Our cases are more than cases. They are families, loved ones, and memories. We are not only lawyers but also elder abuse advocates, and pursue these cases to make a difference in the lives of families who have been victims of elder abuse and nursing home abuse and neglect and to hold those responsible accountable for their actions.
Creating Change by Getting Results
Ed Dudensing is an elder abuse advocate, standing up to corporations that are responsible for the abuse and neglect of the elderly. By providing aggressive Ed Dudensing is an experienced trial attorney who has successfully tried over fifty trials to verdict.legal representation he has successfully secured millions of dollars in recoveries for victims of nursing home abuse and neglect and their families.
If you or a loved one suspect neglect or abuse in a nursing home, please call us for a free, private case evaluation at 916-448-6400.
A former Deputy District Attorney for Sacramento County, Ed Dudensing formed his own law firm in 2003 to represent victims of nursing home neglect and abuse. Mr. Dudensing has handled scores of wrongful death cases and has achieved numerous seven figure recoveries for his clients.
Mr. Dudensing received his undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley. Thereafter, Mr. Dudensing graduated the equivalent of magna cum laude from the University of California Davis Law School in 1994 where he earned several honors including the Order of Coif for academic excellence and the Order of the Barrister for excellence in oral advocacy. He also served as the Executive Editor to the UC Davis Law Review.
Mr. Dudensing’s law career began with a two year term as an attorney to the Honorable Robert C. Broomfield, the Chief Judge of the Federal District Court in Arizona, where he assisted the Court in drafting legal opinions on all civil matters before it. Mr. Dudensing then joined the international law firm of Orrick, Herrington, & Sutcliffe, where he served as an associate in the business litigation department for three years. While at Orrick, Mr. Dudensing worked on a variety of high profile litigation matters.
In 1999, Ed Dudensing joined the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office. During his four years as a Deputy District Attorney, he successfully prosecuted cases involving charges of murder, attempted murder, rape, and child molestation, among many others.
Ed currently is a member of the National Citizens Coalition for Nursing Home Reform, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the National Crime Victim Bar Association, and the Nursing Home Litigation Group of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. He currently serves on the Advisory Board of Directors for the National Crime Victim Bar Association.
Andrew J Collins
Andrew Collins joined the Law Office in January 2017, after gaining experience as an attorney in the Civil Litigation Department of Mastagni Holstedt, APC. His practice focused on all aspects of civil litigation, with an emphasis on personal injury.
Mr. Collins graduated cum laude with a degree in Political Science from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2012. Subsequently, Mr. Collins earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of California Davis School of Law in 2015. At Davis, he was nationally recognized for his outstanding performance as a student advocate, and served as the president of Davis’ Trial Practice Honors Board. He served as a member of the Moot Court Board, represented UC Davis in numerous national competitions, and is a member of the Order of the Barristers.
During law school, Mr. Collins clerked with the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office. He also clerked in the Labor Department of Mastagni Holstedt and taught trial practice skills to undergraduate students through the King Hall Outreach Program.
Kari L. Kalista, CCLS
Kari joined The Law Office in 2011, and has over 25 years of experience as a litigation secretary and office administrator working on high profile litigation matters in federal, state and appellate courts. She has a strong knowledge of civil procedure, local, state and federal rules, calendaring/docketing, and experience with all facets of case work up to and including trial and post-trial work. She previously worked for Mark Merin focusing on civil rights which has integrated nicely into defending the rights of elders and their families.
Kari is a California Certified Legal Secretary and a member of NALS and LSI. She has previously served on the CCLS Certifying Board for Legal Secretaries, Inc., and previously served as President, Vice President, Governor and Secretary, as well as other various committee positions, for Capitol City Legal Professionals Association, a former chapter of LSI.
As a way to maintain her level of knowledge, Kari is actively involved in continuing her education and regularly attends seminars, study groups and meetings. CCLS certification is achieved by passing a comprehensive examination on Law Office Administration, Reasoning and Ethics, Legal Computations, Skills, Ability to Communicate, Legal Terminology, and California Legal Procedure, including Real Estate law, Probate and Estate Planning, Family law, Corporations, and Civil Litigation.
Monique I. Gill
Monique joined The Law Office in 2012, after receiving her AA Degree in Paralegal Studies in 2005 from MTI College of Business and Technology, and working for some of Sacramento’s largest international firms including Locke Lord and Greenberg Traurig LLP. While at Locke Lord, she worked with multiple attorneys in all phases of Healthcare Law from litigation to transactional inquiries with the State. At Greenberg Traurig, she assisted multiple shareholders with class action, intellectual property, and labor and employment litigation matters at both the state and federal levels. Prior to beginning her legal career, Monique owned and ran her own small business for 10 years. Monique is very passionate about her work, and is excited to make a positive impact in the elder abuse field.
Kai joined The Law Office in 2016, with a great breadth of litigation paralegal experience, working for both plaintiff and defense firms over the past two decades. He has prepared product liability, construction defect, medical malpractice, toxic tort, and a myriad of personal injury cases for trial. Most recently Kai has worked on large, document-intensive, class action lawsuits for workers deprived of their meal and rest breaks. Throughout his paralegal career Kai has always found his assignments at plaintiff’s firms to be much more personally rewarding and he is happy to be working hard at the Law Office on behalf of victims of elder abuse.
Evalina joined The Law Office in 2015, and provides a supportive role in all aspects of the firm’s litigation. She prepares key documents and evidence for depositions, drafts pleadings and court applications, and also assists with firm event planning. Evalina has over 10 years of experience working at plaintiffs’ firms with a focus on employment discrimination, personal injury and elder abuse cases. Evalina holds a B.A. Degree in Ethnic Studies with a Minor in History from California State University Sacramento and a Legal Office Assistant Certificate from MTI College of Business and Technology. Outside of work, Evalina donates her time to local charity events around the Sacramento area supporting Women Escaping A Violent Environment (WEAVE, Inc.). She shares The Law Office’s passion for working to ensure that older individuals will live with dignity, integrity, independence, and without abuse, neglect and exploitation.
Yvonne joined The Law Office in 2017, and brings a diverse range of experience to the team. She has experience in both plaintiff and defense work and began her career as a legal secretary in 2003 and earned her paralegal degree in 2005. Prior to joining The Law Office, Yvonne has assisted attorneys in preparation for trial in all aspects of litigation from multi-million dollar construction developments, personal injury, business litigation, products liability, insurance bad faith, subrogation claims, and workers’ compensation.
While Yvonne enjoys working up cases, she particularly enjoys the interaction with clients and assisting with positive results in their cases.
Juan Carlos has worked in legal offices for over 10 years in a variety of capacities, including in his current capacity as a records clerk responsible for managing the firm’s documents. He received his undergraduate degree from Sonoma State University. Since graduating from college, Juan Carlos has worked for a number of law firms, including, most recently, Murphy, Pearson, Bradley & Feeney, here in Sacramento. While a member of the Dudensing legal team, he is also attending law school.
Teri Bartram is an Executive Assistant who joined The Law Office in December 2013, to provide administrative support and assistance to the office. Teri has been an Executive Assistant for over seven years, and previously worked with Clement & Associates since 2007. Teri provides excellent personal and business support to the firm and its staff. As a member of the team, Teri assists in the execution of administrative responsibilities throughout the office. Teri is known for his outstanding customer service skills, his professional demeanor, and his exceptional ability to work well with the office team, as well as with clients and vendors.