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.


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 Services

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, 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.









Courtney Beitey

Certified Paralegal, Estate Planning, Probate, Trust Administration

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. 


Martha Lechuga

Intake Coordinator – Madera office, Legal Assistant

Martha joined Lawvex in March 2021 after many years working in retail and medical billing. She has a passion for people and wants everyone she speaks with to feel comfortable. She believes in helping others and always taking the time to acknowledge everyone around her.

Martha is Bi-Lingual in both English and Spanish.