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Ep. 2: Finding Your Practice Area



Some people are lucky enough to know exactly what they want to do and they are able to just go do it. Almost everyone else has to try some things out and based on that experience they hope to find their way to a rewarding career. We spoke to some LACBA members from the Barristers Section and beyond to get their stories and insights about finding their own way to a practice area that suits their temperament, needs and interests.

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Produced by: Lynz Floren, with assistance from Shawn Talley, Melissa Algaze, and Aaron Estrada.


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Kendra Thomas, Esq., LACBA Board of Trustees

kendra-thomas-75wAttorney Kendra Thomas is a Certified Family Law Specialist serving clients in the Southern California area at Thomas Law Offices, in Woodland Hills and in Newport Beach, CA. Thomas Law Offices is a values-driven law firm, guided by principles of excellence, leadership, and citizenship.


Jeanne Nishimoto - 2017-18 Barrister’s President

Jeanne NishimotoJeanne Nishimoto is the Pro Bono Training Coordinator at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles. Ms. Nishimoto earned her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School, where she served as an executive editor to the University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform and participated in the school's advanced clinical program. She received her undergraduate degree from Amherst College.


Diana Sanders - 2017-18 Barrister’s Executive Committee Member

Diana-A-SandersDiana A. Sanders is an associate at Liner LLP, where she represents clients in the media and entertainment industry, including production companies, writers, producers, and musical artists, in litigations and other disputes. Ms. Sanders began her legal career in New York prior to moving to Los Angeles in 2014. She earned her law degree, cum laude, from Fordham University School of Law, and her Bachelor of Science in Communications with minors in Music and Business from St. John's University, where she graduated summa cum laude.


Jessica Gordon - 2018-19 Barrister’s President

Jessica-Gordon-Headshot-BarristersJessica G. Gordon is the founder of Gordon Trust Law where she represents clients in estate planning, trust and estate administration, and probate matters. In addition to her involvement in the Los Angeles County Bar Association, Jessica also serves on the board of the Century City Rotary Club. She is a graduate of the University of Southern California Gould School of Law and earned her undergraduate degree, cum laude, from the University of California, Los Angeles.


Laurie Aronoff - Director of LACBA AIDS Legal Services Project

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Mary Mucha - Director of LACBA Immigration Legal Assistance Project

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Benjamin S. Reccius

Benjamin-RecciusReccius Law was founded on the simple idea of bringing the practice of law back to its basics--rigorous investigation, preparation and dedication to being a true counselor at law. Aside from his core specialties of cannabis business law and criminal defense, Benjamin has a broad legal skill-set that includes housing litigation (eviction, relocation, habitability, ADA litigation), business law, contracts, asset forfeiture, criminal restitution, and alternative dispute resolution including arbitration and mediation.



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