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About the Firm

Ed Dudensing has assembled an experienced and talented staff with a single-minded focus on fighting on behalf of victims of elder neglect and abuse.  This team includes not only multiple experienced and aggressive attorneys but also the most talented pool of administrative staff in the Sacramento/Bay Area Region, with more than one hundred years of collective experience in the legal field. 

Based both on its numbers and strength of personnel, Dudensing Law is uniquely situated to stand up to the large law firms representing the corporations who own nursing homes and assisted living facilities.


If you or a loved one suspect neglect or abuse in a health care facility, please contact us for a free, private case evaluation.

Edward “Ed” Dudensing

Founder and Lead Counsel

For over two decades, Ed Dudensing has been at the forefront of advocating for victims of elder neglect and abuse through his dedicated law practice. As the founder and lead counsel of Dudensing Law, Ed has exclusively represented these vulnerable individuals since 2003, achieving unprecedented jury verdicts in elder abuse cases. His expertise and relentless pursuit of justice have resulted in him securing three of the largest elder abuse verdicts in the Sacramento County area, totaling over $100 million in jury verdicts for his clients.

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Jay Renneisen


An aggressive litigator with a passion for protecting our elderly, Jay P. Renneisen has successfully handled scores of elder abuse and neglect cases, particularly against nursing homes and assisted living facilities, as well as numerous catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death claims.

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Thomas A. Reyda


Thomas A. Reyda joined Dudensing Law in June 2019. He is an associate attorney and is involved in all aspects of litigation, including oral advocacy, depositions, and legal research and writing. Mr. Reyda was admitted to the California State Bar in the fall of 2016.

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Kari Kalista, CCLS

Office Manager & Litigation Secretary

Kari joined Dudensing Law in 2011, and has over 30 years of experience as a litigation secretary and office administrator working on high profile litigation matters in federal, state and appellate courts.

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Margaret Mallough

Office Manager & Litigation Secretary

Margaret’s job at the firm is to assist in managing the cases, from opening new cases to being sure documents are correctly saved and reviewed, to filing documents with the court and assisting in trial preparation.

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Shane Brooks


Shane joined Dudensing Law in 2018. He has over 15 years of experience as a litigation secretary and paralegal in federal, state and appellate courts.

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Kai Hermann


Kai joined Dudensing Law in 2016, with a great breadth of litigation paralegal experience, working for both plaintiff and defense firms over the past two decades.

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Mona Brooks

Paralegal & Intake Specialist

Mona joined Dudensing Law in July 2021. She has over 29 years of experience as a paralegal in legal practices ranging from Trust and Estate Planning to family law to plaintiff personal injury and insurance defense.

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Jasmine Isaac


Jasmine Isaac joined Dudensing Law in 2022. She is a discovery paralegal and some of her responsibilities include drafting all initial discovery, reviewing all objections and responses, preparing meet and confers, and preparing motions to compel, etc.

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Fiorella Safra

Litigation Secretary

Fiorella joined Dudensing Law in January of 2023. Fiorella serves as a litigation secretary, offering administrative assistance and aiding in the preparation of legal documentation.

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Kelan Newt

Litigation Assistant

Kelan joined Dudensing Law in August of 2021, as a front desk records clerk processing incoming mail, files and records. He has since advanced to a litigation assistant who aids with preparing exhibits for depositions, requesting records, processing subpoenas, organizing document productions, preparing court filings/pleadings and performing various clerical/administrative duties.

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Teri Bartram

Executive Assistant

Teri Bartram is an Executive Assistant who joined The Law Office in December 2013, to provide administrative support and assistance to the office.

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Eva Holland

Bookkeeper/Records Clerk

Eva joined Dudensing Law in March of 2022 and recently joined the firm full-time as both the bookkeeper and front desk records clerk.

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“My main goal was that that company wasn’t going to practice anymore and because of my law suit they have changed ownership now. So at least I know that no one is going to be treated the way my mom was being treated. So that was one big thing Ed was able to do – get them to sell to another company. That was a big relief.”

Carrie Flynn

“They helped me tremendously throughout this whole process. Everyone that works for him, they are very caring individuals. It’s just a whole different atmosphere than what you would expect. I was very glad that I had those kinds of people working for me.”

Judi Goldman

“Ed’s a nice guy and you can rely on what he says. He does his paperwork. We went to the deposition, and that night he called me and said, it didn’t upset you did it? And I said, no you didn’t let them upset me. He knew stuff, and he studied my papers, and he got them from the attorney and the doctor. He did his job; I didn’t have to do any of it. He worked hard on it.”

Bill Hobbs

“Mr. Dudensing is incredibly competent at what he does. His expertise and knowledge of the law is quite an amazing thing to witness. He’s a true artist at what he does.”

Dave Kear

“They lied, they all lied, and Ed proved it.”

Betty Pao

“Dearest Ed, Thank you, thank you, thank you! It still hasn’t sunk in that this ordeal is finally over. You rocked and Della and I know how lucky we are to have found you. I know this phase was about money, but I feel like you were all in it for all the other right reasons. Thank you. We spread Dad’s ashes on Thursday before we left and I know he’s proud of all the hard work we’ve all done. He’s now one with the ocean water and the ships he loved that sail through the bay.”

Nicole DeSaix-Sheridan

“Ed came highly recommended in his area of expertise and after our initial meeting it was very evident why this was so. Ed and the entire staff took ownership of my case from the start. Ed’s background and legal “know-how” in representing victims of crime cannot be surpassed. I was able to rest assured that all the attention that was necessary was put into my case and this enabled me to finally begin the healing process necessary for survival.”


“What eventually made me choose Ed was his approach, his success rate, his candor, his honesty.”

Alan Tomiyama