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, a 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

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.

Logan Howard, Associate Attorney

Estate Planning, Probate, Trust Administration, Business

Logan R. Howard joined Lawvex in September 2021 and is passionate about serving others. He is a member of the Fresno County Bar Association, Kern County Bar Association, and Los Angeles County Bar Association. He is also on the Board of Directors for the First Tee of Fresno. Mr. Howard is admitted to practice before all of the courts of the State of California.

Jeff James, CPA, Chief Financial Officer

Trust Accountings, Partnership Accountings, Financial Modeling

Tisha English, Office Administrator

Certified Paralegal, Billing

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’s 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 – Probate

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.












Courtney Beitey

Certified Paralegal – Estate Planning

Courtney earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Fresno State University in 2009 then joined Lawvex in 2012 as an Intake Coordinator. She became a Certified Paralegal in 2015. A move in 2016 meant that Courtney would leave Lawvex but after a four-year hiatus, she rejoined the team in 2020 as a Trusts and Estates Paralegal, drafting estate plans under the Family Foundations and Family Wealth programs. In addition to estate planning, Courtney has experience in probate, trust administration and has been a licensed notary public. 



Jose Avila

Certified Paralegal – Trust & Estate Litigation, Family Law, Unlawful Detainer

Jose obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from San Francisco State University in 2001, Master’s Degree in Social Science in 2004, also from San Francisco State University, and later attended law school and obtained his Juris Doctorate from San Francisco Law School in 2016. Jose speaks reads and writes in English and Spanish. When Jose is not at work, he enjoys listening to music, movies, attending sporting events, and outdoor activities.


Angela Lopez

Legal Assistant

Angela earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from UC Santa Cruz in 2017 and is slated to receive her certificate of achievement in Paralegal Studies from Fresno City College in December 2021. She joined Lawvex as a Legal Assistant, and travels from the Clovis and Madera offices, assisting the team with all types of tasks–from calendaring, filing, and correspondence. She is passionate about learning and expanding her horizons, always working to bolster her repertoire to better assist clients and staff.

Angela is Bi-Lingual in both English and Spanish.


Tiffany Holcomb

Certified Paralegal – Trust Administration, Business

Tiffany graduated in 2010 from Cape Fear College in Wilmington, North Carolina, with a degree in Paralegal Studies. She began her career working as a Criminal Defense Paralegal in Wilmington, NC before moving back to her hometown, Winston Salem, North Carolina, where she currently resides. From there, she joined a firm where she would continue work in Criminal Defense, Family Law, and Estate Planning. She joined Lawvex, September 2021.