Attorneys

 
Matthew S. Avedikian

BIO:
Matthew specializes in handling all aspects of the firm’s wills, trusts and estates practice, including basic and complex planning, revisions to existing plans, probates, and trust administration. In addition, Matthew has a detailed understanding of California’s long-term care Medi-Cal program and assists clients with planning for the eventuality of facing significant long-term care costs, as well as managing and preserving assets to this effect. Matthew advises clients on every stage of the Medi-Cal process: from initial eligibility through protecting against recovery claims or “Medi-Cal liens.” This includes administrative appeals, court proceedings, share
of cost determinations, annual Medi-Cal eligibility redeterminations, and balancing long-term care needs with important estate, gift, income and property tax considerations.

 

Prior to Avedikian Law, Matthew practiced at the Walnut Creek office of Fitzgerald Abbott & Beardsley (now Donahue Fitzgerald) handling general business and corporate law, real estate transactions and leasing, and nonprofit formation and governance. Matthew began his career counseling entrepreneurs and small business owners on business planning and transactions, succession planning, commercial leasing projects, and property acquisitions in a leading Central Valley firm. Matthew draws on this experience to manage the firm's small business planning and transactions practices.

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BAR ADMISSIONS:

· California

· U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California

EDUCATION:

· J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law, 2007

· B.S., Business Administration, Pepperdine University, 2004

· B.A., Religion, Pepperdine University, 2004

 

CLERKSHIPS:

· The Honorable James A. Ardaiz (Ret.), Presiding Justice

  California Court of Appeal, Fifth District (2005, 2007)


AFFILIATIONS:

· State Bar of California, Estate Planning Section

· Contra Costa Bar Association, Estate Planning & Probate Section

· California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (CANHR), Estate Planning Panel

· ARAG Network Attorney

 
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Elizabeth A. Avedikian

 BIO:
Liza specializes in the firm’s litigation practice, representing and advising clients in civil, probate, trusts & estates, and family law litigation.  She also advises entrepreneurs and small businesses on employment policies, best practices, discrimination, and wage and hour matters.

As a Korean-American (formerly “Elizabeth Yi”), Liza is a passionate advocate for empowering entrepreneurs and marginalized individuals with the legal tools necessary to realize their personal and professional goals.

Liza began her legal career at a prominent public interest firm where she defended entrepreneurs and businesses against unfair regulatory practices at both federal and state levels.  She authored amicus curiae briefs filed with the California Supreme Court and other state courts, supporting the freedom to contract, legal tort reform, and defending employers against class action lawsuits.  Liza thereafter practiced labor and employment law with a statewide firm, and worked at the California Court of Appeal briefing judges on pending cases.  She began her family law practice at a legal aid center where she represented victims of domestic violence.

 

During law school, she interned at the California Attorney General’s Office and worked as a research assistant to Professor Roger C. Park where she edited portions of his “Witness” volume to the New Wigmore evidence treatise.

BAR ADMISSIONS:

· California

· U.S. District Court, Northern & Eastern Districts of California

 

EDUCATION:

· J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law, 2007

· B.A., Economics, Minor Mathematics, Occidental College, 2003

 

LEGAL PUBLICATIONS:

· The Spirit of Brown in Parents Involved and Beyond, 63 U. Miami L. Rev. 657 (2009).

· Pay for Commuting and "Off-The-Clock" Work, Los Angeles/San Francisco Daily Journal, Oct. 1, 2009.

· Cause for Alarm, Los Angeles/San Francisco Daily Journal, June 10, 2009.

· The Impact of AT&T v. Hulteen, Law360, June 10, 2009.

· The Court's Pregnant Pause, Los Angeles/San Francisco Daily Journal, Dec. 30, 2008.

· Opinion Editorial: Vaccine Lawsuit Hazards, The Washington Times, June 8, 2008.

AFFILIATIONS:

· State Bar of California, Family Law Section

· Contra Costa County Bar Association, Family Law Section

· Committee, U.C. Hastings-Contra Costa Alumni Association

· Blackstone Legal Fellowship

· ARAG Network Attorney

AWARDS: 

· State Bar of California, Wiley W. Manuel Award For Pro Bono Legal Services, 2010 & 2011

· The President's Volunteer Service Award, The President's Council On Service And Civil Participation, 2011

Steven G. Hasegawa

 BIO:

Steven specializes in the firm’s family law practice, handling all types of divorce, custody, support, and pre- and post-marital agreements. Steven also assists in the firm’s litigation practice, including civil, probate, trust and estates litigation. 

 

Steven works with clients who are going through difficult personal situations to design individualized solutions and strategies. His practice can range from planning and executing a litigation strategy in a complex dispute to negotiating favorable settlements without creating undue tension. 

 

Steven began emphasizing family law practice after encountering the field as a judicial extern in the Superior Court of the County of Los Angeles. During law school, he interned at a family law office in Walnut Creek, before joining the same office as an Associate Attorney. Steven has extensive experience litigating child custody and visitation, child support, spousal support, dependent adult child support, asset division, domestic violence, and breach of fiduciary duty issues. 

 

Steven appreciates working in practice areas where legal knowledge, sense, and strategy are coupled with the practicalities of each client’s individual circumstances to turn a low-point into the beginning of a new chapter of life.

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Practice Areas:

BAR ADMISSIONS:

· California

EDUCATION:

· J.D., University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, 2016

· B.A., English, University of California, Berkeley, 2013

EXTERNSHIP:

·  Judicial Extern, Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles, 2014

AFFILIATIONS:

· California Lawyer's Association, Family Law Section

· Contra Costa County Bar Association, Family Law Section

 
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