About Us

Philip W. Boesch, Jr.

Mr. Boesch is the founder of the Boesch Law Group. After joining Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher following law school, Mr. Boesch founded Kinsella, Boesch, Fujikawa & Towle, and then in 2000, he founded the Boesch Law Group. The Boesch Law Group is known for its highly selective and personal attention to a diverse range of individual and business clients.

An accomplished trial lawyer, Mr. Boesch has a long history of winning and closing complex litigation disputes. He was and is the lead trial counsel for Anna Nicole Smith in winning the $475 million judgment named the “Number One Judgment in the U.S.” by US Lawyers Weekly. He won the largest wrongful death judgment for non-economic loss in California history; obtained the dismissal of a key defendant in the Michael Jackson wrongful death case; prevailed for The Wall Street Journal against all major oil companies in the leading case for public access to court files; won the widely reported case for Gary Coleman; prevailed as lead counsel in the McMartin Pre-School civil case; successfully defended the Los Angeles Times in well-publicized defamation and privacy cases, and Mr. Boesch was president of Heal the Bay during its action as lead plaintiff in the lawsuit that created the multi-billion dollar Hyperion sewage treatment plant. At the request of the California Judges Association, he has authored three editions of the Judge’s Handbook for Media Access to the Courts; and he was retained by twenty-six of the twenty-seven television news anchorpersons in Los Angeles in the first and leading case permitting cameras in the courtroom.

Larry R. Jackson

Mr. Jackson specializes in civil litigation with an emphasis on medical malpractice, wrongful death, personal injury, automobile accidents, health insurance, and defective product litigation. Boasting more than twenty years of trial experience in a national environment, Mr. Jackson has successfully represented numerous consumers and plaintiffs in trial and settlement with his superior problem-solving ability and negotiation skills, as well as his expertise in all phases of litigation, including State and Federal Trial Rules and Rules of Evidence.

Education: Indiana University School of Law (J.D., summa cum laude 1986); Indiana Law Review, Staff Member & Associate Editor; Indiana School of Law Moot Court Competition, International Law; Princeton Theological Seminary (Social Ethics, Theology, magna cum laude 1982); Ball State University (B.A., Business Management, 1979)

Experience: Attorney & Owner, Jackson Law Firm, LLC (2004-2013); Partner, Price, Jackson & Waicukauski (1993-2004); Partner, Baker & Jackson (1987-1993).

Annie Ksadzhikyan

Ms. Ksadzhikyan specializes in civil litigation with an emphasis on estate litigation, personal injury, intellectual property, and business litigation. Ms. Ksadzhikyan represents individuals and businesses in cases involving negligence, fraud, breach of contract, copyright and trademark infringement, and unfair business practices. Ms. Ksadzhikyan provides results-oriented representation and aggressive advocacy on behalf of her clients, and diligently strives to pursue the goals of each client through careful pre-trial strategizing and courtroom expertise.

Education: University of West Los Angeles (J.D.); California State University Northridge (B.A)

Experience: Attorney, The Boesch Law Group since 2011

Amy Nashon

Ms. Nashon specializes in civil and business litigation, trust and estate litigation, personal injury, wrongful death, products liability, and insurance coverage and defense, and with over a decade of legal experience in state and federal courts. Ms. Nashon is a persistent and thorough investigator who maintains a wonderful rapport with clients, witnesses and colleagues alike. Ms. Nashon holds a Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution from the renowned Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. She is tri-lingual, with an expertise in second language acquisition. She is also an accomplished martial artist.

Education: Pepperdine School of Law (J.D.); Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution (Certificate in A.D.R.); University of Alaska, Anchorage (B.A. Languages)

Experience: Attorney for the Boesch Law Group; Previously Paralegal / Litigation Specialist for the Boesch Law Group (2010-2017); Paralegal, Jackson Jenkins & Renstrom (2008-2010); Paralegal, K&L Gates (2008); Paralegal, Lynch & Blum (2001-2007)

John Staser

John Staser has focused his practice on civil litigation with an extensive background in securing favorable outcomes involving trusts, estates, fiduciary litigation, will and trust contest, conservatorship proceedings, actions involving claims of incapacity, undue influence, fraud and elder abuse, and the administration of trust and estates.

Mr. Staser has utilized his substantial skills in written and oral advocacy in law and motion practice, court presentations and all phases of trial preparation, in personal injury and contract matters as well as in a variety of matters involving trusts and estates.

Education: University of San Diego, School of Law (J.D.; Member and Editor, San Diego Law Review; Awards for Academic Excellence in Mergers & Acquisitions and Advanced Issues in Climate and Energy Law); Pepperdine University (B.A. Magna Cum Laude)

Experience: Associate Attorney, the Boesch Law Group (Spring 2015 – Present); Associate Attorney, Goodwin Brown Gross & Lovelace LLP (Fall 2013 – Spring 2015); Intern, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Major Frauds Unit (Spring 2013)

Michelle Leigh Wodynski

(Formerly Michelle Vizurraga)

Michelle is recognized as a leading trial lawyer and has earned a reputation as an
aggressive and successful advocate in a variety of complex commercial, intellectual
property and sports/entertainment matters. She also regularly counsels clients on the
transactional side of these matters and serves as outside general counsel for a number of

Education: Southern Methodist University (B.A. Political Science); Loyola University/Rome, Italy (Art History, Political Science); Columbus School of Law/Catholic University (J.D., cum laude); Catholic University Law Review.

Experience: Senior Counsel, Boesch Law Group since 2006; Jones Day Los Angeles; McDermott, Will & Emery Washington D.C.; law clerk, Honorable Judith Retchin, D.C. Superior Court; litigation support, Banner & Witcoff, Washington, D.C.; Dallas City Attorney’s Office, Dallas, Texas.

Cynthia E. Fruchtman

Ms. Fruchtman is a highly successful and seasoned civil litigator, with extensive experience handling complex Business Litigation cases, Intellectual Property, Labor and Employment, and Real Estate Litigation.

Education: Northwestern University (B.A. 1979); IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law (J.D. 1986)

Experience: Founder/Principal The Law Offices of Cynthia E. Fruchtman, 1997 to present; Partner, Richman, Lawrence, Mann, Greene, Chizever. Ms. Fruchtman is Of Counsel, Boesch Law Group.

Mark Abdou

Mr. Abdou specializes in representing public and private companies with an emphasis on complex business and securities strategies, assisting emerging growth companies, technology, commercial real estate, bankruptcy law, medical manufacturing, and the entertainment and gaming industries. Mr. Abdou regularly negotiates and assists companies in various stages of financing, business formation, corporate governance and, more broadly, assists emerging growth companies as outside general counsel and as a business advisory consultant/strategist.

Education: University of Santa Monica (M.A., Spiritual Psychology, 2010); University of California, Berkley (J.D., 1999); University of Southern California (B.A., Biological Sciences, 1996).

Experience: Founder and Managing Partner, Libertas Law Group (2009 to present); General Counsel and Senior Vice President, GTX Corporation (2008-2009); Partner, Richard & Patel, LLP Los Angeles (2003-2008); Associate, Greenberg Traurig, LLP (2001-2003). Mr. Abdou is Of Counsel, Boesch Law Group.

Jessica Olmon

Ms. Olmon specializes in corporate law and transactions with an emphasis on commercial transactions, mergers and acquisitions, licensing, corporate structuring, and the entertainment industry. Ms. Olmon also regularly serves as general counsel and as a transactional consultant for a number of businesses.

Education: University of California, Los Angeles (Third-Year Law Student); UCLA Journal on International Law and Foreign Affairs; Ohio State University Moritz College of Law (J.D.); Ohio State Law Journal; Moot Court Jessup Competition Justice; Ohio University (B.B.A., Finance and International Business)

Experience: Founder and Attorney, Vero Law Group Los Angeles (2011-present); Associate, Fulbright & Jaworski, LLP Los Angeles (2006-2011). Ms. Olmon is Of Counsel, the Boesch Law Group.

Romaine Oliver-Paschal

Ms. Oliver-Paschal has over 25 years experience in direct dealing with client needs and communications, discovery, Court filings, case management, document preparation, and all phases of litigation and contract work.

Education: Slippery Rock University, (B.S. Education/English 1975);
Indiana University (1978)

Experience: Director/Legal Assistant, the Boesch Law Group since 2000; Legal Assistant, Kinsella, Boesch, Fujikawa & Towle; Legal Secretary/Personal Assistant to Sr. Partner & Founder, Raoul Magaña, Magaña, Cathcart, McCarthy & Pierry; Office Manager/Assistant to Counsel, Attorneys Office Management, Inc.; Assistant Director, Allegheny Community College Child Development Center; Administrator/Facilitator, Allegheny County Jail, Pittsburgh, PA; Site Manager/Instructional Supervisor, Allegheny Opportunities Industrialization Center

Michelle Soza

Ms. Soza is a highly skilled civil litigation paralegal with over 15 years experience working both plaintiff and defense cases from evaluation of potential cases, to commencement of suit, discovery, settlement, trial, post-trial, and appeals. Her skills include case investigation, extensive case law research, comprehensive knowledge of Code of Civil Procedure in both State and District courts, including Rules of Court, drafting of discovery, motions, pleadings, and trial preparation. Her areas of expertise include business litigation, personal injury, products and premises liability. Additionally, Ms. Soza assists with client development, marketing and business relations for the Boesch Law Group.

Education: California State University, Northridge (B.S. in Criminal Justice); Los Angeles Mission College (Paralegal Studies)

Experience: Ms. Soza has assisted in trial victory wins for clients such as KB Homes, Live Nation, County of Los Angeles, including County Hospitals, Los Angeles Unified School District, Los Angeles Police Department, and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Kaiser Permanente, The Dentist Insurance Company, Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company, and Allstate Insurance Company.

Andre Gagne

Mr. Gagne is an ABA certified paralegal with an emphasis in civil litigation. He is experienced in case evaluation and management; trial preparation; drafting of discovery, motions, probate petitions and general pleadings; database and document management; analysis of complex estate and trust documents; extensive research of statutory and case law; and filings in state, federal and appellate courts. Mr. Gagne is experienced in both plaintiff and defense cases and his litigation experience includes trusts and estates, personal injury, professional negligence (specifically in medical and legal malpractice litigation), defamation, construction defect, auto accidents, workers’ compensation, employment claims, and breach of contract.

Education: California State University Los Angeles (Paralegal Studies, 2009)

Experience: Paralegal, Yee & Belilove, LLP (2011-2013); Paralegal, Law Offices of Robert E. Canny (2010-2011); Paralegal, Peterson & Bradford, LLP (2005-2010)

Yana Sletten

Ms. Sletten is an accounting professional who provides analysis and support to clients and the lawfirm. She has been doing bookkeeping for small businesses since 2006. “Working with numbers just came naturally to me. I love having everything in balance.”

Education: University of Wisconsin River Falls (B.S. in Economics, 2002)

Experience: Full Charge Bookkeeper/Office Manager, Guzior Armbrecht Maher (2006 – 2012); Legal Assistant, Saliterman & Sifferman (2003 – 2006)

Steven Valencia

Mr. Valencia is an experienced legal assistant with over ten years experience creating and preparing client documents. He also serves as the Business Manager for the lawfirm in its dealings with vendors and third parties.

Education: California State University, Long Beach (B.A. in Communication Studies)

Experience: Office Assistant for an insurance defense firm for almost a decade.

Michelle Aubrey Chen

Ms. Chen is a highly efficient and talented legal assistant. She has been with the Boesch Law Group since September 2016 and has dealt extensively with legal research, document preparation, discovery, and case and client assistance. Ms. Chen has been in customer service for over 10 years and has a deep understanding of serving clients’ needs from diverse backgrounds. She also facilitates administration of the law firm’s business.

Ms. Chen has lived in different countries and speaks Mandarin, French, and Spanish. She is a Certified Sommelier.

Education: California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (B.S. cum laude), Aix-Marseille University (Political Science, French Linguistics)

Experience: Political Campaigner, 66th District California State Assembly; Intern, Hon. Geanene M. Yriarte, Los Angeles Superior Court; Executive Assistant, Transpacific Financial Inc.

Rachel Shanni

Ms. Shanni specializes in client relations and has over 10 years of marketing and branding experience with diverse companies across the country. She manages the firm’s website, digital platforms, client outreach, and provides proactive recommendations for development, implementation, and management of communications and client relations. Ms. Shanni is a proud member of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles.

Education: University of La Verne, Los Angeles (B.A. Business Administration)

Experience: Brand Manager, Altitude Media; Marketing Executive, Excela Marketing; Marketing Associate, SLS Consulting

Caelan Rottman

Ms. Caelan Rottman specializes in civil litigation with an emphasis on trust and estate, trademarks, family law, and personal injury. Ms. Rottman has a passion for alternative dispute resolution, and has mediated over 100 pro bono cases in California Small Claims Courts. She has experience working under a United States Federal Judge and has a thorough understanding of effective advocacy. She has studied Mandarin, Russian, Spanish, and French. Ms. Rottman is also a violinist in the Los Angeles Lawyers Philharmonic.

Education: Pepperdine University (B.A. Honors Political Science, Certificate in Conflict Resolution); St. Petersburg Christian University/St. Petersburg, Russia (Russian Language, Politics, and Literature); Fudan University/Shanghai, China (Chinese Language and Government); Le Cordon Bleu Paris/ Paris, France (Le Grand Diplôme); Pepperdine School of Law (J.D. expected May 2018); Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution (Masters in Dispute Resolution expected May 2018)

Experience: Law Clerk for the Boesch Law Group since 2017; In-house Counsel Extern; Judicial Extern, United States District Court; Small Claims Court Mediator; Extern for United States Congress; Extern at Chicago Board of Trade.

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