Meet the Attorneys

 

Gary L. Winter, CEO

Mergers and Acquisitions, Commercial Real Estate, Family Business Succession Planning, Charitable Gift Planning. Mr. Winter is the founder and CEO of Lawvex. He has over 16 years of experience in business, estate and real estate matters in Central California. Mr. Winter is a sought after speaker and podcast guest on cloud-based and decentralized law practice management, marketing, remote work, charitable giving, solar and cryptocurrency. Mr. Winter is an Adjunct Faculty member and Professor of Legal Technology at San Joaquin College of Law. Mr. Winter is a licensed real estate broker and a licensed airline transport pilot.

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 of 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 property managers.

David L. 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 currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Fresno County Bar 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.

Lana Clark Schultz, Partner, Certified Specialist, Estate Planning, Trust & Probate

Lana Clark Schutz is a Certified Estate & Trust Specialist, certified by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization.
With over 25 years of estate planning, trust administration, probate, conservatorship, and estate and trust experience, Lana has counseled generations of families in the Santa Ynez Valley and other Santa Barbara County areas. Lana continues the tradition of dedicated service and practical guidance in creating plans to pass assets on to future generations and beneficiaries.

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.

Rex Haught, Of Counsel

Rex has been practicing law for 37 years, 27 in private practice, and 10 years as in-house counsel with Chicago Title Company. Areas of private practice include estate planning, real property transactions, estate & trust administration, elder law, and business transactions.

Degrees include BA from Azusa Pacific College; Master of Social Science from University of Southampton, UK; and JD from McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific.

Tisha English, SHRM, Office Administrator

Certified Paralegal, Notary

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 her Bachelors’s degree in Human Resource Management. Tisha became a Certified Paralegal in 2015. Tisha is the Office Manager and supervising paralegal. Her duties include overseeing human resources, billing, payables, and vendors. 

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, and correspondence and has made filings across California in probate courts including Fresno, Madera, Tulare, Stanislaus, Riverside, Los Angeles, and Santa Barbara counties. Marisa is also a licensed real estate agent.

Rikki Walther

Client Coordinator, Certified Paralegal, Notary

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 and 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 and related documents. In addition to estate planning, Courtney has experience in probate, and trust administration and has been a licensed notary public.

Angela Lopez

Certified Paralegal – Estate Planning, Notary

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, North Carolina 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. Tiffany joined Lawvex, in September 2021.

 

Elyssa Barajas

Legal Assistant- Madera Office, Notary

Elyssa graduated from Fresno State in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and a Minor in Gerontology and Philosophy. She is a proud Madera native and is excited to be joining the Lawvex team as a Legal Assistant in Madera. Elyssa loves to help others and strives to learn new ways to do so. She is Bilingual in both English and Spanish.

Moriah Gardner

Legal Assistant – Solvang Office, Notary

Moriah is currently working on her Associate degree from SBCC in Business and is pursuing further education.
She was born and raised in Santa Barbara County and now lives in Solvang. She is excited to be a part of the Lawvex team as a Legal Assistant in Solvang as it paves the way for the future with digital legal assistance. She enjoys the environment Lawvex creates with their staff to efficiently and effectively help clients get the legal help they need. She helps provide administrative support wherever required and is content in doing so.

Kristina Miles

Certified Paralegal – Probate, Conservatorship, Guardianship, Litigation 

Kristina earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Athens State University in 2013 and began her career as a paralegal. She previously worked on Litigation, Estate Planning, Probate, Family Law, Real Estate, LLC Formation, and Criminal cases for a small law firm in Scottsboro, Alabama. Kristina joined Lawvex in 2022 specializing in Probate and Litigation.