About the Attorneys

Jeffrey A. Dito

Jeffrey Dito has practiced law since 1986. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of California, Berkeley in 1983 and his JD from Santa Clara University in 1986. His emphasis in the practice of law has been in the field of real estate transactions, business planning and transactions, business litigation, commercial and office leasing, general civil litigation, probate and trust matters. He has represented national and multinational corporations, joint ventures, partnerships, associations and pension funds in problems related to real estate holdings and/or management. Jeffrey’s clients also include public corporations, commercial building and shopping center owners and managers, developers, contractors, engineers, real estate owners, and members of the San Francisco Bay Area business community. He has represented clients in all the Courts of the State of California, United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of the State of California. He currently practices out of the San Francisco Office.

 

Hilary Glen-Grossman

Hilary Glen-Grossman was admitted to the California State Bar in 1986 after graduating from the University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in 1982 and the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 1986. Hilary’s current practice focuses on real estate development, commercial and retail leasing, as well as general civil and business litigation. Hilary is admitted to practice in all state courts in California.

 

Carolyn Lawson

Carolyn Lawson has practiced general civil and commercial litigation with an emphasis in insurance, employment, real estate, and construction litigation since she graduated from Chapman University, Fowler School of Law. Carolyn is admitted to practice in all state courts in California and the United States District Court for the Central District of California. During law school, Carolyn was awarded a merit-based scholarship and received a CALI Award in International Business Litigation. She is a member of the State Bar of California, Orange County Bar Association, Orange County Women Lawyers Association, and the St. Thomas Moore Society of Orange County. Carolyn received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Westmont College.

 

Mark A. Rodriguez

Mark Rodriguez graduated from Harvard University School of Law in 1987, following his undergraduate work at Loyola Marymount University. He has nearly 30 years of experience and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, the United District Courts for the Central, Northern, and Southern Districts of California, as well as the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. His current practice areas include General Civil Litigation, Business Law, Labor and Employment Law, Securities Litigation, Real Estate Litigation, Appellate Practice, Mass Tort Litigation, Class Actions, and Asbestos Litigation. At Harvard Law School, Mark was a member of the Harvard Journal of International Law. He was also a contributing author of the “California Causes of Action” publication.

 

Ronald Specter

Ronald Specter is an Experienced Litigation Attorney, currently practicing out of both Newport Beach and San Francisco. Ronald has over 30 years of experience in defense litigation, with experience in the following areas: Personal Injury Defense, Employment and Labor Law, Insurance Litigation, Real Estate Litigation, Mass Torts, and Asbestos Litigation. He has substantial trial and arbitration experience in both State and Federal Courts throughout California and in other states. In addition to the State of California, Ronald is also admitted to practice in the State of New York and the District of Columbia. Ronald is a member of the California State Bar, Los Angeles County Bar, and the Orange County Bar Associations. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in 1981 from Penn State University and went on to graduate from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 1984. He has been appointed as a discipline and ethics referee by the State Bar of California Board of Governors and is a Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent® Rated Lawyer.

 

Kenneth L. Valinoti

Kenneth Valinoti is an Experience Transactional and Litigation Attorney, currently practicing out of the firm’s San Francisco Office. He has over 30 years of experience in Real Estate and Commercial Transactional work and in Civil Litigation matters, with emphasis in the following areas: Real Estate, Insurance, and Personal Injury. Kenneth has substantial trial and arbitration experience in State and Federal Courts. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from California State University – Chico in 1980 and went on to graduate from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 1984. He is a member of the San Francisco Bar Association.

 

Michael L. Willoughby

Michael Willoughby has practiced in general civil and commercial litigation since 1981, when he graduated Order of the Coif from Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California.  Before attending Law School, Michael was a helicopter pilot in the United States Navy, from 1971-1978.  Michael is admitted to the California State Bar (1981), to the U.S. District Courts in California (all Districts), and to the United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit (1984). Michael received his Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Southern California in 1971, where he graduated cum laude.