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 Attorneys’ 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.
Thomas McLaughlin recently joined The Law Office. Tom has been practicing law for eight years and has broad experience representing clients in state and federal courts, including civil jury trials, bankruptcy litigation, and appeals. Tom has substantial experience as lead counsel and second chair in numerous trials; in the taking and defending of depositions; and negotiating on behalf of clients in mediations and settlement conferences. Tom has also represented financial institutions in transactional matters involving nine-figure deals. Along the way, Tom discovered a passion for the representation of elderly clients who were the victims of abuse and neglect. In 2012, Tom prevailed on appeal against one of the nation’s largest providers of elder care, securing a published appellate court decision affirming the right of prevailing parties to attorney fees under the Elder Abuse Act. Bickel v. Sunrise Assisted Living (2012) 206 Cal.App.4th 1. Tom joined The Law Office to pursue his passion full-time.
Tom received his undergraduate degrees in Economics and Philosophy with honors from California State University, Fresno. Thereafter, Tom graduated from the University of Chicago Law School where he won the extramural 2003 Manne Moot Court Competition for Law & Economics.
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 compassionate about her work, and is excited to make a positive impact in the elder abuse field.
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.
Shane Southard joined The Law Office in March of 2014, and is a seasoned litigation paralegal with almost 15 years of experience. Shane began his career in 1999 in Austin, Texas as a legal assistant to Richard Pena, then President of the State Bar of Texas. Shortly after graduating from St. Edward’s University in 2000, Shane was offered a paralegal position at Shook, Hardy & Bacon in San Francisco, California. Over the next decade he also worked at two other well-known law firms in San Francisco, specializing in personal injury, catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases. Shane brings with him extensive experience working in all phases of litigation, including drafting legal documents, discovery and discovery responses; legal research; case management; and trial preparation. Shane is passionate about the paralegal profession and he often seeks creative ways to foster a dynamic learning environment and to promote quality service for the benefit of clients. He enjoys the satisfaction of helping clients during one of their most difficult times and is committed to providing compassionate service for clients from all walks of life.