Roy N. Johnston
Roy Johnston brings a unique and strategic perspective to the practice of law. As a successful former businessman with strong managerial and marketing education and experience, he understands the opportunities and challenges facing the modern business owner and manager. He is an active member of the Business, Real Estate and Trusts & Estates Sections of both the California State Bar and the Sonoma County Bar Association. He is currently the chair of the Trusts & Estates Section of the Sonoma County Bar Association, and a member of the North Bay Association of Realtors and the North Coast Builders Association. He is a regular speaker at business and estate planning seminars and workshops.
Roy received a Juris Doctorate from Empire College of Law, a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Wyoming, and an Associate Degree from Casper College. He and his wife, Barbara, are active members of Redwood Covenant Church and when not spoiling their three grandchildren and Buster, their Bichon Frisé dog, they enjoy sailing their sailboat “Lucy!” on the San Francisco Bay.
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Ryan F. Thomas
Ryan represents a wide range of clients in the areas of residential and commercial finance and real estate matters throughout the United States. His clients range from Wall Street investment banks, loan servicing companies, and financial institutions to small business owners and individual investors. His background includes matters involving lender liability and regulatory actions, repurchase litigation, mortgage guaranty insurance claims, and title, escrow, and appraisal claims and litigation. He also has experience with commercial finance matters including SBA lending and the Uniform Commercial Code.
Ryan received his undergraduate degree in economics from Sonoma State University. He received his Juris Doctor from Golden Gate University, where he was the Managing Editor of the Law Review and a Moot Court finalist. He is a frequent speaker on a variety of residential real estate topics to national and regional trade industry associations.
When not working, Ryan is active in a number of church and civic activities. He is married and the father of two children, Jocelyn and Zachary, and is an avid golfer.
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Daryl J. Reese, Of Counsel
Daryl offers a wealth of knowledge and experience from his more than 20 years as a nonprofit corporation executive and his service on numerous boards of directors. His practice includes both transactional and litigation work, with a focus on business law. Daryl’s strategic planning background together with his operational leadership results in a practical understanding and valuable perspective for business owners, nonprofit organizations, and boards of directors.
Daryl received his undergraduate degree from California State University, Northridge, and holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. He earned his Juris Doctorate degree, cum laude, from Empire College School of Law, where he won a prestigious award for his written brief in a statewide law school competition, and was ranked among the top of his class.
In his free time, Daryl enjoys spending time with his wife, Janice, and their three adult children, participating in his church and other community organizations, and riding the wine country roads of Sonoma County on his road bike.
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Leo provides more than twenty years of professional legal experience and local perspective to his neighbors throughout the Bay Area, with a special focus on the senior and special needs communities. Working closely with trusted outreach and advocacy groups like the Council on Aging, he brings both the expertise and a personal touch to the table, in order to help both individuals and families navigate the legal issues that matter to them. Leo enjoys serving clients from all walks of life, assisting with cases ranging from conservatorships and estate planning to family law and public benefits. He also regularly volunteers his time advising mature members of the community at senior centers across Sonoma and Marin Counties. Leo also periodically provides seminars to the public on legal challenges facing the community as a whole. In addition, Leo is also a highly trained mediator, with more than 250 hours of formal instruction emphasizing family law and estate disputes.
Born and raised in Northern California, Leo earned his undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies from Fresno State University, and his Juris Doctorate from Empire College School of Law. He and his wife, Kathleen, are the proud parents of six children, and very active members of their church. Together, they enjoy hiking, exploring the great outdoors, and staying active in the community, especially through local youth soccer and other sports.
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