, Tax Planning and Estate Planning. In 1985, a law office was established in Monterey, California, continuing the same specialization as was established in Ohio. At present, both offices are still maintained. Bill attended the University of Illinois and DePaul University in Chicago for his undergraduate degree and DePaul University Law School. He is currently a member of the Tax Section of the American Bar Association, serving on several committees; the Illinois State Bar Association; the Ohio State Bar Association; the State Bar of California; and is a Certified by the State Bar of California as a Specialist in Taxation Law. He has written several articles on taxation and served on the Executive Committee of the Section on Taxation, State Bar of California.

 

Frank Hespe, Vice President

Frank Hespe, Esq. graduated with a J.D. degree from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley.  He earned his B.A., summa cum laude, from Rutgers University.  Since 2009 he has been a Partner in the Law Offices of Nicora & Hespe, LLP, focusing on Probate, Trusts, Estate Planning, Conservatorships and Business Law.

 

Frank Hespe has been an attorney for over 20 years.  Prior to returning to the Monterey Peninsula, Mr. Hespe worked for the American Bar Association in a number of different positions over a four year period, including Legal Specialist, Country Director, and Regional Director in such places as Qatar, Azerbaijan, and the Central Asian nations of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. Mr. Hespe specializes in being Chief of Party for Rule of Law programs in challenging and post-conflict environments, including directing programs on anti-corruption, gender equality, training judges, law school development and curriculum reform, continuing legal education and Bar Association reform.

 

Before his work abroad, from 2002 to 2005, Mr. Hespe served as Dean of the Monterey College of Law, after previously working there for 12 years as an Adjunct Professor of International Law and the Director of Clinical Studies Program.  From 1993 to 2001, he served as the Executive Director of Legal Services for Seniors, a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting low income senior citizens in Monterey County.

 

In the area of Community Service, Mr. Hespe has been Judge Pro Tem of the Small Claims and Traffic Court Division of the Monterey Superior Court; President and Treasurer of the Monterey County Bar Association; member of the United Nations Association, co-chair of the United Way of the Salinas Valley; a President and member of the board of directors of the Charitable Council of Monterey County; member of the City of Pacific Grove Senior Housing Committee; member of the Planned Giving Advisory Council of California State University, Monterey Bay; member of the board of directors of the Alzheimer’s Association, Monterey County chapter; and member of the board of directors of the Berkeley Community Law Center and founding member of the University of California, Berkeley School of Law’s free legal clinic.

 

Frank Hespe was also the winner of the 2010 Chief Justice Gibson Award, an annual honor given by the Monterey County Bar Association.

 

Anthony Karachale, Treasurer

Anthony Karachale is one of the founding members of the Horan Lloyd  firm and has been a partner since 1973. Mr. Karachale has thirty five years of experience in the formation of business entities, including corporations, partnerships, and limited liability companies, for all types of businesses. Mr. Karachale has significant experience in representing physicians and medical groups and various physician organizations, including ambulatory surgery centers, and currently represents in excess of one hundred Monterey county physicians and medical groups. His practice also involves real estate transactions, including dispositions, and transactions involving tax deferral. Mr. Karachale has been Certified as a Specialist in Taxation Law by the California State Bar for over twenty five years and has extensive experience in representing taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service and Franchise Tax Board, including appeals and US Tax Court matters.

 

Brian Call, Secretary

Brian Call's primary practice focus is in business and real estate transactions. Brian has 30 years of experience in representing clients in a wide variety of real estate and business transactions including entity formation, leasing, business sales, private placements, syndications, complex real estate transactions, financing, and subdivisions. Brian’s real estate and business litigation background provide him with a unique and valuable perspective in counseling business and real estate clients at the transactional stage on strategies for minimizing litigation risk. Brian represents a variety of private sector and institutional clients, including a number of multi-property hospitality and management companies, an international manufacturing company, and a local private K-12 day and boarding school. Brian has also advised numerous clients in connection with non-profit corporate formation and governance issues.

 

Emily DuBois

Emily DuBois began practicing civil and family law in Monterey County over 15 years ago. She joined the Monterey County Bar Association (MCBA) in 2004 as the Treasurer, remained in that role for several years and served as President in 2011. In 2010 she joined the Board of the Monterey County Bar Foundation in her capacity as President Elect of the MCBA and has been an active participant in Foundation matters ever since. Ms. DuBois has served on the Board for Monterey College of Law, the Monterey County Law Libraries Committee, and in community board roles for Leadership Monterey Peninsula and currently for public radio station KUSP.

 

Juliet Peck

Juliet Peck graduated from Santa Clara University School of Law in 1994. She is a fixture in the criminal courts of Monterey County. Juliet is known by her colleagues as a tenacious, assertive and creative criminal defense attorney. From 1995 to 2006 she worked as a deputy public defender in Monterey County, where she represented hundreds of clients and was counsel in several high profile cases.

 

Juliet has brought her 11 years of public defender experience to her practice at the Law Offices of Lawrence & Peck. She fiercely represents the rights of her clients including public officials, law enforcement officers,  many former public defender clients and others from all backgrounds. Her determination and honesty has won her the respect of the legal community.

 

In 2012, Juliet was President of the Monterey County Bar Association and she continues to serve on that Board as an Officer. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the 6th District Appellate Program (SDAP), which oversees indigent appellate representation in the 6th District, encompassing Monterey, Santa Cruz, San Benito and Santa Clara Counties. Juliet is also a member of the California Public Defender’s Association, California Attorneys for Criminal Justice and the Monterey County Women Lawyers Association.

 

Lawrence E. Biegel

Managing Partner Lawrence E. Biegel is a trial lawyer in good standing with the California State and Monterey County Bar Associations.  Larry is one of the most skilled and respected trial attorneys in California. Over the years he has successfully tried criminal cases involving major felonies including a death penalty cases, civil actions involving complex business issues, and personal injury involving motorcycle accidents, auto accidents, and ATV cases, with the support of investigators and expert witnesses.

 

He is an inductee of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) and has served as the President of the Monterey County Bar Association. In recognition of his outstanding jury trial skills, he received the Lewis L. Fenton Award in 2006.

 

Ron DeHoff

Ron DeHoff hails originally from New Jersey, but has lived in California for over thirty years.  Mr. DeHoff graduated Magna Cum Laude from Princeton University with a Bachelor's Degree in the Science of Engineering.  He obtained a Masters of Science and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from Stanford University.  He worked for many years in Silicon Valley with startups including General Magic, Netscape Communications, and America-On-Line in the areas of product development and software licensing.  After moving to the Central Coast, Mr. DeHoff worked ten years in fiduciary services providing accounting and trust administration services to elderly clients.  Mr. DeHoff earned his JD from Monterey College of Law.  While in law school, Mr. DeHoff served as Law Clerk for the San Benito County District Attorney.

 

The Law Office of Ron DeHoff was created as a convenient, local resource to address a wide-variety of common civil legal needs.  Mr. DeHoff uses his extensive background in business and technology to counsel clients in business, real estate, land use, and civil litigation matters throughout California.  He proudly offers services in business and real estate transactions and litigation, landlord-tenant issues, land-use and neighbor disputes, trust and estate litigation, elder law and probate, wills and estate planning.  Mr. DeHoff is a licensed real estate broker.

 

Mr. DeHoff has served on the Board of the Monterey County Bar Association since 2008 and was President in 2013.  He has been Adjunct Professor at the Panetta Institute for Public Policy at the California State University, Monterey Bay and the Chair of the Greater Monterey Peninsula Land Use Advisory Committee.  Mr. DeHoff serves on the Sixth District Appellate Panel and has completed forty hours of mediation training through the Mandell-Gisnet Center for Conflict Management and serves as a mediator for the NEIGHBOR program.

 

He is a 2007 graduate of the Leadership Monterey Peninsula program.  He was the winner of the 2007 Ray Kiley Memorial Scholarship for excellence in will and trust law, 2007 West Law Award for Academic Achievement, and was a 2007 Heisler Moot Court Finalist at Monterey College of Law.  His volunteer activities include serving on the Board of Directors of Meals on Wheels of the Monterey Peninsula and The Offset Project.

 

 Lloyd Lowrey, Jr.

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