Meet the Personal Injury Attorneys & Staff
Our attorneys and dedicated staff have represented injured accident victims for more than 30 years. Our areas of practice include; catastrophic injuries resulting from automobile, motorcycle, pedestrian, bicycle, ATV, construction site, defective product and other types of serious accidents.
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“I know the law really well,” she says. “I know a lot of the quirks in case law that most other attorneys are not familiar with, so I can really maneuver my cases to provide the best service and the best results to my client.”
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Melody’s achievements as a lawyer are extensive. She has recently been selected as one of the National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40 attorneys in the United States. Membership is limited to only 40 trial attorneys in California each year, making it an extremely prestigious and rare award. In 2014, she was also selected as Dewitt, Algorri and Algorri’s trial attorney of the year. Melody was selected to the 2015 and 2016 Southern California Rising Stars list, an honor for lawyers who present excellence in their practice.
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Anthony was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. While growing up, Anthony played basketball and had the opportunity to travel across the US for AAU Basketball. Since he played since he was eight years old, he credits much of his competitive mindset to the sport. In addition to athletics, Anthony is also an avid chess player. Having grown up in Las Vegas, he thanks Sin City for teaching him many life skills, such as knowing when to walk away during black jack!
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Ryan was born and raised in Brea, California. At the age of 5, Ryan told his dad that when he grew up he “wanted to be a lawyer that helped people.” Ryan has always had a passion for helping others and giving back to his community.
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Jared Clark earned his Juris Doctor degree from Thomas Jefferson School of Law (“TJSL”) in San Diego, California, where he graduated cum laude, and his Bachelor of Science, Pre-Professional Biology, from University of Nevada, Las Vegas. During his studies at TJSL, Jared also attended TJSL’s international studies through the Faculté de Droit de I’Universiteé de Nice located in Nice, France.
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Scott has lived in LA and OC his entire life and he graduated from University of West Los Angeles, School of Law after attending Saddleback College. He passed the California BAR Exam in November 2017 and was extremely excited to start a long and successful career as an Attorney for Avrek Law. When he’s not at work, he’s spending all of his time with his wife and two kids (Ages 1 and 3) or watching sports.
Jordan was born and raised in Southern California, he lives in Laguna Niguel with his girlfriend, and two dogs, Eva and Kona. He enjoys snowboarding, going to the gym, and spending time with family and friends. He is very happy to be part of a team that helps people, and is driven to excel in his career.
Bianca was born and raised in Anaheim and is the oldest of 4 children. In her free time she enjoys hiking, reading, and is currently in school to become a paralegal. Bianca likes working at Avrek Law as it gives her the opportunity to help people in time of need.
Josue is currently a full time student at CSUF majoring in economics with a minor in entrepreneurship. He enjoys playing sports, hiking, and just being outdoors in general. After he graduates from college his goal is to move to NYC and work on Wall Street.
Satyen has over 20 years experience handling auto accidents and takes great pride in his work. He provides great support to the attorneys and staff, has worked with many insurance companies and has done different roles including leading and managing. Satyen genuinely cares about his clients, colleagues, friends, and his family. He speaks 4 languages fluently and is a excellent chess player.
Bianca was born and raised in Orange County. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her big family. Bianca has a 4 year old son and loves spending time with him at Disneyland. Her favorite part about working at Avrek Law is helping clients.
Etelvina recently moved to Southern California and loves the weather in Orange County. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Communication and a minor in Spanish. Etelvina plans to continue her education in the near future. During her free time, Etelvina enjoys spending time with family, working out, and traveling. She loves working at Avrek Law surrounded by strong women where she feels she is making a difference.
Christian was born in Hawaii, but was raised in Orange County. He currently attends the University Of California Berkeley and loves working at Avrek Law Firm. With over five years experience as a case manager, Christian brings experience and a real passion to help our clients. In his free time he loves to travel to places like South Korea and Japan.
Melissa’s career with PI Law started in 2014. She has a deep passion for helping those who have been injured and need assistance. Outside of the office, Melissa enjoys shopping, hiking, trying new cuisines and, more than anything else, spoiling her baby girl. Melissa has a close relationship with her entire family. Melissa is currently working towards her paralegal certificate through IVC.
Lesley J. Castelan
Lesley was born and raised in Santa Ana, CA and attended Century High School. She loves spending time with her boyfriend and family, and traveling and trying new food. Lesley is currently attending University of California, Irvine and will graduate in Spring 2019, then plans to go to law school right after. Lesley has always wanted to be an attorney so she’s grateful to have the opportunity to work at Avrek.
Alicia currently lives in Orange California and loves everything that California has to offer. She spends a lot of time at the beach, amusement parks, and even bowling. Alicia went to Santa Ana College and looks forward to a challenging career in the legal field. Her favorite things about working at Avrek are the people and the ability to grow.
Sayali lives in Santa Ana and she enjoys spending time with her husband. She went to the University of Delaware and recently joined Avrek Law. In her spare time she likes hiking, reading new books, and going to the gym with her husband. She is an animal lover and she has 2 cats. Her favorite part of working at Avrek is having the ability to help people who are in need of assistance.
Arantxa lives in Fullerton California and enjoys working at Avrek Law. When she is not at Avrek helping our clients, Arantxa spends her free time reading, hanging out with friends & family, and finding good ice cream shops. She received her BA in Criminal Justice, with a minor in Political Science from Cal State Fullerton.
Jose was born in Morelia Michoacan and brought to the U.S legally when he was 2 weeks old, he now lives in Tustin. He loves to volunteer for his sons school att least once a week, and he also coaches his sons basketball team. When Jose is not with his family he walks his 4 year old great dane and he also volunteers at the local good will. Jose is married and has 2 boys – 11 years and 3 years old. He went to Santa Ana college and studied criminal law and computer aided drafting for 2 years. Jose loves working for Avrek because he loves to help people with their problems and guiding them the right direction.
Giselle lives in La Habra and loves living in Southern California. She enjoys spending her free time reading, hiking, and spending time with her dog named China. Going to Fullerton College and working full-time at Avrek keeps Giselle very busy, but she enjoys living a busy life. Her favorite part of working at Avrek is meeting and helping clients to make sure their needs are met.
Veronica lives in Irvine and enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She attended Santa Ana College and enjoys working in the positive atmosphere at Avrek. Working at Avrek Law allows her the chance to help people in need and feel like she’s making a difference.
Tina lives in Irvine California and is an important part of Avrek Law. She graduated from Cal State Fullerton with a Bachelors in Psychology. In her free time Tina loves spending time with family, volunteering, and anything to do with art, painting and going to art museums. Tina loves the fast paced and friendly environment at Avrek, and she hopes to help Avrek for many years to come.
Crystal is an Orange County native and she loves living in the OC. She is passionate about helping others and she remains active in several charitable organizations, most of which are centered around children. In her spare time she enjoys reading a good book, volunteering, and spending time with family and friends. Crystal enjoys working at Avrek Law and helping our clients.
Luis credits his father for his vigorous work ethic and sincere dedication to “always giving your all in everything you do.” Luis was driven and set his focus in the legal community. For the past few years, he has worked with Attorney Advocates to help families get out of their unwanted Timeshare Contracts. He is now a part of Avrek Law Firm where he serves as a field investigator, reaching out to victims in need of our firm’s legal services.
Roya was born and raised in Iran, although she has lived in the United States for the past 45 years. After two years in the US, Roya and her husband opened a business at the University of Southern California where she controlled the finances and was the head of their accounting department. Roya joined the team at Avrek Law Firm 10 years ago to further her professional career.
“Liz,” is what her family and friends call her. She grew up in Orange County, California with her big and loving family. She has three siblings, two brothers and one sister. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and going to amusement parks. Her favorite food genre is Italian, and she particularly has a love for lasagna.
Shortly after she was born, Magaly and her family moved from “The Windy City” of Chicago, Illinois to the laidback beach town of Ventura, California. She relocated to Orange County in 2010 to study at University of California at Irvine. She graduated from the University in 2013 and now works in our office specializing in medical negotiations and minor’s settlements.
Karla is originally from Michoacan Mexico and grew up in Mission Viejo, CA. Growing up, Karla was always passionate about helping others, often participating in community services such as tutoring younger children.
Chris is the Supervising Case Manager and is certainly quite proficient with his work, dedicating long hours to keeping our clients happy. We have to keep telling him to go home, but he usually just sneaks back into the office on the weekends. His core values of hard work and loyalty are very much reflected in his production here at Avrek Law Firm. Growing up, Chris played almost every sport imaginable: baseball, basketball, football, lacrosse, golf, and even rugby. If he’s not working or playing sports, then he’s probably at The Shea Center.
Chris has been volunteering for over eight years at The Shea Center, a therapeutic riding center for children and individuals with disabilities and The Shea Center has a special place in his heart. Chris is currently in school working on his undergraduate studies and will be attending Law School within the coming years. He plans to become a Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation Attorney.
Chris and his gorgeous girlfriend, Lisa, both love to travel, trying to make it to 2 international places a year. Chris always says, “I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list!”
Joel forms part of our Intake Specialists team and spends a lot of time listening to potential clients in need, specifically catering to the Latino community and their personal injury issues.
Annette earned an athletic scholarship to California State University at Fullerton and moved to Southern California. After college, she remained here and is happily married, with two amazing little boys, whom keep her on her toes. Her friends often describe her as a “Super-Mom.” She happily manages her duties as a wife and mother while handling her sons’ school, sporting, and extracurricular activities.
Paula comes from a family of three brothers whom taught her many things while growing up, one of which was to be tough. Growing up in sunny Los Angeles, California, she played basketball, soccer, and softball. Paula attended California Polytechnic University at Pomona and earned a degree in Communications. In college, she discovered her passion to practice law. She is currently pursuing her law degree part-time.
Rosie grew up in East LA before moving to Chino Hills where she graduated high school. She then attended Rio Hondo College and afterwards started on a long career working in law.
Sabrina grew up in the City of Walnut as the middle child of five siblings. A very athletic and energetic child, she played soccer for 15 years and developed a sharp regimen of self-discipline that helped her continue her studies as a very academic individual.
Estella was born and raised in Santa Ana, CA and she graduated from Valley High School. In high school she was part of cheer and also played softball. Overall, Estella describes herself as a happy person who enjoys the outdoors and lending a helping hand to those in need. In her spare time she enjoys watching her toddler play t-ball.
Eric has been in the law field since 2004, creating an extensive portfolio of experience ranging from operations director, business/sales consultant, and legal intake/investigation specialist. He attributes his passion and drive to the gratitude he has for the sacrifices made by his parents and their humble spiritual guidance growing up. When he’s not at work, Eric devotes all of his time to his 3 amazing children. He enjoys taking them outdoors, camping, hiking, and running around keeping up with all of their sports! He values generosity and believes our greatest self-awareness is in the service of others. He takes great pride in serving every one of our clients here at Avrek!
Jocelyn was born in Chihuahua, Mexico and grew up in Orange County. Her tremendous passion for the law brought her to Avrek Law and she plans on continuing her passion by going to law school after completing her undergraduate studies to become a personal injury or criminal defense attorney. Taking inspiration from our own Maryam Parman, Jocelyn plans on having her own law firm in the future! Outside of work and school she enjoys working out and has a tremendous passion for fitness and eating healthy. She also enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and her Shih Tzu.
Gonzalo was born and raised in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of the City of Los Angeles and is the oldest of four siblings. He is currently attending the University of California, Irvine where he is pursuing a degree in Political Science. Gonzalo is proud to be the first in his family to attend a four year university and he aims on becoming the first one to graduate with a degree. After completing his undergraduate studies, Gonzalo plans on enrolling in the University of California, Irvine School of Law. Aside from his education and work, Gonzalo enjoys watching sports on any given day, especially basketball and football. He also plays recreational soccer on the weekends with an adult league in Pasadena. He’s also an avid shoe collector and when he’s not out shopping or watching sports he enjoys fine dining at several restaurants in the Greater Los Angeles area.
Evelyn is a Texas native who relocated to sunny Southern California after having graduated from Eastwood Academy in Houston. She is highly passionate about animals and you can often find her fostering abused animals and rehabilitating them so they can be adopted by caring families. When not tending to these animals in need, she enjoys spending time with her two cats and her dog Ricky. Outside of work and volunteering, Evelyn is always down for a hike across the Southland. She plans on hiking the tallest mountains in the United States within the next decade!
Lynda has always been the philanthropic type and has carried over her knack for helping others to her role as a case manager here at Avrek Law. A native of Los Angeles, Lynda graduated from Bishop Amat High School and then attended Orange Coast College where she was part of several volunteer groups. Being a huge animal lover, her favorite activity was volunteering at her local animal shelter taking care of puppies and other abandoned young critters. She is now happily married with three children, and is the proud mom of a United States Marine. Outside of Avrek, she loves traveling, skydiving, and dancing. She is also in love with Mexican food!
Hailing from the beautiful Coachella Valley in California, Raul has always been a well-rounded and intellectual human being. He graduated college with a degree in Legal Studies and History and a Minor in Spanish and will be start law school part time in August. His biggest passion, however, has always been to travel and he has travelled to several places including Egypt, Thailand, Colombia, Japan, China, and most of Europe. He even lived in Valencia, Spain for a while! Raul credits these experiences for having shaped his desire to help people with business matters, something that makes him a particularly perfect fit here at Avrek Law Firm. When he’s not travelling or at the office, Raul enjoys playing tennis and photography!
Neli was born and raised in Santa Ana, CA to Mexican parents who taught her the values of hard work and dedication from an early age. She has always kept herself occupied with extracurricular activities having danced jazz, contemporary, and hip-hop as part of her Dance Team in high school and also having been part of her school’s soccer team. While not at Avrek Law, Neli volunteers at her local church, teaching children of their faith. She also enjoys going to Dodger games with her three brothers and going to Disneyland with her daughter.
Maryam (Mar) Hemmati grew up in Tehran, Iran and moved to Orange County with her mom and younger sister in March of 1997. Mar earned her Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design from California State University, Long Beach in 2004. In 2016, she earned her Juris Doctor from Trinity Law School. During her time at Trinity, Mar served as the Editor in Chief in Law Review, President of Criminal Law Society, Vice President of Women’s Law Society, and was a board member of the Student Bar Association and Delta Theta Phi. Mar was the recipient of the American Jurisprudence Award of academic excellence in Criminal Law. She also attended the International Institute of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France, and completed the required course during the summer of 2015. Prior to law school, Mar worked as a Graphic Designer and Marketing Executive
Brandon passion for computers has made him a wonderful addition to the Avrek staff, where he often shares his knowledge with his fellow peers. He grew up in the City of Bell and graduated Beckman High School. He is currently attends Western Governors University and expects to graduate in 2020. In his spare time he enjoys working out, traveling, and hanging out with his girlfriend, friends, and family.
Alondra, or Ally as she is known to friends and family, was born and raised in South Orange County and has always been passionate about lending a helping hand to her community. This enthusiasm led her to become interested in the legal field and drew her to Avrek Law Firm. She is currently a Philosophy major and is studying to go to law school one day. During her free time Ally enjoys reading non-fiction, volunteering at her local soup kitchen, and spending time with her family.
Crystal grew up in Los Angeles before moving to Irvine during her high school years. She earned an Associate’s Degree in Paralegal Studies from Cerritos College and is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science at National University. Apart from helping our clients, Crystal also enjoys volunteering at her local soup kitchen and also participates in a lot of local philanthropic workshops. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, reading, watching Angel’s baseball and spending time with her son, family, and boyfriend.
Azzy was born and raised in beautiful Orange County, CA and from an early age she always dreamed about working in the law. As a young adult, she worked hard to make her dream a reality, earning a Political Science degree from UCLA and then obtaining a J.D. from the University of West Los Angeles School of Law. She is now happy to be a part of the Avrek family where she puts her knowledge to work helping others. When not busy at work, Azzy spends her time watching and playing sports, practicing yoga, and partaking in outdoor activities.
Nabil lives in Huntington Beach, and he grew up in Cypress California. After high school Nabil went to Cal State University, Long Beach for his undergrad studies. Nabil then attended Western Michigan University Law School where he got his J.D. Currently he lives with his girlfriend (soon to be fiancé) and his dog Butterz. In his spare time he enjoys playing basketball, golf, and going to the gym. In addition, Nabil is passionate about helping people in need, and this is why he loves working at Avrek Law.
Currently Alyssa lives in Irvine and is studying political science at UCI. Alyssa is a part of UCIs Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity and is planning to go to law school in the near future. She has no children but in her limited free time, she loves going to concerts and hanging out with her friends and family. Alyssa loves working at Avrek Law and values her relationships with her coworkers. She is also grateful to work in an environment that really helps develop strong women, and allows her to help people.
Patrick was born and raised in Northern California and currently lives in Huntington Beach. Growing up in Silicon Valley gave Patrick a head start into a career in digital marketing. He loves the creative side and analytical process involved with digital marketing. Patrick comes from a big family of 7 children.
Marco A. Hitzke
Marco lives in Huntington Beach and is happily married with 2 children. After high school Marco went to Sacramento State University of California. Marco enjoys surfing, playing football, and spending time with his family and friends. Marco enjoys helping people get peace of mind after a traumatic experience, and Marco says “The people I speak to on the phone are scared, injured and don’t know what to do next. After I speak with them they have a good understanding on what will come from such turmoil and disruption of their lives. This above all is why we are a 24/7 law firm and why I do what I do”.