Monday, January 31, 2011

Five New Attorneys Join Montage Legal Group

Montage Legal is proud to announce that we've added five outstanding litigation and transactional attorneys to our network: Samantha EverettLaura Finklestein, Laura Baskurt, Katie Hughes and Sidney Sadeghi. 

Update: After publishing this blog post, we had to say goodbye to both Katie Hughes and Sidney Sadeghi, but for great reasons!  We are happy to report that Katie Hughes has joined the estate planning law firm of Albrecht & Barney (a client of Montage Legal Group) and Sidney Sadeghi welcomed a beautiful baby girl and is practicing law through her own law firm, Sadeghi & Associates. We wish both of these attorneys good luck! For information on six new attorneys that we recently added, see our blog post: Montage Adds Six Lawyers from Gibson Dunn, Latham & Watkins, Bryan Cave, Baker & McKenzie and Other Firms.

Montage Legal now includes 24 female attorneys, all of whom have left law firms in search of work-life balance.

Samantha Everett 

Samantha obtained her Juris Doctor from the University of San Diego School of Law in 2004, cum laude, Order of the Coif, where she graduated in the top 5% of her class and was an editor of the San Diego Law Review.  Samantha previously practiced employment law and business litigation at Cooley Godward's San Diego office, and Stokes Roberts and Wagner ALC and Wilson Turner Kosmo, LLP. 

Samantha serves on the Leadership Development Committees of both the Association of Business Trial Lawyers - San Diego and the Lawyers Club of San Diego.

Samantha lives in San Diego with her husband, her four year-old daughter, and her two year-old twin daughters.

Laura Finkelstein 

Laura graduated magna cum laude from UCLA in 1993, where she was admitted into phi beta kappa.  She obtained her Juris Doctor from University of Southern California Law School in 1996, where she graduated in the top 10% of her class.  While at USC, Laura was a member of moot court and completed an externship with the Honorable Judge Hupp in U.S. District Court.  Laura previously practiced business law at Sheppard Mullin and Allen Matkins. 

Laura is the Vice President of the Board of Directors of RMIQ Foundation, a non-profit founded to raise funds to benefit her children's elementary school. 

Laura lives in Orange County with her husband, and her three children ages 11, 8 and 6.

Laura Baskurt

Laura obtained her Juris Doctor from the University of San Diego School of Law in 1995.  Laura previously practiced business litigation and product liability defense at Snell and Wilmer's Orange County office.  At Snell and Wilmer, Laura defended consumer products manufacturers and automobile manufacturers in product liability, premises liability and commercial litigation. 

Laura is a member of National Charity League, Jrs., where she and her daughter work to raise funds and volunteer hands-on for a number of not-for-profit philanthropic organizations in their community. 

Laura lives in Orange County with her husband, her six year-old daughter, and her four year old son.


Please visit the Attorney Page of the Montage Legal Group website to see bios of all 24 of our freelance attorneys.

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