Attorneys



Austin Lenzkes

Austin is an associate in the Long Beach office of Demler, Armstrong & Rowland. He graduated cum laude from Western State College of Law in 2021 and, during his time, there he achieved academic awards for his legal writing in his Civil Procedure and Bar studies classes. Prior to law school, Austin attended Arizona State … Continue reading Austin Lenzkes

Nick Pancharian

Nick Pancharian is an attorney in Demler, Armstrong & Rowland’s Sacramento office.  He primarily focuses his practice on transportation law and insurance coverage for public entities.  Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Pancharian represented public entities in litigation involving a variety of claims.  In addition, he has extensive professional experience outside the practice of law … Continue reading Nick Pancharian

Merve Kaner

Merve Kaner is an associate at the Long Beach office of Demler, Armstrong & Rowland, where she brings her extensive experience as a seasoned litigator from Turkey.  With a background in both civil and criminal defense, Merve has practiced law in Turkey for numerous years, handling a diverse range of cases in both national and … Continue reading Merve Kaner

Michele Barnes

Ms. Barnes is a seasoned litigator who has tried scores of cases throughout the West Coast and routinely argued before the California and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeal. Ms. Barnes’ practice focuses on representing industrial and consumer product manufacturers. Ms. Barnes serves as National Coordinating Counsel for several clients overseeing tort litigation claims throughout the … Continue reading Michele Barnes

Courtney Ryan

Courtney Ryan is an associate in the Long Beach office of Demler Armstrong, & Rowland. Courtney earned her law degree from Pepperdine Caruso School of Law in 2022. Prior to law school, Courtney attended California State University, Long Beach, where she graduated cum laude and received her B.A. in Business Economics. Before joining Demler, Armstrong, … Continue reading Courtney Ryan

David Steele

Mr. Steele was born in Michigan and graduated in 1990 from UCLA with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics with an emphasis on International Relations. In 1993, he obtained his Juris Doctor from Golden Gate University Law School in San Francisco. While attending college and law school, Mr. Steele served in the United States … Continue reading David Steele

Salin Ebrahamian

Salin Ebrahamian is a Partner at Demler, Rowland, & Armstrong, LLP and an experienced litigator, who has successfully represented product manufacturers and suppliers in complex civil litigation for the last 15 years. Her practice has been primarily focused on product liability and toxic tort litigation in California and she has managed cases from inception through … Continue reading Salin Ebrahamian

Robert Tobey

Robert Tobey is an attorney in the firm’s San Francisco office of Demler Armstrong & Rowland LLP, where he focuses his practice in the defense of complex and catastrophic claims, toxic torts, product liability claims and general insurance defense. In his 20-plus years of practice in the State of California, Robert has represented a wide … Continue reading Robert Tobey

Dean Pollack

Dean Pollack is Of Counsel in Demler Armstrong & Rowland’s Walnut Creek office. Mr. Pollack is a seasoned litigator having taken a broad spectrum of cases through binding arbitration and trial. His general liability practice ranges from product and premises liability and toxic tort cases to motor vehicle and train collisions, fires, road rage incidents, … Continue reading Dean Pollack

Megan C. Hitchcock

Megan C. Hitchcock has primarily practiced insurance defense litigation, personal injury and business litigation since her admission to the California State Bar in 2003. She has represented a variety of clients, including individuals, insurance carriers, developers, general contractors, and small business owners. Prior to joining Demler, Armstrong & Rowland, Ms. Hitchcock’s practice focused on construction … Continue reading Megan C. Hitchcock

Denise Thompson

Denise Thompson is a successful trial attorney with extensive experience litigating matters before the state and federal courts in California. Ms. Thompson has tried numerous civil jury trials and arbitrations, including successfully trying and arbitrating high-exposure cases. She actively manages and participates in all aspects of her civil litigation practice. Ms. Thompson’s defense practice includes … Continue reading Denise Thompson

Erin McGahey

Erin McGahey is Of Counsel in the San Francisco office of Demler Armstrong and Rowland and is a member of the Landlord-Tenant, General Liability and Toxic Tort practice groups.  Her current focus is representing property owners in landlord/tenant disputes defending individuals in habitability claims and wrongful eviction.  Her practice also includes general liability defending claims … Continue reading Erin McGahey

David Jennings

David Jennings is a partner at Demler, Armstrong & Rowland’s Long Beach office.  Mr. Jennings’ practice focuses on defence of insurance litigation, bad faith litigation, employment law, UM/UIM claims, contractual disputes, and general liability claims.      Prior to joining DAR, Mr. Jennings was an associate at a large defence firm, defending individuals and companies in a … Continue reading David Jennings

Eric Brenneman

Eric Brenneman is a partner in Demler Armstrong & Rowland’s Sacramento office where he handles a wide variety of complex litigation, including catastrophic personal injury, insurance, transportation, contract, and products and premises liability cases. He also specializes in advising and litigating coverage issues for public entity risk-pooling groups, known as Joint Powers Authorities. He has … Continue reading Eric Brenneman

Andres C. Hurwitz

Andres Hurwitz, a partner in the firm’s Long Beach office, is a seasoned litigator, with over 30 years of experience practicing in California. His expertise includes insurance coverage and bad faith litigation, defense of personal injury and landlord tenant disputes, as well as employment wage and hour litigation, employment practices litigation (wrongful termination, retaliation, discrimination, … Continue reading Andres C. Hurwitz

Shannon E. Mallory

Shannon E. Mallory is an attorney in the Walnut Creek office of Demler, Armstrong & Rowland, LLP.  A member of the firm’s transportation practice group, she specializes in catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits in both State and Federal court.  Ms. Mallory also defends landlords in lawsuits in rent-controlled jurisdictions in Northern California. Ms. Mallory … Continue reading Shannon E. Mallory

Derek Lim

DerekLimis a partner in Demler, Armstrong & Rowland’s Northern California office. Mr.Limis a versatile litigator who regularly represents companies in business disputes and complex civil litigation matters, including transportation, employment, premises and product liability, construction, and commercial litigation. MrLimrepresents and counsels his clients in areas ranging from discrimination, harassment, unfair competition, trade secrets, and breach … Continue reading Derek Lim

Jennifer C. Rasmussen

Jennifer C. Rasmussen is a Partner in the San Francisco office. She has an extensive experience in all facets of civil litigation, especially those with potential high value needing unique problem-solving skills. She has worked on the defense side, including in-house for an insurance company. Ms. Rasmussen handles all aspects of litigation from preparation of … Continue reading Jennifer C. Rasmussen

George A. Otstott

George A. Otstott is a partner in Demler Armstrong & Rowland’s San Francisco office. For 20+ years he has represented defendants in numerous areas of insurance defense litigation and coverage work, including jury trials. Mr. Otstott handles catastrophic injury and complex litigation, products and premises liability, environmental and toxic torts in asbestos and talc cases … Continue reading George A. Otstott

Brian Buddell

Mr. Buddell is a trial attorney with extensive experience in many areas of civil defense including: Products Liability, Premises Liability, Complex Personal Injury, Toxic Torts, Transportation/Trucking, Wrongful Death, Auto/Truck Casualty Claims, Environmental, Employment and Insurance Coverage.  He has successfully defended his clients in hundreds of arbitrations and dozens of trials throughout twenty-eight of California’s fifty-eight … Continue reading Brian Buddell

Margaret Lesniak

Margaret has practiced in the areas of insurance bad faith litigation; personal injury; landlord/tenant; defense of public entities and their employees in civil litigation; ADA claims; employment and housing discrimination claims, boundary disputes, negligence actions and intentional torts. Margaret received a Bachelor of Arts in politics from New York University in 1993, and a J.D. from Seton Hall … Continue reading Margaret Lesniak

James V. Weixel

Jim Weixel, an attorney in the firm’s San Francisco office, has concentrated his practice on toxic tort defense and other areas of casualty defense litigation for over twenty-five years. Mr. Weixel was admitted to the Ohio bar in 1990 and to the California bar in 1993. He has been an associate, partner, and of counsel … Continue reading James V. Weixel

Paul A. Peters

Paul Peters is an attorney in our San Francisco office, where his practice focuses on insurance coverage and bad faith defense, personal injury defense, and general civil litigation. He has extensive experience representing insurers in coverage and bad faith litigation and in protecting their policyholders in insurance defense matters.  He has defended insurers for many … Continue reading Paul A. Peters

Vicky Chan

Vicky Chan is a graduate of the University of California, Davis and the University of California Hastings College of the law. She has been a civil litigator since 2003, specializing in the defense of residential and commercial property damage and boundary disputes, landlord/tenant lawsuits in rent controlled jurisdictions in Northern California, and catastrophic personal injury … Continue reading Vicky Chan

Dalen Saludes

Dalen Saludes earned his law degree from Whittier Law School in 2007, where he was awarded the CALI Excellence for the Future Award for achieving the highest-class score in Legal Analysis. Prior to law school, Mr. Saludes graduated from the University of California, Irvine in 2004. Before joining Demler, Armstrong & Rowland in 2011, Mr. Saludes started … Continue reading Dalen Saludes

Lisa Pan

Lisa L. Pan has over 30-years’ experience as a litigator, with a special emphasis on insurance coverage and large-loss claims. She also has experience evaluating insurance coverage for professional-liability cases involving insurance-agents, attorneys, accountants, engineers, securities brokers, real-estate professionals, pharmacists and podiatrists. Her current focus is on motions and appeals, especially on matters involving complex … Continue reading Lisa Pan

Edison J. Demler

Edison J. Demler was born on November 23, 1916, and passed away on April 15, 2008, at the age of 91. He received both his Bachelor and law degrees from the University of California at Berkeley, served in the Navy during World War II, and was a highly successful trial attorney with an extraordinary record … Continue reading Edison J. Demler

Bruce Sample

Bruce Sample joined Demler, Armstrong & Rowland shortly after graduating from Southwestern University School of Law, where he attended on a full academic scholarship, was a member of the Law Review and graduated with Honors in the top 10% of his class. In over two decades of practice at the firm, Bruce was a shining … Continue reading Bruce Sample

Timothy Lippert

Timothy Lippert, a litigation and trial partner, practices personal injury defense and insurance bad faith litigation.  Early in his career, Mr. Lippert gained experience in employment litigation and defending physicians and hospitals in medical malpractice lawsuits.  He handles all types of insurance defense matters, having taken many cases through arbitrations and trials.  He currently focuses … Continue reading Timothy Lippert

Paul M. Bessette

Paul Bessette is a senior litigator with over twenty-five years of experience in corporate defense, products liability, construction defect, toxic tort and asbestos litigation.  Mr. Bessette’s work has included all aspects of litigation, including multiple trials.  He has represented a wide array of clients, including national defense contractors, elevator/escalator manufacturers, construction contractors, motor vehicle manufactures, … Continue reading Paul M. Bessette

Randy A. Moss

Randy A. Moss is an attorney in the firm’s San Francisco office, where his practice focuses on insurance bad faith litigation, personal injury defense, and general civil litigation. He has extensive experience in insurance defense litigation, representing the interests of insurance companies and protecting the interests of their insureds. He has also handled professional negligence … Continue reading Randy A. Moss

David A. Ring

David Ringhas broad experience in insurance coverage and litigation, including commercial general liability, homeowners, auto, fidelity, directors and officers, professional liability, and commercial crime, as well as insurance bad faith. His practice also includes appellate work; personal injury defense; commercial lease disputes and the economic loss rule; product liability; homeowner liability for injury to unlicensed … Continue reading David A. Ring

John R. Brydon

John R. Brydon, the firm’s managing partner of the San Francisco office, is an AV-Preeminent rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell. He has been a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates for nearly 30 years, where he holds the rank of Diplomate and has been a Certified Specialist in Civil Trial Law and Diplomat of … Continue reading John R. Brydon

Brian C. Dunn

Brian Dunn, a litigation and trial partner in the firm’s Long Beach office, specializes in the representation of contractors, manufacturers, and material suppliers in complex construction, product liability, contract, and business disputes.  His extensive litigation experience has encompassed multi-million dollar construction defect claims involving residential, commercial, industrial, and governmental projects, multi-million dollar product liability claims, … Continue reading Brian C. Dunn

Edward P. Tugade

As a partner in the firm’s San Francisco office, Mr. Tugade helps clients with a range of cases involving products liability, general liability, professional liability, premises liability, and toxic torts litigation. He has worked extensively on multiple trials, appeals, and in the management of complex cases in different jurisdictions, both as, and with, national counsel … Continue reading Edward P. Tugade

Tamara A. Laskin

Tamara Laskin is a partner in the Long Beach office and focuses her practice on construction defect litigation.  She has extensive experience representing subcontractors throughout California involving construction deficiencies in both residential and commercial settings.  Ms. Laskin has successfully resolved numerous construction defect matters through litigation, arbitration and trial, and has also defended numerous bad … Continue reading Tamara A. Laskin

Bjorn C. Green

Bjorn Green has been with the firm for 22 years and currently divides his time between handling general liability cases and managing the firm’s Construction Law practice, which primarily focuses on the defense of contractors, subcontractors, product manufacturers and component part suppliers in defect and product liability cases. His background in construction law is a … Continue reading Bjorn C. Green

James P. Lemieux

James Lemieux, a litigation and trial partner, practices insurance bad faith and coverage litigation, personal injury defense, fraud/SIU investigations, and small business claims involving contracts and fraud. He also handles broker/agent liability cases involving their liability for placement of coverage on auto, homeowners’ and commercial liability policies, including a matter where the broker failed to … Continue reading James P. Lemieux

Terry A. Rowland

Terry A. Rowland is America’s Top 100 Lawyer, an A-V-rated jury trial specialist in serious personal injury, wrongful death, complex business, and bad faith litigation. He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, with a rank of “Advocate” (which requires in excess of 75 jury trials). He is also a Certified Specialist … Continue reading Terry A. Rowland

Robert W. Armstrong

Robert W. Armstrong has been AV-rated by Martindale Hubbell for 25 years, a Certified Specialist in civil litigation, and a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and the National Board of Trial Advocacy for over 20 years. He has also been recognized as a Southern California “Super Lawyer” (top 5%) every year since … Continue reading Robert W. Armstrong

Long Beach

4500 E. Pacific Coast Highway, 4th Floor
Long Beach, CA 90804

San Francisco

101 Montgomery St., Suite 1800
San Francisco, CA 94104

Sacramento

3626 Fair Oaks Blvd., Suite 100
Sacramento, California 95864

Walnut Creek

1990 N California Blvd.
8th Floor
Walnut Creek, CA 94596