Meet the Attorneys


Gary Winter, CEO

Mergers and Acquisitions, Commercial Real Estate, Family Business Succession Planning, Professional / Medical Practice Sales and Partnerships







Franklin Spees, CCRM, TCS, LEED, AP, Vice President

Zoning Land Use, Conditional Use Permits, Lot Splits, City/County Approvals, Multi-Family Investment Structures, Tax Credit Housing Projects. Investment Property Expert: 12 years experience owning and operating, multi-family investment grade real estate and property management company managing hundreds of units in California, former City planner with understanding and background in City/County approval process for zoning, land use and conditional use permit entitlements. Learn More about Concierge legal services for qualifying property management companies.





David Rowell, Partner

Litigation and Mediation Expert, David has over 25 years of state and federal court experience in civil litigation, trustee/beneficiary disputes, objections to executor/trustee accountings, and property disputes.







Amanda Neal, Partner

Veteran’s Benefits, Medi-Cal Benefits, Estate Planning, Probate, Trust Administration, Business Entity Formation








Devika Choudhury, Partner

Estate Planning, Probate, Trust Administration








Catarina Benitez, Partner

Ms. Catarina M. Benitez is a fierce advocate for families, homeowners, and businesses. She is a member of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, Fresno County Bar Association, and Fresno County Women Lawyers Association.

Ms. Benitez is admitted to practice before all of the courts of the State of California, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the United States District Courts for every district of CA.




Jeff James, CPA, Chief Financial Officer

Trust Accountings, Partnership Accountings, Financial Modeling







Tisha English, SHRM, Office Administrator

Certified Paralegal, Business, Real Estate, Employment, Notary Public

Tisha joined Lawvex in November 2011 while attending Fresno State University. Initially, Tisha served as a legal assistant handling filing, scanning and document management. Tisha went on to serve as an Intake Coordinator in Clovis and graduated from Fresno State University with Bachelors degree in Human Resource Management. Tisha became a Certified Paralegal in 2015. Tisha is responsible for much of the Clovis and Madera office administration including human resources, billing, advance client expenses, vendors, accounts payable, accounts receivable, filing and document management. 







Marisa Gonzales

Certified Paralegal, Estate Planning, Probate, Trust Administration, Litigation

Marisa joined Lawvex in June, 2016 and graduated as a Certified Paralegal from Fresno City College. Initially, Marisa served as Intake Coordinator in Clovis but within a year she quickly learned and was trained in drafting and supporting our estate planning Family Foundations and Family Wealth Planning programs. Marisa has gone on to grow her knowledge and experience to include probate and trust administration notices, pleadings, correspondence and has made filings across California in probate courts including Fresno, Madera, Tulare, Stanislaus, Riverside, Los Angeles and Santa Barbara counties. Marisa also provides litigation and discovery support for our growing trust and estate litigation practice.




Rikki Walther

Intake Coordinator – Clovis Office, Certified Paralegal

Rikki joined Lawvex in October, 2017 and graduated as a Certified Paralegal from Fresno City College. Rikki’s outgoing and friendly personality makes her a natural as our Intake Coordinator in Clovis. Rikki is also very active in maintaining our networking and referral relationships with other law firms, financial and insurance advisors as well as charitable organizations. Rikki especially enjoys hosting and attending collaborative events for the firm. Contact Rikki to set up a Lunch and Learn event for your business. After mastering the art of Intake, Rikki has expanded her knowledge and experience to include more traditional legal assistance such as correspondence, proofs of service, deed preparation, calendaring and more.





Carmen Anzaldua

Intake Coordinator – Madera Office, Legal Assistant, Notary Public

Carmen joined Lawvex in January of 2020 after over 15 years experience as a legal assistant working with the Law Office of Steven Mortimer (retired) in real estate, estate planning and trusts and estates in her hometown of Madera. Carmen speaks both English and Spanish, and is a self-described “people person.” So, Carmen loves the relationships she has built over the years and her interactions with clients and is ideal for our Intake Coordinator position in Madera.